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Time to act on climate change

Dear Editor,

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only 12 years left in which to hold to a maximum global temperature increase of 1.5 Celsius and avoid catastrophic environmental breakdown. It is already one Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels.

The authors of the landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to reach the target, which is affordable and feasible, although it requires drastic efforts by which to achieve the goal of the Paris agreement pledge to keep temperatures between 1.5  and 2 Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Debra Roberts, a co-chair of the IPCC working group, said: “It’s a line in the sand and what it says to our species is that this is the moment and we must act now. This is the largest clarion bell from the science community and I hope it mobilises people and dents the mood of complacency.”

It is now a question of the collapse of human civilisation or hearing and acting on the science.

Accordingly, I recently delivered a copy of the report to Erin O’Toole, MP for Durham, with a demand for action by the Canadian government.  This is also being done by others in most ridings across Canada in an effort to end the politically motivated opposition to action by certain members and parties and certain financial interests. The opposition is not scientific, economic, or ideological. It is motivated purely by calculations of temporary political advantage or financial advantage. This is not a partisan or an economic issue. It is a survival issue.

With this report, there can no longer be any equivocation or claims of uncertainty.

John Peate