Target: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Goal: Condemn Canada’s standstill in reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada will not be met by the 2020 deadline, according to an Environment Canada’s annual emission trends report. In 2005, Stephen Harper set a goal to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent before the end of 2020. At the current rate, the country will only get halfway to its goal, as rising emissions from the oil sector will negate falling emissions from energy generation.
Greenhouse gasses are produced from the burning of fossil fuels for energy as well as the mass production of food and other items. Once in the atmosphere, they create the greenhouse effect, which can slow the sun’s heat as it leaves the atmosphere. Greenhouse gasses are a major contributor to global warming, which if left unchecked, could cause the extinction of various species and a massive rise in sea levels.
In 2014, greenhouse gas emissions remained at the same levels as the previous year. According to the report, Canada will reach an output of 727 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, well off of the goal of 611 megatons that the country committed to in 2005 when signing the Copenhagen Accord. Since taking office, Stephen Harper has done little to tackle environmental issues such as greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. In fact, emissions in the oil and gas sector are on the rise and expected to continue rising due to poor regulation of fossil fuel drilling and transport operations.
In order to preserve the natural environment, it is imperative that each country do its part to combat global warming. Canada is fortunate enough to have the means, through state-of-the-art facilities and top environmental scientists, to make meaningful progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Sign the petition below to condemn the current standstill, and demand that Stephen Harper enact drastic policy changes in order to keep his reduction goal.
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
Environment Canada’s annual emission trends report found that Canada’s progress toward a reduction in greenhouse gases stagnated in 2014. According to the report, immediate action is necessary in order to keep a goal set in 2005 to reduce emissions by 17 percent by 2020.
In order to combat global warming and preserve the natural environment, it is imperative that Canada continues to work toward a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. We, the undersigned, demand that you take the necessary measures to ensure 2020 emission reduction goals are met.
[Your Name Here]
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