The charitable sector likely isn’t among Canada’s biggest polluters — oil sands operators, automotive companies, logistics firms, petrochemical plants, and cryptocurrency mines. Is it still under the same obligation to take drastic climate action?
There is virtually no data to show just how much non-profits and charities contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through their operations, but the sector’s share of the pollution pie is likely small. Just over half of all of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in 2019 came from either the oil and gas or transportation sectors, according to data from Environment and Climate Change Canada. The other Canadian economic sectors account for between 7 and 12 percent of the country’s total GHG emissions.
That’s not to say the sector doesn’t have any impact on climate emissions. Most non-pro
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