Speaking of taking action against climate change, a strong case can be made that the single most important thing we can do to reduce the chances of catastrophic climate change is to phase out coal. Coal is the one fossil fuel that is definitely abundant enough to cause catastrophic climate change. As such, we need to:
- Prevent the construction of new coal plants that emit carbon dioxide, including in the developing world
- Convert existing coal plants to run on biomass, greatly reducing their net climate impact
- Encourage the early shutdown of existing coal facilities, partly through a carbon price
- If possible, develop carbon capture and storage technologies
What actions can we as individuals undertake to advance the decline of emissions-intensive coal, both in Canada and around the world?