When we protect Canada’s lands and oceans, we can help fight the effects of climate change.

Shrinking glaciers, loss of sea ice, accelerated sea-level rise and stronger storms are just a few of the current effects of climate change. As the planet continues to warm, storm intensity is predicted to increase. The year 2017 marked the worst wildfire season in British Columbia to date, with more than 1.2 million hectares burned, thousands of residents displaced and $564 million in damages. By protecting Canada’s lands and oceans, we can help fight the effects of climate change. Land and oceans act as carbon sinks, which absorb emissions that would otherwise contribute to heating our planet. By 2020, the Canadian government aims to protect at least 17% of terrestrial land and 10% of marine areas.

Fast Facts

  • Sea levels are rising 3.2 millimeters per year.
  • 17 of the 18 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001.
  • Permafrost in the northern Arctic will thaw enough to become a source of carbon in the atmosphere in 40 to 60 years.
  • Canadians see climate change as the top threat to freshwater in Canada.

Going green

Our everyday choices have a direct impact on the future of the planet. Whether we recycle, conserve water or carpool to work, every action influences the environment. Even how we shop can have a direct impact. Do I buy recycled products? Will I end up throwing away this product? Ecofriendly choices have many benefits. For example, producing recycled paper only requires 60% of the energy it takes to make paper from new wood pulp.

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