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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Climate campaigners are still expecting more from Canada

Canada's climate minister

Key Takeaways:

  • According to Minister Steven Guilbeault, large emitters like Canada still have work to combat global warming.
  • Canada still needs to do more, according to Canada’s climate minister, but COP26 brought victories.

The country’s environment and climate change minister insists progress has been made. Canada was one of 30 countries that agreed to “stop new direct public funding for the international unabated fossil fuel energy industry by the end of 2022.”

During a panel discussion hosted by Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked other countries to agree to a global carbon tax. Steven Guilbeault, a former Greenpeace campaigner and co-founder of the environmental group Equiterre, is the Trudeau government’s minister of environment and climate change.

First and foremost, donor countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom have delivered on a promise to provide $100 billion in climate financing help to developing countries for the first time in more than a decade.

There are several causes for this. First, Canada, along with the other 158 countries present in Glasgow, consented to that alteration because we thought the overall proposed package was good, and refusing to accept that modification would have resulted in no agreement in Glasgow.

It’s interesting because this is the first time in 25 years of discussions that we have been able to put something on coal, lowering coal consumption and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies.

And, to be honest, the qualifiers we have put on coal or fossil fuel subsidies are immaterial to me since, outside of the negotiating walls, Canada established a coalition in 2017 to stop the use of coal by 2030. The alliance is known as the Powering Past Coal Alliance.

We started with roughly 28 members and now have over 160, including 50 nations, 50 subnational governments, 50 companies, investors, and insurance.

In the last few years, 75% of new coal plants scheduled to come online were canceled. So regardless of what the text says and doesn’t say, it is the reality of what is happening.

Source: CBC NEWS

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