Canada is coming under criticism from the UN due to their lack of effort when it comes to meeting goals laid out in the Paris climate change agreement that was signed by 196 countries back in 2015.
According to numbers released by the UN Environment as part of its eighth annual emissions gap report, Canada is one of the biggest slackers when it comes to meeting certain goals, that they do not even have the policies in place to even attempt to target.
The main goal of the 2015 Paris accord was to come up with strategies to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but according to numbers just released, not only is Canada not keeping their word, but in general, very minimal progress on the whole has been made as only one third of the progress that needs to be made has actually been made.
“We’ve come forward with our targets now and we have a plan to meet them and we need to implement them,” said Minister of Environment Catherine McKenna. “We’re always looking at how we can accelerate actions, but we need to be doing that in lockstep with the provinces and territories.”
The United States, Mexico and several countries who are part of the European Union were also sited for not pulling their weight.
Canada has its work cut out, as they have pledged to reduce emissions by 30 percent by 2020, and according to the UN report, the technology is certainly in place to make this happen, but right now the will is not.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca