Canada’s declining reputation


This is what we’re known for: being the only country to renege on our pledge in Kyoto in 1998 to reduce our carbon emissions


The overwhelming consensus of climate scientists is that greenhouse gases, including carbon emissions, are causing extreme weather events at a rate of occurrence not seen before, and making the oceans increasingly acidic, not to mention stressing and killing many plants and animals as they try to adapt to climate change. Of all the countries that signed the Kyoto Accord, Canada is the worst in the world in terms of emissions per capita. This status is worsened by the tar sands industry. In 2006 the tar sands produced 40 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and clear-cut thousands of acres of Boreal forest. The emissions and destruction have increased year after year since that date.