According to a recent survey, 53% of Canadians feel anxiety when they think about the consequences of climate change on the future of the planet and the environment. This feeling is called eco-anxiety.
If you feel eco-anxious, it is a legitimate feeling, because the consequences of climate change on our planet are real and it is important to act quickly to address them.
However, rest assured that you are not alone and that together it is possible to make change happen.
Objective 2050: Net Zero Emissions
Science is clear and the statistics speak for themselves: average global temperatures are rising and if this continues, the consequences will be irreversible.
It explains why most countries have signed on to the goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This target aims to keep the global temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
In Canada, one of the activities that contribute the most to pollution is the landfills since they are responsible for almost a quarter of the country's methane emissions.¹
This greenhouse gas is 25 times more harmful to the environment than CO2. It is emitted when organic matter is buried without oxygen in the ground, which is what happens in the landfills.
Since greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to reaching 2050 objective, addressing the problem of landfills becomes a priority. This is a big challenge, but one that can be overcome, if governments, businesses and citizens come together and take action.
The Power of Citizens
Although it is everyone's responsibility, change begins with everyone's individual and daily efforts but can accelerated by the implementation of innovative, responsible and green solutions.
Whether it is through better management of organic waste or the use of green energies, if each person adopts a more eco-friendly behavior today, the change will be felt first locally, then will extend nationally and planetly. There are no small gestures because they all contribute to the great collective change.
How and Where to Start?
Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to take a first action for the planet and encourage those around you to do the same.
That said, doing your part for the environment can be complex, and it’s hard to know where to start. Here are some resources that can help you see things more clearly:
- Learn how to waste less
- Learn how to make the most of food waste
- Learn how to recycle food waste properly
- Choose an innovative food recycling solution