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Climate change is dramatically altering the planet as we know it. The poorest people contribute the least to climate change, yet are hit hardest by its impacts. Communities in the Global South are struggling most to survive in the face of prolonged droughts, extreme storms and sudden floods. It is time to address the root causes of climate change and help people adapt to its impacts.

Canadians have one of the highest carbon footprints in the world, so we have a responsibility to change course. Development and Peace believes that by working together, we can tackle the injustice of climate change. We can make the transition to a more sustainable and equitable world. We can speak up, we can consume less, we can consume in more sustainable ways, and we can support the work of Development and Peace to empower people to adapt to climate change.


By continuing to extract, burn and transport fossil fuels which took millions of years to create, Canada is contributing to the warming of the planet. We use oil, coal and natural gas, unaware of the global consequences, to run cars, heat homes, conduct business and power our factories.

Canada’s economic dependence on fossil fuels is the main reason our government has refused to significantly limit our greenhouse gas emissions. Canada is the only country in the world to have withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol. We have become isolated on the world stage because we have not been doing our part. Recently, the European Union, Mexico, the United States and China have announced ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets, while Canada lags behind. Download the report Feeling the Heat to learn more about the devastating impacts of climate change on the Global South.


The United Nations’ Conference on Climate Change (COP21), from November 30th to December 11th, 2015, in Paris, will be the opportunity for world leaders to sign, for the first time, a binding agreement to tackle climate change and bring concrete solutions to this crisis. This future treaty must clearly state the actions agreed upon by states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain the global rise in temperature below 2°C. It will also need to address how to support communities in adapting to the existing impacts of climate change.

It is time for us to take action as individuals, as communities, and as a country, for the survival of people in the Global South, and for the survival of our planet.