Canada wants to reduce Carbon emissions by 2030 — Really though?
We are approaching the 7-year mark since Canada took on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a UN-member state. “This initiative is a global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030”, according to the country’s official site (Canada.ca).
At the current rate, it will take Canada a couple-hundred years to meet 2030 Paris Accord targets, and close to a thousand years to meet the 2050 target.
Canada’s overshoot date last year was July 14th, according to the Global Footprint Network. Some journalists and experts believe that the overshot is due to a disparity between behavioral beliefs and regulatory practice concerning climate change among Canadians.
I know that 2030 is the target year to make greenhouse gas emissions 40–45% lower than 2005 proportions, based on the announcement the Prime Minister made last year. But I am unsure as to how we can achieve this goal with little proactive leadership and awareness upraise in collective implementation of “Canada’s ambitious new target [NDCs] on a credible path to net zero by 2050 [. . .]” (Woodside). In addition, top scientists disagree with the sufficiency of the new target at preventing Canada’s share of global warming, advising that we go for 60% below 2005 levels instead.
Canada is behind as a G7 country when it comes to active commitment to NDCs. Canada’s GHG emissions soared 3.3%, while the remaining G7 countries slowed their emissions down by up to 10.8%, according to a collaborated report (Hughes).
After determining that nothing outlined in the NDC was new, Dale Marshall, Environmental Defence national program manager, equated the government’s lack of urgency and initiative to climate change denial.
- What do you think should be done to raise awareness? (please be responsible).
- Are you optimistic about a climate catastrophe-free future?
- Do you think the Canadian government has what it takes to meet the NDCs?
Would love to read your thoughts in the comment section below.
1. “Canada Takes Action on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.” Canada.ca, Government of Canada, 7 Jan. 2022, www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/agenda-2030.html.
2. Woodside, John. “Critics Slam CANADA’S Official Paris Target as ‘Climate Denial’ in Action.” Canada’s National Observer, Observer Media Group, 15 July 2021, www.nationalobserver.com/2021/07/13/news/canada-official-paris-target-climate-denial-critics.
3. Hughes, David. CCPA, 2021, Status, Evolution, Revenue, Employment, Production Forecasts, Emissions and Implications for Emissions Reduction, www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/canada’s-energy-sector.