Press Release: Youth Apologize for Canadian Bad COP Behaviour
For Immediate Release
November 30, 2011
CONTACT | Robin Tress
Media Coordinator, Canadian Youth Delegation to COP17
CANADIAN CONTACT – Daniel Cayley-Daoust
Youth Publicly Apologize for Canada’s Bad COP Behaviour
Durban, South Africa (11/28/11) — Recently Canada’s international reputation has been plummeting, most notably at the United Nations climate change negotiations where Canada has been recognized as the most obstructive and damaging country for four years in a row. However, in a return to good old fashioned Canadian manners, the Canadian Youth Delegation is publicly apologizing for a problem they didn’t create. This morning an apology letter, written by Cameron Fenton director of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, was published in The Mercury, a Durban daily newspaper.
The apology was presented to Canada’s lead negotiator, Guy St. Jacques, this morning and was delivered this afternoon in a press conference at the UN Climate Negotiations.
“As COP17 kicks off today in Durban, Canadians here at the summit in South Africa and back at home are profoundly sorry. We want to apologize in advance for our government and our negotiators who in the coming weeks will undoubtedly stand in the way of progress, blocking any international agreement to combat climate change,” begins the letter, going on to cite irresponsible Canadian policies such as Environment Minister Kent’s declaration to defend the tar sands at the COP17 climate negotiations and Canada’s recent rejection of the Kyoto Protocol.
Already, Canada has been awarded two first place Fossil of the Day Awards and shows every sign of continuing to derail progress in the next two weeks as countries from all over the world strive to come to an agreement on how to solve the climate crisis.
“So to South Africa, and the world, we are sorry. Our government is putting polluters ahead of people around the globe, but we can’t give up hope,” Fenton’s apology ends on a positive note, “We are here with you to stand up to Canada and forge a path forward to build a just, sustainable future.”
– 30 –The Canadian Youth Delegation to COP17 is a united front of youth from across Canada tackling the biggest challenge of our generation: the climate crisis. Acting locally, provincially, federally, and internationally, we combine our forces to educate and empower youth. We represent the voice of Canadian youth at the UN Climate Negotiations. For more information, see cyd-djc.org.