The National Issues Report led by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) for the Government of Canada was recently published and provides a national overview of how climate change impacts our lives as Canadians. From communities, the environment, the economy, and beyond, this report identifies and demonstrates how we are adapting to climate change. ESSA’s Jimena Eyzaguirre was the Coordinating Lead of the International Dimensions chapter (Chapter 9) along with ESSA’s Cedar Morton, who was a lead author. This chapter looks at the indirect impacts of climate change, and assesses the risks and opportunities for Canada. The focus was on Arctic shipping and sovereignty over the northwest passage.
The key takeaways are:
Jimena and Cedar’s contribution to the National Issues Report is critical to understanding the impact of climate change with international dimensions, and how to forecast potential risks and adapt to these changes. Although much more research is needed, particularly as it relates to international trade, there is a need to begin laying the groundwork for adaptation and addressing the weaknesses identified. This report reflects ESSA’s mission, which is dedicated to bringing together people, science, and analytical tools to sustain healthy ecosystems and human communities. We envision a world where creativity, a focus on learning, and systems-thinking are the foundation of solutions to environmental challenges. To read the full article, click here.