The United Nations has seemingly developed serious bi-polar disorder, given two recent yet diametrically opposed announcements. The United Nations Pact on Migration signed on December 19 2018, completely ignores the dire warnings issued by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just two months prior. As a country bordering the Arctic, this lack of holistic approach could send carbon levels skyrocketing beyond anything imaginable. Given the stark warning of the IPCC giving us only twelve years to control carbon levels before they say we face civilization-ending consequences, it is hard to imagine why the U.N. would put any process in motion that could cause the most major move in terms of CO2 levels since the industrial revolution. Here I will look exclusively at Canada but climate scientists in other northern countries should be sounding the alarm.
The math here is depressingly simple. Canada has the highest per capita energy consumption in the world. This is due to many factors but the main one that remains immutable is the intense cold experienced by most parts of Canada. As of this writing some parts of Alberta are still experiencing parts of the record cold seen in Canada this winter, with temperatures continuing to hover near minus 50 Celsius. The fact is even average temperatures in Canada and to some extent the rest of the global north mean that any mass migration to those areas would be disastrous according to IPCC data. The average energy consumption in Canada according to Statistics Canada was 302 GJ consumed per Canadian household in 2007. The number has risen since then due mostly to immigration as the Canadian population tends to be steady except for this factor. The levels being immediately proposed by the Liberal Party would increase Canadian immigration that would add 3 million persons. Therefore adding 906 000 000 GJ of energy, which run through a carbon calculator yields an increased carbon footprint of 54 559 000 tones of CO2 per year. Having this massive which would be unavoidable to sustain left. side the Arctic ice sheets is a disastrous move according to the data of the IPCC itself. There are groups in Canada strangely enough mostly funded by the Tides Foundation an environmental org. or its affiliates that are pushing for Canada to have a population of 100 million by 2100. The carbon footprint of this would be completely off the scale and an absolute death sentence according to the UN’s own figures. This would add 18 120 000 000 Giga Joule for 60 million extra people and a heart stopping 1,091,000,000 tonnes co2 per year. I would note all these numbers are low on the Impact side because I made all calculations for Natural gas, the cleanest heating energy by far, with only half the Carbon foot print of other methods.
Unless there are serious flaws in the IPCC Data and Estimates it could increase the knock on effects of carbon levels to the unimaginable, and far beyond the dire predictions that give us only a dozen years. Every massive spike to Canada’s population will have massively magnified
effects on carbon emission. Any thought that this could be generated by renewable energy lacks any understanding of our geography and weather. We cannot escape the heating energy levels, and solar , wind could in no way replace this because of our weather and geography. Having heat in January in Flin Flon or Churchill is a basic necessity of human life. The only way to generate this incredible amount of extra power would be to dam the rest of our mighty rivers and trample Indigenous rights. The carbon footprint and ecological disaster brought on by the construction is hard to fully calculate.
The energy requirements in the global south by comparison are incredibly low. Argentina has for example a consumption rate of 79.57 Giga Joules per person as Brazil 60.3 GJ , Cameroon 18.5 GJ, Indonesia 35.71 GJ. So a person now residing in Indonesia creates 2.15 Tonnes of Carbon. This same individual in Canada would produce 18.19 almost ten times that.
I call on the U.N. IPCC to immediate intervene and demand that the rest of the U.N. pay closer attention to carbon facts before making pronouncements that would increase our carbon footprint exponentially and unavoidably and, according to its organizations data, end human civilization. You can check the Numbers yourself use the figures here and the calculator here
Response form Climate Justice and a random so called environmentalists have a very close read and think about waht their responses mean in regard to what this is all actually about