“Canada is a wealthy nation and a top-ten emitter – we bear enormous responsibility to lead the world in a responsible transition off of fossil fuels.”
A Statement from Environmental Defence’s Senior Climate and Energy Program Manager
Posted February 28th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
A Brief Foreword from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –
With all of the pressing issues we now face in this world, from Putin’s horrific invasion of Ukraine and our continued battle battle with the pandemic, to all of the problems facing us in our communities and own lives, it would be just as great a danger if the global climate crisis was somehow forgotten.
Before the invasion of Ukraine and the latest variant of COVID-19, we cannot forget the past year of unprecedented heat waves, wildfires, flooding windstorms and other climate related events that caused so much death and destruction to fellow humans, to wildlife and to whole communities, and the countless hundreds of billions of dollars, world-wide, in economic damages.
We cannot forget the warnings from leading experts around the world that if we don’t take action to significantly reduce the causes of climate change, the future will be even more hellish for all of us, including for generations yet to come.
So thank you to citizen groups like Environmental Defence Canada and to other bodies, including Canada’s New Democratic Party and to the scientists and other experts working under the United Nations umbrella at the IPCC (Interngovernmental Panel on Climate Change) for doing what they can to keep the climate crisis in the public eye.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
Now here is a Statement from Julia Levin, Senior Climate and Energy Program Manager, on today’s International Panel on Climate Change Report
Ottawa | Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg People – The world’s scientists have just delivered their starkest assessment yet of the frightening future that awaits us if we fail to act on climate change.
We must reduce emissions as much as we can, as quickly as we can – every bit of warming averted means lives saved.
Canada is a wealthy nation and a top-ten emitter – we bear enormous responsibility to lead the world in a responsible transition off of fossil fuels.
That means we should not approve new oil and gas projects like the Bay du Nord offshore drilling project. Instead, the government must act immediately on its promises to cap emissions from the oil and gas sector, redirect fossil fuel subsidies into proven climate solutions like energy efficiency and renewable energy and invest in a fair and supported transition for communities and workers.
Delay will be measured in lost lives, livelihoods, species and ecosystems.
ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian environmental advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.
For details on IPPC report, click on – https://www.ipcc.ch/2022/02/28/pr-wgii-ar6/
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