We can protect the climate and the quality of life for people, plants and animals – here at home and around the world. There is now an overwhelming consensus that climate protection is affordable and achievable with already-available technology and modest lifestyle changes. To get there, we must transform our energy system, change the way we build our communities, manufacture equipment and appliances, and develop our natural resources. The key to unlocking this climate-protection potential is to respect that there are limits to how much carbon pollution we can put into the air, commit to help by doing our fair share and saying “YES” to clean energy.
The next ten years are critical. We must break our addiction to dirty energy – coal, oil and gas because that is where most of the carbon pollution comes from that is changing the climate. Growth in dirty energy supply and pipelines must be halted now because climate disruption puts the health and well-being of families and communities – here at home and around the world – at risk by making weather more extreme and varied. Climate disruption makes it more difficult to be safe from flooding or to keep the lights or heat on in an intense rain or ice storm; it can affect how we grow food, manage our forests, and sustain our economy. We also need to reform agriculture, forestry and mining so that less carbon pollution is created from the way we use fertilizers, raise animals, and disrupt the soil and landscape.
The good news is that we know how to manufacture our homes, buildings, vehicles and equipment so that they perform the way we want them to while using less energy. We know how to build, at increasingly affordable rates, renewable energy technologies that can generate the electricity we need to run our electronics, lights, equipment and vehicles, and to heat our water and homes using the power of the wind, sun and water. We know how to develop our cities and towns so that they are less car-dependent and give us more options for walking, cycling and using public transit. We know how to grow food closer to home using fewer or no chemicals. What we need now is to accelerate these trends. We need the moral commitment of citizens, politicians and business leaders to say yes to the changes that we need to make to keep our children, communities and the environment that sustains us safe – here at home and around the world.
Climate disruption is happening now, the need for a response is urgent, and the opportunities to phase out oil, coal and gas and phase in clean energy are plentiful.
Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac Canada) is a coalition of more than 100 organizations from across the country that cares about how a changing climate affects people, plants and wildlife. Our network believes that it is reckless not to invest now to keep our families and communities safe, especially when solutions are affordable. We are working together to advance solutions to managing our carbon pollution through sustainable and equitable development.
Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac Canada) is the only network in the country that brings labour, development, faith-based and aboriginal groups together with the key national and provincial environmental organizations working on climate change. The network plays a critical role in helping Canadian organizations understand and respond to climate change impacts and policies in Canada and around the world and to coordinate their collective work on this issue to maximize their collective impact. CAN-Rac Canada is unique in the Canadian climate movement because it is the only organization with a mandate to promote the climate movement as a whole, rather than the interests and programs of any one organization.
To combat climate change, particularly by building social consensus for the implementation of comprehensive climate change action plans by all levels of government, based on the best available science, with specific policies, targets, timetables and reporting, and to work with Canada’s governments, First Nations, Inuit and Metis, private sector, labour, and civil society for the effective implementation of these plans.
CAN-Rac Canada promotes solutions that protect the climate. The network’s work is supported by its secretariat that provides a forum for collaborative action, communication, policy development, and coordination to CAN-Rac Canada’s independent member organizations. Members recognize preventing dangerous human interference with the global climate system involves significant opportunities for reforming how society uses and generates energy, and utilizes natural resources, water and land.
Members support the mission, mandate, and activities of CAN-Rac Canada and endorse this Charter and the following Domestic Statement:
Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada believes that to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, slow climate change, and make the transition to a climate friendly economy based on the efficient use of clean energy and resources, the following conditions must be met:
 Long-term Global Goals for 2050: Phase out fossil fuel emissions and phase in 100% renewable energy. Climate Action Network International, June 2014.
A global budget of 2900 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Gt CO2 eq.) since the industrial revolution to have a greater than 66% likelihood of not exceeding 2°C. Two thirds of the budget has already been used as of 2012, leaving less than 1000 Gt CO2 eq. IPCC Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report, p. 40.
 The 2020 gap is, according to a recent United Nations Environment Programme report, the difference between global emission levels consistent with the 2°C and emission expected if country commitments are implemented. “Global emissions should not be higher than 44 Gt CO2 eq. …However the range of expected global emissions (median estimates) from the pledge cases is 52 – 54 Gt CO2 eq. in 2020. The gap in 2020 is therefore 8 – 10 Gt CO2 eq.” The Emissions Gap Report 2014: A UNEP Synthesis Report, November 2014, p. xix
 The New Democratic Party’s Private Members Bill C-619: The Climate Change Accountability Act, calls for a target of 34 percent below 1990 levels by 2025 (about 47% below 2005 by 2025).
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