Climate change has been a topic in conversation for years and the topic isn’t going anywhere. Canada has improved the way the population does things and lives their life over the past few years. More businesses are using solar panels, more people are buying hybrid vehicles and that’s just to name a couple. What is also great is that more and more Canadian’s are also purchasing goods such as food and clothing that mare grown and made locally. Slowly but surely more and more people in Canada are realizing their impact on the environment and are trying to make a change in the little things they do. This blog post will give insight on our opinions on what we believe Canada should and shouldn’t be doing on an environmental standpoint. Is Canada is doing all it can to reduce CO2 emissions? Is it enough? How is Canada combating climate change? And how will these environmentally beneficial decisions affect our future.
“We received this world as an inheritance from past generations, but also as a loan from future generations, to whom we will have to return it!”— Pope Francis (Remarks, meeting with political, business and community leaders, Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015)
Climate change, a topic most were completely uninformed of before the 2006 documentary by ex-presidential candidate Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth. The document went on to gross nearly $366,000 in its opening weekend, and breaking the record for a documentary. The compelling film started a conversation amongst the public that prior to its release habitually fell to the wayside. Though it did not take long after for technological innovations to distract us from our progress, now times are beginning to change again. With these innovations came the information age. With every John and Jane in town having every detail of almost anything at their fingertips they become much more aware of the world they live in. The current generation is the most educated generation in history. This leads to many individuals with a strong sense that they must make restitution to common infrastructures for the generation that preceded them.
Climate change is very real and is an issue that must be dealt with sooner rather than later. Although it will not effect our generation dramatically, the future generations will take the blunt force of it. The melting arctic regions will cause costal communities to travel inward and might reshape the continent, as we know it. Drought is another serious issue that could cause many implications including lack of fresh water and food production. These issues seem minimal as of right now but the longer we hold off on fixing our current wasteful and non-renewable habits, the faster and more dramatic these complications will take effect. Currently, many leaders of the world including the United States and Canada are not taking the risk of climate change lightly and are starting to implement bills to help tackle the issue. In the end it is up to our leaders to help inform the public of major environmental issues such as climate change and to help persuade other governments to follow suit. There is faith that our higher powers will make smart and informed decisions for the better future of our planet and the people living on it.