To The Editor:
Canada drew upon its compassion during the Paris Climate Summit. Knowing that if our carbon emissions continue unchanged, some of the earliest and most tangible consequences are to island nations in the southern hemisphere.
They will be overwhelmed by the rising sea level, lives and livelihoods lost, and so we made a commitment: A pledge that we would not allow rising global temperatures to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius.
It’s a remarkable promise, since October 2016 saw a 1 degree global rise in temperature.
How do we keep our pledge and protect the rights of life and livelihood of our southern neighbours? What would it look like?
According to the World Resource Institute, emissions must fall to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. How do we get there?
A federal fee on fossil fuels at the source is essential: this will reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to stabilize the climate while actually boosting the economy.