WHAT IS THE ONE-TONNE CHALLENGE?
   
  HOW DO I TAKE THE CHALLENGE?
   
  CLIMATE CHANGE! WHAT'S
IT ALL ABOUT?
   
COME ON BOARD
 

 

Come on Board!

Every Canadian produces more than five tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions each year. That is approximately equal to the weight of 25 baby elephants!

Countries from around the world met in Kyoto, Japan in 1997 and agreed to cut global greenhouse-gas emissions. The agreement they signed is called the Kyoto Protocol, which Canada ratified in December, 2002.

As part of Canada's commitment to the Kyoto Protocol, the Government of Canada is asking all citizens to be part of a Canadian effort to reduce GHG emissions by one tonne, although they recognize that some of us will be able to do more, and others less. Reducing GHG's by one tonne seems like a lot but a few simple energy saving actions can add up!

Becoming more energy efficient is a challenge for all Canadians. Being energy efficient doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the conveniences of modern life - it just means using less energy to do so. If you would like to conserve energy and help reduce GHG's, there are a lot of simple actions that you can take at school, at home, at work or on the road. Start by thinking about how, when and where you use energy.

  • Do you turn off the lights when you leave the room?
  • Do you car pool, walk or ride your bike as much as possible?
  • Do you turn off the water when you brush your teeth?
  • Do you reduce, reuse, and recycle as many items as possible?

Answering "YES" to any of these questions means that you are already on your way to reducing GHG's. Make your energy saving actions count!

Change in the average weather that a region experiences. In Canada the effects of climate change may include:

  • Declining water levels in the Great Lakes
  • Changes in fish migration
  • Melting of the polar ice cap
  • Insect infestations in BC's forests
  • Hotter summers and higher levels of smog in major urban centers with an increasing number and intensity of heat waves and related health problems
  • More extreme weather events such as drought on the Prairies, ice storms in eastern Canada, flooding in Manitoba and Quebec

 

Small actions add up to make a TONNE of difference!

 

 
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