Wednesday December 7, 2011
How Green Is Your Valley?
Green parties in Canada
condemn government's sabotage of international climate agreement
Released by the BC
and representatives of the Green Parties of Canada, Yukon, British
Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New
Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and
Labrador expressed their horror and shame today at the Harper
government's long-term, deliberate, and destructive sabotage of
international negotiations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit
the effects of anthropogenic climate change.
Canadians strongly support signing on to a new international climate
agreement, according to a poll by Environics Research conducted for The
Globe and Mail in November of this year ("Support for climate action
still strong in Canada, poll finds" November 30, 2011). But the
Conservative government plans to pull out of the only agreement on the
table, the Kyoto Accord, after years of reneging on Canada's commitments
and undermining the negotiating process.
Scientists around the world are calling with increased urgency for an
international agreement to curb carbon emissions and to begin meaningful
reductions by 2015. In a recent article in The Guardian, Fatih Birol,
chief economist at the International Energy Association, said "If we
don't change direction now on how we use energy . . . the door will be
closed forever" ("World headed for irreversible climate change in five
years, IEA warns" The Guardian November 9, 2011).
Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party
of Canada, met her provincial and territorial counterparts by
teleconference as she began her trip to Durban to attend COP17 - where
Canada will again be a frontrunner for Fossil of the Year award. "We ran
out of time for politics of deny and delay over a decade ago. The
scientific warnings are clear -- failure to move decisively now will
leave our own children in an unliveable world. What kind of parents are
we?" says May.
"Canada used to be seen as a nation of peacekeepers and a model of
solidarity in the world, especially toward Africa," said Claude Sabourin,
Leader of the Parti Vert de Québec. "Now Canada is seen as a
militarily-oriented country that chooses its own short-term financial
gain over the welfare of others. The Harper government's willful
obstruction of international climate negotiations will fix Canada's
reputation - for the worse - in the minds of the global community."
"Dealing with climate change is so urgent that it seems incomprehensible
that our federal government fails to see that inaction will be much more
costly than taking even modest steps," adds Jane Sterk, leader of the
Green Party of BC. "Today's young people, future generations and other
species will pay a terrible price for this willful ignorance."
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