Top Global Greenhouse Gas Emitting Countries (GHGs/Capita)

 

One of the most common arguments, employed by incumbents to justify inaction on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions is "The emissions of our country are a tiny portion of the global total. As a result - there is nothing that we can do which can make a difference". Specifically: global GHG emissions in 2014 were 35 thousand million tonnes while average per capita Canadian emissions were 14.1 tonnes. What possible difference can any one individual make?

This is a classic case of framing: make the problem seem so vast and any individual action to address it seem so tiny, that any form of solution appears totally impossible. 

But what if the problem is framed differently? Suddenly it becomes much more manageable! 

 

SourceCarbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, United States The World Bank Open Data

 

Consider that the average Canadian per capita emissions of 14.1 tonnes and compare this with the Saskatchewan average of almost 70 tonnes per capita. Consider that