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 percent of terrestrial land and 10 percent of marine areas.

Fast Facts

  • Sea levels are rising 3.2 millimetres 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 fresh water 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 percent of the energy it takes to make paper from new wood pulp.

Shrinking glaciers, loss of sea ice, accelerated sea-level rise, stronger hurricanes and longer, more intense heat waves are just a few of the current effects of climate change. As the planet continues to warm, storm intensity and rainfall rates are predicted to rise. Some of these effects are already being seen. From June to November 2017, the United States suffered more than $200 billion worth of damage—the most expensive hurricane season in U.S. history—from 17 storms, most notably Harvey, Irma and Maria. The warm temperatures also sparked chaos in California, where the wildfires of 2017 took the lives of 46 people, destroying more than 10,800 structures and burning 1.2 million acres of land.

Fast Facts

  • 5 of California’s most destructive wildfires occurred in 2017.
  • 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.

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 percent of the energy it takes to make paper from new wood pulp.