SOURCE: Canadian Wildlife Federation

November 30, 2015 17:43 ET

Canada Has Many More Important Steps to Take on Climate Change

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - November 30, 2015) - Canada has a lot of ground to make up in reducing emissions and beginning to adapt to a changing climate to meet expectations from the international climate change conference (COP 21) opening today in Paris.

Prime Minister Trudeau has promised to meet with provinces following the Paris conference to agree on national targets. Quickly after that action is needed that begins to actually reduce emissions and helps Canadians adapt to the impacts of changes to the climate, according to Wade Luzny, CEO of Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF).

Changes to the climate are already producing negative impacts on wildlife and people, including lost sea ice, reduced snowpack and water flows, increased water temperatures, and increased forest fires.

The federal government needs to support work to adapt to the impacts of changes to the climate. Some example include:

  • Managing our wetlands, lakes, rivers and streams and their vegetation are managed to retain water quality, moderate water temperature, provide water storage, and for flood regulation
  • Planning for changing coastlines as sea level rises, such as maintaining coastal wetlands and inter-tidal areas to help retain carbon storage capacity and to protect against storm surges and shoreline erosion
  • Sustainable management of native grasslands and inclusion of more drought tolerant native species into rangelands to increase resilience to drought
  • Rethink how we manage our forests in the face of the expected increased frequency and size of fires, particularly in the boreal region

Healthy ecosystems provide a wide range of services that benefit our economy and overall quality of life. They help mitigate the impacts of climate changes, are often the most cost effective approach to carbon sequestration and storage, and can also be incorporated into strategies at the local, provincial and national levels.

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation

The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, conducting research, developing and delivering education programs, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending changes to policy and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca

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