Stay home Minister Kent, says Sierra Club Canada

Media Release, November 28, 2011

OTTAWA - Environment Minister Kent should stay home for the next two weeks and NOT participate in the United Nations climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa. Indeed, Canada's absence from the negotiations would be seen by many as a good thing.

"Rather than waste taxpayers' money doing the bidding of the oil companies and winning Fossil of the Day awards, one austerity measure this government could and should take is to stay home,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “The money saved could keep several government scientists employed for years and it would be welcomed by nearly everyone," said Mr. Bennett.

Fossil of the Day awards go to countries that deliberately ignore their responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and try to block a global agreement," said Mr. Bennett. “And that’s exactly what Canada is doing.”

Canada was the only country to violate international law by ignoring its obligation to reduce climate changing emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. Even China did more than it was required to do.

Scientists agree it is urgent we limit the rise in the earth's temperature to two degrees Celsius. If we don’t, catastrophic storms, sea level rise, droughts and floods will be inevitable.

"Rich countries like Canada continue to ignore the science and increasing evidence of climate change. Pointing fingers and calling people names won't change facts," said Mr. Bennett.

John Bennett, Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada





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