Photo: Let's keep campaigning to make Canada part of the solution to climate change in 2010!

Over 100,000 people gathered in the streets of Copenhagen for a candlelight march in largest climate protest to date. (Credit: The world wants a real deal)

By The David Suzuki Foundation Climate Change Team

David Suzuki Foundation supporters and coalition partners across Canada made tremendous strides in the lead up to the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. Canadians are calling for strong climate leadership and thanks to you, momentum is growing every day. We need to keep up the pressure.

While Canada's prime minister and world leaders failed to deliver the fair, ambitious and binding agreement we need to fight global warming, the movement for solutions in Canada and around the world has never been stronger and alive!

Clearly, the federal government's weak performance and lack of ambition in addressing climate change was out of step with the unprecedented mobilization of Canadians.

All told Canadians took thousands and thousands actions, including sending messages and phone calls to the prime minister, organizing events across Canada and joining over 15 million people worldwide who signed the tcktcktck petition.

From individual citizens to mayors to faith groups, from doctors to youth groups, from business to Olympic athletes — Canadians gave our prime minister a green light to sign a fair, ambitious and binding agreement on climate change.

The disconnect between Canadians calling for leadership and the federal government's inaction did not go unnoticed . Canada's prime minister and federal government were singled out throughout the UN summit for obstructing the negotiations. Our federal government's track record was so bad that it received the Fossil of the Year award for its negotiating position and for having the weakest performance and policies for reducing global warming pollution in the industrialized world.

The science and economics are clear. Global action on climate change is vital for the health of our economy, our communities and our future. We have solutions to address climate change. And citizens in Canada and around the world are calling for action. What we need to turn this around is political will.

Climate change is the defining issue of our time. We need to get our federal government on track in Canada and back to the table with an even stronger mandate to work for a fair, ambitious and binding deal. The good news is that 2010 many opportunities. The spotlight will be on Canada as it chairs the G8 and co-hosts the G20 summits in June 2010. And there will be a number of UN climate negotiating sessions in 2010.

A huge thank you for your participation in the David Suzuki Foundation's 2009 climate campaign. With all the momentum and movement building we've seen this year, 2010 is shaping up to be an exciting year. Let's keep campaigning to ensure Canada is part of the solution. Together we can make it happen.

The David Suzuki Foundation Climate Change Team

Check out what we accomplished together in the lead up to Copenhagen:

David Suzuki Foundation supporters and coalition partners across Canada stepped up the pressure in the lead up to Copenhagen:

Almost 12,000 messages have been sent by email, handwritten cards and telephone calls

Olympic athletes delivered a statement to the prime minister in Calgary

More than 170 faith leaders have called on Canada's prime minister to do the right thing in Copenhagen

Canadian doctors, nurses and medical students from across the country have sent their prescription to the prime minister for a strong deal in Copenhagen

Mayors from across the country are calling for a strong agreement to support climate solutions and help build healthy and prosperous communities.

Over 100,000 Canadians signed the KYOTOplus petition

Over 15 million people worldwide signed the tctcktck petition

Thousands of events across Canada, including a major day of action on September 21, October 24 and December 11-13

December 22, 2009

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Aug 27, 2013
2:41 PM

we should , look into, and support solar and wind energy its the way and the only way, its successful in other places and we are being left behind

Dec 28, 2009
12:14 PM

I support the reduction of green house gases. But where are the practical solutions and proposals for meeting targets. It seems to me that we can set targets but we are lacking a real means of achieving them. I see various groups protesting and demanding Canada sign onto targets, but the same groups offer no practical solutions for achieving these targets. The big polluters offer their own solutions but they are not acceptable to those various groups. For example, carbon capture and storage gets slammed for not being feasible. This scientific approach is simply a process of unforeseen circumstances.

Building out a renewable energy future requires energy today. That energy is provided by fossil fuels and the path to a renewable energy future is paved with fossil fuels. It takes massive mining (energy) of rare earth elements and metals to provide the materials for wind turbines, solar panels and car batteries… it takes power to charge those cars… to think we can meet current energy needs with renewable energy sources overnight is naive.

What is the practical plan? Reduce yes. But how do we do so practically and with meaningful reductions?

Dec 22, 2009
1:00 PM

Canada has indeed been a disappointment. Unfortunately so has the entire Copenhagen debacle. I do agree, however, that there is still room for hope and optimism. The fact that a large movement has been built is a good thing, and they can continue to do good things.

Politically, though, I believe the focus has now shifted to the third world. It is third world countries that will likely lead the way going forward, so long as they can maintain, and hopefully build upon, the unity they showed at Copenhagen. For us in the West, we have a very important role in supporting their efforts.

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