Statement on behalf of youth at CAN-RAC press conference

Amara Possian delivered a statement during Climate Action Network Canada‘s press conference yesterday, on behalf of the Canadian Youth Delegation. You can listen to it here or read the text below.

The Canadian Youth Delegation is here to represent the voice of our generation and those to come, as our government adamantly refuses to do so.

Let me be absolutely clear: the Canadian government is not negotiating at COP 17 in good faith. It is negotiating on behalf of the interests of polluters,consequently blocking tangible progress for climate justice.

The Canadian government chooses to subsidize the oil industry rather than climate solutions, and has announced that it has no intentions of signing on to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol or respecting the principle of common but differentiated responsibility.

Our government would rather spend 1.4 billion dollars a year subsidizing a dying oil and gas industry than on becoming a producer of green technology.

It prefers to lobby foreign nations to continue accepting our dirty tar sands oil rather than working together to create green energy infrastructure and sustainable communities.  It bullies countries in an attempt to weaken international agreements rather than constructively working toward a fair, ambitious, and legally binding treaty. And even as countries like China take steps in the right direction, the Canadian government refuses to budge on its rejection of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Canadian Youth Delegation is profoundly outraged that the Canadian government favors profit over people; pollution over a safe and healthy global climate.

Despite the Canadian government’s inaction, children and youth around Canada are imagining the solutions we need for a just and sustainable future. Here are some pieces of art created by children in Victoria middle schools, representing their vision for the future.

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