LOW CARBON RESILIENCE: Landscape-level climate action for the 21st century
The recently released IPCC SR15 report is unequivocal: we are beginning to experience the impacts of climate change, and it will take “rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to keep these changes below a threshold of 1.5°C globally. International scientists have warned for decades that if we don’t aggressively reduce our emissions, the impacts will be catastrophic and unmanageable; these warnings are now playing out in countries and communities across the planet.
The impacts, such as wildfires and floods, are already costing homeowners, businesses and our economy billions and contributing to food and water insecurity, health and property risks, business continuity and economic impacts. Historical standards are no longer adequate to inform the planning and development of our communities and economies. Even if we, as a global community, reduce our emissions to zero immediately, these impacts will continue to be felt. We have committed to some level of global warming due to the long life of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Sea level rise is locked in for centuries due to heat stored in the oceans and system inertia. The global disruption caused by climate change now and into the future requires unprecedented levels of response, including strongly targeted efforts to reduce both emissions and vulnerability to climate impacts at all levels of society.
It is paramount that we reduce emissions as fast as possible – if we continue at current levels, the impacts of climate change will accelerate to such catastrophic levels that there will be no possibility for us to adapt to them in a meaningful way. In Canada, our communities and economies contribute to emissions from industrial, energy, housing and transportation sources, and are exposed to increasingly frequent and severe climate change impacts.
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