New climate report shows time running out for Canada - Harper needs to heed warnings, act on Kyoto: Greenpeace

    MONTREAL, April 6 /CNW Telbec/ - With the world's scientific community
releasing an apocalyptic report about the dangers of global warming,
Greenpeace Canada said it is a now a moral issue for Prime Minister
Stephen Harper.
    "Continuing to avoid real action with real targets, knowing the dangers
the world faces, isn't a political issue anymore. It's a moral one," said
Greenpeace's climate and energy campaigner, Steven Guilbeault. "Mr. Harper has
an obligation to future generations to act now, and honour Canada's promise to
the world through Kyoto to pollute less."
    Today's report, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,
predicts large-scale, drought-induced food shortages in much of the world; and
dangerous rises in sea levels due in part to shrivelling polar ice caps. The
IPCC again clearly linked human activity in changing the climate to wide-scale
harm on humanity, and one of the world's biggest extinction events yet.
    "Once more, world scientists are telling us that time is running out. And
once more, Canada's government is unprepared to do what scientists and the
public wants: Deliver a real plan to reduce dangerous emissions and honour the
Kyoto Protocol," said Guilbeault. He also pointed to a report authored in 2006
by a senior former economist for the World Bank that said the economic costs
of climate change are 20 times higher than fighting it.
    "Mr. Harper can't pick and choose the issues where Canada engages the
world," said Guilbeault. "Canadians want to help protect the only planet we
have from the dangers of climate change. They know that time is running out,
and now have more evidence of the scope of what the world faces together. This
is a global problem with a global solution-and it's simply unacceptable for
Canada to continue without a plan to honour Kyoto."
    Guilbeault, a long-time analyst of world and domestic climate policy, was
in Kyoto, Japan where the treaty to fight climate change was born.

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For further information: Steven Guilbeault, (514) 231-9650; Joslyn
Higginson, (416) 996-5679

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