I am Charles, a retired environmental scientist based in Toronto, Canada. Recently, there is a lot of talk about “net zero” by companies and governments, including Canada. What does all this mean for Canadians?
Depending on your perspective, there may be too much information, or not enough of the right information out there to provide a clear picture about net zero. What can Canadians, as consumers and citizens, do to help Canada reach its net zero goal?
I first thought of an outreach effort to the public on net zero in 2019, at about the same time when the federal government announced its commitment for Canada to reach net zero by 2050. I assembled the team in the spring of 2020, and we started weekly virtual meetings on May 13, 2020. A year later on June 10, 2021, after 53 meetings, we launched the impactnetzero.ca website.
My team consists of some tech-savvy friends and family who have experience in environment and sustainability. We are excited about the considerable momentum toward net zero from leading organizations, and there needs to be more action to scale up ideas, solutions and practices. We address some of the big questions here, bring you up-to-speed on recent developments, and hope to inspire you to take action.
Full disclosure: The team has not accepted any external funding for the development of this website.