WATCH — Where the federal leaders stand on climate change
Find out what experts say about each party’s promises
⭐️HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW⭐️
- A federal election is happening on Sept. 20.
- Each party is making promises to tackle climate change.
- But which ones are really going to make a difference?
- Read on to learn more. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️
After record-breaking temperatures in Western Canada this past summer, some say the effects of climate change have never been more obvious.
The town of Lytton, British Columbia, was destroyed by a wildfire in June after recording the hottest temperature in Canadian history, at 49.6 C.
And that’s just one example.
Many cities and provinces saw warmer temperatures than average, and experts say it’s the new normal.
Across Canada and around the world, kids have been putting pressure on governments to act quickly on climate change.
A federal election is the perfect time to check in and see where Canada is at and what kinds of commitments politicians are making.
CBC Kids News spoke with three experts to evaluate what the main political parties are promising on climate change during this election.
Watch this video to learn more:
Who we spoke to
The experts we spoke to are all knowledgeable about climate change and how to keep global temperatures from rising.
None of them supports a specific political party.
- Title: Professor, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia.
- Location: Vancouver, B.C.
- Areas of research: Environmental, climate and energy policy, federalism, comparative public policy.
- Title: Associate professor, Department of Political Science and Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo.
- Location: Conception Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Areas of research: Environmental policy and politics surrounding oil extraction in Canada’s major oil-producing provinces.
- Title: Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto.
- Location: Toronto, Ontario.
- Areas of research: Global governance and environmental politics, how to develop pathways to decarbonization, carbon markets.
What we asked them
We asked each expert to tell us how detailed each party’s platform was, and how effective it would be at fighting climate change.
They evaluated each party based on how ambitious their platforms are, but also looked at the details provided.
Check out the video above to see how each party fared.
For more information on elections in Canada, check out these articles:
- WATCH — What are political parties in Canada?
- WATCH — How do Canadian elections work?
- WATCH — How to vote
We also want to know what issues are most important to you in this election.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what’s important to you during this election campaign.
With files from Nicole Mortillaro/CBC
Top image credit: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images, Graphic design by Philip Street/CBC