This past Friday, the Federal Government released its 87 page long-term climate strategy with a caution that “Most Canadians recognize the need to mitigate climate change and limit the increase in the global average temperature, but the magnitude of the challenge is less well understood, with a requirement for very deep emissions cuts from every sector by mid-century”. The strategy says that global emissions reductions of between 70 and 95 percent are required in order to have a better than 50-50 chance of hitting the 1.5 degree temperature target.
Well, I am going to argue, as John Robinson and I argued in 1995 about sustainable development, we have enough information, enough science and knowledge and we must act now. These four reports are an excellent starting point to begin to lay out a concrete transition plan for securing this country’s energy future and achieving a carbon neutral economy by 2050.
- Pathways to deep decarbonization in Canada. Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
- Canada’s Challenge & Opportunity. Transformations for major reductions in GHG emissions. Trottier Energy Futures Project.
- 100% Canada. Jacobson’s Solutions Project at Stanford
- Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars. Sustainable Canada Dialogues