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Friday, October 30, 2009

A Challenge To Stephen Harper


Will there be a global climate deal at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December? With the clock ticking and a host of major political issues yet to be solved, some people have voiced their doubt. The Prime Minister of Canada is waffling on whether he is going to even attend or not.
If the whole world goes to Copenhagen and leaves without making the needed political agreement, then the conference will be seen as a failure that is not just about climate change. It will be seen as the whole global democratic system not being able to deliver results in one of the defining challenges of our century.

There is a steady momentum regarding climate change throughout the world. It would be irresponsilbe for the worlds governments not to use this momentum to create the changes needed now.

Two requirments should be fulfilled by the heads of state attending the conference; Politicians need to become more actively involved and developed countries need to come forward with specifics on finances. Our Prime Minister does not seem to want to come forward on either of these two requirments.

The climate conference may not put in place a climate treaty this year; however, it should be close to an agreement with these essentials in place:1. How much are the industrialized countries willing to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases? 2. How much are major developing countries such as China and India willing to do to limit the growth of their emissions? 3. How is the help needed by developing countries to engage in reducing their emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change going to be financed? 4. How is that money going to be managed?

The new climate treaty will be replacing the Kyoto Protocol which was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997 and entered into force on 16 February 2005.

The Green Party candidate in this riding, Jason Blanch has put together a two minute video challenging the Prime Minister to go to Copenhagen if he can garner 15% of the vote in this area. It does not matter which political party you vote for – everyone should watch this video. It is about our future and the future of our children. You can see the video at: