MONTREAL, Oct. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace today applauded former US
Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) on winning the Nobel Peace Prize today.
"This is excellent news," said Greenpeace Canada spokesperson Joslyn
Higginson. "This prize, and the incredible attention it adds to this issue,
will only bring greater pressure to bear on nations like Canada and the United
States, who are delinquent in the global fight against climate change -
particularly as we approach the critical Kyoto negotiations in Bali this
December, under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCC)."
According to Greenpeace, the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Gore
and the IPCC also rings alarm bells for the Government of Canada. According to
versions of the upcoming Throne Speech circulating today, Prime Minister
Harper is preparing to claim that Canada's Kyoto commitments cannot be met.
"While the entire world is applauding the efforts and accomplishments of
Mr. Gore and the IPCC in combating climate change, the Harper government is
playing petty politics with the biggest threat of our time - this Prime
Minister is becoming more and more isolated on this issue."
This is all the more disturbing in the context of Mr. Gore's
characterization of the fight against climate change as a moral and ethical
challenge, not a political one. "Here, as everywhere, climate change is a
moral and ethical question that can only be met with leadership and resolve,"
Joslyn Higginson added. "That is exactly where Canada is falling short."
Last April 27, Mr. Gore, author of the award-winning book and documentary
An Inconvenient Truth, criticized the Harper-Baird climate change plan,
released a few days earlier. At the time, Mr. Gore blasted the Conservatives'
new policy as a "complete and total fraud.... designed to mislead the Canadian
people" and urged Canadians to increase pressure on their government. The
Harper-Baird plan was the source of additional outcry internationally.
"International recognition for Mr. Gore and the IPCC only brings the
inadequacies of the Harper-Baird plan into starker relief, underscoring the
bankruptcy of their schemes and petty politics, which are underminig public
interest and confidence."
For further information:
For further information: Jocelyn Desjardins, Communications, Relations
publiques, Greenpeace, (514) 212-5749