Are Canada's emissions too small to matter, or too big to ignore? Take a look

As our nation debates what to do, a common discussion point is: How important are Canadian emissions in the global scheme of things?

Some voices argue that our rising emissions, our foot-dragging and our broken promises don't really matter because our climate pollution levels are too small to matter globally. Others argue the opposite; that our emissions are globally significant and therefore we have a responsibility to at least keep pace with the Americans and Europeans in the climate fight.

To help you decide, I created a chart showing the global context. Climate pollution from each of 184 member nations[ii] in the United Nations (UN) is arranged in order from least to most. As you scroll down the list, here are two questions to ponder:

  1. Which set of nations do you think are critical to winning the climate fight?
  2. Which nation is Canada?

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