We’ve done it. We’ve finally done it. Canada has found a way to shock the world. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna made such a crazy statement at the Paris Climate Conference over the weekend, everyone’s still reeling from it.
Speaking at a closed plenary session on the weekend, the minister said she wants countries to commit to keeping rising average temperatures to within 1.5 degrees C of pre-industrial levels. Why is this huge news? Well, the scientific community has been promoting a 2 C threshold for many years, according to the Canadian Press.
The federal government is setting a precedent and McKenna wants to recruit other nations to sign on to this lofty goal.
“If we want to achieve this temperature goal, everyone needs to be part of this. We need maximum participation where everyone puts their best efforts forward,” she said in a transcript provided to CP.
The ambitious climate agenda is, however, not loved by all. Canada’s federal Conservatives and New Democrats say the goal is unattainable. But, it looks like at least one Green Party observer approves.
The observer, former CBC meteorologist Claire Martin, who was in the room during the talks said to the National Observer, “I was freaking out. I was writing it all down like a nut.”