In August 2021, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report that caused distress and anxiety for many of us. The world’s top authorities on climate change told us of the “clear influence” human activity has on more intense and frequent heat waves, wildfires, and droughts, along with other impacts.
On a hopeful note, the report also shows that changing course is still in our power. In the very lowest of five scenarios for future CO2 emissions, the world is likely to hit the Paris Agreement’s target of 1.5°C of warming in the next 20 years, before cooling later this century to 1.4°C. Now, more than ever, is the time to make our politicians know our needs and concerns. Canada’s new 45% emissions reduction target by 2030 is too conservative for a 1.5C world, and the government need to know we won't accept that.
So, what can we do to respond to this “code red”? The first step is to take a deep breath. The second is to take action.