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