Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Canadian Parliament Sets Climate Change Intent

All three opposition parties have made it clear that Canada should define targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change before heading to international climate talks in Copenhagen next month.

The Bloc Quebecois introduced a motion to Parliament, supported by the NDP and Liberals, that stated

That, in the opinion of the House, Canada should commit to propose at the Copenhagen conference on climate change:
1. reducing, through absolute reduction targets, greenhouse gas emissions in industrialized countries to 25% lower than 1990 levels, by 2020;
2. the necessity of limiting the rise in global temperatures to less than 2 degrees C higher than in the preindustrial era; and
3. supporting the developing countries in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to climate change.

The Conservatives voted against the motion.

This week's motion contains many of the proposals from Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act that is still moving through the legislative process; however, unlike C-311, the motion is not legally binding.

The public gesture of supporting the motion is a welcome one, but real action would have been to pass Bill C-311 when it was before the House five weeks ago.

Canada can do more and must do more to address the global crisis of climate change.


Raul said...

"Canada can do more and must do more to address the global crisis of climate change." I really agree with you! Now is the time to make our world better!

Katherine Lim said...

Thanks for the support, Raul! Hopefully this message carries all the way through the Copenhagen climate talks.

Canada Guy said...

Canada is the climate change bad guy. We have ignored our Kyoto commitments, have poor emissions targets for Copenhagen, and we are actively trying to disrupt climate meetings. But we still have a chance to change and lead.

We have a minority government in power. If the other parties are serious about climate change, they need to prove it with a vote.

j_mcbane said...

I completely agree. Canada can do more, and we need to make the government realize that Canadians want more!

Here's how we can help do that:

Event: The World Wants a Real Deal

World leaders are gathering in Copenhagen this December to negotiate a new global climate agreement.

Between December 11th and 14th, Canadians will be organizing and attending events across the country to send a clear message: The world wants a real deal. That means a climate agreement that is fair, ambitious and binding. Rallies in support of a real deal are being held in major cities in Canada and around the world on December 12th as part of the Global Day of Action.

To see if an event is already scheduled in your town, or to create and register your own event, visit