Statement – Minister Guilbeault reiterates Canada’s commitment to achieve net-ze… – Press Release

GATINEAU, QC, March 20, 2023 /CNW/ –

“Each successive report written by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stands on the shoulders of the last, building our global knowledge and understanding of climate science.

“The science all points to one incontrovertible fact: humanity continues to warm our planet to dangerous levels. Climate action cannot be stalled. In fact, we need to increase our ambition. This should not need to be said in 2023, as we’re now living in an age where the costs to our health, our communities, and our economy are mounting, and we must think as much about adaptation as we do about mitigation.  

“Arriving at these scientific conclusions is the work of intense and in-depth collaboration from scientists around the world. We all must work to keep the Paris Agreement goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 °C within reach, and on a faster timeline.

“We know that Canada is warming at twice the average global rate, with even higher rates in the north. We’ve moved from modelling to experiencing devastating real-world consequences on communities and the economy. It is critical that we continue to take rapid and ambitious action to fight climate change. This is the only path to keep people safe and communities strong for today, and to deliver a healthy future for our children.

“Building on previous climate plans since 2015, Canada has committed over $120 billion and introduced over 100 measures to support environmental action and climate mitigation. This includes Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy and the Government of Canada Adaptation Action Plan, released in 2022, which establishes an inclusive vision for climate resilience in Canada, backed by $1.9 billion in new federal funding. Internationally, Canada has doubled its climate finance commitment to $5.3 billion over the next five years for developing countries to fight climate change and protect biodiversity.

“The Government of Canada sees a world of opportunity in answering the call…