Canada has been awarded its second first place Fossil of the Day awards on the second day of climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa. Canada was awarded this (dis)honour for proposing ‘eventual solutions’ for ‘urgent problems’, AND at the same time calling for ‘action’.
This “prize”, given to countries who are blocking progress at the United Nations climate summit, is awarded daily by a coalition of 700 leading international NGOs.
The text for the presentation of the award is as follows:
“Canadian environment Minister Kent said yesterday to media that: “There is an urgency to this. We don’t need a binding convention, what we need is action and a mandate to work on an eventual binding convention.”
What can we say. He nailed the first half of the sentence!
The second half needs some work: In order to address an urgent problem, we need a mandate to work on an eventual solution?
Like Canada’s plans to address its GHG emissions – this just doesn’t add up! (Canada has proposed many plans over recent years, none of which come close to reaching our weak target.)
Canada has agreed to keeping global warming below 2 degrees in Copenhagen, they have said they understand the need to close the gigatonne gap as soon as possible, and they claim to take the climate crises seriously.
*** But action is for everyone else! ***
To quote a panelist at today’s CAN international press conference: “Canada is quickly becoming a bad joke at these negotiations.” So please Canada – we need you to urgently work on an urgent solution to solve an urgent problem.
Thanks to Heather McKinnon of Climate Action Network Canada for this story.
P.S. We have actually understated Canada’s achievements. As we understand it Canada won both the first and second place fossil awards. A record that is going to be hard to beat.