OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - On the first day of UN climate change
negotiations in Durban South African, an open statement demands Canada
should at least not impede progress in Durban towards an ambitious,
equitable and binding international agreement on climate change.
"Canada has a track record of acting more in the interests of big oil
companies than Canadians at UN climate negotiations," says Maude Barlow
of the Council of Canadians. "We are the only country to have come out
of the Copenhagen UN climate negotiations to return home and weaken our
emission reduction targets, allowing more climate change pollution,"
The statement endorsed by a diverse group of Canadian civil society
organizations accuses the Canadian government of losing its moral
compass on climate change, outlining key examples of Canadian
government inaction and attempts to undermine climate change policy.
"Canada allowed the funding for the important EcoENERGY renewable energy
programme to expire and threatened to end the EcoENERGY Retrofit -
Homes program while continuing to subsidize the oil and gas industry
approximately $1.4 billion annually" says Patrick Bonin, climate and
energy director at Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution
"We hope the government takes a serious look at our statement and does
not simply resort to name-calling those who oppose its position," said
Jim Britton, Western Region Vice-President of the Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, referring to Prime Minister
Harper's 'no-brainer' and 'extremist' comments during protests against
the Keystone XL pipeline by environmental and labour groups.
The statement endorsers include Canadian environmental non-government
organizations, social justice groups and unions, representing over one
million people across Canada.
"It is time Canada's government started representing the desire of the
majority of Canadians to participate in a binding international plan to
reduce emissions, starting in Canada," said John Bennett, Executive
Director of the Sierra Club Canada.
A number of Canadian organizations have representatives in Durban
monitoring and responding to Canadian government actions.
SOURCE COUNCIL OF CANADIANS
For further information:
Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Campaigner, Council of Canadians, 613-218-5800, email@example.com