Why should we care about climate change? We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change and the last to be able to stop them. If we don’t do something now, the province of Quebec will be submerged under water by the end of the century if nothing is done to prevent the global temperature of the planet from rising by 3 ° C, as forecast by the UN climate experts gathered recently.
The urgency to act on the environmental level does not seem to be shared by the world’s great leaders. Yet, on a global scale, such warming will lead to accelerated melting of the ice in Greenland and Antarctica and an increase in water temperature. Under the effect of warming, it will expand and take up more space, which will lead to aggressive gnawing.
In Quebec, the tide will rush into the St. Lawrence to the eastern suburbs of Montreal. After the beautiful Old Quebec, Saint-Roch and Limoilou, the river will swallow Bécancour and part of Trois-Rivières, then all around Lake Saint-Pierre, from Yamachiche to Berthierville, before reaching the streets of Contrecœur and Charlemagne.
These projections aren’t only tall tales to scare us, they are based on the knowledge accumulated over the past two decades. They combine satellite and radar data. Québec’s economic future can not be based on fossil fuels or GHG emitting sectors. It has to go through projects that reduce the absolute carbon footprint and concretely contribute to lower emissions.
Environmentalists call for a revolution in transportation modes, which account for 40% of the province’s polluting emissions.