The Paris Agreement on climate change became law in November 2016. This agreement represents a near-global commitment to take action to keep the global temperature rise to well below 2°C over pre-industrial levels and to end global emissions of greenhouse gases by the end of the century. World governments are now gathered to figure out how they are going to put the Paris Agreement into practice.
Both Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development and UN Environment have indicated that Canada’s climate framework (released December 2016) is inadequate to meet even the weak target to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
Estimates of a "fair share" contribution suggest that at a minimum, Canada should align with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recommended reductions of 25-40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. Canada's current target translates to only about 14 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030.
Canada cannot continue to offer climate progress advice to others in the global community, without having developed the necessary ambition at home. For example, why continue to subsidize the fossil fuel industry in the order of $1.5 billion annually?
Urge your Member of Parliament to support an increased emissions-reduction target and an end to fossil fuel subsidies. Write to them today!
Canadian climate action must respect scientific estimates of the global GHG emissions budget, and contribute equitably to the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The first essential step is to follow through on the commitment to end federal subsidies and tax breaks to the oil and gas sector (first promised in 2009) that promote the exploration, development, and production of fossil fuels.
Canada must then also increase our emissions-reduction target and invest in a just transition towards a clean energy economy.
We need your voice on this issue! As an expression of love for God’s awesome creation, tell your MP that you, as a person of faith, want meaningful climate action – consistent with the principles of the Paris Agreement – to reduce GHG emissions and address climate change.
Will you add your voice today? Write to your Member of Parliament in support of the Paris Agreement.
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