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Canada G7 will look to Canada to lead on climate action — at home and abroad

15:26  09 june  2018
15:26  09 june  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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The US can choose to continue to lead it or be left behind. Congress and the new Administration must continue to make action on climate change a priority, both at home and abroad . Read on below to find out how they should do so.

The only sane way out of this pincer attack is for Europe to pursue an ambitious path of climate action at home and abroad , shifting away The green area in Figure 3 shows what a fair share of the EU‘s global carbon budget would look like if If the EU does not lead on climate action , no one else will

a sign in front of a building: A sign sits in front of the Manoir Richelieu, the site of the G7 leaders summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, June 8, 2018. As the summit begins, international eyes are on Justin Trudeau and his climate actions at home and abroad.© Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images A sign sits in front of the Manoir Richelieu, the site of the G7 leaders summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, June 8, 2018. As the summit begins, international eyes are on Justin Trudeau and his climate actions at home and abroad.

The stakes are high and the world's eyes are set on Charlevoix, Que., for the G7 summit.

Leaders from the member countries will discuss the agenda set by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this weekend. Among the key topics: climate change, clean energy and economic growth.

With such an important role comes an immense responsibility. Canada has the capacity to lead on climate change internationally but it must also lead by example at home.

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Three G 7 countries - the UK, France and Canada - announced last year dates to phase out coal, while Italy is considering a phase-out by 2025 or 2030. But US President Trump is trying to head the wrong way, rolling back climate action at home and threatening to leave the Paris agreement.

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The summit comes during a critical year for climate change action — and since climate change is a global problem, it requires international co-operation.

The Paris climate change agreement, signed in 2016, is the first legally binding agreement to keep increases in the globe's temperature below 2 C. By the end of this year, the agreement will become operational, as countries will decide on the adoption of its rule book at upcoming UN climate negotiations in Poland.

a person holding a sign: A group of people protested the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in Whistler on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Some climate experts see the federal government's actions on Trans Mountain as indications that Europe will have to lead on climate.© Manjula Dufresne A group of people protested the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in Whistler on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Some climate experts see the federal government's actions on Trans Mountain as indications that Europe will have to lead on climate.

In this regard, the G7 provides a unified front to accelerate co-operation on emissions reduction, climate finance and transition to a clean economy. The message that comes out of the summit will serve as an example for the meeting of the G20 countries, which account for 80 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Luca Bergamaschi, the lead Italian negotiator on climate change from last year's gathering, said European leaders see Trans Mountain as evidence Europe will have to carry the ball on climate . Bergamaschi and Catherine Abreu, the executive director of Climate Action Network Canada , say

One representative called the US participation a “footnote on climate action .” Since Donald Trump announced to the world that the US would not honor its agreement to stay in the Paris Climate Accord, the administration has often said that it is just looking to renegotiate the deal.

Countries must maintain momentum in shifting to low-carbon energy by 2050 as stipulated in the Paris agreement, and in the context of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement and consequent isolation from the world scene, a unified G7 must reaffirm its commitment to the agreement.

One of the expectations was to confront Trump over climate change, although that was in doubt for a short while after reports that he was going to skip the climate meeting on Saturday over a Twitter spat with Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

In this atmosphere of polarization and nationalism, Canada is uniquely positioned to convene international players for action on climate change and clean growth.

Canada's role in climate change and the G7

There is mounting pressure for Trudeau to deliver a solid commitment on climate change at the G7 but also on domestic politics.

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Home US News. Grievances over climate change are, however, only a small part of Trump’s troubles with the countries comprising the group – Canada , France, the UK, Germany, Italy and Japan.

Urgent and concrete action is needed to address climate change, as set out in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. We welcome the conclusion of the negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU and look forward to its timely

So far Canada has set a precedent internationally. Last year at UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Canada launched the Power Past Coal Alliance to accelerate clean growth by phasing out coal, and it now has more than 60 members. Canada has also committed $2.65 billion by 2020 to help developing countries transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies.

Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, greets U.S. President Donald Trump during the official welcoming ceremony at the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Que., on Friday.© Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, greets U.S. President Donald Trump during the official welcoming ceremony at the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Que., on Friday.
Despite this, climate experts like Italy's lead climate negotiator, Luca Bergamaschi, see the Trans Mountain pipeline buyout as evidence Europe will have to carry the ball on climate. Canada's actions on its own soil will be viewed as evidence of its commitment to climate change, or lack thereof.

Trudeau's government was elected under a platform that promised to balance the economy with the environment, and there has been significant progress on climate policy — particularly after 10 years of inaction and isolation. For instance, the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change and the Just Transition Task Force for Canadian Coal Power Workers have set a precedent in Canadian policy.

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However, much more work remains, and we are not moving fast enough to limit global temperature growth below 2 C and transition into a low-carbon economy by 2050.

The transition to a low-carbon economy is not just for the environment but also for the economy.

The implementation of the Paris agreement will open new markets, new jobs and new infrastructure. It is estimated that $7.7 trillion needs to be invested until 2035 in energy-efficiency initiatives and renewable energy projects to support a low-carbon transition across Asia.

For Canada, a transition to a more diverse and low carbon economy can only be done through a just and fair transition for workers, communities, indigenous peoples, businesses and civil society.

The path toward a decarbonized economy must start with people and put climate action at the forefront.

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