Media Availability - Greenpeace keeps keen eye on UN climate change conference in Bali



    TORONTO, Nov. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace is available to comment on the
proceedings of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which convenes
next week in Bali, Indonesia. These are crucial talks at which governments are
expected to agree to the next round of negotiations for cutting greenhouse gas
emissions under the Kyoto Protocol.
    Canada's environment minister, John Baird will be attending the
conference where he may find himself isolated because of the Harper
government's refusal to meet Canada's Kyoto targets for reducing greenhouse
gas emission and its opposition to binding targets for future reductions.
Greenpeace is calling for completion in 2009 of formal negotiations on binding
targets for reducing emissions
    Greenpeace spokespeople, both in Canada and in Bali, are available to
appraise Canada's position at the conference, and comment on the issues of
forestry, energy and the tar sands that to a large extent determine how much
greenhouse gas Canada's emits into the atmosphere.
    Greenpeace is demanding that the government stop development of the tars
sands, which are one of major culprits responsible for Canada's continued
increase in emissions, and protect the Boreal Forest, a massive store of
carbon which, if released, would significantly accelerate global warming.




For further information:

For further information: Jane Story, Greenpeace Communications Officer,
(416) 930-9055; Jocelyn Desjardins, Greenpeace Communication Officer, (514)
212-5749

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