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Destruction of McClelland Lake Wetland Complex Flies in the Face of our Climate Change Commitments

April 4, 2022

Wild Lands Advocate article by: Phillip Meintzer, AWA Conservation Specialist

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After spending much of the summer of 2021 under a blanket of wildfire smoke and witnessing the extreme fall floods in our neighbouring province of BC, the impacts of climate change are more tangible than ever before. To ensure we minimize the worst effects of the climate crisis, humanity (more specifically – corporations and governments) needs to work to ensure that we stay below 1.5°C of global warming. The pathway to do so has been laid out. It requires meeting the strict emissions targets set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These targets include a 45 percent reduction in emissions from 2010 levels by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions globally by 2050. Meeting these targets doesn’t mean we will avoid any and all severe impacts from climate change. But it means that future generations should hopefully have a more habitable planet than if we continue with business as usual.

It is my belief that Non-profit organizations like the Alberta Wilderness Association provide a clear framework that creates opportunities for Albertans to actively participate in the protection of their provinces resources.
- Chelsea Caswell, Student, University of Lethbridge
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