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Poland climate conference Canadian disgrace

Just to quote from a few press releases issued by Environment Canada today:

Environment Minister Jim Prentice issues a statement upon the release of the European Union Scientific Review Group’s decision on Polar Bear imports. The statement reads: I was pleased to learn that the European Union’s Scientific Review Group has indicated that it is satisfied with Canada’s management of its polar bear population. I am encouraged that the EU interim ruling released today allows for the continued import into the European Union of polar bear hides and trophies from Canada, with the exception of those from declining bear populations in Kane Basin and Baffin Bay in Northeastern Nunavut.

December 11. Environment Minister Jim Prentice issues the statement he delivered at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland. “Canada believes that a shared vision for long term cooperation that places us on the path to a low carbon future is required. That shared vision must ensure continued economic growth and sustainable development while reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050,” he said. Call 819-997-1441.

CANADIAN YOUTH CLIMATE COALITION December 10. The delegation announces that they have met with Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner and engaged in a dialogue with him at the United Nations Climate negotiations in Poznan, Poland. The organization says that they did not agree with the minister’s representation of Alberta as an environmental leader. Call 48-507-669-555.

CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK CANADA December 10. The organization says that Canada is leading the race to the bottom at UN climate negotiations. Organization member Steven Guilbeault of Equiterre says “It’s becoming increasingly clear that Canada is using the global economic downturn to justify its demand for weak intensity targets, rather than the strong science-based targets the world needs to avoid dangerous climate change”. Call 613-241-4611, ext 238.

December 11. The organization joins with others to comment on Environment Minister Jim Prentice at the UN Climate talks in Poznan Poland. “Minister of Environment Jim Prentice’s two speeches today at the UN climate talks in Poznan seemed to signal a change in tone, but were disappointing in their lack of any commitment to strengthen Canada’s action on global warming. Over the past week, Canada has taken a shameful role here. Our country has been singled out as a spoiler. And the Minister’s speeches today did not contain any signal that Canada will do the right thing and commit to the science-based emission targets and scaled-up financing that the world needs to avert dangerous climate change.” Call 613-302-9913.

December 11. MP Navdeep Bains calls on the Conservatives to respond immediately to environmental damage caused by Alberta’s oil sands. ” The Harper government is missing in action as the oil sands continue to pollute without consequence,” said Mr. Bains. “The government promised sustainable development but it has failed to deliver on its promises… These leaks are putting Canadians and the local eco-system at risk. Where are the federal regulators who are responsible for this?”. Call 613-995-7785.

And tomorrow, Friday, in Washington: Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon meets with United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to discuss bilateral issues. Call 613-995-1851.

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