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]

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]

Canada’s fossil fuel exports a threat to global climate: study

National Office, CCPA November 29, 2011   To get serious about climate change, Canada needs to not only cut its consumption of fossil fuels, but also stop peddling fossil fuels in export markets, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).According to the study, greenhouse gas emissions embodied in Canadian ... [click title to continue]

African Activists Blast Tar Sands

Tar sands highlighted in lead up to UN climate summit in South Africa By Tim McSorleyThe DominionNovember 28, 2011In Durban this week, you're blinded by green. From billboards to uniforms, it's impossible to miss that this South African city is hosting the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.One would think you could not get any further ... [click title to continue]

Canada Wins 1st and 2nd Place Fossils – Threatens, Insults

CAN InternationalNovember 28 2011 Durban, South Africa – The first day of the United Nations climate change negotiations started off badly for Canada. It earned the First Place Fossil of the Day for failing to support a Second Commitment Period for the Kyoto Protocol, and abandoning even its current participation in Kyoto.It also took Second Place Fossil for insulting the Least Developed Countries, ... [click title to continue]

Climate Change and Indigenous Movements

By Ben PowlessNew Socialist webzine07 November 2011 Climate change: you can't get away from it these days.Except for a few die-hard holdouts, the scientific argument has carried the day in most places. It is now recognized as an international priority, though you wouldn't know it from the actions of our so-called leadership. That urgency is being felt by nobody more than Indigenous Peoples, who happen ... [click title to continue]