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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

You Still Have Time

You still have time to send the Prime Minister of Canada a letter before the UN Climate Change conference: please feel free to copy from the one I wrote.  And you don't need a stamp as long as you use the House of Commons address!

Right Hon. Stephen Harper
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Prime Minister:

Anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is an indisputable fact and an enormous crisis for humanity. It is also a highly significant issue of global environmental justice: 80 % of greenhouse gas emissions are released by just seventeen countries – one of which is Canada. People are dying of starvation in the Horn of Africa and drowning in Bangladesh due to the changes caused by global warming. Canada has done little or nothing to correct this situation. We have not committed to domestic emission reduction targets nor have we capped growth in the tar sands. Therefore, and quite rightly, we are the subject of international criticism due to our failure to act in any meaningful way.

Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister of Britain, stated that “In every era there are only one or two moments when nations come together and reach agreements that make history, because they change the course of history. Copenhagen must be such a time. There are now fewer than 50 days to set the course of the next 50 years and more. If we do not reach a deal at this time, let us be in no doubt: once the damage from unchecked emissions is done, no retrospective global agreement is some future period can undo that choice. By then it will be irretrievably too late."

Please ensure that Canada is on the right side of history in this matter: send our negotiators to the UN Climate Change Conference with a commitment to legally binding, science based greenhouse gas reduction targets.


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