Canada Wins 1st & 2nd Place Fossil of the Day award - Toronto Mayor accepts award
The two main negotiating groups have been suspended since Wednesday and Thursday so there isn’t much to report from the negotiations themselves. People here are still debating the merit of the Tuvalu proposal calling for a transparent discussion about the legal outcomes of COP, as well as the splitting of the G77 into a group that consists of India, China, Brazil, South Africa and other emerging economies and another group that consists of small island nations and least developed countries.The biggest event that took place today was the Fossil of the Day awards in which the EU won third place and Canada won second AND first place. We won second place for saying this morning that our target – 3% below 1990 levels by 2020 – is based on science. “Canada’s chief negotiator insisted in a briefing this morning that his country’s target of -3% below 1990 are, in fact, based on science. The price quote–in answer to a question, was: “Yes, Canada’s targets are science-based. Absolutely, yes.” Last we checked, the IPCC scientific community called for 25-40% emission reductions below 1990 levels. The Fossil Supreme Command Council can only conclude that he wasn’t referring to climate science at all, but rather the science of mathematics–because -3% is, indeed, a number. (Although a very small one.) Speaking of math, Canada already promised in the Kyoto Protocol to go to -6% from 1990 levels. Oops! Further, when the chief negotiator was asked this morning if he believed Canada’s so called “science based-target” would protect melting summer sea-ice in the North West passage, he responded quite accurately that he is not a scientist and therefore cannot predict sea-ice. Canada, here’s a piece of science you can understand: you’ve won the second place Fossil Award. Canada won first place for awarding his own made-up “Hot Air” award to the Pembina institute yesterday “It doesn’t get much clearer than this: Canada’s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, said yesterday that, quote, “it’s in Canada’s interests to replace the Kyoto Protocol with a new agreement.” He didn’t explain whether that’s because he’s scared to face Kyoto’s compliance committee It also appears that Canada’s environment minister is suffering a serious case of CAN envy. Yesterday, he invented his own prize, the Hot Air of the Day Award, and tried to give it to a Canadian environmental group (Pembina Institute). Here is Climate Action Network's response: "It’s a true honor to be recognized for hot air by this government, the world’s acknowledged masters in that area. But even though imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we’d be even more flattered if you actually signed on to a fair, ambitious, and binding deal instead of trying to wriggle free of the climate promises you’ve already made and broken.” In yet another Fossil twist, Toronto Mayor David Miller, a vocal advocate for strong federal and municipal action on climate change, accepted the first place award. He told the crowd that the Canadian negotiating position was not representative of Canadian sentiment on climate change; that Canadians care about the environment and are working to protect it. He also said that he was ashamed to accept this award on behalf of Canada. It was such a surprise to see him here and I for one got a little teary at the whole thing. This award ceremony also featured a rendition of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" satirizing Canada.
There was also a powerful Canadian-US-First Nations tar sands action and it was another tear jerker. Videos to come.