Photo: Canada must contribute to climate talks

World leaders will meet in Paris in December to hammer out a climate agreement. (Credit: Moyan Brenn via Flickr)

From Pope Francis's encyclical to Ontario's commitment to a cap-and-trade system and everything in between, 2015 has proven to be a groundbreaking year for worldwide climate action. The culmination of global efforts will undoubtedly be the United Nations climate summit in Paris in December. The David Suzuki Foundation has spent the past several months ramping up public engagement and government outreach in anticipation of a binding international agreement.

A poll released on September 28 by the Foundation in partnership with the Environics Institute revealed that Canadians' expectations for political leaders' involvement in a global deal to reduce carbon emissions are high and growing. Overall, 61 per cent of Canadians believe the country should sign an international agreement, and 66 per cent of those who support an agreement said they would be upset if Canada were not involved. Poll results also revealed a majority of Canadians (58 per cent) support a carbon tax to limit emissions domestically and an even greater majority (74 per cent) are confident that renewable energy can become the dominant form of power generation in their home province.

You can get involved by telling your government representatives to push for three Canada-focused outcomes in Paris:

  1. A commitment to put a nationalprice on carbon pollution
  2. A pledge from the Alberta government to start phasing out coal power immediately, with complete elimination within 10 to 15 years
  3. Increased investment in renewable energy across the country

These outcomes require collaboration from all levels of government.