Target: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Goal: Join other countries in cutting greenhouse gas emissions
It is now Canada’s turn to make a plan to cut and cap greenhouse gas emissions as other countries have done. The global movement to reduce human impact on climate change has taken off recently with the United States and China coming to an agreement to curb their greenhouse gas emissions.
Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper has stated in the past that Canada would agree to curb climate change if other countries were committed as well. The United States and China made an agreement before the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 20), which puts pressure on Canada to do the same. Canada’s focus on using the oil sands instead of other kinds of energy is a step in the wrong direction and should be stopped. Many Canadians have voiced their concern over their country’s impact on climate change and policy makers will hopefully feel more pressure to switch from using “dirty” energy to cleaner options.
Canada was supposed to meet a target of cutting emissions from 2005 to 2020 and is currently falling short of that goal by 17 percent. In November 2014, it was announced that Canada’s government would provide $300 million to a global fund to help developing countries tackle climate change, but it will not make substantial progress itself. As an advanced country, Canada can and should do better to address climate change. Sign the petition below to put pressure on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to devise an agreement to cut and curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
Recently, the United States and China have come to agreements to cut and curb greenhouse gas emissions. Canada’s government has stated in the past that when other advanced countries would make moves to address climate change, it would follow their lead. It is disheartening to learn that Canada is still far behind on its own climate change agreement.
At the rate Canada is going, there is no way it will reach its climate change goals by 2020. This is troubling and should be a top priority now that other countries have committed to taking action on climate change. The upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference will discuss reducing carbon emissions and Canada should be prepared to come to an agreement.
Canada is a significant contributor of emissions and this is a concern for the future of our planet that our children will inherit. With this in mind, I urge you to step away from developing the oil sands and move forward in developing cleaner energy sources.
[Your Name Here]
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