Whom Ontarians elect to form the next provincial government will have huge implications for setting environmental policy for the next four years.
Ontario contains one-fifth of the world’s freshwater, the third-largest wetland in the world, more than 240 species at risk, 3,600 plant species, 70 Important Bird Areas and roughly 300 species of breeding birds. The provincial government has primary jurisdiction over our lands and waters.
In 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that “Unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to close to 1.5°C or even 2°C will be beyond reach.” In March 2022, the panel found that the costs of climate change impacts have been rising in Canada since 1983, from an average of about $0.4 billion to $1.9 billion annually.
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