Greenpeace projects message on Parliament Buildings to mark anniversary of Kyoto



    OTTAWA, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace marked the third anniversary of
the Kyoto Protocol coming into force by projecting the words "Wanted: Climate
Leaders" on the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa this evening. Activists holding
candles also held vigil in protest of Canada's lack of progress on combating
global warming.
    The projection, measuring roughly 15m x 15m, lit up the Parliament
Buildings' Centre Block at approximately 7:00 p.m. and remained there for
30 minutes. Greenpeace activists left the site confident their message had
been delivered.
    "This is a message to everyone on Parliament Hill that global warming is
at your doorstep and it's time to show some leadership on reducing greenhouse
gas emissions," said Dave Martin, Climate and Energy campaign co-ordinator for
Greenpeace Canada. "The Kyoto anniversary is a sad day for all Canadians who
have seen a lot of hot air from Parliament contribute to rising global
temperatures."
    When Parliament ratified the Kyoto Protocol in December 2002, it agreed
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions six per cent below 1990 levels between 2008
and 2012. The Protocol took effect internationally on 16 February 2005.
However, by the end that year, emissions had increased 33 per cent above our
Kyoto target, placing Canada among the worst countries in the world for
reducing emissions.
    "With a federal election around the corner, it's not just the
responsibility of politicians to show leadership on climate change, but also
the voting public who are going to fill the position in our want ad," said
Martin.
    Greenpeace is calling for Canada to honour its Kyoto commitment and then
move on to further deep reductions that will see greenhouse gas emissions
reduced at least 25 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80 per cent by
2050.

    Note to photo editors: High resolution pictures of the projection and
    candlelight vigil will be posted online at www.greenpeace.ca/gallery
    shortly.




For further information:

For further information: Spencer Tripp, Greenpeace communications, (416)
605-8408; Dave Martin, Greenpeace Climate and Energy co-ordinator, (416)
627-5004; Arthur Sandborn, Greenpeace Climate and Energy campaigner, (514)
235-5955 (French)


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