Ban Ki-moon, in an exclusive interview with CBC News, says Canada needs to stop stalling on setting climate change goals, and instead become "ambitious and visionary."
The UN Secretary General, while acknowledging the Stephen Harper government pledged $300 million dollars
to the UN's Green Climate Fund that helps developing countries fight
climate change, said there's more to be done by Canada at home.
Part of that change would involve moving away from a reliance on fossil fuels.
"There are ways to make a transformative change from a fossil
fuel-based economy to a climate-resilient economy by investing wisely in
renewable energy choices," he said.
According to the recent 2014 Climate Change Performance Index, a
report from European groups Climate Action Network Europe and
Germanwatch, only Australia rivals Canada in terms of its poor climate
change record, among 34 countries analyzed.
Ban said there's additional pressure for Canada to act in the wake of the recent deal between the U.S. and China to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.
UN Climate Change Conference talks are ongoing in Lima.