Fossil of the Day Awards for Canada

Canada was awarded yet another Fossil of the Day Award at the climate talks in Bangkok, Thailand, in recognition of the country’s obstruction of negotiations.

Canada wins First Place for blocking agreement on using 1990 as the base year for reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases.

By insisting on using another base year, Canada is out of step with the rest of the world. Canada’s Conservative government is going out of its way to obscure the fact that its target for reductions is so weak.

Canada insists that it is tackling the climate crisis with a target of a 20 per cent reduction from 2006 levels by the year 2020. That’s just 3 per cent below 1990 levels, and Canada still doesn’t have a plan to get us there. Meanwhile, emissions from the tar sands have escalated.

Last week, Canada picked up another Fossil of the Day Award thanks to Prime Minister Harper’s donut diplomacy. Rather than speaking at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, Canada’s Prime Minister jetted back to Oakville, Ontario — for a photo-op at a Tim Hortons donut factory.

Donuts, or taking action to save the planet? Harper chose donuts. Yet again, we see that Canada’s federal government is not interested in joining the world community in taking action on climate change.

Send a message to Members of Parliament to ask them to support Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act. We want Canada to take action to tackle the climate crisis, with science-based targets for reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases.


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