Climate change is the most critical issue of our times. It is by far the greatest threat to our civilization. The rate of warming of our planet is accelerating with the ten hottest years occurring since 1998. And 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded, besting 2015 which bested 2014. If left unchecked, humanity will face runaway climate change with unprecedented or unimaginable catastrophic consequences.
Below2°C is premised on the overwhelming consensus that we must not exceed two degrees Celsius of global warming. The Paris Agreement’s “central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.”
2°C of warming is an important threshold. It will be the most meaningful number for decades to come. Holding warming well below two degrees Celsius is fast becoming the singular goal.
Solutions are at hand but the fossil fuel economy of the last 100 years has created incredible momentum and inertia to change. The climate denial industry remains strong. Paid lobbyists with vested interests continue to spread misinformation and lies about climate change to influence government policies, resulting in half-measures and out-and-out bad decisions by world leaders.
But there is hope. The renewable revolution is happening at an ever quickening pace. Tipping points for renewable electricity generation, battery technology, electric cars, green fund growth, the divestment movement, etc. offer multiple opportunities for rapid progress and the compelling economic logic needed to shift quickly.
Canada has an engaged, well-informed and intelligent citizenry that takes climate change seriously. Our work must be to ensure that our politicians accept the urgency of climate action and make the right choices.
A fossil-free Canada during our grandchildren’s lifetime
- To raise awareness about the need to limit the warming of the planet to less than 2°C.
- To influence our politicians at all levels to take pressing action on pricing carbon.
- To facilitate and accelerate our transition to a clean energy platform by 2050.