Canadian climate change stories
How a changing climate is impacting Canadians and their communities.
There is a strong scientific consensus that climate change is occurring. The global climate system is warming. Climate change may be the most important environmental issue of our time.
The scientific evidence we see includes increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global sea levels. Plants and animals are also being affected by climate change. Although natural processes have caused climate change in the past, the recent global warming is scientifically attributed to human activities and mostly to emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
Our economic and social systems will be impacted by climate change. Human impacts on the global climate system are unalterable in the short term, so adapting to current and expected patterns of climate change is essential. Even if we do undertake real and concerted efforts to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions it may take centuries to see notable results.
The impacts of climate change will vary from area to area in Canada. Some places may be less severely impacted than others, but some regions may see substantial transformations. As climate changes so will expected patterns of weather. For some regions more frequent severe weather events may occur. Some areas may become drier, or wetter, significantly warmer, or even experience brief periods of cooler than expected weather. Winters may be very different in many places across Canada.
Many Canadians may already be observing change, have been affected by it, or have experienced severe weather events in recent years. These events might be attributable to climate change, or they may just provide a glimpse of what we can expect in the future as climate change advances.
The National Municipal Adaptation Project and Geolive have developed an interactive map that allows individuals and communities to tell others about their experiences with changing climate, severe weather events, and other changes that have been observed and have impacted communities and livelihoods.
The map provides an opportunity to upload videos, pictures and stories that show how change is affecting you or your community. For example, you might provide observations of change that you have seen over the last decade in your region, or your experience with recent and perhaps more frequent severe weather events. The map helps provide a portrait of climate change across Canada and its impacts on Canadian communities.