A Seat at the Table

In the course of his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised he would rip up the Paris Accord on climate change. Since his election he has stated that he has an open mind on the US involvement in this Agreement. In his Senate confirmation hearings, Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobil and Trump’s nominee for … Read more

A letter that should be published!

Our colleague, Michael Brothers, wrote this letter commenting on Alberta’s climate change policies to a Toronto newspaper.  It hasn’t been published. Given the importance of the issues raised the letter should be in the public domain.  Please circulate as widely as possible. Dear Sir, I am, I must admit, a numbers person.  If I am advised … Read more

COP 21 – The Leadership Factor – Cautious Optimism

The reductions in carbon emissions reported in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions submitted by the COP 21 countries are far short of what is required.   To stay within 2°C of warming, COP 21 countries must promise greater reductions. For increased reductions there must be momentum towards an effective agreement.  Momentum requires on-the-ground leadership. Two individuals … Read more

What can we expect from COP 21 (the Paris Conference of the Parties)?

Can these Parties who, nearly two decades ago, agreed to limit emissions causing climate change, finally take effective steps towards that goal?   A failure to do so, such as happened at the Copenhagen COP, will confirm the ineffectiveness of the United Nations, the only international organization that can bring countries together to generate reasonable solutions. … Read more

Notre lettre à Ministre Laurent Fabius

Monsieur Laurent Fabius, Ministre des Affaires Etrangères et Président de COP 21 Quay d’Orsay, 75007 Paris France Monsieur le Ministre, For Our Grandchildren (4RG) est un organisme environnemental basé au Canada avec un seul objectif: le changement climatique. Nous avons été critique de la participation du Canada à la Conférence des réunions des Parties au cours … Read more

Academic Report on the tar sands

  Three years ago, the Harper Government requested the Council of Canadian Academies to assess how technology could reduce the environmental impact of oil-sands production, projected to more than double by 2030. A Council Panel very recently released its report. It concluded that fossil fuel companies working the tar sands needed to take urgent action … Read more

More press release propaganda!

In 2007 our Conservative Government undertook to limit emissions from the fossil fuel industry.   In 2011 and again in 2012, the Government advised that it was drafting regulations to this end.  No such regulations have been issued. The Conservative Government excused its failure by referring to the need for a continental infrastructure that included the … Read more

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