More jeers for Canada

2011-12-07 14:32

Canada maintained its status as least popular nation at COP-17 in Durban today.

The Canadian youth delegation turned their backs on Canada’s environment minister when he spoke in the plenary at the talk with T-shirts that read: “Turn your back on Canada.”

Minister Peter Kent could barely be heard above the applause that followed the Canadian youths’ stunt. He continued despite the ruckus, saying that Canada would play its part in the fight against climate change.

The youth delegation was evicted afterwards.

“Canada is carrying its weight and proud to be doing its share,” Kent said in his speech.

Canada has continually been under fire for jumping ship on the Kyoto Protocol and refusing to sign on for a second round.

Rumours also did not want to die that Canada wanted to abandon the protocol in its entirety.

It’s proposed commitment has also been described as weak, while activist say its obstructionist position is linked to protecting its interests in an oil reserve project.

The Climate Action Network in Canada said afterwards that Canada is turning its back on the world – the world should turn their back on Canada and move on without them.

Yesterday, Canada won yet another fossil of the day in Durban.

The Fossil of the Day awards were first presented at the climate talks in 1999, in Bonn, initiated by the German NGO Forum.

During UN climate talks, members of the Climate Action Network (CAN) vote for countries judged to have done their “best” to block progress in the negotiations in the last days of talks.

It was awarded first place due to its continued hardened stance on the Kyoto Protocol.

“Canada’s position has been clear when it comes to Kyoto – without movement from large industrialising emitters, Canada will not budge.”

The network said in addition to having “this fossilised position”, Canada’s minister also seems a bit confused in his messaging, saying that all major emitters have to be on board in order to “prevent global warming hitting or exceeding 2%”.

“2%? Two degrees? Facts don’t seem to matter when your mandate is to protect polluters and not people,” the network said.
“Perhaps the Minister has confused two degrees with two percent because one of this government’s top lines to avoid action is to say they are only responsible for two per cent of global emissions.

“Important to note is that Canada is in the top ten global emitters no matter how you cut it: per capita, absolute and historically.”

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