By Oliver Klimek
For the past two weeks world leaders have been meeting in Glasgow, Scotland at COP26, the annual UN climate change conference.
These conferences started in 1995. That means our leaders have been at it for 26 years. Did they finally work it all out? The short answer is: ‘No’.
They made announcements and promises, but we are still in big trouble.
The science is clear: we must reduce GHG emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 to keep global warming to 1.5C.
At COP26, countries announced their targets but most are way too low.
Canada set a goal of 40-45 per cent reduction by 2030. That’s not even the minimum IPCC recommendation of 50 per cent. Canada must do better.
Most of us didn’t realize we would cause global warming when we started driving cars and heating with natural gas, but climate change is our fault and we need to fix it.
Have you set a personal target to reduce your emissions? How are you going to burn less fossil fuels (i.e., wood, coal, oil, gasoline, natural gas)?
If we want to leave our children with a liveable planet, we need to get started. Let’s start today.
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