Why Harper’s Kyoto Pullout Is a Death Sentence for Many of World’s Most Vulnerable

By Mike Hudema Green Peace CanadaDecember 13, 2011 For a vulnerable country like Tuvalu, its an act of sabotage on our future.—Ian Fry, Tuvalu lead negotiator   Yesterday I commented that the Harper government pulling out of Kyoto is essentially a death sentence on vulnerable populations all over the world. Many people online and in press comments said that such a comment is "sensationalist" and ... [click title to continue]

Canada condemned at home and abroad for pulling out of Kyoto treaty

China calls Canada's decision 'preposterous', while Greenpeace says the country is protecting polluters instead of people Damian Carrington and Adam Vaughan guardian.co.uk13 December 2011Canada has been condemned at home and abroad as "irresponsible" and "reckless" for pulling out of the Kyoto climate treaty, just a day after committing to a future legally binding deal at a major UN climate summit."I ... [click title to continue]

A discussion on the term "ecosocialism"

Alliance VoicesDecember 2011 In the online newsletter of the Socialist Alliance in Australia, Adam Baker raised an issue of the concept and ideology of "ecosocialism", a term the Alliance has been adopting. Ian Angus from Canada defended the use of "ecosocialism" as it has been developed in the Belem Ecosocialist Declaration. These two articles are linked below as a contribution to the ongoing discussion ... [click title to continue]

Canadian churches, climate change and Durban

By Dennis GruendingPulpit and PoliticsDecember 11, 2011I have at times been critical of Canadian faith communities for failing to make the environment a moral priority. But a good number of religious leaders in Canada and elsewhere, weighed in for the climate talks in Durban, South Africa. I will get to Canadians in a moment but will start with the fireworks that arose from an advertisement in the ... [click title to continue]

Climate Action Network Canada responds to outcome of UN climate talks in Durban

Climate Action Network Canada December 11, 2011(Durban, South Africa) Following an extra day of negotiations, the UN climate change talks in Durban, South Africa have finished. Hannah McKinnon, Campaigns Director of Climate Action Network Canada has responded as follows:“The most important thing to understand out of Durban is that countries have not yet succeeded in moving the world away from a ... [click title to continue]

Canada, the Grave Digger of Kyoto

Martin Lukacs HuffPost December 11, 2011 Few issues have united delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. But if you walked the halls of the International Convention Centre and mentioned the name of "Canada," the response would be unanimous -- a collective groan and lament. The only time the country elicited anything else was during a silent ... [click title to continue]

Nunavut youth accepts Canada’s “Colossal Fossil” award in Durban

"The embarrassing part was me being Canadian" By Frank Tester Special to Nunatsiaq News December 9, 2011 Sponsored by the Climate Action Network, a global coalition of over 700 non-governmental organizations dealing with climate change, a “First Place Fossil” award went to New Zealand for its mixed messages on climate change action.DURBAN, South Africa — Canada picked up an award Dec. ... [click title to continue]

Climate Change: Turning Our Backs on Canada

Bill McKibben, David Suzuki and others sign letter in support of the actions taken by the Canadian youth in Durban. On Nov. 28, international climate-change negotiations began in Durban, South Africa, as the 17th annual Conference of Parties (COP17) got underway. This is the third in a series of blog posts from Amara Possian, who is the co-ordinator of the Canadian Youth Delegation to this conference. ... [click title to continue]

COP17’s fossil awards: Week One, Canada in the lead

Money WebDecember 4, 2011 And the worst offenders are… DURBAN – After six days of deliberations at the United Nations COP17 climate change conference in Durban, Canada has the dubious honour of being awarded the “fossil of the day” award twice in a row. It has also notched up a second and third place, making it the most “capped” of the some 196 countries attending the forum.For those ... [click title to continue]