Environment Minister Peter Kent, just back from COP17 in Durban, has announced Canada's pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol is a cornerstone of international climate negotiations and plays a key role in addressing the climate crisis. The Kyoto Protocol was ratified by Canada in 2002, when the agreement became legally binding. Canada cannot consider itself off the hook.
Canada's withdrawal from Kyoto is grim news for the planet. "The Harper government has imposed a death sentence on many of the world's most vulnerable populations by pulling out of Kyoto," says Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Mike Hudema.
The Harper government's inaction on climate change has negative consequences at home and on a global scale. "The decision to leave Kyoto behind destabilizes the promise of action on the climate crisis. This is a further signal that the Harper government is more concerned about protecting polluters than people," adds Hudema. We need action on the climate crisis, and we need it now. This means taking responsibility for our emissions and putting an end to Canada's fastest growing source of emissions: the tar sands.
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