“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”
This is a copy of the letter that I signed for email through the David Suzuki Foundation website. If you want to join in to support this communication go to http://action.davidsuzuki.org/what-is-next
I am writing to express my sadness and shame on hearing of your decision to withdraw Canada from the Kyoto Protocol. As critics worldwide have noted, this will undermine global efforts to fight climate change and will leave millions in harm’s way. Coming on the heels of your efforts to scuttle the climate talks in Durban, South Africa, this is also widely seen as a repudiation of core Canadian values: internationalism, support for those in need and environmental protection. Droughts, heat waves, floods, the spread of disease and other effects of global warming are now killing an estimated 300,000 people a year and driving many more into poverty. Thousands of species of plants and animals–crucial to our own health and well-being–are also going extinct as climate change wreaks havoc on their habitat. Please also know that, regardless of your government’s failure to adequately address climate change, I and my family and friends will continue to fight for the progress being made nationwide in facing this huge challenge–by provinces, municipalities, non-profit organizations, businesses, unions and individual citizens.
We will do this because we know :
* Climate change affects all of us;
* Solutions to it fight poverty and ensure that vulnerable people and countries aren’t left behind;
* These solutions also generate better jobs and deliver cleaner air, better health and a brighter future for us, our children and grandchildren.
Please tell me how the federal government plans to compensate for its withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol, a regime that has encouraged many countries to slash their greenhouse gas emissions.
Waiting for another international agreement, which might come into effect in 2020, is not an option. We can’t delay a decade. We must act now. Nor is relying on your government’s current targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, which are utterly inadequate given the scale of the challenge.
Today’s “stone” Day 9 no stone unturned