Greenpeace mobilizing Canadians to vote for the environment



    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace launched an election campaign
of its own today to convince Canadians to elect a government that will take
action to help stop global warming, says the organization.
    "Voters need to know that the government we elect will be at the table
representing a generation of Canadians on global warming," said Dave Martin,
climate and energy coordinator with Greenpeace. "This election will determine
whether Canada supports a strong, post-Kyoto treaty through to 2020, or
whether our children will be left to mop up our mess."
    Next year, the world will gather in Copenhagen to decide what a
post-Kyoto climate treaty will look like. Greenpeace along with 30 other
groups have called for a strengthening and extension of the Kyoto Protocol -
KYOTOplus. The UN climate change conference is widely anticipated to be a
historic watershed in the fight against global warming. The government elected
on October 14th will represent Canada on this world stage.
    To kick off the election push, Greenpeace e-mailed its 92,000 members in
Canada with an appeal to "vote for the environment." The organization says it
will also deploy its volunteer network and door-to-door canvassers to speak
directly with Canadians about supporting a candidate whose party is committed
to the reduction targets of the KYOTOplus campaign.
    The reduction targets of KYOTOplus are based on scientific
recommendations from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. If
implemented, the targets would reduce Canada's greenhouse gas emissions at
least 25 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020.
    The failure of Canadian governments to take action on global warming has
resulted in greenhouse gas emissions rising to about 30 per cent over the
target set by the Kyoto Protocol. The Harper government set a 2020 target that
is less than three per cent below 1990 levels.

    
    Greenpeace is asking Canadians to:

    - sign the KYOTOplus petition to show their support for action on climate
      change
    - ask friends and relatives to also sign and build support
    - ask their candidates to sign a pledge to support the target
    - vote for a party that will provide leadership on reducing greenhouse
      gas emissions
    

    Note to editors: More information on the KYOTOplus campaign is available
at www.greenpeace.ca/en/kyotoplus




For further information:

For further information: Brian Blomme, Media and Public Relations
Officer, (416) 930-9055; Dave Martin, Climate and Energy Coordinator, (416)
627-5004; Arthur Sandborn, Climate and Energy Campaigner, (514) 235-5955

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