Climate change is a hot topic, particularly in Alberta. The narratives to avoid action on climate change are all over the map. “How can global warming be real if winter this year is so cold? Isn’t this just a normal fluctuation in earth’s temperature? There’s nothing we can do about it anyway. It would hurt our economic interests too much to do anything about climate change. It’s not going to be a problem for a long time, so why worry now? It wouldn’t be so bad to have warmer temperatures! The weather seems normal today! The hole in the ozone layer causes climate change. Scientists still disagree about whether climate change is really happening. It’s not our fault!” Climate change is a polarizing but crucial issue facing our world and these arguments are rife in our political and social discourse. This section will help you sift through some of these statements and help you understand how the law can play a role in our climate change crisis.
Climate change and the law is one of our topical sections focused on a more discrete area of the law – the others include species, water, toxins & waste, and energy. You can jump around these sections in any order and can focus on a particular topic that is important to you or you can start here and move through each one – this will help you understand how each area of environmental law is connected. Start with the links on the left hand side, and as you complete each sub-topic, you will follow the links at the bottom of each page (or the links on the left hand side) to the next topic in order.
 Sara Rust & Michael Gonchar, “A Lesson Plan About Climate Change and the People Already Harmed by It” (22 March 2017) The New York Times online: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/learning/lesson-plans/a-lesson-plan-about-climate-change-and-the-people-already-harmed-by-it.html.
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