Climate Change Essay
Submitted to:Mr. Poll
Submitted by:Taras Kozub
Date Due:May 14th/2012
Today in the 21st century, Canada and many other parts of the world are filled with the creations of the industrial revolution and new technologies that have sparked in parts of the world. Without any of these new inventions, our world would have a very hard time functioning in the way people would enjoy. What many don’t realize, is that the regular activities in our ways of life that we have performed for years actually end up hurting the environment in numerous ways. So, global warming becomes a very debatable topic and a true controversy. It is a fact, that the average temperatures across the world have increased approximately point-eight of a degree since the eighteen-hundreds. It is also very unfortunate that Canada alone uses electricity as much as seven-hundred million people when our population is just over thirty-three million. In the long run, the Canadian nation might even experience the first ‘ice-free season’ in the northern parts during the twenty-forties. As seen, many of the choices that are being done are not even close to being eco-friendly, and change is crucial. It is very unfortunate that Canada’s own government doesn’t want any involvement and is making fairly weak plans in terms of battling climate change. Next, there are too many cars on Canadian roads which simply adds on to the emissions being released into the air. Finally, the wildlife and animals in the north is rapidly decreasing due to global warming, and not much is being done to help that. As one can see, Canada is not doing enough to battle and help to diminish the effects of global warming. “Canadians have some of the largest per capita ecological footprints in the world…
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First off, it is very obvious that the government has completely given up and ceased the help that should be done to lessen the effects. Plans have been made involving the Kyoto protocol but were very weak and not followed up. It has been stated that “Prime Minister Jean Chretien appears determined to ratify the Kyoto agreement in the near future. If enough other signatories also ratify the protocol, Canada’s legal right to emit carbon dioxide (C02) and other greenhouse gases would be capped at 6% below 1990 levels within the next decade.” (Byfield, 2002).
Years have passed after that promise’s been made and the situation has gotten far worse. “Instead, however, the country’s greenhouse gas emissions have risen steadily throughout this period, as the accompanying graph shows. With emissions rising by 27 percent between 1990 and 2004…” (Jaccard, 2007) So, it has been concluded that merely nothing has been contributed to battle these effects. Secondly, there has been another pledge in 2008, created by governments of different provinces that stated reduction; “Most provinces and territories now have targets to reduce emissions below 1990 levels by 2020” (Suzuki, 2008).
Very soon, the surrealism of the promise has been exposed in another one of Suzuki’s articles. “Three quarters of the Canadian population contributing half of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions now live in provinces with stronger regimes for emissions from heavy industry than that of the federal government.” (Suzuki, 2008).
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In conclusion, the federal and municipal governments have not really carried out any of their promised plans, and just stated that it’s unachievable.
Canada is having too many polluting cars on our roads nowadays. Each year, manufacturers attempt at making very fuel-efficient cars but there simply are never enough buyers or demand. One way to help is to try and buy foods that were grown locally instead of other countries; this means that less fuel was used to get them delivered to the destination. Sadly, due to the amount of other (non-delivery type) vehicles on our roads, it makes a very slim difference; “In 2005, transportation accounted for 26% of Canada’s estimated GHG emissions, an increase of 33% from levels reported for 1990” (“Human resources and,” 24/1).
In addition to that, Canadian citizens should catch on to buying hybrid and fully electric vehicles. The strategy for possible success should have manufacturers promoting these ‘next generation’ cars to lead the world forward. “However, the most effective policy to reduce emissions from road transportation is to regulate strong fuel-efficiency standards for passenger vehicles, something the province refuses to do. Ontario’s approach, giving $2,000 rebates for the purchase of hybrids, is weak in comparison.” (Suzuki, 2008).
In the end, it is seen that to remove even half of the highly polluting vehicles on roads today requires a very big movement and may even take tens of years, and to do this a big organization needs to occur.
Finally, Canada as a country isn’t bringing much help to the animals from the wild that are suffering from human effects and environmental effects. One factor stopping animal agriculture. A goal is to use alternatives to live animal stock and to lessen the consumption of meat. The impact may not seem extreme, but in fact these specialized farms use a lot of fossil fuels to keep them working to produce the foods non-stop creating a large disaster in the eco-systems. “Animal agriculture accounts for 18 percent of human caused greenhouse gases and is a major contributor to water stress and freshwater population (author + date).
Next, animals that are living up north in the cold-climate regions would be better off living in protected areas. It is very unfortunate though that “As of 2010, 9.8% (977 621 km2) of Canada’s land area and about 0.66% (46 658 km2) of its marine territory have been protected.” (author + date).
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In comparison, to the total inhabited land, these areas that are away from urbanized, polluting areas are small. In the Arctic regions, it was stated “In 2011, summer ice was 70 per cent less than it was 10 years ago. This may sound like an exaggeration, but I assure you it is not” (Streicker, 2012).
Unfortunately, the death of animals breaks the food chains, causes other species to die as a result, and over time, lowers the air quality.
Many citizens across the country are performing good deeds in terms of staying eco-friendly as much as they can in their daily lives. In the big picture, a visible change is not yet met and the proposed standards aren’t met. At this time, in the present, Canada is not doing enough to battle the effects of global warming. As stated earlier, in the mid 2040’s it is very possible that the northern permafrost may completely disappear. The change in the daily lives is needed now, the sooner the better. So, next time before fuelling up the car at a gas station or picking the best looking apple, think twice about how it affects the environment in the long run.