In recent weeks we’ve seen Canada — and world leaders from around the globe — take important, long-overdue steps to address climate change. From Alberta’s climate plan to the Paris Agreement, the world’s first comprehensive climate agreement, we’re finally starting to move in the right direction.
But it’s not time to celebrate yet. In fact, the hard work is just beginning.
Our leaders must now live up to their rhetoric and make good on their promises to deliver real, concrete climate action at home to keep global warming below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. We will be looking to the new federal government to work with the provinces to produce a credible climate plan — one that says no to pipelines and other major projects that come with unacceptable climate impacts, and ensures that polluters pay when they dump carbon into the air we breathe.
The Paris Agreement places a legal obligation on countries to set increasingly ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but it will be up to each country to determine those targets themselves. The agreement also does not include punitive measures for countries that fail to meet their commitments.
That’s why Ecojustice will continue to be a climate watchdog. In 2016, we’ll press for strong, enforceable emission reduction targets and put pressure on our governments to ensure that their actions live up to their words. And, we won’t shy away from going to court to to slow fossil fuel projects, like pipelines and coal transfer stations, and tip the balance toward a clean energy future.
With your support, we will hit the ground running in 2016. Together, we will make meaningful action on climate change a reality.