Final Impressions of COP 21

Television networks covering Saturday’s COP 21 meeting explained the lengthy delay in approving a final agreement  by stressing the difficulty in getting acceptance of the text of the document.  Network announcers referred to the process as “deal making”, and many times queried:  “Do we have a deal”? In this bargaining over the text, negotiators considered …

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The Issue of Aboriginal Rights

On Thursday last the draft text of the Article 2 of the Climate Change Agreement referred to “The respect, protection, promotion and fulfilment of human rights for all including indigenous peoples.” By Friday the text of the Article had been revised, dropping any reference to “indigenous peoples”. Friday’s Article included many more words that could be …

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Where does Canada stand?

Prime Minister Trudeau addressed a plenary session of COP 21.  In his remarks he identified several factors that distinguish his Government from the previous Conservative Government. Most importantly Climate Change will be a priority during his term of office.  That is a change that Canadian voters will welcome.  Recent public opinion polls confirm a big change …

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Our Canada Day letter to COP 21

Monsieur Laurent Fabius, Ministre des Affaires Etrangères and Chairperson of COP 21 Quay d’Orsay, 75007 Paris France Dear Minister Fabius, For Our Grandchildren (4RG) is an environmental organization based in Canada with a single focus:  Climate Change. We have been critical of Canada’s participation in Conference of the Parties meetings in recent years.  Regrettably, Canada has been …

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