“Eighty five percent of the Canadian economy is located in provinces where there is pricing on carbon pollution in one shape or another. We are going to bring that up to 100 percent,” Trudeau said.
The debate also discussed the Paris agreement itself, which has most recently been ratified by the US, China, and India, three nations making up a huge chunk of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Canada’s lawmakers are expected to also agree to ratify the proposal in a vote later this week.
Canada, despite its size, is only the world’s 11th most prolific carbon emitter, lagging just behind South Korea and producing slightly more than Brazil. As of 2012, it produces only 1.6 percent of the world’s carbon emissions.
Although its imminent ratification of the Paris agreement may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, every little bit helps when it comes to the groundbreaking climate pact. For it to officially come into force, 55 nations representing 55 percent of the world’s carbon emissions have to ratify the pact.
The European Union today voted to do just that, so when these diverse nations join the agreement later this week, the threshold will be breached and the Paris agreement will officially be enacted – a genuine achievement for our species.
Although, as previous studies have shown, there is a lot more that needs to be done if we’re to save the world from drowning, quite literally, in its failure to control its worst excesses.
Canada's current government is a distinctly environmental one – a huge change from the previous administration. napattorn686/Shutterstock