EDMONTON - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report on the impacts of climate change. In response, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement:
“The IPCC report shows that the damage done by climate change is irreversible. This is devastating. Natural ecosystems are being pushed beyond their ability to adapt. We are seeing extreme patterns emerge year over year. Will next summer in Alberta break the record set by last summer? It’s extremely scary to consider.
“But all is not lost. The IPCC report clearly states that we still have a small window of time to prevent the very worst from happening. According to the report, this needs to be the decade of action if we have hope of keeping the 40% of the human population vulnerable to climate change as safe as possible.
“All levels of government must immediately work together to establish ambitious climate targets to prevent this earth-shattering disaster. We need more ambitious targets than Net Zero by 2050 - a goal so tepid that even the Exxon-Mobil corporation has signed on. We need a just transition that puts people first to create a new and better future for all.”