Little meaningful progress
Since the 1990s, I’ve had some understanding that our GHG emissions would impact our climate, and by extension, our future well-being and economic stability. Although this was a personal concern, I had assumed that our Canadian government would strive to protect our future way of life. Apparently not.
Despite fanfare over the years about committing to four international accords on emissions, Canada has made little meaningful progress. The practice of signing climate agreements without taking substantive actions renders the accords’ objectives unreachable, while creating enough of a smokescreen to soothe the publics’ concerns that government is doing too little.
Since most of us continue to be focussed on personal day-to-day challenges, we need to be confident that our governments are carrying out their stewardship function effectively. Following the Environment Commissioner’s recommendations about asset management climate risk assessment, and emission-reduction performance reporting for investment programs would be a welcome start. Greg Beal Ilderton