|Climate Change - A Plan to Slow Global Warming
Canadians Need a Strong, Credible Response to Global
Global warming is the single biggest challenge facing humanity today. For Canada, leadership on climate change will require changing the way we produce and use energy.
As a northern country, Canada is particularly vulnerable to global warming. Canada's Arctic landscape and people are already being severely affected by rising temperatures. Arctic sea ice, once considered permanent, is melting. The animals that depend on Arctic ecosystems, such as polar bears, are in danger of dying out as their living space changes beyond recognition. Many bird species are already in decline from the effects of a changing climate. The sustainability of northern communities is threatened.
As a developed country with one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emission rates in the world, Canada must be a leader in reducing GHG emissions both quickly and deeply.
We must use less energy to meet our needs through efficiency and conservation and shift to energy sources that do not emit carbon into the atmosphere. We need to decentralize our energy system in order to move away from large, wasteful mega-projects to smaller, more efficient local generation. And we must put a price on carbon that reflects its full social and environmental costs, and that applies broadly in Canada's economy as soon as possible.
Action on Energy
Ask each candidate running in your riding about their commitment to the following action agenda: