URGENT: Call NOW to Tell Canada Not to Derail Kyoto Negotiations at COP16
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Canada is poised to be a major obstacle to negotiations by standing against the Kyoto Protocol process. While current commitments under Kyoto are nowhere near an adequate response to climate change, it is currently the only legal framework we have for a global deal. If developed nations like Canada block the Kyoto Protocol process, developing nations may walk away from the negotiations. If Kyoto continues, there is no reason that developing nations and the USA cannot also take on commitments. But without Kyoto, the entire negotiating process may be derailed: we’ll lose over ten years of hard work and will have no framework to create a legally binding deal. We’re fast approaching the time that science says we need to peak our emissions—we simply don’t have time to start from scratch.
Canada says that developing nations will not walk away from the talks because they have too much to lose—essentially saying that developed nations can hold support, such as technology transfer and adaptation financing, hostage while eroding the entire negotiating process. This morning, Environment Minister John Baird dismissed the central principle of developed nations’ historical responsibility for causing climate change as a “sidecar” issue. Canada is refusing to take responsibility for its contribution to climate change.
Japan, which came out early last week saying it would not support any further commitments under Kyoto, said today that the conversation on Kyoto will not end in Cancun. We know that Canada is now one of the biggest obstacles to progress, and we need to make sure that our government knows they are acting directly against the desires of Canadians!
Call NOW to tell Canada to get out of the way of the Kyoto process!
Prime Minister’s Office: (613) 992-4211
Toll Free (ask to be put through to the Prime Minister’s Office): 1 (866) 599-4999
Minister of Environment John Baird’s Office: (613) 996-0984
Brief on the role of Kyoto in Cancun prepared by CYD members earlier this week: https://canadianyouthdelegation.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/cyd-statement-on-the-role-of-kyoto-in-cancun/
Political Representatives and Civil Society Groups Demand Canada Support Kyoto Continuation at Cancun Climate Talks (Climate Action Network Canada press release): https://canadianyouthdelegation.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/political-representatives-and-civil-society-groups-demand-canada-support-kyoto-continuation-at-cancun-climate-talks/
Video from this morning’s press conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFbxL2lKF-g
Youth Call for Canadian Commitment (Canadian Youth Delegation press release):https://canadianyouthdelegation.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/call-for-commitment.pdf
Summary of what we’ve heard about Canada’s stance on Kyoto from our negotiators: