Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rally for Climate Progress

FRIDAY, December 10, 2010
12:10-12:40 pm

Pandora St. by Broad St. (by City Hall), Victoria

Speeches featuring IPCC climate scientist Dr. Andrew Weaver, national Green Party leader Elizabeth May (via Skype projection), NDP MLA Lana Popham, environmental activist Ken Wu, statements by MP’s Denise Savoie (NDP) and Dr. Keith Martin (Liberal).

Please attend this brief noon rally and award ceremony in downtown Victoria tomorrow (Friday) on the last day of the UN Climate Summit in Mexico. Activists are launching a campaign for a public mobilization over the ensuing year to ensure a binding agreement for a successor treaty to the Kyoto Accord (which expires in 2012).

Climate change is the most serious problem facing the planet. The largest mass extinction crisis in our history is being set in motion by climate change – scientists project that as much as 37% of the world’s known animal and plant species could be committed to extinction by 2050 under current trends. Other consequences of anthropogenic climate change include acidifying oceans, increasing droughts and floods, crop failures, intensifying storms and extreme weather events, expanding forest fires and forest insect infestations, and the creation of hundreds of millions of “climate refugees” from rising sea levels and droughts (resulting in escalating social conflicts and wars).

Canada’s minority Conservative government has been working hard to obstruct progress on an international agreement by opposing any legally-binding emissions reductions targets in a successor treaty to Kyoto.

At this year’s climate negotiations, Canada has again received the Fossil Award 3 times by the Climate Action Network International for obstructing progress in international climate negotiations and at home in Canada.

In a major affront to Canadian democracy, on November 17 the unelected Conservative senate killed Canada’s only climate bill, Bill C-311, that was passed by a majority of elected Members of Parliament (NDP, Liberals, and Bloc). Not in over 80 years has Canada’s unelected Senate killed a bill passed by an elected majority of MP’s without putting it up for debate. Check out Rick Mercer’s rant below.

Friday’s rally is being organized by the Majority for A Sustainable Society (MASS), a new group founded by Victoria environmentalistsKen Wu and TJ Watt. MASS will work to promote climate sustainability and environmental protection while counteracting the anti-environmental policies of the minority Conservative government, which is at odds with the environmental views of the majority of Canadians.

For more info contact Ken Wu at