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Post Paris Agreement: we need an ambitious Canadian climate plan

By Annie Bérubé      

At the end of the day, the first ministers' report in November will tell us whether our governments have been listening to Canadians. Équiterre will continue to be a strong voice in this conversation to make sure Canada ratifies the Paris agreement armed with a strong Canadian climate plan to meet our commitment to the international community.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, pictured last month on the Hill. The transportation sector is currently responsible for 23 per cent of Canada’s GHG emissions. To reduce emissions, Canada needs to drive a transition towards zero and low-emissions transportation modes, increase the use of cleaner fuels in Canada, increase public transit ridership, and encourage denser, mixed-use communities. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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OTTAWA—In December 2015, more than 190 nations adopted the Paris Agreement—an international agreement committing countries to significant reductions in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to limit global warming to less than 2˚C and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels. Canada, for its part, has committed to ratifying the agreement in the fall of 2016. This last step will cement our commitment to the international community. There is now a historical global political commitment

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