A recent poll shows that Canadians are seriously concerned about climate change. 65% believe that we have reached the tipping point and we need to act quickly. Some even believe that the time to take substantive action has already passed. Despite that a great number of Canadians take climate change very seriously, the topic did not receive the attention it needed in the last federal elections. Plans were discussed but no details were given. And different parties suggested different plans. What needs to be discussed now is whether it is too late or not. This perhaps will be discussed globally as late October is when different countries will gather in Scotland to talk about climate change for the first time since the 2015 Paris Agreement (with a 1-year delay due to the pandemic). Many believe that industrial countries, including Canada, are not doing enough to fight this crisis. This might be true as some goals are not being met; however, it must be emphasized that even though there is not much time left, it is never too late. Recent NASA research shows that carbon-reducing actions can have a significant impact on extreme weather conditions. It is known that the western United States is prone to droughts. According to this NASA research, climate change adds fuel to this problem which existed even before climate change. Climate change intensifies isolated peaks in drought periods. This research shows that by reducing emissions, the chance of having those peak droughts will be reduced from more than 35% (high emission scenarios) to less than 20% (low emission scenarios). While the NASA researchers believe that it is not too late to act and curb the impacts of climate change, a new normal is expected. Even though this NASA research was about drought, it might be reasonable to assume that reducing emissions can help control adverse effects of climate change, e.g., flooding events, wildfires, heat waves, here in Canada. That will be our role, and with the previous government being recently re-elected, we can be hopeful that the incomplete climate change missions of the government will now move forward.

References:

https://climate.nasa.gov/news/3115/nasa-drought-research-shows-value-of-both-climate-mitigation-and-adaptation/

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-most-canadians-pessimistic-about-fighting-climate-change-poll-suggests/

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/20/world/canada/climate-change-election.html