Our current federal government is one of the worst in the industrialized world when it comes to taking action on climate change. Canadians want action on climate change and it is not too late for Canada to be part of the solution. The world needs to have a Fair, Ambitious and Binding climate deal that ensures all countries do their fair share to tackle climate change and help poorer countries adapt. In order to get on the right track the Government of Canada must also stop trying to undermine and kill clean energy policies in other countries in the name of big oil companies.Read below for information on Canada’s role in:Attacking clean energy policy in other countriesInternational climate financingInternational climate change negotiationsClimate Action Network Canada is a regional node of Climate Action Network International. For a detailed discussion of UN climate conferences in which Climate Action Network Canada has participated, click here.
Attacking clean energy policies in other countries
The current government has established an “Oil Sands Advocacy Strategy” in the Department of Foreign Affairs and federal officials are systematically working to weaken clean energy and climate change policies in other countries in order to promote the interests of oil companies. At least three specific cases have already been identified (California’s low carbon fuel standard, a U.S. federal clean fuels policy known as Section 526, and the European Union’s Fuel Quality Directive), though there is reason to believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg and that the government is also attacking clean energy policies in other jurisdictions.
Organizations working on this topic:Council of CanadiansGreenpeaceResources for further reading:The Tar Sands’ Long Shadow
False start on international climate financing
The current government committed $400 million last year to help poorer countries adapt to climate change and reduce their own greenhouse gas pollution. This amount does represent Canada’s ‘fair share’ of the global total agreed to at the Copenhagen climate summit, but there were a number of problems with where this money came from and how it is being administered. The money was taken out of the existing budget for international aid, instead of being ‘new and additional’ as required by the Copenhagen Accord.
In addition to the money not being above and beyond what Canada was doing anyway, a disproportionate share of this money is only available in the form of loans. The world’s poorest are dealing with a problem they did little to create, and they should have access to grants to help them prepare for the worst impacts of climate change.
Image: Pakistani flood victims. Credit: UNFCCC
Resources for further reading:
Pembina Institute: Canada’s Fair Share Not As AdvertisedOct. 5, 2010Last week saw the federal government finally reveal where Canada’s 2010 international climate financing contribution will go. Unfortunately, the news shows that Canada’s contribution to helping poor countries tackle climate change is less than it appeared when first announced.
Canada’s Fair Share in a Climate Constrained World
This report by EcoEquity, SEI, and the Heinrich Boll Foundation, looks at Canada’s role in climate justice. In Canada, climate change policy has been dominated by short-term approaches that have systematically sacrificed responsible commitments in favor of sectoral interests. The result …
A pariah at international climate negotiations
Every year, the UN holds climate change negotiations that are known as the Conference of the Parties, or COPs. They are in a different location each time, and representatives from countries all over the world try to agree upon appropriate actions to tackle climate change.
For the past four years, the Government of Canada has been awarded the ‘Fossil of the Year’ at the United Nations climate change negotiations. This award is given by Climate Action Network International, a global coalition of more than 400 organizations, to the country that has maintained the worst negotiating position at the global climate change talks. Canada is also the only country in the world to have signed and ratified the Kyoto Protocol and then openly announced that it has no intention of honoring its commitments. <ahref="http://climateactionnetwork.ca/issues/government-inaction/learning-centre/international/un-meeting-archives/"class="excerpt_more">Read more</a>
Click here for archives of news, photos and documents from past United Nations climate negotiations. Resources for further reading:
History of Climate Negotiations
The David Suzuki Foundation gives a brief overview of all of the international Conference of the Parties (COP) negotiations, and other important climate change meetings up to 2009. Read report……