A Safe Climate Future: What Is the World’s Carbon Budget?

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave. (St. George TTC Bedford exit, 1 block North), Toronto

Doors open at 6:30pm

An objective of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is to limit temperature rises to 1.5°C above the pre-industrial global average.  We need to stop burning of coal before 2030, and decarbonize our transport systems by 2050 in order to achieve this goal. But is 1.5°C even possible? And what will it take for us to get there?

Film: Delivering on 2 Degrees – Professor Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, talks about the Paris Agreement and what is needed to limit global warming at 2°C.

Speaker: Patricia Warwick, Climate Action Now, on Canada’s carbon budget and how we are doing in doing our part in staying under a 2 degree C rise in temperature.

Speaker: UNHCR For over 65 years the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been protecting the rights and well-being of refugees all over the world. The majority of the 59.5 million people of concern to the UNHCR are now situated in “climate change hotspots” and the IPCC has observed that climate change will, in combination with other factors, drive more displacement in the future.

Discussion Focus: How is Canada doing in meeting its carbon budget targets? What action do we need to take to ensure we meet our obligations? What can we do to help prevent and respond to climate displacement?