Climate Change Where We Live

RH King Academy

TDSB

Scarborough, Ontario

Question:
How will Climate Change Impact people in Ontario?

Current Situation/ Context:

  • Causing unusual Weather patterns
  • Affecting our agriculture
  • Glacier melting causing water levels to rise

Answer:

  • Climate change is happening right now and it is happening rapidly
  • It will continue to grow worse unless something is done about it
  • The sea levels will continue to rise while the glaciers melt
  • The weather patterns will continue to be even more unusual

Melting Glaciers

  • Stop drilling for oil in the Arctic
  • Use renewable energy sources
  • Reduce waste
  • Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases
  • Reduce consumption of meat
  • Invest in ecologically friendly technology
  • Increase awareness of climate change
  • Ice is melting rapidly
  • Animals are endangered
  • Sea levels are rising
  • Impacting the lives and survivability of Northern Aboriginal Communities in Ontario

Current Situation:

Answer to Question:

Actions to Take:

Question: How prepared is Toronto for damage from climate change?

Current Situation:

  • Extreme weather is becoming ever more frequent. Extreme weather events now occur every 6 years, instead of every 40 years as they used to.
  • Toronto has experienced a 2.7 temperature increase since the late 1800’s.
  • This changing climate causes damages to agriculture, infrastructure and the economy.
  • Flooding, ice storms, and icy roadways are all examples of the effects of climate change which cause damage to our city.

Answer to Question:

  • Toronto has increased the size of storm sewers, increased the number of rain barrels, and changed the slope of some land areas. All of these actions are to control and direct runoff to avoid flooding.
  • Basement backflow prevention programs have been implemented.
  • 42 million dollars has been allocated to energy conservation, 20 to renewable energy projects and 22 to retrofitting city facilities.

Action to Take:

  • Increase tree coverage to absorb water and filter the air.
  • Upgrade and retrofit damaged infrastructure.
  • Provide more backwater valves.
  • Build berms where possible to control floodwater.
  • Improve snow plow dispatch systems.
  • Continue to increase awareness about climate change and prevent the effects from persisting.

Question:

How could the city better protect and sustain itself from unforeseen natural disasters?

Answer:

Invest in new technology

    • Flood Trackers
    • Heated tipping bucket rain gauges
    • Implementing protection systems
    • Invest in flood controls for buildings

How can our change in transportation help minimize climate change?

  • Transportation is responsible for Canada’s 28% greenhouse gas emission
  • The city reduced the emission from their buses by upgrading the catalytic converter and muffler system but it still was producing greenhouses gasses
  • Change can be made by introducing higher tax on gasoline and diesel.
  • Create a low carbon economy through cap trade system. This will limit pollution and create investment opportunities in Ontario. The "cap" puts a limit on how many tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions businesses, institutions, and households can emit.
  • The government should give a higher percent of tax return to someone who drives an electric car. This reward system will encourage more people to switch to electric cars and benefit the environment.
  • We should switch to more eco-friendly vehicles such as Tesla and other electric cars which have given us a way to minimize climate change.
  • Reduce speed limits because more speed increases fuel usage.
  • Our busses/trains should also be electric to avoid major emissions.
  • Instead of a v8 people now have the option to buy v4 cars that consume very little gas.

Mia, Jonathan, Towsif, Marissa & Arnav.

Sustainable Farming

The farming industry creates a huge amount of emissions and pollution.

QUESTION: How can we make our agriculture & produce industry more sustainable?

  • Stop subsidising the meat industry, so people eat less meat.
  • Give subsidies to small organic vegetable farms.
  • Ban harmful pesticides.
  • Subsidise greenhouse farming, so we can continue local farming though the winter.
  • Create educational programs to teach children how to eat GREEN.

Question: How would investing in green energy benefit Ontario economically, socially, and environmentally?

  • Economically: Converting to green energy will create thousands of jobs as this industry is labour-intensive
  • Environmentally: Green energy causes little to no greenhouse gases and air pollutants, minimizing risks of environmental disasters on a provincial and global scale
  • Socially: Increased green energy and decreased non-renewable energy result in better air and water quality

Actions we wish that Ontario would take…

  • Increased investment in wind farms in northwest Ontario, where wind is most plentiful
  • Fund further research and development to find cleaner and more cost efficient ways of producing green energy 
  • Engaging with businesses, governments and consumers to help them realize their threats to the environment and challenging them to power their operations with 100% renewable energy can help better our environment. 
  • Investing in renewable energy, such as solar panels on school roofs can help save money, provide a hands on educational opportunity for students, and contribute to cleaner air. 
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