Cancun 2010: Canada receives dubious ‘Fossil’ award for attempts to maim Kyoto Protocol
The Fossil of the Day is voted on by more than 500 leading international organizations and awarded to the country or countries that have done the most to disrupt or undermine the UN climate talks.
“It is unbearable to sit and listen to the Harper government’s rhetoric when it comes to climate change – this government has done nothing, is doing nothing, and hopes to continue to do nothing by refusing to allow the Kyoto Protocol to do what it was designed to do – reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Steven Guilbeault of Equiterre.
“Canada’s greenhouse gas pollution is soaring and instead of doing anything to reduce it, we are trying to get in the way of more than 180 countries that recognize the urgency in taking action.”
“While tracking Canada I have spoken with many negotiators who expressed dismay that Canada has joined a coalition of the unwilling for the Kyoto Protocol,” Canadian negotiator tracker Joanna Dafoe said. “While Japan has taken all the heat for its position, it is clear that the Canadian government’s position is equally destructive.”
The Kyoto Protocol is the only international legally binding treaty in place to reduce global greenhouse gas pollution.
“While the Kyoto Protocol is not perfect, it is the best tool available right now to ensure that the world does not careen further towards even more catastrophic impacts of climate change,” said Patrick Bonin of l’Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA). “Despite signing on to Kyoto, Canada’s is farther away from its target than any other country in the world.”
“The survival and continuation of the Kyoto Protocol — regardless of what Canada seems to think — is critical both to these negotiations and the planet,” said Virginie Lambert Ferry of Greenpeace Canada.
“It is outrageous to see Canada undermining the future of the Kyoto Protocol. In Cancun, the Canadian government should be working towards the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol as a way to make real progress on fighting climate change.”