The Saskatchewan Environmental Society has given high priority to the climate change issue. The effects of climate change around the world are now clearly visible. In Saskatchewan the largest effect to date has been very heavy rainfall events and extensive flooding. Globally, climate change has disrupted the hydrological cycle, accelerated the melting of Arctic sea ice, resulted in a sharp decline in mountain glaciers, caused a dangerous rise in global sea levels, increased the intensity of hurricanes and typhoons, led to extensive damage of coral reef ecosystems, reduced wheat and maize yields, and killed hundreds of thousands of people each year.
In order to stop climate change, fossil fuels worldwide must be phased out by no later than 2070. SES strongly supports replacing fossil fuels with a renewable energy future. One of the highest priorities for action in our province is the phase out of SaskPower’s coal fired power plants. SES has prepared a detailed paper on how this phase out might be accomplished in an orderly way. Read about our potential energy future.
To help build the climate change movement in Saskatchewan, SES is leading an educational campaign on climate change issues called the Climate Friendly Zone campaign. People are encouraged to declare their own homes a Climate Friendly Zone and take actions that reflect that declaration. Declare your home or business a climate friendly zone. Saskatchewan’s inaction on climate change to date is reflected by the fact that per capita greenhouse gas emissions in our province are more than three times the national average and there is a steady increase in payments under the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program. SES holds public education events and news conferences on climate change, and has corresponded with every Member of the Saskatchewan Legislature on the issue, laying out a plan for how Saskatchewan could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% over the coming decade. Read our letter to members of legislature. In 2013, five non-profit organizations in Saskatchewan organized the Saskatchewan Citizen Hearings on Climate Change. Read a detailed report on these hearings.