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The Kyoto Protocol was not perfect, but it was leading to progressive action on climate change (Credit: D Sharon Pruitt via Flickr).

Dear friends of the David Suzuki Foundation,

Like all of us at the Foundation, you are likely heartbroken by our government's reckless decision to break its international commitment to the Kyoto Protocol. Coming on the heels of Canada's attempts to scuttle the climate talks in Durban, South Africa, earlier this month, this decision may also leave you feeling angry and ashamed of our leaders. We feel that way, too.

We all understand that our future and that of our children and grandchildren hangs in the balance now and that the scales could be tipped by the resolve—or indifference—of the world leaders who recently came together, for the most part, to figure out ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change. The world's scientists have been telling us this for decades, and the growing evidence of our warming biosphere, and its increasingly catastrophic impacts, are now the daily fodder of newscasts and weather reports.

The Kyoto Protocol was not perfect, but it was leading to progressive action on climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions have been going down in Europe, and many countries are shifting from polluting fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources. Awareness has grown worldwide about the threat of climate change. Successive Canadian governments, with their focus on a tar sands economy, ensured that we did not meet even the weak targets that they set. In fact, Canada's emissions have risen by 30 per cent over 1990 levels, leaving us way above our target of reducing levels by six per cent by 2012.

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And, make no mistake, the world has been watching.

Canada's poor performance at the climate talks in Durban and its decision to become the first country to pull out of the international legal agreement have drawn criticism from people worldwide—and rightly so. That our government would be willing to sacrifice human lives and our future for the sake of short-term profits from a polluting and non-renewable resource is a slap in the face not only to Canadians but to people everywhere.

This is not hyperbole. Climate change and its disastrous effects—droughts, heat waves, flooding, spread of disease—are already killing 300,000 people a year and driving many more into poverty. Hundreds of thousands are becoming refugees as such impacts make their homelands uninhabitable. Experts believe that up to a billion people could become refugees in coming years if the trend continues. Many plants and animals—crucial to our own health and well-being—are going extinct as climate change wreaks havoc on their habitat.

But Canada is much more than its federal government. And our economy is much more than just the oil industry. Canada is you and me and provincial and municipal government leaders. It is businesspeople and union members and retired people and children. It is all of us. And we are making a difference. Some provincial governments have implemented plans to reduce emissions, spur economic activity in the green energy sector and slow climate change. B.C. and Quebec have implemented carbon taxes, Quebec is planning to cap and reduce industrial emissions, and Ontario has its Green Energy Act, a game-changing piece of legislation. Some municipal governments are taking climate change seriously, too. Vancouver's Greenest City Action Plan includes policies to increase the number of people who cycle or use transit rather than cars and to make homes and buildings more energy efficient.

And you have worked with organizations like the David Suzuki Foundation to put the focus on knowledge and solutions. With your support, we've encouraged governments at the municipal and provincial levels to take action, and we've worked with opposition parties to speak up for the majority who want a cleaner and healthier future. We've also teamed up with the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a range of interested parties, for the Trottier Energy Futures Project—an extraordinary initiative to analyze Canada's energy sources and options and identify ways to slash emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, through wiser energy choices. And we've been working with a wide range of Canadians, including young people and new Canadians, reaching out in different languages to share new ideas and discuss solutions.

You've all been a big part of this work, through your amazing support. You've written letters, signed petitions, taken part in forums, volunteered, talked to each other, and donated money. Equally important, you've walked the talk—taking transit, insulating your homes, buying local, and modelling other behaviour attuned to a sustainable future.

Please stay the course with us.

Canada's government may be turning its back on the global fight against climate change, but that makes it all the more important for us to take up the slack. We know that reducing emissions and combatting climate change is not just about human health—although that's important, both from the standpoint of climate change and pollution. We know that our government's inaction on climate change means more missed opportunities to become part of the burgeoning global green economy, with its focus on clean energy technology and knowledge. And we know that if our government is not willing to listen to the majority—and yes, we are the majority—if it cares more about keeping its friends in the fossil-fuel industry happy, then we must do all we can to make a difference.

In the coming days and weeks, please take action to affirm your convictions. This will embolden others to express their views and act as well. For example, you could:

  • Comment below on this letter
  • Write to your elected representatives: municipal and provincial as well as federal, demanding to know "What is next?" in the wake of our withdrawal from Kyoto
  • Deepen your connection to our efforts by becoming a monthly donor or giving what you can. Your donations help us press harder and speak louder.
  • Talk to your friends and family about the Canada we envisage: one that acts on the understanding that we are interconnected and interdependent with nature

Together, we can mobilize many more Canadians in defence of our biosphere, and once again be proud of our country.

Thank you again,

David Suzuki, on behalf of the entire David Suzuki Foundation team

Ask Minister Kent "What is next?"

December 14, 2011
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Jun 28, 2013
7:06 AM

First of all i wanna appreciate that you choose this important topic. Breaking commitments is very hurting. I think the youth can act as Life coach.

Mar 31, 2012
3:17 PM

I think I must be taking into account the relationship of the United States and China. There is related to the interests of all crude oil. Recent sharp rise in crude oil prices have spurred these. The Canadian government has been buying and selling of gold consists of so far. To the crude oil profit and believes that beneficial for them. In addition, Canada is not in the presence of many forests, biomass also has to pay close attention. The introduction of our technicians there would be a part of the solution.

In addition, in coordination with wind power and ocean thermal energy conversion, a monk said the government would not multiply the hedge. I'm sorry my poor English.

Feb 25, 2012
10:37 PM

(North American) politicians must learn to leave the political rhetoric out of it—climate change is a potentially devastating, global economic issue and they need to act accordingly.

Jan 31, 2012
1:08 PM

How much pollution and green house gases will be created if we refine our crude in 100 year old refineries in the United States let alone China. 35 years was the last time a refinery was built in Canada ,why are standards are to stringent. One wonders what the differance in greenhouse gas production would be for the world if we refined a portion of this crude in new best in the world Canadian refineries. We could have our Kyoto cake and eat it too! Good Canadian jobs would be created while reducing overall world greenhouse gas production. Thankyou John Holbourne Grimsby Ont.
Jan 28, 2012
1:54 PM

Thank you David Suzuki for making it your lifes work reseaching and informing. Canada's break with Kyoto is absolute proof that It is time for immediate change in our government. This present government is not interested in protecting our environment and is only interested in selling Canadian resources no matter what the cost to our entire environment. It is long past the time to find new clean energy. What IS next?

Jan 22, 2012
4:30 AM

Shame on you O Canada.

Jan 12, 2012
9:30 PM

I wanted to thank you, David, for the broadcast you did recently on CBC. It was very good and I am using it to spark students. Keep up the good fight!

PS Thought you might like to hear Bruce Power pulled out of Peace River — we like to think we chased them out but we know that, unfortunately, the disaster in Japan probably sealed their fate.

Jan 12, 2012
12:29 PM

Merci pour tout le travail que la fondation David Suzuki fait pour sensibiliser le public à l'importance des changements climatiques. Mettons chacun l'épaule à la roue dans notre vie quotidienne et optons pour des choix environnementaux!

Jan 09, 2012
10:16 AM

Thank you Dr. Suzuki, for your tireless work. I will donate when I get my tax return.

Jan 06, 2012
4:49 PM

Thanks to you, David, and to all the team for your very informative letter on Kyoto and Canada, and for all the great work you do to focus attention on environmental issues. As a person who has been very environmentally friendly for many years, I am ashamed of our government for turning its back on Kyoto. We, as Canadians, are indeed, better than this.

Jan 03, 2012
11:17 AM

DEAling with climate change is critical and should be met head on by GOVERNment. and by the people of this country. I support all f you do to bring about this change.

sincerely Henry Messter

Jan 02, 2012
1:52 PM

Thank you David Suzuki Foundation for representing the voice of informed and concerned Canadians regarding this very important issue.

Jan 02, 2012
10:02 AM

Breaking Canada's commitment to the Kyoto Protocol brought disbelief, confusion, disappointment and disgust for the Harper government. Unfortunately, fear of being unpopular and putting one's job on the line, by practicing leadership to strive for solutions long term, often prevents adhering to commitment for real change. David Suzuki and his Foundation's logo: 'Solutions are in our nature' remains our collective beacon of hope. We are all fools for ignoring the messengers for hope and that will remain the sad legacy to our children and their children….I appeal our government to call upon our Elders to help us. Our Lieutenant-Governor of BC Steven Point is one example and to whom I would gladly bestow my respect to lead us on the Kyoto Protocol.

Jan 01, 2012
5:32 AM

THIS DECISION OF THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT GOES AGAINST THE WILL OF THE CANADIAN PEOPLE. THE GOVERNMENT HAS ISOLATED ITSELF.

Dec 31, 2011
10:19 AM

Very embarrassed.

Dec 29, 2011
6:43 AM

I am usually someone who is very proud to be Canadian and live in such a wonderful country……..However, this is definately not one of those moments.

On the bright side, many of us are trying to make a difference. Many of us are reducing our carbon footprints in our own ways. It is great to see that many still care and will continue to care and try and make Canada and our world a better place.

Thank you for sharing this!

Dec 27, 2011
12:08 AM

It should be obvious that federal government and too many provincial ones as well are paving the straightest path to the tar sands. The motive is for greater profits. We know that the replacement technologies exist. And we know that energy conservation has worked very well in the past, even under premier Lougheed in Alberta, a 25 percent savings was seen. With perfectly good alternatives ready to go, it is beyond reckless what the Conservative party has done with its power.

Only the majority has enough power to set this right and turn the country around on energy policy. Please keep reaching beyond partisan lines and embrace those who are working to make our air healthier to breath, our water safer to drink and our soil fertile for generations to come. The climate crisis is real, and eve if it was not, strong actions to clean up our act will still result in decreased smog and pollution. We will suffer fewer deaths of loved ones from asthma, cancers and other conditions that are caused by a more and more hostile environment. Humans made this problem and humans have the means to reverse out of it. It will take everyone on board, but it has already started.

Dec 25, 2011
2:00 PM

We echo your sentiments exactly. It is a slap in the face to Canadians to not only pull out of Kyoto but to go so far as in the complete opposite direction. We should be setting an example and modernizing industry to set the pace for the rest of the world, creating new sectors, jobs, and attitudes.

We fully support your work and stand behind you. We will do everything in our power to turn the tides. Thank you!

Dec 23, 2011
5:26 PM

I have always been a proud Canadian…until now. The rest of the world looks to us as a positive example. So why can't the Canadian government step forward and be a positive leader in climate change? Is the oil industry that profitable that it will offset the costs of poor crops, increased healthcare costs due to increased pollution, and loss of habitat in our forests and for our wildlife? It seems that the Canadian government is taking the easy way out and pointing the blame at other countries. We need to stand up and take responsibility for our own actions. Save the planet. Save ourselves.

Dec 23, 2011
2:32 PM

I do appreciate the Suzuki foundation for doing such a great job of keeping us educated and providing us with the opportunity to get involved in so many important issues. The shortsightedness of our Government is clear but the majority of us are the ones who voted this government in. Highly influenced by fear and corporate controlled media it's clear that the voting process needs to change. The candidates should have a cap put on the amount of money and time they can spend on their campaign making it a more even playing field. This will allow for more than just corporate candidates to contend. Get involved and make this a reality.

Dec 23, 2011
11:04 AM

Shame on our current government, (the prime minister

Dec 22, 2011
9:14 AM

Reading this letter today, I feel a little bit stronger and a little less hopeless. I'm not alone in caring — - We are not alone in caring.

Thank you for giving us some solid direction for where we go from here as individuals to be taken seriously as a group.

Dec 22, 2011
3:05 AM

Thank you for writing this important letter. We need to work at a variety of levels to counter the damage being done by our current government and the resource industries including doing more in education so that students learn about the interrelatedness of people, other lifeforms and our environment. Ecoliteracy needs to become as important at mathematics, science, reading, writing, and learning computer skills and to become centre stage at the K-12, as well as post-secondary levels of education.

Dec 21, 2011
7:07 PM

I always hoped that Canada's government would be more progressive about taking care of its beautiful gift of nature. However, I am totally ashamed of its present actions which are just shortsighted and backward. They are losers, instead of leaders and Minister Kent has not got a clue. Instead of his no-brainer line that "it will cost Canadians too much money", he might once in while use his grey cells and think outside the box. Thank you David Suzuki for keeping us informed.

Dec 21, 2011
4:28 PM

Harper's myopic and ideological view of the world can't see past the oil sands of northern Alberta. There are many consequences to this including becoming economically irrelevant for future generations.

Dec 21, 2011
1:01 PM

Dear DSF-Team,

thanks for this great letter, and more importantly, the continuosly great work that you are doing in Canada and beyond to promote a more sustainabile and ethical society.

Having lived in Canada for about two years has greatly influenced me, including in leading me to taking up work on a PhD in international climate policy, which is currently in the works.

The one critical issue that i would add to your letter, though, is that the Canadian government has actually been going WAY to far. Your letter has found quite clear words, but i think its actually worse. i dont think most Canadians understand that their government is by far the most outrageous laggard among Annex-I countries, and indeed is holding Canadian society and its traditionally great reputation as a "good international citizen" hostage to short-term special interests (tar sands). This is not only threatening the global climate, but also the longer-term prosperity of Canada, as Europe and other countries, including China and even African LDCs, are clearly making e.g. clean energy choices. I believe Canadian civil society needs to be even more vocal, mobilize Canadians, and make it very clear, that this is unacceptable.

I am looking forward the day, when inaction on climate change will become a political issue that can drive governments out of power, instead of the other way round.

Please keep up your tremendous work

best regards,

Stephan

Dec 21, 2011
10:12 AM

We need to create a Green Energy Coop organization that has economy of scale purchasing power to help reduce the retail cost of green energy Technologies.

One of the largest stumbling blocks to achieving a renewable energy strategy is that fossil fuels enjoy an economy of scale while green energy options are, for most, financially out of reach.

I would love to put solar panels on my roof and augment my hot water supply with a direct solar heating system. But any of this is more than I can afford. At the same time, I know that I am not alone. Many people would also love to be able to employ green energy technologies.

If a Green Energy Coop organization pooled the Canadian or even the North American market for green energy technologies then perhaps we can bring down the costs so that individuals could act on their desire to implement change.

Dec 20, 2011
2:37 PM

I'm with the Suzuki Foundation on this. Governments should be about more than corporate balance sheets, particularly corporations who are heavily invested in one of the worst kind of fossil fuel extraction processes. The Harper government sense of international ethics is plainly on view when you consider there support for exporting asbestos when it is banned in Canada.

It is up to the rest of us to support more responsible governments and organizations in Canada and take our own steps. We also need to have a way to get the message out to the rest of the world that this federal government does not represent the majority of Canadians.

Dec 20, 2011
1:00 PM

Dedicating your personal life to the preservation of the environment can be tough. Becoming vegan, making my own household cleaners and using chemical-free beauty products, buying local and organic, walking to work. All of these things are not always easy, but they can be very rewarding. But the hardest thing is when people ask me why I do these things and when I explain to them the reasons they look indifferent at best. The truth is, I don't have any faith in the governments of the world coming together to stop climate change. Human beings, in their current state, are locusts. I know I should not be so pessimistic, and I am not always. There are many days where I feel we are just moments away from turning it all around and coming together. But Harper's decision has left me despondent. He seems committed to big oil profits and now that he has his majority government, he's going to plow forward. Knowing all of my actions as a responsible citizen are being sabotaged by my own Prime Minister is the very lowest blow.

Dec 20, 2011
10:11 AM

Thank you for this letter. In the aftermath of Kyoto I was hoping for someone to write something to give me hope and direction. As a mom of one, about to have my second child this Christmas, I need to believe that there is action we can take to make a difference.

Dec 20, 2011
9:19 AM

Shame. Once again Mr. Harper fails Canada by hiding his head in the sand and hoping the problem goes away.
Mr. Harper, sometimes leadership means looking to the future and making difficult /unpopular decisions for no other reason than because it is the right thing to do. For too long we have been lead by a leader who cannot see beyond the next election.

Dec 20, 2011
8:53 AM

What about large scale protests that are visible all over the country? Protests that are loud and civilly demonstrative that demand our voices be heard. Protests similar to the ones around that world that want change from governing forces.

I would be willing to protest for environmental causes. I would be willing to put a hold on my life to make a point.

I am also an English teacher and would love specific tasks that help teach and guide my students to act on behalf of themselves and their futures.

Dec 20, 2011
7:45 AM

I could not agree with you more! It is disturbing and shows a lack of foresight to see our Federal Minister of the Environment, Mr. Peter Kent, leave this very important convention. To leave the UNFCCC sends a message to the world that Canada is not going to take any responsibility for the world's climate change. To officially withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol is to reject the overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change is occurring and that industrial countries are mostly responsible for those changes. I believe our Federal Members of Parliament need to be involved in the United Nations Panel on Climate Change and to take a leadership role to reduce future damages to our environment.

Dec 19, 2011
10:11 PM

How are we to lead by example when our leader is no example. What the heck Harper, what are you thinking. It's a shameful time for Canadians.

Dec 19, 2011
5:50 PM

Canada pulling out of the Kyoto protocol is disappointing, unsettling and embarrassing for all Canadians. In its actions, our federal government has boldly stated that it is not representing its citizens. I look forward to the inevitable change ahead.

Dec 19, 2011
4:58 PM

Though i've strongly disagreed with you on locally grown issues, i too find it very disturbing that a country with the reputation as Canada's would forego the Kyoto Protocol. I'm American and i've always hoped that the United States would one day come to see the benefits of the Kyoto Protocol but, with the pullout of Canada, i doubt now that will ever come to pass.

There is a glimmer of hope though. Please check out Joule Unliimited and other bioengineering algae companies. There seems to be some interesting developments in making cyanobacteria that directly secrete hydrocarbons. I hope that it is true.

P.S. I've always loved your shows.

Dec 19, 2011
4:32 PM

Our leaders are definitely representing their own interest and not the interest of the Canadian public. If the public interest was important the leaders should have held a referendum on the issue. I am appalled that Canada is moving away from promoting a greener future.

Dec 19, 2011
4:18 PM

Your views are spot on but don't be so biased against the oil industry. It is meeting the demand of the consumer. If you look at the ghg our chart, you'll see a pretty small fraction coming from the oilsands.

Dec 19, 2011
3:27 PM

If you do not do so already, I suggest that whenever the Suzuki Foundation sends our letters to our federal or provincial governments about their lack of efforts to stop pollution and climate change that you send these letters, copy for copy, to the head of the United Nations also so the world will have a good idea of how much our government is not representing its own citizens on these matters.

Dec 19, 2011
1:17 PM

I have always been enamored by Canada. I have often wished I grew up there instead of the U.S. as Canada always seemed to be more progressive on environmental issues. It saddens me to think that Canada’s government is not supporting this ideal. I know that America went through this under the Bush Administration, so thank God we have someone at the helm that is so much better. But we still have a long way to go as a country. It is even harder now not to be able to use our neighbors to the north as a model of environmental activism and protection. I hope this changes, and soon!

Dec 19, 2011
12:13 PM

It's really sad, but not unexpected. In reading the comments below, I see a lot of disappointment about this situation, and corresponding hope and love for Canada.

Let's face it. We are morbidly addicted to oil. I drive 70km daily. My other 'choices' are unemployment, moving the kids into a Toronto appartment to be close to work (stating over with special ed), or a 1h45m commute via transit. I telework when I can, but that's nothing.

Canada is much like an addict who denies being sick.

Dec 19, 2011
10:40 AM

Thanks Mr.Harper for making me embarassed to be Canadian.

Dec 19, 2011
8:20 AM

I always believed that greed would take over what was right in this world. It is so hard to understand what will be left for the now, and future children of this beautiful planet earth.

Dec 19, 2011
2:44 AM

I live overseas now and I'm embarressed to be Canadian. When people ask me about Canada and the environment, I tell them that the government is more interested in money. Such short term thinking.

Dec 18, 2011
7:31 PM

I am very disheartened by all of this. Doesn't anybody care about this planet? Obviously I know Stephen Harper does not care about climate change. I know that he is aware of it and its implications for our future but he lives solely in the here and now. But where is the outrage from Canadians? Are they just being ignored by the media. Even the Toronto Star did not have the announcement for the Kyoto withdrawal on the front page. It almost seems hopeless. No matter, we have to soldier on and do our best. I think most Canadians know the dangers that Climate change poses to our planet and perhaps "they" will be the leaders despite the almost criminal behaviour of our so-called leaders.

Dec 18, 2011
6:00 PM

DSF:

We have to do a better job at making it known that this ridiculous pulling away from environmental responsibility (amongst so many other ridiculous things) falls nearly all on Harper's shoulders…NOT on the majority of Canadians! How so many ill-informed Canadians could vote for this mini-George W. Bush is beyond me! Shameful and so utterly narrow-minded this misguided ideologue is!

Dec 18, 2011
5:51 PM

I agree. Shame on our leaders for not doing the right thing. Do they not have children that they want to safeguard the planet for?

Dec 18, 2011
5:18 PM

Canada should lead the world by example

Dec 18, 2011
3:59 PM

I am appalled at our govenments decision to withdraw from Kyoto, I feel that our elected leaders are selling our children and grandchildrens right for a future out to the highest bidder. Short turn gain is never the answer. We need to think always of the future generations and the world that we will be giving them. Shame on our govenment.

Dec 18, 2011
3:35 PM

Thank you for this letter. It inspired me to fire off 4 e-mails of protest to MPs.

Dec 18, 2011
3:33 PM

Minister Kent I was under the impression we lived in a Democracy in Canada. When will you and your supercilious party take charge and be a resposibile leader in the fight against Global Warning? Opting out of the Kyoto protocol? Which bimbo in you party decided this?? I'm furious and embarrassed as a Canadian to be represented by Harper and his cronies in front of the entire world! Just how much proof do you need? J. Trudeau was right , you are a shit. Please use your conscience , and make Canada a leader in Climate change legislation…if not? What is next ??? C. Herring.

Dec 18, 2011
2:39 PM

One would think that as a parent, Mr. Harper might be concerned about the world he is leaving to them. Does he not love his children more then profit? It seems not, based on his decision making around climate change policy. Do we need to destroy our environment along with criminalizing and jailing our citizens? I really hope Canadians wake up and get themselves out to vote next election and get rid of this government who only care about lining their own, and their friends pockets with money. Family first, really Stephen? Really?

Dec 18, 2011
1:21 PM

Sometimes making the right decision is not the most popular. Kyoto was just a feel good deal at best. Hopefully we can move forward with a stronger deal next time. I also think that no matter what we as Canadians do, we will have little effect on solving the problem. If Canada was to eliminate the 1.9% of world GHG that we produce, would that really change anything in the big picture?

Dec 18, 2011
12:12 PM

I am grateful to the David Suzuki Foundation for being a voice for us. I am ashamed that my government has withdrawn from Kyoto and frustrated that my country would sustain that negative international image, unrepresentative of the majority. The David Suzuki Foundation has given an alternate, accurate voice to what really matters. I am honoured to continue my support of the foundation.

Dec 18, 2011
8:47 AM

Harper continues to make shortsighted decisions that damage the quality of life for future generations and embarrass Canadians on the world stage. How do we convince our own people to vote in a more reliable and responsible representative?

Dec 18, 2011
7:28 AM

Hello,

Thank you for the email of support sent to the friends of the David Suzuki Foundation on Dec 15, 2011. As I am deeply concerned about climate change and I would like to think of myself as an environmentalist in general, I was really disappointed by Canada's government decision to break the Kyoto protocol. When getting together with my friends, we would all comment about how irresponsible our government acted and what a hit we all took. But even worse, the support they got from some of press, made me see red. I used to subscribe to a local Montreal newspaper, called "The Gazette". When it came to Canada's shameful acts at Durban, The Gazette presented the news as a small article on page 12, along with an editorial called "The Gazette's View" where they would argue why Kyoto was "ineffective", why Canada's decision was a good one and that now it was time for all the countries to sit together and reach another "effective" protocol. I couldn't believe the nerve! I got so mad, that I called them right away and stopped my subsciption, and wrote them a letter letting them know how unappropriate and biased their attitude was. I told them I didn't want to subscribe to a newspaper that promotes Stephen Harper's policies. I don't know what happened next. I never heard from them again, nor did I see my letter published anywhere. But I do feel better. I feel that I made a difference and that, maybe, I got them thinking that people would not accept anything. I just wanted to share this on this forum, to thank all the people who expressed their opinions here, and thank the David Suzuki Foundation for their support! It's good to know we are not alone.

Dec 18, 2011
4:08 AM

Thank you David. You are my hero. You are a Canadian who has always told us the truth. You have educated us beyond the nay sayers imaginations. May we manage to escape the chains of greed that has delivered us to the state we are in today.

Dec 18, 2011
2:38 AM

It is up to everyone on earth to make a much bigger effort to reduce their consumption of everything. It doesn't matter whether it is electricity, food, fossil fuels or any other product or service. Over consumption is killing the globe and us with it. Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle.

Dec 17, 2011
10:47 PM

I am very upset that Canada has pulled out of this agreement. It was something that made me proud to be Canadian. I really hope that our government comes up with a similar plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Dec 17, 2011
8:54 PM

Thanks David, You are so right — there IS more to Canada than an out-of-touch Federal Government (nay let's call it like they want us to … an out-of-touch Harper Government!). There is much that can be done outside of federally mandated initiatives — I car pool or take the bus to my work, my company and the building owners are working hard (and effectively) to reduce the environmental footprint of our office. I live in Ontario and am proud of the initiatives that the province has undertaken. I live in the GTA and realize that there is WAY more the municipal governments can do — let's PUSH THEM. Push them all and ourselves! Like you said, we need to discuss this among ourselves, our neighbours, our colleagues, our fellow citizens and voters. ESPECIALLY when you meet someone who "just doesn't know (or believe) that Climate Change is real", who thinks "the Science is not 100% in agreement" or "maybe this is just the natural cycle of things", etc. Tell them the science is OVERWHELMINGLY in agreement. Tell them ANTHROPOGENIC Climate Change is real. Tell them something CAN be done. Tell them to vote municipally, provincially and FEDERALLY for politicians who "get it", who understand that we MUST act to reduce CO2 levels! This is sooooo important for us all.

Dec 17, 2011
8:12 PM

We need to get straight about our place in the world. We can't be in on Kyoto on the one hand, and operate the oil sands on the other — these interests conflict, so withdrawal from Kyoto is consistent — but on the wrong side.

Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world — we should be leading the world environmental movement. If we (ALL CANADIANS) don't protect our country, others will strip us of all we have. The Government plays a money game — not a sustainable living game — they care only for the $$$ bottom line.

David Suzuki has spoken out for decades, and I, for one, appreciate his efforts very much! We need to send a clear message to our national leaders — do so in any way possible — and make sure to vote for the environment in our next election! Get ready GREEN PARTY!

Dec 17, 2011
6:08 PM

Awesome comments and positive focus on what could see like a hopeless four years under a right-wing government!

Dec 17, 2011
5:28 PM

It is inconceivable that our federal government accepts willingly to be a puppet of the oil industry mostly owned by foreigners and not of it's own people. That it is not able to see that a true economy has to take into consideration the future well-being of it's citizens. That it does not understand that the 6% annual raise in healthcare cost cold very easily be eliminate by simply taxing junk food and other poisons to our health as they do cigarets and beer. Their state of detachment with reality is so profound that they lie to us all the time truly believing we believe them. There is barely anything alive in the sea where I live. Lobsters, mostly soft shells due to water acidification and pollution still abound. Billions of muscles that filtered each over forty gallons of water a day are gone, anemones are gone, chitons are gone, rays are gone, scallops are left with fourth, fifth and sixth generations only, The bottoms which used to be rich wonders or incredible beauty and diversely are now completely barren and dead everywhere. The sewer systems that dump unto the sea, sixteen hundred feet off shore are now so antiquated that they are pumping solid matter creating thick beds that come ashore in storms. Every day, every month, every year there is an increase of plastic and other garbage that lands on our beaches, we picked up 226 bags in 2009 over a fix number of outings from April 15 to Jun 15, 357 in 2008 for the same period and number of outings, in 2010 we gathered 472 bags of the same size. in 2011 it jumped to over 800 bags to the 15 of Jun but we had to keep going as this year unlike other years it is only slaking now in December. We are working on a project to build and perfect a motor to run large generators and turbines that could easily be adapted to replace boat then truck and cars motors that practically needs no fuel and is 100% friendly to the environment. It will take time as we have very little money and few resources but the prototype prove the system sound. My goal with this is to help those in needs in as many ways as possible and educate the others in the process. I believe that to change the world without resorting to arms is possible through example, education, sharing, cooperating and a lot of common sense. It is time to change how governments work, the only way and the very only way to save the planet is to form a world government of our most learned people to govern not the countries but the economic values, thus eliminating inflation and poverty, to control the army so has to guarantee peace and order through cooperation and so on. Star trek had it right in some way but logic withstanding this is the only way it would ever work as otherwise the good one country does is undone by it's neighbors. I support the incitive and all the values the David Suzuki foundation puts forward as David and his family and team are on the right side of the war as this is a war and unless we gang together and pool our resources and learn to cooperate instead of compete with others we are fighting a losing battle and life as it should be on this planet is sadly paying the price.

Dec 17, 2011
5:18 PM

Thank-you Dr. Suzuki for the clarity and inspiration you bring to the most important issue of our times, climate change. We, as both individuals, and nations, need to press our public leaders to heed the call for action on climate change. The power of the vote is an intrinsic part of the process of change and it must be exercised. The Harper government claims they have a resounding mandate given to them from the Canadian people in the last election by winning a majority of seats, but what they don't mention is that only 2 out of every 5 voters voted for them. The best thing that could come out of the Occupy Movement is that when the next election rolls around the voices of change go to the polls in the greatest numbers ever in Canada's political history and serve Mr. Harper a pink slip.

Dec 17, 2011
5:17 PM

After all this time, I can't believe Stephen Harper and the Canadian Government are doing this. I had little faith in the system before, and now I have even less. I would like to go on the record and say I DID NOT help to vote the Conservatives into power. And with the way they are behaving I am ashamed to call myself Canadian. The greed that has been displayed here with a total disregard for the environment and our future children, disgusts me.

Dec 17, 2011
4:28 PM

I can't find words to express how I feel about our government's decision. it's truly sad times we are living in. money money money. we need to stick together and surround ourselves with like minded people, who care. we need to continue to make difference in our own lives. together we can succeed. we just need a game plan.

Dec 17, 2011
3:31 PM

I felt proud to be a Canadian when we didn't join the US in Iraq. Now I am embarassed to be a Canadian — so selfish, shortsighted, uncaring and just plain wrong. When the US voted in George Bush for a second term I was incredulous and said, "Well they deserve what they get". Now we are in the same position for voting in Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. SHAME ON US!

Dec 17, 2011
3:09 PM

Although the federal government is hopeless on climate change, we must remember that it is not alone. I see no evidence that the majority of voters are truly aroused about climate despite all the authoritative reporting and serious efforts in many other countries that have been before our eyes for decades now. The US , if not backward in every area, certainly is in this matter, and now Canada is even worse, just about the bottom of a stinking barrel.

Yet can anyone be sure that when the next federal election comes, the Conservatives will take the thrashing they deserve for — among other things — acting like ignoramuses in matters of climate change?

So that's a big problem on our hands.

Dec 17, 2011
3:08 PM

"We" are only as good as our government when Canada ison the world stage

Dec 17, 2011
2:12 PM

Thank you for continuing to work for the environment. It's time, it's time that we consider that earth first before we make dicisions. We need to start working out how the economy can benifit and work with nature not the other way around.

Dec 17, 2011
12:45 PM

I'm embarrassed to be a Canadian.

Dec 17, 2011
12:33 PM

Thank you David for this message of hope and strength. I used to be so proud to be Canadian, with our international reputation as peace keepers, and our commitment to caring for the environment. No longer. For the past few days, I've felt shocked, ashamed, and enraged that my government could so ignore us — the majority — who are doing all that we can to protect our world, and make it safe for all its inhabitants.

Dec 17, 2011
11:14 AM

I was so disheartened, but not surprised, to learn about the federal government's incredibly short-sighted decision. I'm ashamed of our government, but proud that there are many Canadians who support organizations such as yours. Thank-you for all you do.

Dec 17, 2011
10:13 AM

Thank you for reminding us that Canada is more than its federal government. Please keep reminding us of this, please keep sharing local and regional and international success stories with us, to help keep us inspired, hopefully and feeling not alone!

Dec 17, 2011
9:58 AM

I feel our leaders and the people who vote for them are so fearful of economic collapse that they can't see past their bank accounts. Protecting our environment is the investment people should be banking on.

Canada, if properly protected, will make it a world power one day. We have incredible amounts of fresh water, forests, fish, wildlife, and minerals unparalleled by any country in the world.

There is nothing to fear, Canada is abundant, we simply need to look after her.

Dec 17, 2011
9:25 AM

Fighting climate change should be the #1 priority of our federal government, no excuses.

Dec 17, 2011
9:13 AM

Thank you for your letter. The actions of our government could easily lead to despondency but your letter has raised my spirits. I am so thankful that you are holding the torch for our beautiful earth and our fragile humanity. I pledge to do what I can to help.

Dec 17, 2011
8:33 AM

half of Canada voted for the fool that makes us all look bad evertime he blackens our reputation. I did not vote for this destructive spoiled brat, who will do what he wants when he pleases and without regard for our children and grandchildrens future. I can't even find labeling for GMO's to enable an informed decision, never mind hope to see the planet saved. Many of us work hard at recycling and at re-using and think about the tragedies in so many places due to climate change. We need to get rid of the little mouse and replace him with someone that cares. I say lets oust Harper and choose someone that loves and respects himself/herself and the beautiful country we live in. Lets do it before it's too late. I am certain that even most of the conservatives that voted for him, because of the financial crisis is sorry that they did, realizing the detriment we are all in and will be in in the near future. It won't matter what the finances look like in a few years if we can't turn the climate clock back anymore. I love my country, but it doesn't have much hope if we don't stand up to this self indulgent dictator.

Dec 17, 2011
8:32 AM

Just read an article on the government saying that the health transfer payments are unsustainable. This sounds funny they can recognize that we cannot sustain the current 6% increase in transfer payments. Yet they cannot recognize the unsustainable world we live in when it comes to the environment and if we worked towards reducing CO2 and other issues that our healthcare costs would actually reduce.

Dec 17, 2011
4:15 AM

One way we can speak out straight away, without the need for anyone else to have to take action, is to go vegan! This simple action speaks volumes!

Dec 17, 2011
1:41 AM

Thank you all for caring about the future of our planet. I am indeed disappointed with this decision. All I can say is that this is not us, not the people of Canada. We have to act strong and show the world that we truly care. Together we can do this.

Dec 17, 2011
1:13 AM

Are we losing our identity Canada? Tired of polar bears? Can't take the cold anymore? Getting old? Becoming idiotic Grand Old Party Republicans?

Dec 17, 2011
12:49 AM

"What is happening to Canada?" was the question my boss asked me and I am wondering the same thing. It was heartbreaking and embarassing to hear that Canada was getting out of Kyoto.

I am working for a small landscape architecture company in Freiburg, Germany where Green Energy projects and conversations on how to bring down our emissions are the norm. Why is it that a country like Germany grasps onto the technologies available to bring down their emissions and run with them right away while back at home we have to even struggle to legitimize those ideas as worthy investments in our future?

It is so exciting to live in surroundings like this where literally around every corner there is a private house or farm utilizing solar power, where cities build communities off the grid. There are so many possibilities for us to invest in at home! How can we encourage Canadians to utilize the technologies now in place in Europe?

Dec 16, 2011
10:36 PM

It was David who inspired me to a career in environmental conservation. I live in a country who committed to Kyoto, yet whose track records show that its carbon footprint is deepening even as its natural resources diminish. I'm as ashamed as any other green citizen. So of course, I will stay the course with the DSF.

Dec 16, 2011
9:23 PM

In total agreement. I have made the choice not to drive, but to walk, bike or take transit when I go to work and run errands. I keep my heat low in the winter and put on a sweater.

Let's keep it up!

Dec 16, 2011
8:17 PM

Agreed!!!

Dec 16, 2011
7:41 PM

I can go along with leaving Kyoto seeing that it was not working too well but at least have the decency to present us with an alternative.

Dec 16, 2011
6:50 PM

I am saddened and disheartened by our government's irresponsible behaviour. Since the 1980's we have carefully tried to recycle re-use, and be responsible for our families actions in our increasingly toxic world.

Our Grandchildren and great Grandchildren deserve the best. How can we leave a beautiful world for THEM, if all we care about is the present and making money.

And that IS the bottom line isn't it —-instant gratification and damn the generations to come!! Thank heaven for people like YOU. All the years you have fought so hard for all of us are much appreciated. I will try hard to help you in the New Year with some financial aid, also!!

Dec 16, 2011
6:23 PM

I was disgusted when I heard the news about Canada's withdrawal from Kyoto, but I must admit I was not surprised. So far, our Prime Minister has never shown a real interest in doing anything good for the environment. I sincerely thank you Dr. Suzuki for your letter, which is a rallying cry to all of us who care about the future of our planet.

Dec 16, 2011
6:21 PM

The problem is that the only people who seem to listen are those who already agree. I could write something here about how indignant and sickened I am. But I'd be preaching to the converted.

More needs to be done. But what? And who can do it? The reason we've dropped out of Kyoto is that Canadians gave Stephen Harper a majority in the last election. The Canadian public has asked for this. We're the problem. It's greed, short-sightedness, stupidity, and self-deception that is the route of the problem.

Canadians, as a collective, just don't care enough. They don't want to think about it. They don't want to take responsibility for their role in ruining the future for their children. But it is just plain stupidity in the end, because they surely do care about their children (I think).

Public opinion (about the truth and consequences of climate change) seems to be changing at a slower rate than the global climate. Of course, it doesn't help that politicians seek to deceive us, and possibly themselves, about the efficacy of agreements such as Kyoto (with or without the US and China). It is a subtle crime, but a crime just the same. If ever we needed an international criminal court it is now. But these crimes lie outside of the law for now.

I can't think that anything short of an Arab spring type uprising could save us now. But that brings us back to the will of the people, which, as I have said, is fine to let Harper do as he pleases.

So what can I do? I support the David Suzuki Foundation and other groups who take climate change seriously. I tell others about the seriousness of the situation. But it doesn't seem like enough given what's at stake.

Any ideas?

Dec 16, 2011
4:51 PM

I am embarrassed to be Canadian right now. It makes me sick to think how we are placed on the world stage. Kudos to Justin Trudeau for saying it how it is. I wish the environmentalists would all galvanize together and stop splitting the left vote — we are letting people like Stephen Harper run our country and become an embarrassment globally. Stand up against this!! For the next generation

Dec 16, 2011
4:50 PM

Je suis Québécois et souverainiste. La réputation enviable du Canada sur la scène internationale était pourtant l'un des éléments qui me rendait fier d'être Canadien… avec ce gouvernement et ses agissements en matière de lutte aux changements climatiques qui placent le Canada dans la position du mauvais élève, je commence à avoir honte d'arborer l'écusson canadien. Mais je sais que la majorité des canadiens, ainsi que la majorité du monde, ne croit pas que les changements climatiques sont un vaste complot. Je souhaite dire à ce gouvernement que son entêtement à nager à contre-courant finira, tôt ou tard, par lui couter très cher politiquement.

Dec 16, 2011
4:17 PM

Short-sightedness is the key factor in the fall of great civilizations. Many Canadians have lived on this land for generations, seeing the local ebb and flow of the natural environment. We know that change is inevitable and also that the humans are the most powerful force on the planet. We need to use our power and fore-sight to positively affect such change.

Dec 16, 2011
3:42 PM

In a time in history where by my pride grows for the fight to feel green alternatives as potential for positive. I hang my head as a Canadian. These are sad times for the concerns of our planet. Basd enough that homelessness and poverty are allowed to linger in our current society makes my crumple inside. Glad I did'nt back that horse.

Dec 16, 2011
3:22 PM

Shame on you Stephen Harper and double shame on you Peter Kent, a man who I once believed had a soul as you reported on the human and social atrocities foisted on Southeast Asia during the Vietnam war…can you actually look at yourself in the mirror anymore?

It's not like we didn't expect this from the Reform/Alliance/Conservative government, most of us could see the writing on the wall. However, to actively lobby other countries to follow your lead is despicable.

Canada is becoming an international pariah and that disturbs me greatly as I am sure it does many others. SHAME!

Dec 16, 2011
3:22 PM

Many thanks for writing this informative letter. Too bad that it doesn't get to the right people! I am a retired senior, gravely concerned about the world I am leaving for our 4 grandchildren. Personally we do what we can — re-cycle, re-use and reduce, as we have been doing for over 30 years. We are planning on purchasing a hybrid vehicle in the new year. My wife and I have been on a 'composting team' for many years at our condo complex. We encourage our friends and neighbours to do likewise, but it seems like so little when our Canadian government does so little. We will continue to do our best!.

Dec 16, 2011
3:19 PM

Yes, we are interdependent and interconnected with nature, a gift that we need to respect. Time to write letters to our leaders, and not just by email.

Dec 16, 2011
3:18 PM

You do not speak for me.Jobs? I heard what you said.If the whole of the planet starves us off of it as a result of your actions…no one will be around to fill the posts.The earth will survive morons,it's we as a species who will die off.No thanks to your fracking foolishness and the like! Give your short sighted specs a shamey. Oh Canada,you make me ashamed of my own flag? F U you do.You are not my government.I turn my back and hold my day old bag of bread high with pride. Poor money grubbing fools,get down off your apple box before I kick it out from under you, did I say fools already. Sandra House

Dec 16, 2011
3:11 PM

As a new Canadian I am ashamed at this reversal from Canada's reputation as a clean, green and peaceful nation.

However, I am heartened by the number of comments here in just two days! Hopefully the silent majority will not remain silent.

Dec 16, 2011
3:00 PM

We need to speak up to protect our precious Mother Earth!

Dec 16, 2011
2:59 PM

OUR Canada Mr. Harper not 'your Canada'…EH!!! :)

Dec 16, 2011
2:15 PM

Prime Minister Harper (aka Mr. 1%),

Your recent decision to be the only country to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol makes me ASAMED TO BE CANADIAN!

This horrendous decision, exclusively yours, brands my once proud Canada, a world laughing stock, and cements your reputation as an international pariah.

As you have stated so often, Canada is better positioned, economically, than other OECD countries. Does that not also make us better positioned than other countries to meet our Kyoto commitments?

Your actions to promote ever-increasing pollution and toxic discharge are at odds with your lip service to "future commitments". You act now as a renegade, in stark contrast to world opinion, the majority of Canadians, and virtually all scientific evidence.

Your act as a petro tyrant, complicit in the deaths of thousands by Climate Change this year. By counciilling other governments to withdraw from Kyoto, you are guilty in conspiracy and negligence causing death of thousands of next year.

You have shown utter political/democratic disrespect for the majority of Canadians by withdrawing from Kyoto, and moral retardation by pursuing socially homicidal policy. I pray your commensurate living legacy, and for a special place in hell for your soul.

Dec 16, 2011
2:11 PM

I am shocked that our government (whom we voted in) is exploiting their power to go against so many people's wishes. Our opposition to their withdrawal cannot just be a fad, we cannot accept it and give up our fight as time passes. Democracy works when majority rules, and whether the majority of Canadians oppose our withdrawal or not, we should maintain our fight until it does.

Dec 16, 2011
2:10 PM

disappointing, i agree BUT what about the USA and China? anyone giving them a hard time?

Dec 16, 2011
2:05 PM

The truth hurts — we live in an irresponsible country whether governed by conservatives or liberals. At the ballot box, Canadians have amnesia about the most important priorities facing us and our children's children's children. We are a corporatocracy and unless people recognize this we will see more of the current insanity unfold.

Time to stand up and be counted. If we continue to vote for centrist parties that support the status quo, it is important that we recognize we are hypocrites. Take that to your next social gathering and church function.

Thankyou to the Foundation for its excellent work

May all beings be well and free from suffering.

Dec 16, 2011
1:45 PM

Thank you so much for your letter which arrived as I was despairing at our lack of leadership to fight against climate change. Have followed this dismal story since about 1980 until I could no longer bear to read any more, being deeply depressed by the interia amongst our leaders. BUT we do have leaders don't we — people like yourselves, who do not give up and who do keep on keeping on. You give me courage to keep on trying too. I am so grateful, and my children and their children will be too.

Ceri H

Dec 16, 2011
1:44 PM

I am greatly disheartened by the Canadian Conservative government's decision to back out of the Kyoto accord, and for it's poor standing in general in environmental affairs of all stripes. I have written to my MP, Mr. Kamp, many times letting him know in no uncertain terms how shameful it is that this government (and make no mistake, it is this elected government body) does not have the backbone to do what it needs to, to make a huge difference and push other countries to commit themselves, because that is what it will take.

Dec 16, 2011
1:36 PM

srong wit u canada?

You really dropped the ball.

Dec 16, 2011
1:18 PM

I am, as usual, sad to read about Harper's government making unilateral decisions that go against what its constituents are asking for. King Harper has once again taken steps backwards. When are we going to get a life-conscious government in power, and not a profit-conscious one? I am disappointed, as are a lot of my peers. So how is it that Harper manages to stay in office?

Get him out!

I fully support movement towards a safer environment, cleaner society and preservation of our only planet. I'll stay the course, and support you.

Dec 16, 2011
12:59 PM

I could cry reading this letter, reliving the events of Canada's decision to resist the Kyoto Accord. And yet I am hopeful because I believe in Canadians and our fellow beings around the world who have a vision of a healthier planet, a conscientious population and the will and intention to see it through. Ultimately it is not Government who will bring about the greatest change anyway: it is WE, THE PEOPLE of planet earth. And I believe.

Dec 16, 2011
12:35 PM

I ask all the politicians who have made our children and our children s children faceless in the midst of big business. I demand that they turn around and look in their own households and look at their own children and their children's children and realized they have also had their faces ripped off. They will also suffer. The ones they have given names too after great grandparents will suffer death and disease like all of the other children they don't even know. So if they are happy to stand in the middle of their own living room and tell their own children that they are responsible for killing them and their children then I toast you for having those type of balls and I hope they burn first when the ozone vanishes.

Dec 16, 2011
12:08 PM

Thank you for the letter. I needed it. I was so proud of Canada when we signed the Kyoto agreement, and so very disappointed when Peter Kent announced our withdrawal. The excuse of what it would cost us in penalties if we stayed irritated me that much more. If we had made some leeway in reaching those targets, I would be more understanding, but our Conservative-lead government never even tried! Kyoto may not have been perfect, but it was something, a start.

It's a blunt reminder not to rely on our government. And I do not believe that they will ever work towards any goals of reducing the impacts of climate change, despite what they say.

Dec 16, 2011
11:52 AM

I sent these letters to the Globe and Mail from: Anthony Ketchum 416 487 2795 10 Cortland Ave. Toronto M4R 1T8

Dear Editor,

(Re Quitting Kyoto could cost Canada Dec 15th. "Canada doesn't have a plan.") This Canadian is all in favour of economic sanctions — against Canada. Perhaps Syria would like the idea.

Sanctions, including tariffs on Canadian products, could enlighten our fossil-brained decision-makers who can't see the enormous potential of a clean energy economy — any more than the opponents of the automobile could see its future 100 years ago.

Yours truly,

Anthony Ketchum 416 487 2795 (Chair, The Living City Foundation.)

from Anthony Ketchum 416 487 2795 10 Cortland Ave. Toronto M4R 1T8

Dear Editor,

Thanks to its lack of leadership and what some have called outright duplicity, our federal government's actions are now being attacked around the world. (China, India blast Canada — Dec. 14.) Goodbye to any Canadian government credibility.

In spite of what the fossil fuel corporations say, the science is indisputable. We need to reduce greenhouse gases 80% in the next decade. By failing to do so, we are all guilty of "ecocide", crimes against our grandchildren.

Yours truly,

Anthony Ketchum Chair The Living City Foundation

Dec 16, 2011
11:36 AM

i am totally shocked at how our environment minister could, with a straight face, literally put his future generations in jeopardy, i am a native of this land and have benifitted from the resources it has to offer all of my life. i have taken what i need and have left the rest for others, never once putting myself first, it was always the land. The land dictates life, not us, it has to be that way once again or there will be no life, only the strong will survive, and many many people will depend on the land once again. Money will be no use to any of us, before the whiteman came, there was no money, now every single thing hinges on money, this is wrong, i hope the government reconsiders its decision to opt out of the kyoto accord. may god help you all once again, have a good day

Dec 16, 2011
11:26 AM

I have been invited to participate in a protest outside of Peter Kent's office on Wed. Dec. 21 from 4pm to 6pm. The more, the merrier.

Dec 16, 2011
11:15 AM

Thank you for your letter, and for much, much more over the years. Yes, it would be hard to imagine a government more out of touch and old fashioned than our benighted federal government. This is a great tragedy because who will lead, if not Canada? How did we elect such a Prime Minister? What must we do to ensure that majority wisdom leads, not win- at-all-costs partisanship?

However, I am preaching to the converted here. Perhaps it is time to intensify the rhetoric and to move to a more combatative stance. Is it possible that the honoured tradition of Canadian civility has led us to be manipulated into this deeply humiliating trough?

We must acknowledge not just the threat of global warming, but the fact that we are living through a "plague of plagues" the greatest of which is the "plague of homo sapiens." We must recognize that unless we control this most pernicious of all diseases ever to afflict the biosphere, we cannot solve lesser problems such as global warming. We must recognize that the policies of generations of the mighty and their allies the wealthy have led us to face a future that can hardly be other than terribly challenging. We must speak out as environmentalists for redistribution of resources as the only reasonable solution to the conundrum of the modern ailing economy. We must argue as environmentalists for the replacement of the word "growth" with the word "renewal." We must speak out as environmentalists against the closure of the avenues for meaningful political discourse. This last, it seems to me, will ultimately prove to have been the most pernicious result of electing a Prime Minister who cannot see how stupid he is and how foolish it is to imagine that government can be narrowed to a single point of view.

Dec 16, 2011
10:49 AM

Thank you, David, for that letter. I certainly needed it after last week's depressing news. I think we need to mobilize all right. How about an occupy demo — no tents — just a few hours to get us on the 6 o'colck news. And get Peter Kent and his falsehoods off.

Dec 16, 2011
10:38 AM

As a proud Canadian I was deeply disappointed and disheartened by the actions of Stephen Harper and our government. We should be setting a precedent and an example for all the world to see and for our future generations that the environment is important to us and needs to be protected and we need to be responsible for our actions.

Dec 16, 2011
10:36 AM

I personnaly having been feeling sick over our governement's role in Durban and was devestated when we officially pulled out of Kyoto. I was slightly relieved yesterday to here that the Québec governement is going ther own way and will be moving towards a cap and trade system that just makes sense. But be careful, the media was already spinning the negative impact it could have on the Québec economy if we are not on the same page as the rest of the country. For right now I am a proud Québecois and an ashamed Canadian originally form Ontario. Next time we should all have the guts to vote for change and not just Québec!

Dec 16, 2011
10:33 AM

It is disheartening that our Government is a jackass wearing dollar blinders and a dollar bill dangling in front of it on a stick. Unable or unwilling to admit that the world is fast being destroyed. We need to say no to dirty energy and embrace renewable sources. Canada could be a leader in the fight for the environment, but for the kind of people that run our country. Put the money being spent on debating the crime bill into doing something positive for the future generations. Do these people not have children and grand children? What kind of legacy do they leave? Are they truly so evil that they just don't care? It's mind boggling.

Dec 16, 2011
10:27 AM

I sat down with my daughters after reading my email letter from the David Suzuki Foundation and discussed with them the fact that "our" country had pulled out of the Kyoto Commitment. My children, of ages 8 and 11 were appauled that the country they are so proud of has misrepresented them to the world and has determined the kind of future they will have on this planet. They were both very upset, as was I to discuss the potential threats that this posed to everyone and everything. When we further discussed the future of their children and my grandchildren etc… the tears started to flow. Both being young girls, they have hopes to one day raise a family, discuss the North Pole and Arctic climates and animals, and to one day see their children raise a family too. But at the thought that their children or children's children may suffer on a planet because our government didn't "do enough" to stop global warming and such, they both said, "maybe we just won't have kids then". My heart broke….

Sad and pathetic that I should have to have this converstation with my little girls… Shame on you Mr Harper and our remaining cabinet for being so spineless and consumed with greed.

Dec 16, 2011
10:09 AM

Thanks for the letter. If we can't count on the government then we must act ourselves. I put notes on idling vehicles, and turn some off. The govenment could atleast make idling illegal. It would cost their pecious economy nothing. PV

Dec 16, 2011
10:08 AM

This is just another example of how corrupt our polititians,

Dec 16, 2011
10:06 AM

Thank you for this letter: I was shocked and words cannot express the utter shame I felt at being Canadian when I watched the news the other night about our withdrawal from the Kyoto agreement. Disgusting. I almost threw up.
How can our government betray the world so? What can the Canadian citizens do about it? I'm all for an uprising. I'm tired of fighting in the little ways I do, such as by riding my bike yearround instead of owning a car, teaching students about the importance of diversity and the protection of the environment, running a greenhouse which supplies fresh greens to our school cafeteria, raising a child of my own to act sustainably, buying local produce, going on "green" vacations such as local camping rather than taking an airplane, and the list goes on. I am 40 years old. I have dedicated my life to being a good citizen. My government is failing me. I want the world to know that some of us are fighting on the ground level still. And I will until my dying breath. Not all of us are evil and corrupt like the wackos that are running this country into the tar sands.

I don't know how to keep having hope, even though I know it is the most important thing. If we give in, that's when we are doomed to the last generation who will run amok because they have no hope for a future.

Thank you for the shred of hope you continue to supply me. Please continue.

Lori Pratt, David Thompson Secondary School Teacher, Vancouver, BC

Dec 16, 2011
9:44 AM

Heart broken is the best way to describe it. How can we make changes when the people in power making the decisions are so blind. Doesn't Stephen Harper have children? He is soulless. And we need a leader to replace him that has a commitment to the environment, not to greedy oil companies.

Dec 16, 2011
9:41 AM

Thank you for your commitment to this most difficult problem, it is easy on our own to become discouraged at the current attitude of some members of our society and others who are supposed to be our leaders, why can they not see the truth. Thank you to yourself and others such as Pacific Wild who do such a wonderful job giving all of us a voice, you and your friends are the true leaders today, let there be no doubt in that. We will not be discouraged, we will continue to live by example and voice and fight for what we feel is truly the right thing to do.

Dec 16, 2011
9:37 AM

Thank you for the inspiring letter David. We will continue to protest, sign petitions, and hope that the world continues to reject our dirty tar sands oil in increasing numbers. I have invested in clean energy funds and the sad thing is, less than 1% of this fund has Canadian companies. But I am voting with my dollars — and we will get a clean energy future one day.

Dec 16, 2011
9:33 AM

Just a thought, many people would gladly write a letter to the appropriate people in the government. I think the reason they don't end up writing is they do not take the time to find out the e-mail or address to write to. If this information was supplies via a link I bet more people would take the time to send off their opinion.

Dec 16, 2011
9:11 AM

Thank you for the email. I can only hope that the current government will reflex what the majority of Canadians want. I will continue doing my part.

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Dec 16, 2011
8:47 AM

Another famous leader who tore up treaties was Adolf Hitler! Beware Mr. Harper, he is a thief in the night financed by tar sands money! He certainly does NOT represent MY Canada!

Dec 16, 2011
8:39 AM

It truly saddens and embarrassed me that the conservative government constantly ignores science and keeps pressing false ideologies. Many Canadians aren't aware of how the conservatives are taking advantage of our democracy and embarrassing us on the world stage. I know if more knew they would be outraged. It's time to listen to science and the earth instead of immediate profits (which are more costly in the long run anyways).

Dec 16, 2011
8:30 AM

It is a sad, shameful and short-sighted decision on the part of the Canadian Government and we should tell them so and let our voices be heard. Beyond that I think the letter is clear, as concerned and educated citizens we need to take up the slack from our government's shortfall and continue to promote carbon reduction, support our local and provincial government green initiatives.

Around the world we are seeing the people changing governments and heralding in a new world order. Surely with the power of social media and community action we raise awareness and create and all-mighty market for greening our world. It's money and re-election that drives development and policy…. lets do it! Thank-you to the DSF for providing the platform, research, leadership and unwavering voice.

Dec 16, 2011
8:07 AM

I fully agree with this letter. I'm becoming ashamed of this country I was once so proud of. We are failing the rest of the world. Where is the democracy in our government pulling out of Kyoto when we are the ones who will live the consequences? I want to know what is next and I want the conservatives to be accountable. Kyoto may not have been the best or full solution but at least it was a step forward…I'm scared how far back the conservatives will drag Canada if we don't hold them accountable.

Dec 16, 2011
8:05 AM

I respect your voice in this entire mess we find ourselves in, but having worked in mining, agriculture and oil I like many others feel as though the only group able to fund the way to greener energy is the oil companies. They have always purchased new technology as it appears and keep it on the shelf until the oil runs out. As it stands today the loss of any significant portion of oil production will have huge employment effects. I am all for solar, wind, waves some bio-fuels etc but so far no one has put forward an inclusive plan as to how we can systematically wein off oil, employ people and use clean energy.

Dec 16, 2011
7:56 AM

Write a comment… As a 60 year old Canadian, it is the first time in my life when I have felt ashamed to be called one — thanks to Steven Harper and his gang of blind puppets! I want to thank the David Suzuki Foundation for continuing to fight for our environment and for expressing the concerns shared by the majority of Canadians. This letter needs to be sent to every newspaper nation wide — if logic doesn't motivate Harper perhaps embarrassment will!

Dennis Fox Picton ON

Dec 16, 2011
7:56 AM

Thank you for spreading the word about what happened with the Kyoto Protocol. It's disheartening to know the Canadian government has neglected to support the Kyoto Protocol and put the biosphere at risk. When are they going to wake up and smell the brew of emissions??

Dec 16, 2011
7:51 AM

These are dark days for public policy in Canada, as it is around the globe. And it didn't get this way overnight, witness the woeful period of governance of Tony Blair, Dubya and our own beloved great leader, Harpo.

But know this, David Suzuki: you are heard, you are followed, you are a bright spot in an otherwise dour landscape which seems just now to be unremittingly retrogressive. The tone of your letter is somewhat despairing and that's understandable. But you've been a great warrior, you remain OUR warrior.

You are needed, you are valued. Keep on keeping on.

Thank you for what you do.

Dec 16, 2011
7:45 AM

A minority of myopic Canadians elected this government. The rest of us are getting what they asked for. If it were only isolated to this shameful environmental double-cross it would be bad enough. Keep your eyes on the Great Lakes, my friends. And how about mega-prisons included in the Omnibus Crime Bill at a time when Crime Rates are actually dropping. Canada is looking more like the 51st State all the time, Governor Harper.

Dec 16, 2011
7:44 AM

Dear David and Friends, Thanks so much for the uplifting letter. There have been so many events around the world that have made me completely grateful to be Canadian, but I am sad to say that pulling out of the Kyoto accord makes me ashamed. Your letter gives me renewed hope, though, and increases my resolve to work harder than ever to spread the word that individuals can make a difference by the nature of their actions. Keep up the great work! Veronica

Dec 16, 2011
7:33 AM

Why is it not considered "progressive" to be environmental? Countries with cooler climates (Iceland, Switzerland and Austria)are considered some of the greenest countries on earth..why can't we be? Why is there no pride, just eternal shame?

Dec 16, 2011
7:02 AM

This is an embarrassment! Canada needs to step up and help lead the way! What can I do to make a difference?

Dec 16, 2011
7:00 AM

I feel so disappointed that we've pulled out of Kyoto it's hard to know how to move forward. Thanks to David Suzuki for the hopeful note in the message. As Canadians we have to push harder than we have in the past and put even more pressure on our government to take action on climate change. As a country, every year we don't act, the more difficult our inevitable task becomes. How can Harper know the facts and ignore them? His lack of compassion and vision and his focus on the tar sands are all despicable. Let's get busy writing letters, working with local organizations, and finding solutions within our own lifestyles and communities as Suzuki suggests to "pick up our governments slack".

Dec 16, 2011
6:56 AM

It is very sad to see that our federal leaders do not take their responsibilities. Acting for the climate creates jobs now and will lessen the economic burden of the climate changes that we will have to pay for in the upcoming years.We all need to act and put pressure on our leaders.

Dec 16, 2011
6:51 AM

Good letter! Expresses my disappointed and embarrassed feelings about Canada but rallies for continued action! Thanks for your battles on behalf of us all! Thaia

Dec 16, 2011
6:39 AM

I hope that countries around the world initiate economic boycotts against Canada—this may be the only way to get Mr Harper's attention.

Dec 16, 2011
6:29 AM

As a Canadian, I have been embarrassed by the Canadian government's performance on this issue. The human equation seems to be missing in a government's mission to represent it's people. On the world stage, I'm glad others are watching because we are a global community concerning environmental issues, and our government is broken. I have faith that our leaders will eventually be held responsible for these crimes. I just hope that all our damage comes to an end soon. We are Canadians, and we deserve to have our collective drive to be good to the environment represented in every decision made by our government.

Dec 16, 2011
6:19 AM

I have two young children, I am very concern for what kind of future they will have to deal with. Canada backing out of the Kyoto is devastating and down right embarrassing. Not a proud moment!!

Dec 16, 2011
6:10 AM

The majority of Canadians believe that we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — why doesn't our government support that belief?

Dec 16, 2011
5:54 AM

Canada, why are you making it so easy for others to mistake us for Americans?…..

I wish the government would realize the extensive renewable resources available to Canadians — tidal, wind, solar.

Dec 16, 2011
5:46 AM

In Toronto, it's been the warmest month on record all year according to a recent news report I saw. It's on its way to being the warmest fall on record as well. While there's more at play than global warming, its a concerning trend. While I'm happy we've re-elected someone at the provincial level that is strongly supportive of a green initiative, Toronto elected a mayor that has a "car as king" agenda. We need to stop voting with our wallets and vote with our conscience. I know I'm preaching to the converted here — but we all have to do more to voice our concerns with our friends and family come election time at all levels. We all need to get more passionate about influencing the people closest to us to put the world we all live on to the top of the agenda.

Dec 16, 2011
5:43 AM

Thank you for your letter. It expresses my concerns exactly. I used to be proud to say that I was a Canadian, but now that we have become "leaders" in moving backwards by pulling out of the Kyoto agreement, I'm not feeling quite as proud. Pleasing the big oil companies and promoting the oil sands is more important to our government than the well being of Canadians, not to mention, that of the poorer countries. People are calling our leaders, "fossils" and rightly so, but that does not represent what knowledgeable Canadians think. I find it encouraging that a number of provincial governments are moving ahead on their own in spite of our backward looking government. Also, thank you for reminding us that each of us can do our part by writing letters, and whatever else we can do to make our environment healthier.

Dec 16, 2011
5:42 AM

I am discouraged at our ignorance that so many still don't believe we contribute to global warming in spite of all the scientific evidence. I am dissapointed in my fellow human beings who are in a position of authority to bring about real change and choose not to. I am heartbroken thinking what my daughter and her children may be up against in the not so distant future. I am disgusted with the Federal Government for putting money ahead of human lives.

Dec 16, 2011
5:39 AM

I don't know how you keep going David. You have been such a strong voice for the environment for so long, this must be very difficult for you.

I have always been a proud Canadian, but now suddenly at 55 I am ashamed to be Canadian and don't quite know how to deal with it.

Dec 16, 2011
5:37 AM

We all need to encourage all of the political parties besides the Conservatives to work together to implement electoral reform, as their #1 priority. Versus a united Right, this is the only way that good Canadians can begin to regain control of our government again. Until we do, the Conservatives will continue to facilitate the unrestricted exploitation of our environment and natural assets.

(we DON'T want to unite the Left… two-party politics is even worse than Westminster politics… look at the US)

The Libs, NDP, Greens and Bloc can achieve electoral reform by forging a NON-COMPETE AGREEMENT before the next election. With one CPC candidate and one progressive candidate in each riding, there will be no vote-splitting amongst the Left and progressive voters. The CPC will lose their majority. The progressive parties can then form a temporary coalition government to implement electoral reform. The Conservatives' stranglehold on the country will be broken.

Then we can turn Canada around and begin protecting our environment and our future again.

I encourage everyone to discuss this with the opposition parties. It will take our numbers to convince them to cooperate with each other. It will take time to educate the Canadian public on modern electoral mechanics like Proportional Representation and Alternative Vote. And expect the CPC to run a misinformation campaign, confusing the issue and playing on peoples' fear of change.

We can do this!

Dec 16, 2011
5:36 AM

There are a number of points that tend to get missed in all the disappointment surrounding Harper's decision to make Canadians look like flakes on the world stage.
1) China and the US are not (to my understanding, I could be wrong) part of the Kyoto accord. They are THE largest polluters on earth. Why put time, money and effort into a sandbox that the REALLY bad boys aren't even sharing?? 2) Mr. Harper is merely a puppet of the oil/gas sector corporations. The reality is that the oil sands projects and fracking projects are going to prove entirely too profitable on both provincial and federal levels to ignore the potential revenue. No body REALLY watches the politicians when they're standing in line at the bank. 3) Canada and the US have made agreements toward the end of a North American Perimeter — note — no mention of Canada/US border. The North American Union is in the works, under the guise of the %^$@#%! Free Trade Flag again.Create jobs! They say to the press. Streamline border traffic! No mention of the US corporations climbing all over what little is left of our uniquely Canadian ways, resources, labor force, land, etc.
Stepping back from the Kyoto agreement is little more than a show of smoke and mirrors.

Dec 16, 2011
5:27 AM

Having worked with CUSO Canada in Bolivia for 4 years I saw the direct impact of climate change on the environment of the High Plains and the Amazon. Extremes of heat and cold, drought and floods, and most catastrophic, the rapid melting of the glaciers. The government and ngo's there are working to warn people, and implement stratagies for coping with the impacts of this climate change on their lives in the immediate future… I have heard many wonder why they are suffering these effects, when they are not contributing to the causes.

It is shameful that Canada, who is a major contributor, can show such a callous stance. What happened to Canadian values? Has Harper lost his basic sense of common, human decency? If Canadians can just sleep through this, it will be a major indictment of our worth as humans. Is being 'comfortable' really that important, that we are willing to condemn others to death so that we can maintain our overly inflated life style?

Dec 16, 2011
5:26 AM

I am deeply saddened and embarrassed by the actions of our politicians regarding climate change and the Kyoto Protocol. It is out of pure Greed that the people we voted in are walking away from this commitment. I feel so disheartened to know that the animal population will suffer. What arrogance the Torie Government has. I fully support Justin Trudeau's comment!

Dec 16, 2011
5:13 AM

I am not proudly Canadian at the moment. How can our government be so disconnected from his citizens and land? That's a shame.

Dec 16, 2011
5:04 AM

THis comment is not only about this letter but about another concern that I have. I too am outraged, yes disgusted by the irresponsible actions of our government and it's blatant disregard for Canadians not to mention the world population. Yet I hesitate to put my full support behind the work of the foundation because of Dr. Suzuki's continuing refusal to look at the issue of radio wave sickness, dirty electricity, electrical pollution or what ever name you wish to give it. By supporting the use of CFL lights for instance, people such as myself, who are indeed the canaries in the cage find our lives more and more restricted and our health impacted upon. I would urge you to check the research of well known and competent scientific minds who are trying to deal with this serious problem. (Some call it the most serious health problem facing us worldwide). I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Suzuki but fail to understand his lack of attention to this issue.

Dec 16, 2011
4:38 AM

I'm a Canadian living in Australia — but I am a Canadian and I'm deeply ashamed by my homeland at the moment. People ask me how it can possibly be that the beautiful, natural country of Canada can be the worst participant in the destruction of the planet's environment. You can be sure the whole world is watching. I try very hard to be a conservator of energy and water and to be a good caretaker of the land and my local environment. I personally take a position for the environment when I come up against the naysayers of climate change. For the first time in my life I am embarrassed to known as a Canadian in my current home. For the love of your country, and the people of the world, Canada please fix this.

Dec 16, 2011
4:28 AM

I am very disappointed with the stand the government is taking, but I am in no way surprised. Anyone that supports the tar sands so whole-heartedly would hardly support the green movement. That being said, perhaps it is a good thing that it is being left to those that are directly affected to make the necessary changes. This way we can be more sure of it being done right and implement truly green alternatives. When we succeed, it will look even more unfavourably on this government. Then we can perhaps elect one that represents more effectively what Canada truly stands for.

Dec 16, 2011
4:25 AM

A disgrace for Canada and Harper. However, I would say now push, push, push like never before every and all solar and wind energies possible in your local area, provincially, nationally, continentally, and globally. I especially love wind turbines myself, they are the future and you are looking at it every time you see one (placed in appropriate locations of course). As for solar there is no bigger source of energy on this planet than the sun.

Dec 16, 2011
3:45 AM

The Six Saddest Words

Could have Should have Would have

If not you than who? If not now, then when?

How can we as a nation, have let this happen?

Dec 16, 2011
3:34 AM

i have written re kyoto to the pm and my mp

Dec 16, 2011
3:33 AM

Way to embarrass the whole country in front of the world, you…you…HOSERS.

First the ridiculously over the top Canadian kitchfest at the Vancouver Olympics, and now this. Can we sue? Seriously, can we?

Dec 16, 2011
3:20 AM

As a Canadian and a mother I am ashamed of our Prime Minister for not putting the future of our country (our world) first on his political agenda. What will we tell our children when it is too late?

Dec 16, 2011
2:42 AM

I can't believe our government would do this : this smacks of fascism and does not reflect the so called democracy, in which we elect our officials and with that, ideologies that we feel benefits us ad the world, that I thought we lived in.

Dec 16, 2011
2:11 AM

Such very disappointing news. This is such an irresponsible and regrettable act and the international community must feel ashamed of the Canadian Government. As an Australian, I feel ashamed that our Government has failed to show the commitment and responsibility to this issue that is required so urgently. Our gutless ex Prime Minister John Howard says he's agnostic on climate change though in 2007 he advocated carbon trading! Thankfully we have more hope with our current Government, but its going to be a fight. The smile of my child is what personally drives me to join this fight.

Dec 16, 2011
12:50 AM

I am in the Philippines at this time (my home is in Vancouver) and I was deeply ashamed and embarrassed by the actions of our government. Most people here had great respect for Canada but this has definitely made many in the developing world re-think their opinion of us. I am delighted to see so many people incensed by the shameful action of our Federal government. I have no liking nor respect for Harper and his gang but on this issue sadly, they are not solely to blame. Canada has become economically reliant on the tar sands and no government yet has had the courage to stop the subsidies and demand an alternative course and we the people (not all of us) ridiculed the only political leader (Stepane Dion) who was serious about tackling the climate change problem. I applaud everyone for their noble sentiments but I wonder how many of us (including me) would be happy with the economic downturn that would result if the tar sands development stopped. I would like to know if someone has an alternative political, technical and economic solution to the tar sands. I haven't seen one if there is and the longer we allow the tar sands to be subsidized the harder it will be to stop them.

Dec 16, 2011
12:44 AM

Thank you for the letter. I'll be posting it on my Facebook page. Everyone should be aware of what's going on and be in a position to take action.

My best regards,

Dec 16, 2011
12:36 AM

I honestly have lost hope in humanity, not being able to come to an agreement over the fate of our Earth and all of its inhabitants. How short-sighted do our leaders need to be?? In the end it is not our planet that I am worried about. She will be just fine and outlive us all. It is the existence of life, human and otherwise, that will end up bearing the brunt of such selfish decisions we make today. It's astonishing that in such a relatively short period of time humans have begun to destroy what it took mother nature millions of years to build. And for what? Short-term monetary gain? Unfortunately greed and entitlement seem to be at the heart of this mess.

Dec 16, 2011
12:31 AM

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Dec 16, 2011
12:22 AM

In 2030, society is aware of its role in nature, and much more aware of the web of relationships in nature. It has reached the goal of phasing out fossil fuels and atomic energy peacefully, by strongly focusing on saving energy and on renewable energies. Oil is solely used for irreplaceable plastics production, and recycled through closed loop production.

It has designed its products by dematerializing and substituting resources for better ones, in all processes of production. It has changed its consumption from quantitative to qualitative, ending uneconomic growth.

Businesses use the natural concept of "waste = food", valorizing what used to be just an unhealthy pollutant, yet now is a source of revenue.

Most sectors of society understand the ways of the past were not wise, as society rapidly spent the capital created by Nature through millions of years of evolution, in a mere hundreds of years.

The political scenery is much wiser, as people participate in regular and healthy responsible citizenry dialog. Companies do not fund elections.

People are more happy now, because there is hope for the present and the future looks brighter and brighter, instead of hotter and hotter…

Dec 16, 2011
12:13 AM

To Stephen Harper: You sir, are the representative of the Canadian people, yet you give no credence or even to attention to the views of the people you represent. What is it, sir that you are trying to achieve? Increasing the wealth of a small group of people and corporations? How does this improve the lives of the people you serve? Because you are a servant of the people, not a ruler of them. A fact I believe you have lost sight of.

Dec 16, 2011
12:04 AM

I'm a college student and I find this a shock. From what I've seen and heard, there are no nay-sayers that climate change is occurring and that we must take action towards it. Well this includes scientists and people in general with exception those who lobby on behalf of the petroleum industry. I don't see why we should be withdrawing. The other developed countries seem to be making improvement. The rate of increase in emissions are decreasing or even having a positive rate of decrease in CO2 emissions. Canada really needs to step up and acknowledge the future.

Dec 16, 2011
12:00 AM

Canada has a great reputation everywhere in the world. Harper is making sure that this is going to change. Sacrificing our children's future and the future of our wonderful planet.

Dec 15, 2011
11:19 PM

As a Canadian social scientist conducting research in northern Pakistan, where the effects of climate change have been seen in the form of catastrophic floods, I'm deeply distressed that my government has seen fit to work against the best interests not only of Canadians, but of people around the world. I urge Prime Minister Harper to reverse this decision and commit — once again — to the principles of responsible global citizenship that we, as Canadians, hold dear.

Dec 15, 2011
11:19 PM

I saw and hear Harper on television, with not a drop of humanity, blaming the Liberal Party saying " They had no business making commitments to the KyotoAccord without any plans in place to back them up." Pure deflecting and shucking of his own responibilities as Canada's Prime Minister to see it through. If we want to get back on track and protect life in the here-and-now and Life of The Future… we must remove the gluttons from Parliament and in an emergency action, vote in a responsible government that will honour not only the Kyoto Accord, but be environmentally responsible over and above and to work with authorities on matters pretaining to asustainable future. And, I consider David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation, the highest authority on the subject of all matters that affect our environmental circumstances and the solutions to what ultimately is the difference between early extinction or sustainable living of Mother Earth and every living creature that dwells upon and within Her!…

Dec 15, 2011
10:57 PM

I agree and thank David Suzuki for his letter. We should be better than this. The actions of our government are shameful, and I have found myself no longer being proud to call myself Canadian. I try to keep hope and help the efforts of sensible, but it seems to be getting harder and harder.

Dec 15, 2011
10:56 PM

The World has been watching and right now Canada is failing badly on the international stage! We have become the cog in the wheel, the black sheep in the heard, the worm in the apple and full blame squarely lays on the Conservatives in office. Our reputation of being the neutral nation known for its peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts, yes those same nice Canadians who cared about the environment, all this seems lost and our reputation is in tatters! This is not what I want as a Canadian … lets get rid of Harper and the Conservatives!

Dec 15, 2011
10:54 PM

I want to cry. This is not my government because if they were, their first priority would be for the people of Canada (we are not talking about the economy) and the Global populations at large, the planet we all live on. We need to get Mr. Harper out…he is the evil that feeds and breaths life into the tar sands. I'm confused, did he tell his children that they would have to fight a lot harder for their future once he was done with Canada. Harper is only in for the $ right now and to look like he is the saviour of our economy. He thinks if he can have the house and Canada in a good economic state while he is at the top, then it won't matter when he is out because "he" was the one who helped Canada thrive. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong Mr. Harper, you were the one who Killed Canada, our trust in our Government and left the NEW governments of our future, to fight for our planet once again, not to mention, regain the trust and faith back from the rest of the world.

You, Mr. Harper have soiled and degraded the positive image that Canada once had with the rest of the world. You have permanently damaged Canada's good name and reputation for what? Oh right, to satisfy your ego and fill the pockets of your NEW oil rich friends. I feel sorry for your own children and I'm sure they will feel ashamed of your at some point in their life, to be the children of the Man who destroyed Canada, the planet and the future. It is never to late to change your ways, it is never to late to become a better man, it is never to late to fix what is broken and ask for forgiveness.

Marie

Dec 15, 2011
10:40 PM

All I can say is that: I am NOT proudly Canadian at the moment.

Dec 15, 2011
10:13 PM

It is time for ALL Govts to stop putting their heads in the sand and acknowledge responsibility to our great and wonderful Planet Earth. If you keep putting filth into the atmosphere, the oceans, in land fill etc etc. of course there will be consequences. Australia is taking action on climate change by creating a carbon tax which will affect all Australians. We don't yet know what they will cost us but the cost to do nothing is far higher. We owe it to our Planet and to generations in the future and to nature at large to stop twiddling our thumbs and to actually do something. Canada is probably one of the most beautiful countries in the World with such incredible nature and to disregard what you have and not to value it is surely a terrible flaw. The Canadian Govt must stop ignoring the problem and start putting forth measures that will make a huge difference to create a much cleaner Planet. Its not even about being green as such, it is about using common sense and realising you cannot continuously keep abusing the Earth and not expect She and all of us will suffer terribly. There is a reason she is called Mother Earth and as Her children we have responsibilities to her. IF we look after Her she will continue to care for us. There are no other alternatives.

Dec 15, 2011
10:03 PM

I agree with David Suzuki. It is very disappointing to have such irresponsible leadership. Even though the majority did not vote for Harper, it is also disappointing that so many people did, enough to get him in. I don't understand how people can be so blind.

Dec 15, 2011
9:36 PM

This letter said everything I was thinking, thank you David Suzuki for speaking out. Canada has always taken pride in "caring" for others…what is happening to us and to our leaders? A sad sad day….

Monika Majnik

Dec 15, 2011
9:29 PM

I agree with everything Dr. Suzuki says….it's our children's future at stake, do we not care about them? How can we be so selfish and turn our backs on them? We can't. We must work together and provide a sustainable environment for generations to come, or it will mean the end of us all.

Dec 15, 2011
9:25 PM

Canada is one of the countries most exposed to the adverse effects of a warming atmosphere, with particular increases in temperature experienced in its arctic circle provinces through reduction of sea ice, melting of permafrost and consequent methane release, reduction of the albedo effect of snow and ice cover on sunlight and so forth. For the Conservative government to choose not to ratify the new round of Kyoto accords, the lone dissenting western nation outside of the USA, brings shame on all of us. It is the responsibility of more developed nations to lead the way in developing and adopting technologies that lower carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, not encourage the use of highly polluting fossil fuels from the tar sands. Hang your head in shame Canadian government, perhaps we should adopt the polar bear instead of the beaver as the mascot of Canada, just to give a face to the crimes you are committing through your (in)action.

Dec 15, 2011
9:05 PM

Thank you David Suzuki for giving voice to the many Canadians that are disappointed and ashamed of this decision. Though I am Canadian, the Harper government does not represent me at all. This is a very sad day for our country.

Dec 15, 2011
9:05 PM

I agree with David's letter. As usual, this federal goverment is putting short term profits ahead of long term — science based — warnings and solutions. We are now viewed worldwide as selfish irresponsible environment 'bullies'. Without taking political sides, I must agree with Justin Trudeau's spontaneous outrage towards Peter Kent having the gall to tell NDP MP Leslie Megan she should have been at the UN climate change conference.

Dec 15, 2011
9:01 PM

Don't give up Carola! We are the masters of our evolutionary path.

Dec 15, 2011
8:47 PM

Dear David,

Thank you very much for your letter, I'm glad to read this words and find out that still there is hope, and that the potential changes are in our hands. I completely agree with you, we are better and we are more!!!

Best,

Jose

Dec 15, 2011
8:40 PM

This is so incredibly disappointing. I used to be really proud to say I am Canadian, but now I'm more inclined to scuff a toe in the ground and mumble it.

Dec 15, 2011
8:33 PM

The government of Canada has added yet another horrible decision to the list. Our continued greed and destruction of the earth is shameful beyond comprehension. I can only hope that we can achieve better from a municipal and provincial level, but I still weep for the actions of our federal leaders.

Dec 15, 2011
8:21 PM

I am angered by our government's indifference to climate change. British Columbia is not blameless. They impose a carbon tax on the public service and then give money to companies like Encana for their 'green projects'. They have imposed carbon taxes on coal of over $50/tonne in BC, yet the government supports the export of coal to Asia. Ultimately this will all come back to haunt all of us. The poorest people in the world are the first to pay, and the next generation faces an uncertain future. We have simplified our lives and are much more careful with our carbon footprint and the amount of water we consume. Thank you for standing up for the planet. One of the best things that could happen is to see the end of this terrible Conservative government.

Dec 15, 2011
8:19 PM

Our government not only has turned its back on the Global fight but on The People.We must stay stronger and they must realize that:TOGETHER WE STAND but DIVIDED WE FALL.

Dec 15, 2011
8:17 PM

Just a sad reflection on society that we put the environment last.

Dec 15, 2011
8:17 PM

Thank yo for your letter to address canada's government's decision to back out of the Kyoto accord.I just want to add that all canadians are the government. We choose who we think is right, and "They" act out based on our votes. That being said, we canadians put this current governmnet into position. They are only as powerful as our vote, and our voice, since we,(Society) are the actual government. I would like to note that David suzuki would definitatley have my vote if he ever did decide on running for the greens. Just sayin. Thanks, Aaron. Ritchie.

Dec 15, 2011
8:16 PM

I am angry and disgusted. Why make a promise you never intended to keep? I am sad for our future as human beings but more so for the innocent creatures whose lives we have destroyed on our never ending quest for personal wealth. We should all mourn the loss of something with such great potential and our one chance to positively affect our environment for a change

Dec 15, 2011
8:14 PM

When will the powerful oil companies start to realize that they're in the energy business, not the climate destruction business? I'd be happy to see Suncor and the other big players start pouring some of their billions into development of solar, geothermal, wind and other renewables. With peak oil a looming reality and our climate teetering on the threshold of devastating change, it's high time to begin the switch. If we can't force change upon the oil companies (who seem to hold immense power), perhaps they can lead the way instead.

Dec 15, 2011
8:01 PM

Tracy: One word (or is it two?): self-centered

Dec 15, 2011
7:58 PM

Short sighted is all I can say about our current government and those who elected it. If we really are the majority, we need to unite our votes so we can be progressive and create a better system for our future. Be the change people!!

Dec 15, 2011
7:58 PM

Canada is already one of the richest country in the world and one of the biggest polluters. I cant believe that instead of reducing our emmisions we increased it to get even wealthier. How greedy and selfish. Shame on us Canada. I use to be so proud to be canadian now i am disgusted

Dec 15, 2011
7:53 PM

Sadly, we WERE better than this. As Canadians we know we are more than our federal government. However the world perceives us based on the policies and decisions made by the politicians WE elect.

Dec 15, 2011
7:48 PM

I strongly endorse your analysis of the situation — as far as it goes. You and your colleagues evaluation of the growing environmental crisis and its impact on all of us is credible and based on good science . However in my opinion you fall considerably short in your analysis and critique on the political side of the equation. You need to develop and put forth an in depth political analysis based on idealogy.To date you have only criticized political parties and personalities but not taken a stance on the larger issues .We and you need to embrace a political as well as environmental road map in order to achieve the sustainable, secure and civil world to which most of us aspire. Tony

Dec 15, 2011
7:45 PM

David Suzuki, you and Anita Gordon convinced me early in the 1990's that we had to stop global warming, that it was "a matter of survival", as the book you wrote was titled. Thank you for your courage to tell it like it is and to not give up.

To my fellow Earth-dwellers: I recently watched a great movie called "How to Boil a Frog" by Canadian Jon Cooksey . He suggests five things we can do to combat global warming:

Don't eat beef. Limit yourself to one child. When buying gas, don't get it at Exxon, Mobil, or Esso. Buy used, not new Pick a cause you care about and be a s**t disturber eg. put a video about it on youtube. He actually had six points: Be willing to change.

If you want to know what's behind those points, watch the movie, it's inspiring and even funny.

After we watched it at Friends House in Toronto, I was very heartened to hear people speak of making their home solar and it paid itself off in 10 years and is now making them money, someone shared that he and his wife had become mostly vegetarian (he is likely in his 70s), investing in solar in Eden Mills, a community that is striving to become the first carbon neutral community in North America, and then I saw him get on a bicycle when he left. I love it!

Come on Canadians, we can do it!

Dec 15, 2011
7:42 PM

Many thanks to all of you at the David Suzuki foundation for your tireless work. I am often heartened by your considered and poignant words. I think back particularly, to the last BC provincial election when you appealed to environmentalists to stay together and not become divided over the run of the river hydro issue. Your wise words help.

I feel deeply ashamed by Canada's behaviour and would like to send an apology to the rest of the world for the role we and our leaders are currently playing on this issue. It is wonderful to me that as a counter to Canada's global politics, your foundation and the many concerned people of Canada are able to provide a different voice. Your leadership helps.

Thank you as well for making it easy to send emails to the appropriate parties on a variety of issues. In this busy world, it can be too easy to let our voices go unheard due to the stresses of overcrowded "to-do" lists. Your effort helps.

Thank you, keep up the good work, and wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season.

Dec 15, 2011
7:41 PM

All Harpie had to do was cancel the ridiculous fighter plane contract and use that money to offset Kyoto. Unfortunately he wants to be American so badly that he has dragged us into illegal wars and is trying to build a military economy like the U.S. has (and they are now being strangled by).

Dec 15, 2011
7:40 PM

Thank you for this letter and your continued commitment to environmental change. It's nice to know there are still those out there who care about this planet even though our government doesn't. I hope one day Canadians will have elected officials in place who will actually listen to what the people want.

Dec 15, 2011
7:39 PM

Tracey — if you do not see how important this environmental movement is or how the environment will effect the next 50 years of your life — you need to do a little more research on the topic. The environmental movement is looking to improve everyone's standard of living — while respecting the environment we live in. If you want to have everyday freedoms and enjoy your life — you need to pay attention to the environment. We need to stop focusing on things like money and student loans — and think of something besides ourselves.

I am so disappointed that the Canadian government has withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol.. Now is the time to come together and take a stand for the world we live in Canada!! :)

Dec 15, 2011
7:32 PM

Tracey, I think you're either a plant working for Harper in some regard or you're unfortunately shortsighted.

The green movement is creating jobs everyday. In an ever changing world we are educating students to work in jobs and fields that are only now in their infancy. There is a massive growth in renewable energy production, research, installation, and sales. This covers science, business, social sciences and the arts. I'm a teacher and I make it a point to talk to my students about why waste makes a difference in their lives today and tomorrow. It relates to the curriculum and also helps them to foster a sense of global citizenship.

Even if you don't want to work specifically within the field of creating renewable energy, just about every machine is now being designed with this reality in mind. So either you studied a grossly outdated discipline, or you lack the drive and desire to be at the forefront of your field.

Based on the pessimism and narcissism in your post, I fear it may be the latter.

Dec 15, 2011
7:31 PM

Things need to change, the way we live now is just unsustainable madness. We need to rediscover the pride, respect

Dec 15, 2011
7:27 PM

I agree 100%! It's a disgrace what the government has done to us, I'm ashamed!

Dec 15, 2011
7:12 PM

Absolutely shameful what the Conservative government has decided to do. They apparently feel as though abandoning the health and welfare of our future generations is worth the opportunity to drive their SUVs and live in their giant houses powered by unsustainable energy sources. It is a value system distorted to nightmarish proportions. Canadians need to wake up from their political indifference and realize its future is, without any bit of hyperbole, hanging in the balance.

Dec 15, 2011
7:08 PM

Dear David Suzuki,

Thank you for your letter regarding politics and the future jeopardized by the decisions made by the Canadian government. You absolutely speak my mind and I admire your energy and support your tireless efforts to educate Canadians about what is at stake if we – individually and collectively – fail to contribute to (drastically!) reducing green house gases and, more generally speaking, fail to live a more sustainable life – including the three cross-linked and interdependent “sectors” for sustainability: environment, society and economy.

I must admit, my optimism and energy to help turn things around and work toward a less bleak future that we are currently facing as the whole world (or more precisely, human beings as a whole) increases their destructive impact, is diminishing by the day.

Canadians not only have elected this majority government even though they knew that the (so-called) Conservatives had no intention to reconcile economic, environment and social demands. Also, around me, in my daily life, I can’t see that “we are better than this”. For example, about 90% of my Canadian neighbours would not even consider for a second not to idle their car in the morning (anything between 3-10 minutes) just to warm it up, and this even despite the fact that we have a by-law here in Vancouver that prohibits car idling over three minutes. This certainly is just a little example, but there are many more that are showing me that for (too) many people a convenience at the time often has priority over seeing the big picture and doing something for it.

It’s the more frustrating for me as these people have kids but seem not be willing to see how destructive their life style will turn out for the future of their own children. I do little things – bike to work, grow some veggies in the garden, buy as much locally as I can… But if I make a point of “let’s everybody do a bit”, they only laugh at me. But, of course, this is true not only for Canadians, but many other people and particularly other rich countries. Yes, you hear it, I am frustrated and I’ve become very pessimistic.

Maybe this is just our species’ evolutionary path (don’t think this sarcastic or philosophical): we have the brains to develop high-technology and to exploit this earth, and the knowledge to explain the universe and to develop strategies for a sustainable future, but our instincts are stronger and beat reason and rationality, and thus we as a species must in the long-term perish – as a result of our success. Are we “any better than this”?

Dec 15, 2011
6:57 PM

I feel ashamed and embarrassed to be a Canadian.

Maybe I'm not a Canadian. I don't understand an Alberta that puts up with the Tar Sands. I don't understand a country which elects a government that continues to put profit and the interests of wealthy constituents and businesses ahead of Life on Earth.

I want to start my own country, where the planet comes first.

Dec 15, 2011
6:54 PM

Regarding the previous comment, the environmental movement will provide jobs — jobs in the green economy.

There were so many things wrong with the way Durban was handled, starting with the fact that the Canadian delegation was manned only by Conservatives. The opposition was banned, which was a break with tradition. It was a Conservative, not a Canadian delegation attending the climate conference. Then there is the fact that our environment Minister used "hardball" in the same sentence as "developing countries." So now, not only do we disregard agreements we signed, but we are also the schoolyard bully?!

Dec 15, 2011
6:53 PM

I am very shocked about Canada withdrawal of Kyoto Protocol and even more when I read that other countries are as well.

We need a Government with a real vision on these vital issues. I ask the Goverment to pay attention to our calls. They are as vital as economic issues.

Dec 15, 2011
6:52 PM

I most certainly agree with you. I am ashamed for the decisions taken by Harper's government. The world will look upon us as less than a third world country. I support you already, because you are among the few who deeply cares for our country. As I am getting on in years I am worried about my grandchildren and that generation. When I emigrated here in 1954 I was so proud to be a Canadian. Being a Canadian means so much for me and my family, but the country is not living up to my expectations. We do need a better government!! Thank you for all you do, Loes

Dec 15, 2011
6:48 PM

I'd like to think everyone is interested in a cleaner future. Are the oil extractors not doing their part by changing tactics? There are always at least two sides to a story: Do you believe full-on-war (ie: immediately discontinuing oil extraction) is the best solution for our evolving dilemma? Wouldn't an inclusive approach create an atmosphere to brainstorm (with great minds on both sides) solutions to everyone's problems?

Dec 15, 2011
6:47 PM

I am disgusted with Stephen Harper and his atitude toward our country and our planet. He chooses to fuel the fire instead of putting it out. Where did he get his education from, a Cracker Jack box?

As for Tracy who commented on how it would only affect her for the next 50 years or so, grow up girl! We must think of more than ourselves here. Wem the human race has proved to be a plague across the planet. We are responsible for killing off thousands of species. It has to stop now! Working to improve the environment creates jobs by creating new healthier technologies across the board. I think it's time you stopped to smell the roses, what few of them still remain in the wild.

I am proud of being a Canadian, but I am ashamed of being associated with Stephen Harper and his crew. For a first world country, we're acting like a third world country instead because of his inaction. Remember Stephen, actios prove louder than words, and right now, you're yelling with your actions and everyone around you is horrified by them.

Dec 15, 2011
6:40 PM

Dear Dr. Suzuki and all working with you: In the face of this reversal those of us committed to change will continue to do what we can by the way we live and vote. You can count on letters going to my elected officials and to the companies I deal with (gas, hydro etc) about my ongoing concerns about our care of the environment for all our relations.

I can say that when I heard the news coming from Durban and it's likely outcomes, I took a deep breath and said, "we've gone over the line. Life will not be like it was when I was a child. My grandchildren will not know the environment I took for granted." Climate change is in progress. Global warming is happening. Governments are hard-put to care for the people and the future. I do not support what my government has done, and I am concerned about the lack of regulation for the developing nations of China and India — a concern Mr. Harper and team had about the Kyoto accord.

What's done is done. What we must do is continue to be committed to a shift of understanding and responsibility. And this we will do.

Dec 15, 2011
6:38 PM

Who does not sympathise with the frustration exploding out of Justin Trudeau? Half truths, misrepresentations, shortsightedness, self interest, stonewalling, it never stops. The coming generations will pay dearly, even the children of the people who are making these decisions. As David says we can only continue our efforts to do what we can and leave the politicians to themselves.

Dec 15, 2011
6:36 PM

I am sad but not suprised. I didn't expect more from this government. I am sad because I would prefer Canada to set an example for the rest of the world in a positive way and not like this.

Dec 15, 2011
6:32 PM

There should be no choice. Period.

Dec 15, 2011
6:31 PM

What a shame about Kyoto, when Canada is in such a good position to be a world leader in showing respect for this wonderful gift of a planet which sustains us — respecting the Earth seems to go hand-in-hand with this vast, beautiful country of ours and our reputation as peace keepers.

Dec 15, 2011
6:24 PM

Thank you David

Dec 15, 2011
6:20 PM

Thank you for putting into words what many of us have been thinking…and giving us hope to stay the course!!!

Dec 15, 2011
6:16 PM

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Something "Tracey" might want to think of.

Thank youto the Suzuki Fondation… And shame on the Canadian Government!

Dec 15, 2011
6:09 PM

Steven Harber and Peter Makey are from Alberta and many Conservative MP are from Alberta. Governing party of Alberta is Conservative. I heard many nonsense regarding environment and oil industry from "researchers", professors of University of Alberta..I am not a fan of this province and people there. The only thing they care for is economy and money. We should abandon the shameful province. We don't want to live and work there. Cheer for refusal of Keystone pipeline and dirty oil. Conservative can control Canada but not the world. Not too bad.

Dec 15, 2011
6:03 PM

Thank you David, for keeping us inspired and hopeful!

Dec 15, 2011
6:02 PM

I so agree with this article and like the U.S under the Republicans many state and local Govt's took up the initiative and created there own change and pushed green tech. Canadians must do the same now ,we need to pick up the slack until we can throw out this horrible Govt. Peter Kent is an embarrassment.Stephen Harper is an embarrassment.The Canadian Government has made Canada look like a backward country and for this they will pay at the polls!

Dec 15, 2011
5:59 PM

Many thanks for this letter and reminder that the Canadian government's decision is not reflective of all its inhabitants. Since the governments decision to back out of the Kyoto Protocol I have been bewildered, ashamed and outraged. Everyday I see the people I live with work together in our co-operative to create sustainable solutions for a better future and a deeper connection with the locality we live in. We reduce significantly, we've created a community garden, we carpool or cycle. We re-use or reconfigure. I also know that there are ways to create jobs that are meaningful and sustainable and paradigm shifts are happening everywhere. Then, when I hear of the government decision I think this in no way reflects who I am or the people I connect with and that gap just keeps getting wider and wider. The government's decision is one based on disconnect and greed. I want to tell our government that Canadians are much more capable, creative and resourceful than what it represents us out to be. Shame on Harper!

Dec 15, 2011
5:55 PM

Never fear, this dismaying turn of events will only spur those of us who are aware of the right thing to do to stay the course and continue in our endeavour to open the befuddled eyes of our leaders, whose sole shaky claim to fame seems to be that of business managers. Most of us will, I am sure, be more determined than ever to jog the conscience of the king in our attempts to work in favour of the planet not the pockets of the politicians.

Dec 15, 2011
5:52 PM

Well said. We do need the support of our federal government to have a positive impact on the environment… but it would be nice.

Dec 15, 2011
5:49 PM

I'm ashamed of what the Harper government has done, or rather not done, to preserve the environment, but I'm not surprised the slightest by the decision to pull Canada out of the Kyoto protocol. It's a well known fact that Stephen Harper is buddy-buddy with the oil company's corporate executives. As actor Steven Seagal was saying at the end of his movie, "People will go on polluting as long as there's a profit to be made." On thing's for sure: the next government will have its hands full cleaning up the mess made by the Harper government. Shame!

Dec 15, 2011
5:45 PM

This is the first time in my life I have been embarrassed to be a Canadian. I had high hopes for Coppenhagen, and although I though Kyoto was weak, I thought it was a start. Now the Kyoto protocols are a memory of failure in the Canadian history, Coppenhagen brought less to the table than Kyoto, and the Canadian government has set itself as the pinnacle of the short sighted. Our people live in a short lived and poorly managed abundance, worried about the short term and "living for the now" forgetting about the thousands and millions that suffer, now, and our future generations that will suffer as the beauty that we have is raped. If I wasn't so sad, I would be angry.

Dec 15, 2011
5:44 PM

Thanks David,

Here's to a reversal in emissions trends within your lifetime!

I know deep down we must be smarter than fruitflies.

Kent

Dec 15, 2011
5:43 PM

change our ways or change the government or both.

Dec 15, 2011
5:39 PM

As a Canadian living in Australia, I am very disappointed in my homeland's actions around Kyoto. I am even more disappointed in Canada for taking up space in the Australian press trying to get this country to limit it's commitment to climate policies.

If the Federal Government chooses to be ineffectual and disengage in the climate negotiations, fine. Canadians will boot them out of office soon enough. However, it is shameful that the Government is attempting to hinder the progress and work that other countries are doing, and are trying to do.

Harper: If you don't like the Kyoto agreement, help the world come to another agreement that makes more sense. Do not use your disengagement from Kyoto as an excuse for promoting global inaction. There is a lot of incredible work happening on the world stage. I encourage you to be a part of it.

Dec 15, 2011
5:38 PM

The right wing have gotten very good at using money for sophisticated PR campaigns. Canada does have the oil curse polluting your politics. I think that demographics and religion are key issues. Seculars are not replacing themselves and fundamentalists have an enormous selective advantage through a cultural preference (I would call it irresponsiblity) for large families. Ironic that people who are young earthers and deny evolution have found a big selective advantage in their irrationality. Takes about 4 generations of 1.5 vs 3 children to go from 4:1 secular to 1:4 a society dominated by the religious. So, you need to convert a lot of people from faith in the Bible to faith in science or get the fertility rates more equal. Good luck.

Dec 15, 2011
5:37 PM

Like a large number of Canadians with social democratic leanings, I feel betrayed by our current government. I am horrified by their reckless behaviour. They seem to be far more interested in short-term currying of favour than looking at the long-term good for our country. I cannot understand, unless we accept that it's all about immediate monetary gain, why they will not deal with our huge carbon footprint. It Is deeply embarrassing to me that my country has a group of people in control who won't do anything about reducing our carbon emissions. If I, among millions of other Canadians, could get the message to Stephen Harper and his government that efforts to control climate change are critical — right now — I feel that at least we are moving forward on this issue. How do we do this?

Dec 15, 2011
5:32 PM

Thank you David Suzuki Foundation and friends for continuing to tell the truth, and for finding solutions. Blessings to you all in this holiday season, and all the best for 2012 and beyond! Love, Chris P.

Dec 15, 2011
5:28 PM

Thank you Dr. Suzuki for your letter and all your hard work. I am ashamed of our federal government for pulling out of Kyoto. I am ashamed of any Canadian who only thinks of their short life span, their tiny part of the environment, and doesn't care about all the beautiful and amazing species being snuffed out and all the suffering environmental refugees being displaced by climate change, deforestation, pollution etc. There are so many ways we are ensuring our demise, but climate change is probably the biggest one. Our species can and will go extinct if we don't act on the wisdom of science. And we will take so many other forms of life with us if we continue on this destructive path. I urge all Canadians to do whatever they can, be it small or big, to change our ways for the better. Yes, we all have burdens in our lives, some much more difficult than others. But we haven't seen anything yet if we continue to trash the planet for the sake of a short term buck. So if you care about LIFE, act now. Caroline

Dec 15, 2011
5:22 PM

The Canadians I've met over the years all seemed like quite nice, educated, albeit slightly bland people… and yet they've somehow co-manifested an immoral government which is obviously hell-bent on destroying it's own environment with fracking, slaughtering tens of thousands of seals annually, disrespecting it's indigenous populations, etc, etc… and now this! Shame on you guys.

Dec 15, 2011
5:21 PM

I've spent the years since graduating traveling the world and working. The more I travel, the more I realize how amazing Canada is, and the year I spent teaching in England, I often spoke of the virtues of Canada. Sadly, I didn't keep as up to date as I would have liked, and when I came back at the beginning of this year, I realized the Canada I grew up with, (while still having a lot of positive elements I must stress) has changed from being a leader in the world for the environment to one of the absolute worst. And for what? Financial gain? Sure, Canada was one of the few countries that pulled through with little to no effect from the last 'depression'. They should take this as a sign to do something good for the world. For what I hope is the last time, I am ashamed to be living in a country that has so little respect for the future for such a shallow reason. Oh Canada, please clean up your act.

Dec 15, 2011
5:21 PM

Terribly sad to see. Our priorities are so messed up!!!

Dec 15, 2011
5:20 PM

I like the thought that Canada is more than it's government. Hopefully this will come to bear with the Occupy agendas.

Dec 15, 2011
5:19 PM

When I heard the news, the first thing I did was send a letter to the PM.

This is absolutely scandalous! Being a Quebec resident, I'm considering supporting sovereignty simply because of such fundamental political differences.

Thank you for spreading your concern and trying to raise awareness on this issue and many others.

Kind Regards,

Dec 15, 2011
5:16 PM

Thank you for your leadership on the issue of climate change. Without your hard work, we would be in a much worse position. I am ashamed that our government has chosen not to honour the commitment that was made with Kyoto. This short-sighted thinking and action will be a detriment to Canada and to the world. We all need to make choices that speak of our personal commitments to living greener lives — taking the bus, composting, planting trees, having gardens, buying local. Thank you for being an inspiration. I hope that these things can make a difference for Canada and for the world.

Dec 15, 2011
5:05 PM

totally in support of David Suzuki Foundation! boo on our government to take irresponsible actions like that. we have to become all part of a different mentality with far reaching vision, way more than 50 years and much broader that one person's life.

Dec 15, 2011
5:04 PM

It is pathetic and horrible.. People always comment on how movie stars or singers are role models to the young and all that… Look at our own Government. What are they saying? It is ok to give up on our Goals and commitments, and who cares about the future health because we'd rather live Reckless today!

This is a message from Canada! ( like on the commercials..)

Grandchildren, what are they?

Dec 15, 2011
5:04 PM

Why is anyone surprised at the latest Conservative actions at Durban. This is only the latest in a string of misleading or corrupt actions they call "government". The In/Out Election Fraud, Tony Clement's misappropriating funds for the G8 conference, bullying government representatives who disagree with their policies are examples of dictatorial actions by Harper and his friends in Ottawa. We have ourselves to blame for the current situation. He was elected by Canadians in Canada, not in Russia or a banana republic with no proper electoral system. I cry with distress about what I see and hear in regards to climate change. I have no idea what it will take to make a difference in this situation. Scientists have been warning about this for years. We don't seem to "get it", otherwise Harper wouldn't be our Prime Minister today.

Dec 15, 2011
4:58 PM

I teach grade ten science in Ontario. The current curriculum includes a unit on climate change. In the next few years there will be thousands of Ontario graduates who are well-versed in all aspects of climate change. They will be demanding an explanation from the likes of Peter Kent and Stephen Harper regarding this decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol. The Canadian government has missed an opportunity to become a world leader in addressing climate change. The decisions of the "Harper government" do not reflect the values of the majority of Canadians. These politicians are creating a Canada which is not consistent with the attitudes and values of those who built it into the nation we know and love. I am confident that my students who graduate in the next few years will recognize this and demand a change.

Dec 15, 2011
4:57 PM

Thank you Dr. Suzuki for reminding me that I am not the only who feels this way. I find it disheartening that Canada would fail in it's commitment to honour the Kyoto accord. What is even more devastating to me is that it seems to be an issue that is downplayed by Canadian media.
Thank you for sending us some motivation when things are so dire.

Dec 15, 2011
4:54 PM

I am deeply disappointed that our government has chosen to abandon critical targets to create a healthier environment for us all. Their actions show that profits like those from the Tar Sands or the Temagami forest are more important then leaving future generations a country that they can be proud of and is safe to call home. Canada used to be a leader, a country that set an example for others

Dec 15, 2011
4:52 PM

Wake up Canada, We are being left behind. National Feed In Tariffs based on Ontario's Green Energy Act are the fastest way to get back in the game.

There are countless economic opportunities waiting to be exploited around more efficient uses of energy.

Dec 15, 2011
4:50 PM

I for one will send my daughter to school to become an electrician or an electrical engineer.
. The grid is there, but the source of energy can be changed and modified to be cleaner. Solar and wind power are just the beginning… all of us need to think outside of the box and expand our choices.
. To the girl who asked if the environmental movement could provide her with a job so she could pay off her student loans…. YES, ABSOLUTELY!!!

Dec 15, 2011
4:48 PM

The position is embarassing and irresponsible. If all I do is admit that and do nothing else, then I too can count myself as irresponsible. Time to take a bit more action than I am used to!

Dec 15, 2011
4:48 PM

Thank you for this wonderful post. It reaffirms my conviction that organizations, like the David Suzuki Foundation, are more important than ever now and speak on behalf of the majority of Canadians who do care about this country and this planet.

Thank you David and thanks to all who work to make this world a better place now and for future generations.

Namaste.

Dec 15, 2011
4:47 PM

To Tracey:

Just a question: what are you studying for? Maybe tomorrow a bus will just drive over you and you'll be dead.

Caring about the environment works the same: it's gives us the hope we will be able to live lives without health diseases, have normal kids that will also have a normal life, and why not, think that we're just not stupid selfish assholes with no real goal in life…

But your reaction is typical of young people, and this generation even more than the past ones: to get everything fast and easy… Just don't get too much illusion… Things are rarely as fast and easy as you probably think… In fact, your generation will probably enjoy the hardest and less enjoyable life in history…

Good luck.

Dec 15, 2011
4:46 PM

Thank you for expressing so clearly just what I was feeling: heartbroken, betrayed, ashamed and frustrated. We ARE better than this and we shouldn't stop till we've proven it.

Dec 15, 2011
4:44 PM

I remember when I was younger, I used to feel pride for Canada. I could honestly say I was proud to be a Canadian. I was proud that we weren't like the U.S., and that we could call ourselves "better". We, as a developed country, have an incredible responsibility to show leadership on the world stage. We are most certainly not leading by example by pulling out of Kyoto. This breaks my heart to think that I'm no longer proud to be a Canadian, and that really we're no different than our neighbours to the south.

Canada, you may lose me as a citizen if we continue down this path. I'll go somewhere else where I can be with like-minded people.

Dec 15, 2011
4:36 PM

We must do all that we can to pressure the government to stay in Kyoto.

Dec 15, 2011
4:28 PM

Tracey, this 'each man for himself' mentality may provide YOU with a job if you work in the tar sands or the automotive industry, but what about the health of others and the long term welfare of our planet? As we sit around our cosy fireplaces burning wood and filling the air with beautiful smelling particulate matter, there are droughts happening in 3rd world countries because of the effect of greenhouse gases on weather patterns. We must put the needs of others less fortunate than ourselves, ahead of our own selfish interests. Should any of be able to sleep at night knowing that what we do here in Canada is taking the livelihood and even lives of innocent people in developing nations? Canada should be leading the way. We are an international embarrassment! Shame on us! Robin Montreal

Dec 15, 2011
4:26 PM

Tracy, if you are expecting to live another 50 years or so, you will be directly affected by runaway climate change. The comfortable income and everyday freedoms that you aspire to will be severely limited by the emergency measures that world governments will have to enact to deal with the wrenching changes that will occur to every living thing on this planet. The way to minimize if not reverse these outcomes is to support, both personally and politically, measures such as Kyoto and other green initiatives designed to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced so that you, and the rest of us, can have some kind of decent future to look forward to.

Dec 15, 2011
4:23 PM

I didn't vote for our current government and neither did most Canadians, yet we will live the results of their decisions unless we stand up and be heard. Your article does a good job reminding us of the many other ways we can make a difference. We must let our leaders know we disagree with their decision to break our commitment to Kyoto. They never were really committed, but now it's official. What an embarrassment we are to the world, to choose dirty energy over a cleaner future. Shame on our government!

For Tracey, we do this for our planet, our children, our children's children and our future. If you don't care about other people's children, then perhaps you could imagine yourself with children someday. If we destroy the planet we will not need any jobs or money. Also, the environmental industry is one of the fastest growing areas for employment, so if you care about the environmental movement, it may care for you.

Dec 15, 2011
4:21 PM

Thank you David for your words of encouragement. As disheartening as the Kyoto news was, I believe the 99% will not react favourably to the federal governments dishonour. I believe a new dialogue is simmering and I am excited to be part of it.

Dec 15, 2011
4:18 PM

Harper and his conservative party are the Canadian version of G. W. Bush and the Republican party. Are they truly a national embarrassment? No, they are just our representatives. Abolishing the Kyoto treaty was part of the platform they ran on to help them get elected. Our national embarrassment is the huge number of irresponsible, greedy, selfish Canadian voters that gave these corrupt soulless bastards control of our once-great country.

Dec 15, 2011
4:16 PM

We can hope that Steven Harper realizes that the world's community does not agree with his pulling out of the Kyoto Agreement. I believe that Canadians are fair minded and care about the disadvantaged people in this world but our Premier has only profits and business on his agenda and, he tends to follow the USA instead of leading Canadians. We can ensure that we have a leader who represents us by voting during the next Federal election.

Dec 15, 2011
4:09 PM

I believe economic sanctions against Canada by the world ( if they really are watching) and dissuading buyers of tar sands are the 2 approaches more likely to make a difference.

Discussions and petitions to Dirty Harper are futile. . Thanks for your work.

Dec 15, 2011
4:08 PM

I was ashamed to hear the our government pulled out of the Kyoto accord. It appears that money is more important than the well being of our planet and future generations. I will continue to do my part to show my respect for this wonderful planet and the other species that we share it with and teach my children to do the same.

Dec 15, 2011
4:07 PM

While we have a world economy that is essentially dependent on the fossil fuel industry, it is unlikely that we can get the reductions necessary to warm the hearts of our climate watchers. The only way to put the polluters out of business (reduce emissions) is to push for and legislate for alternate energy supplies that do not pollute. Our focus needs to be on supporting new technology and ideas that will help break up our dependence on the fossil fuel industry and consequently stop the pollution that flow from it.. Its time to get more involved in real solutions not just stopping someone else.

Dec 15, 2011
4:01 PM

I am so disappointed in the Canadian government changing directions. There was a time I was proud that our country offered leadership in supporting those in need and a positive role in world politics. It wasn't perfect but I was glad that we were participating. With changes made by this administration I feel disappointment and embarrassment that politicxians have moved so far over they do not represent the majority of the Canadian People, nor represent our Country in a favourable light on the world stage, politically, environmentally and philanthropically. Shame on Stephen Harper and his government.

Dec 15, 2011
3:58 PM

Thank you for this letter it is an accurate reflection of how Canadians worldwide are feeling, appalled and disappointed. This decision goes against the Canadian values I grew up with and those I wish to pass on to my children. At a pivotal moment in history, Durban, when the potential for positive change was possible, the same old tune of greed was played by the leading nations. To the government of a country with some of the worlds as yet unspoiled natural beauty and to the companies that are exploiting it

Dec 15, 2011
3:51 PM

Kent, Van Loan and Harper are determined to lead Canada back to the 18th century to satisfy their corporate bosses. The rest of the world laughs.

Dec 15, 2011
3:47 PM

Tracey says that the environmental movement doesn't care about her and that she wants a job to have a comfortable life. She doesn't seem to understand that without a working ecosystem and environment there can be no working economy in the long run. And what of those whose lives will be ruined in the third world, is she not concerned at all about them? They only wish they could be so lucky as to be in a position to have a student loan. Please wake up Tracey and look at where this road leads.

Dec 15, 2011
3:46 PM

Thank you for the informative and heartfelt commentary on such a tragic decision by our government. It is difficult for so many to slow down enough to realize the long term effects of not thinking this through as a community. We live in a time of insular self reflection. It is hard for so many to see past their own level of being in the world to realize the hugh responsibility of envisioning the future for the evolution of all life. Those who feel how much this represents a dark chapter in our identity as Canadians must keep an active and personal involvement in their communities in the hope of educating however few they may cross paths with. Your work is valued beyond words in the ongoing battle to change the environment for generations to come.

Dec 15, 2011
3:46 PM

Your letter was factual, informative, and emotionally strong and brought tears to my eyes! The principles of honesty, truthfullness, non-violence towards all beings, and non-greed are obviously values not considered important to many of our Canadian politicians. Not only am I disappointed, angry and disgusted with some of our Canadian politicians, I also realiize that our political system of representing the people is a joke! Time for some of these politicians to go sit on one of the mountains overlooking the tarsands (if one still exists), breathe in the fresh air (if such a thing still exists in the area), and take a good hard look at themselves and contemplate our future not only environmentally but the future for our children and grandchildren. One disgusted Canadian citizen, Susan Bull

Dec 15, 2011
3:44 PM

I am so sick of watching this country slowly die and nobody does anything about it. Our government don't care, our people don't really care either. I feel at a complete loss. What will be left for my children and their children after that. Isn't it obvious that if we don't reduce our emissions now, earth will not be a place to live for us anymore. This is it! We can't say we did not know about it…

Dec 15, 2011
3:43 PM

I find Steven Harper's committment to the tar sands and his complete disregard for the welfare of the environment and of the suffering and death caused in third world countries to be unforgivable. His lack of concern for the will of the majority of Canadians shows that he cares not at all for the principles of democracy. This is a sad day for Canada and for democracy and I fear for the future of our children.

Dec 15, 2011
3:30 PM

I burst into angry tears trying to explain to someone today the negative impact the Harper government has had on both our nation, the globe, my 6-year old daughter and her generation and the generations beyond…but I also feel that the power of the people is growing every day and the multiple foolish decisions made by this government can be overcome. We will not have to face the horrific consequences that Harper's Tories are trying to push on us if we work together. The David Suzuki Foundation is an amazing driving force to make this real!!

Dec 15, 2011
3:19 PM

I was never more proud to be Canadian than when Jean Chretien signed the Kyoto Agreement. I know it isn't perfect, but for goodness sake (literally), we can't wait for perfect ideas!!! The other thing that makes me so proud to be Canadian is The David Suzuki Foundation. I haven't always been in a position to support you financially as much as I would like, but I always do as much as I can. You help us have a voice, and the time is now for speaking as loudly and as clearly as we can.

For those who think the environmental movement doesn't matter — it's all about people. There are three kinds of love: love for self, love for our close contacts and love for humanity. Only the environmentalists are concerned about the latter. No matter what, life on earth will continue, and once humans take the pressure off (ie we're gone), new life forms will emerge (as how they always have after mass extinctions). It's a habitable planet for humans that is at stake.

The most recent evolution of the human brain involves thinking beyond our own selfish interests. Have you evolved?

Dec 15, 2011
3:18 PM

Thank god for the David Suzuki Foundation. The work that you do is making a difference and changing individuals, even if the collective in Canada appears to be at very low ebb. Our current government is sad and destructive, but David Suzuki and his team are proving that there are alternatives and that things can change at a deeper level. All the work that you have been doing will make a difference and shift the way things are, in time. When I was in grade 5 we watched an episode on factory farming and I immediately became a vegan for several years. So thank you for making a continued difference in people's lives (that was 25 years ago!) and please know that what you do is truly affecting people and the way they choose to live.

Dec 15, 2011
3:17 PM

@Tracey: The environmental movement DOES care about you. Enough to care about making sure you have clean air to full your lungs, fresh food from the earth to eat, and clean water from the rivers and lakes to nourish your body. The environmental movement does care about you. all of you. They are fighting for YOU! We care about the future of your familyand future generations of your family. So much so that we are fighting for thier livelihoods in making this climate change agreement. Please also care about the world your kids live in, because it's the only one they have.

Dec 15, 2011
3:16 PM

Thank you for your letter expressing appreciation for our monthly donations and thank you also for the above letter expressing dismay at this lunatic government's actions and inactions on climate change. Already in 2000 we saw the deleterious effects of global warming on Baffin Island. Canada's North is one of the regions of the world that will be most affected, with consequences for the rest of the continent.It's incredible that our federal government does not understand this.

We already subscribe to your newsletter.

Dec 15, 2011
3:13 PM

How can we be so short-sighted? We have to focus on the future — if not for ourselves, than for our children.

Dec 15, 2011
3:13 PM

Whats next after we pull out of the only formal climate change agreement? Putting the oil industry infront of the well being of future generations (and our own) livelihoods is not acceptable. South Africa and the world are asking for Canada to step up and help curb the juggernaut of climate change and try to save millions of people who will be the unfortunate recipients of the affects of climate change. Millions displaced, billions starving. Makes Trudeau's comment in parliment of calling Environment Minister Peter Kent a " Piece of Shit" seem tame, no? Meanwhile the Conservatives keep disregarding Canadians stance on climate change, and making us look like fools on the international stage. Impressive Tories. >heart breaking<

Dec 15, 2011
3:11 PM

I fully support your letter and thank you for taking the lead in condemning government’s decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Agreement. This decision is irresponsible for Canadian citizens and for the future of our planet. Canada can achieve the Kyoto emission target by investing in renewable energies, which have huge potentials. Wind energy, for example, can now cost as low as 4-5 cents per kilowatthour. The conservative government is short-sighted and overly concerned about the financial burden of the Kyoto obligation. We, as a country, should wake up and take responsible actions immediately. Canada should and can contribute to the global effort to save our planet.

Dec 15, 2011
3:09 PM

The declining environment is just one of the many symptoms of the real problem in Canada which is a lack of Democracy. We have a problem of democracy being undermined and this problem must be solved before the resulting environmental symptoms may be "cured" or reversed. There is a great need for a new "Rule by the People" party to be formed in Canada which unleashes real democracy. With Participatory Democracy we can have our countries environment our way- not the oil man's way.

Participatory Democracy could be incrementally introduced over a 20 year period. First the people need to be educated in economics, the environment, world affairs, and more (because Democracy Demands Intelligence), then Rule by the People could be fully unleashed. The people could even make up the government budget over a 1 year period. The people know better than oil backed politicians what to spend money on when it comes to the environment, health care, and other matters.

Without Real Democracy or Government by the People, Canada will continue to be ruled by industry insiders and the environment will suffer exponential abuse from abusive multinational corporations.

DEMOCRACY AND THE ENVIRONMENT DEMANDS MORE POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE.

Dec 15, 2011
3:04 PM

Thank you so much for this excellent letter,

I will never be able to understand the Conservatives' inaction regarding the environment, climate change and more particularly Kyoto. I know they just care about the oil industry, and about money and power, but how could someone be so blind? We all know (even Stephen Harper knows) that it's time to change our energy sources and the way our society looks at the environment, but our Prime Minister CHOOSES to do nothing. That is unacceptable and completely unforgettable. Stephen Harper, you are a selfish individual.

I feel so ashamed to be a Canadian. At the same time, I know that many people in this country are acting everyday to help change our world for better. Hopefully, if enough people want to join this battle, we could make it clear that we don't agree with the Conservatives government and that we want them OUT! Enough is enough!

Dec 15, 2011
3:03 PM

Absolutely disgusting.

Dec 15, 2011
3:02 PM

Thank you for your comments that many Canadians have been awaiting, though even before your excellent suggestions, many like I have emailed tweeted or blogged away in our disgust and shame as Canadians. This is one time being an apologetic Canadian is the right first step.

But now we must re-double our efforts. I have written and received a reply from Premier McGuinty telling him I love my Smart Meter for electricity despite the Conservatives saying it was an unproven technology. My use of electricity has dropped and my bills too as I can plan my activities better and help the grid plan and buy efficiently.

We can do this without the Federal Conservatives. They cannot take the Wind out of my Sails!

Dec 15, 2011
3:00 PM

Thank you,for writing this letter and telling it like it is. Unfortunately my MP is Stephen Harper — I have much to be ashamed of and yet, he is not the person I voted for — I can only do so much. So I support the David Suzuki Foundation, the Council for Canadians, Amnesty International and the World Society for protection of animals. CUSO also gets some of my holiday contributions. I am so frustrated. Imagine my horror at seeing a Conservative/Reform government when I returned to Canada in 2006 from living abroad for 11 years. I persuaded my new American husband that Canada was a more enlightened place, tolerant, caring, and open and honest. And now, this.
We can only keep on working to inform Canadians about the results of voting in this government. Sincerely, Karen Lee, Southwest Calgary

Dec 15, 2011
3:00 PM

Amen to this! Very well said!

Dec 15, 2011
2:55 PM

In Australia we are fighting similar battle with a conservative mindset, the same advertising agencies that seeded "doubt" over tobacco are in play globally. It will take aware individuals to make difference fighting the "doubt" spread and sown by word of mouth.

Those who care, see this regression won by big energy as just part of the predictable response. Canada's battle will move to a different phase and those on the side of the planet will watch to see the moves that need to be made next as you go forward.

The focus is now on those who have listened to the propaganda, these are friends, relatives, work colleagues etc. etc. Tact, persuasion, thoughtfulness, honesty and truthfulness are our counter measures to this disinformation.

Don't loose heart, changing the political centre of gravity is done by word of mouth, this is a power we all posses. Wishing you all well in 2012.

Dec 15, 2011
2:52 PM

I agree with this letter and would like to say you do not have the right to ruin the world for our grandchildren because when your party was elected, our country gave you the honour of our trust to act for our best interests. THIS POLICY IS NOT IN ANYONES BEST INTEREST

Dec 15, 2011
2:50 PM

Thank you for this information and the very importatant work you do ,we are all resposible for taking care of the planet we live on we owe this to our selves and our children and all future generations to come.

Dec 15, 2011
2:48 PM

While I dont agree on the abandonment our govt has chosen on this , I have to ask, why do we expect our govt to do what we ourselves wont do?

Canadians are wasteful . There is no end in sight to the throw away lifestyle we live, voluntarily. Saving our planet, starts at home, in our daily lives, before condemning the govt for its behaviour, we should be looking at ourselves, because honestly, they are a mirror image of who we are. Like it or not, we dont appear to want to change anything we do at home, yet foolishly expect our govt to fix things for us.

Its time Canadians wake up and clean up after themselves .

Dec 15, 2011
2:46 PM

I am ashamed of what is happening within Canada our home and native land, where is our to patriot love, this is not my sons command. I think we need to take a stand as individuals, as families, as the human race! The change has started within our communities but we need it in every community, shouting from the roof tops! Our planet, our country, can not protect it's self. We said we stand on guard for thee? I don't see that. I see our soldiers fighting for other countries far from our native land, for what? I care for the human race not for war but for life. The life of our children, our parents, ourselves, our earth.

Dec 15, 2011
2:45 PM

In essence I agree with all the points made in the letter and I will continue to support all efforts to establish a greener and safer planet.

The other side to my thinking is this. I have begun to feel that little will be accomplished in these efforts largely due to ever increasing world population. The subject is not discussed openly at any level least of all the political level.

My feeling is that until this subject starts to be discussed openly and at all levels most of the worlds ills will just continue to worsen, including the the issue of climate change.

I doubt very much that this is going to happen. The subject could for instance be raised in letters coming from this foundation.

Peter Munns

Dec 15, 2011
2:43 PM

The problem with Kyoto is that the people of our great country must rely on a federal government that couldn't keep a promise to the people if their life depended on it. It is up to us as citizens to realize even though our "leaders" said no, we say yes. Reduce, reuse, recycle, buy local. How many of us are really doing it? How many of us own cars? We need to start locally to get the message to the top. If you don't have a recycling program in your community then get one. If your food comes from the other side of the planet- quit buying it! Quit travelling all over the globe! If we keep consuming like we do, we as a people, are sending the message that we are against Kyoto. Starve the oil industry and the government will take notice. There are so many things we could be doing but don't because it might take longer, be harder to do, or more expensive. I am a consumer. I try to make the right choices. I want a greener planet. I recycle. I drive a truck… We as Canadians are hypocrites and our government just corporate puppets.

Dec 15, 2011
2:42 PM

Cette lettre de David Suzuki est admirable mais, par respect pour les francophones et leur meilleure compréhension des enjeux, pourquoi ne pas l'avoir envoyée en français? Je vous en ai déjà fait la demande et n'enverrai une cotisation que quand la Fondation David Suzuki enverra ses messages en français. Merci de votre attention!

Dec 15, 2011
2:42 PM

I am deeply concerned that our goverment seems bent on turning us into states to be added to the united states. We are similar and like each other but we are different like two brothers in a family.

Why can't our goverment see that we can change our economy through greener energy and research.

I ride my bike to work everyday to be the change I want to see in the world and also to stay fit as I get older. My wish is for the people of canada to see that the pollution created not only affects our climate but our health as well. We need to be proactive everyday. When I started teaching at Collège français several years ago noone rode their bike. Now, we have a quarter of the school riding during the safer seasons and our principal also as joined us in this act of caring for our future.

We need our politician to side with us and not corporations who's bottom line is profit and not fit. Do they care that people are getting sicker and sicker from the changes in our environment.

Sincerely,

Daniel Gareau

Dec 15, 2011
2:39 PM

It used to be easy to be a proud Canadian, but things have changed so much since Free Trade that it's easier to be ashamed to be a Canadian. Then I remember people like David Suzuki, Maude Barlow, Stephen Lewis and a few others and I feel like I have to take action to defend my country from it's own leaders. Thanks for helping make it a bit easier for the rest of us. And to the rest of the world watching Canadian Politicians put profit over survival, don't give up on us quite yet. And express your anger and disappointment in Canadians complacency, maybe you'll shame some in to voting nest time around.

Dec 15, 2011
2:36 PM

It's becoming more and more difficult to hear the news from Ottawa — from the omnibus crime bill, to looming Internet surveillance of all of us, to failing Canadians and all world's citizens on climate change. It's hard to maintain a positive attitude and keep working for progressive change in Canada. Kudos to David and DSF for doing just that.

But I'm still proud to be Canadian … I'm just embarrassed by our federal government. For the first time, I'm starting to like that they use "Harper government" instead of "Government of Canada" as they clearly don't represent most of us.

Remember that only about 24% of eligible Canadian voters supported the lot now running Ottawa. I encourage everyone to join the movement for electoral reform and help bring a system of proportion representation to Canada. I believe that this is our best hope for creating a government that represents the progressive majority. Learn more at fairvote.ca

Dec 15, 2011
2:32 PM

We do have to continue to work towards the solutions from the grassroots up. My hope is that the current style of Federal leadership will become obsolete as they are no longer representing our collective hopes and desires. Let's keep building our sustainable community relationships and by doing that, we will be taking back our power. It does start with the individual and his/her choices. Thank you for helping to (re)build this structure.

Dec 15, 2011
2:23 PM

I completely agree with the statements of this letter. I find it appaling that our government has stopped being a democracy, taking its people's opinions and what they feel is important out of the way it rules this country. It is obvious to me that the major corporations and money are now making decisions for our country — not the majority, as was intended by having a democratic political system.

Mr. Harper is selling our natural resources, something that cannot be reversed in ther future. Mr. Harper is changing laws under our noses which we will have difficulty reversing. All in support of his own goals and the growth of the 1% who own major corporations and the bulk of the money. This does not represent what the Canadian population wants. It is a disgusting misrepresentation of who we are and because of these poorly made decisions, the world is starting to see us in a different light. A light we are not. We are not our government. Our government is not representative of our people and needs to either start representing the people in a democratic way, or step down. These decisions are a sign of a corrupt government who does not care about its people.

I hope that something is done to reverse this decision so that Canada can be a leader in the environmental protection of the planet.

Dec 15, 2011
2:22 PM

Abandoning the Kyoto Protocal makes me feel like we live in less of a democracy and more in a dictatorship. Year after year Canadians have expressed their grave concern at global warming and year after year we are completely ignored and embarassed on the world stage.

I am disgusted at the Harper Government's complete disregard for the will of the people. His arrogance, greed, and shortsighted outlook will have dire consequences for Canadians and people around the world.

If I had it my way Harper would be charged and convicted with crimes against humanity.

Dec 15, 2011
2:19 PM

Again, it's embarassing to be a Canadian PIG. It's unfortunate that most of the people who are the worst offenders don't even know our horrible worldwide reputation (and this is certainly not new).

Dec 15, 2011
2:15 PM

As a new mother, the ignorance and actions of Canada's government is heartbreaking and infuriating. I hope that the public outcry, both nationally and internationally, will be enough to shame Harper into positive change. I hope that the media will highlight the ignorance of the government and that we, as Canadians, will demand better and not become passive bystanders to such an injustice.

Dec 15, 2011
2:13 PM

I think it is required more then ever now that we Canadians stand up and show the world that we do not agree with what our politicians are doing and we need to do this in a manor that moves things forward. Such as organizing days of action where we teach others how green energy in your own home is possible, how to do your own tune up on a bike, challenge others to try and take the bus instead of driving, etc.

It is even more important that each of us who are passionate and educated on the topics make personal meetings with our elected representatives as well. Take in your ideas and share them. Even if you did not vote for them they are still your representative and are suppose to meet with you if you request it. You might be surprised at how much you can share and teach them if discussed 1 on 1. The companies may have paid lobbists but we as individuals are our own lobbists and we can push back just as hard! Lets also meet with our Senators, share with them the science and technology that is available, get them educated on what is out there. It is not like they have the time or sometimes even the correct means to collect the data they need to make an informed decision. So lets give it to them! Education is one of the keys to this problem and one of the ways to fight the bad PR!

Dec 15, 2011
2:12 PM

The Conservative government's position on climate change and the Kyoto Protocol is a cop-out. Rather than face challenges head-on, they'd rather stick their heads in the sand and ignore the many obvious signs that change needs to happen — sooner rather than later. We can't wait for United States and China — Canada needs to take a stand and be the leader we were once proud to be — with balanced, fair, intelligent approaches to global issues like human rights, economics and the environment.

When will these people get it through their heads that they can make money AND make a positive difference for the future if they stop ignoring the obvious and embrace change by making and supporting steps toward an environmentally secure future.

Dec 15, 2011
2:10 PM

If we don't lead on this, who will? Our entire economic system is flawed: an ever-increasing economy, an ever-increasing world population and ever-increasing expectations for living standards? On a planet with finite resources?

Dec 15, 2011
2:09 PM

OFF WITH OUR HEADS !!! The sooner the better.

Dec 15, 2011
2:09 PM

Disgraceful-Shame on us, Canada! As a Canadian living in the United States, I used to pride myself on my homeland's commitment to protecting the environment. This is an embarrassment on the international stage!

Dec 15, 2011
2:08 PM

It's embarrassing to even be a Canadian citizen these days. I wish there was a way I could retire and find a way to make a living while doing something to support environmental living and the David Suzuki foundation. I still believe that David Suzuki running for PM is about our only hope. Very discouraging news for all Canadians and the world in general. In particular for my 2 young children. I hope somehow someway a miracle will occur and future disaster will be averted.

Dec 15, 2011
2:06 PM

The people who voted for these right-wing conservatives should be held accountable for the mess we are in now, and will be in the future. We will never live long enough to repare even a small fraction of the damage done to our world.

The good we do locally is undermined by the destruction they cause globally!

I just don't understand their decisions!

Dec 15, 2011
2:06 PM

I am simply appalled, disgusted, and embarrassed by the current's administration's apathy toward committing to anything that will reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. So many individuals do what they can to reduce their own impact. Why can't the government even acknowledge that climate change is an issue? Canada should be a leader in climate change mitigation. This is unacceptable.

Dec 15, 2011
2:03 PM

Thank you for this article. I can't describe how the Harper govt's decision scares me and for the future generations to come.

Dec 15, 2011
1:55 PM

I am disappointed in Mr. Harper. I have no more pride in saying that I am Canadian.

Dec 15, 2011
1:55 PM

Thank you. I will.

Dec 15, 2011
1:51 PM

It makes me very disappointed in our government to see action of this sort happen.

Dec 15, 2011
1:48 PM

Hello all, we have, and are still, facing the same challenges that you are facing in Canada. In Australia two of the wisest political leaders we have seen in the last century have been removed by pressure from the Australian minerals council — largely due to their strong ethical position on action against climate change. In other words the mining industry has been running the country. Despite this, our last election could only be decided with the help of minor parties and independants who did care about the future. In my view the environment will soon be our best spokesman for the environment, and change in many ways is certain. I believe it is time to appoint a global council of elders to reinstate ethics into an international creed for the future. My first nomination for the council is David Suzuki My second and third nominations are Prince Charles and Prince William. Please see my thoughts below.

' A NEW WORLD VIEW'

A FUTURE DIRECTIVE FOR HUMANITY

“A people without an agreed-upon common basis to their actions is neither a community nor a nation” (Mollison) “It is alarming that in western society no popular body of directives has arisen to replace the injunctions of tribal taboo and myth. When we left tribal life we left with it all guides to sensible behaviour in the natural world, of which we are part and in which we live and die.
More to the point, by never having the time or commonsense to evolve new or current guiding directives, we have forgotten how to evolve self-regulating systems. Hence the call for a society in which we are all designers, based on an ethical and applied education, with a clear concept of life ethics”(Mollison 1988).

~ THE GOLDEN CREED FOR THE WORLD~

At the heart of every government policy, at the heart of every business decision and at the heart of every home and family in the world would reside ‘The Golden Creed’ for testing decisions which restore global ecosystem processes.

Background on Idea Alan Savory states “until all people feel free, secure and well governed none are.”
Unlike the present laws and regulations which are imposed upon nations and their people, the ‘Golden Creed’ would instead be a global culture owned and embraced by all of humanity to improve lives everywhere. ‘The Golden Creed’ based on the holistic decision making framework developed by Alan Savory would consist of the three components. 1. The way of life that people everywhere truly value. (Savory has identified that when you truly dig down deep, most of us want the same healthy lives). 2. The forms of production that we need to create and maintain that way of life. e.g. ecosystem enhancing and profitable businesses, etc. 3. The future resource base required to sustain the way of life valued by all of humanity. For the first time in history a ‘Holistic Goal’ would provide the world with a clear guideline by which all future decisions are gauged, ensuring that every decision made, meets with the expectations determined by all people for creating the societies and the environment that we all want.

Over time ‘The Golden Creed’ would become a global culture responsible for healthy societies and regenerating grand natural cycles. A beautiful and growing culture that 2000 years from now, generations will still pass on to their children.

Glenn David Morris 'Billabong' Australia

"I call on all nations to support a global council of elders, to provide humanity with a clear future directive for ensuring a healthy future on earth."
Glenn Morris

Dec 15, 2011
1:45 PM

This Government make me shameful to be Candadian while I travel in Europe and I do not accept this!

It is time to make this Concervative Government take responsibility for its reckless acts and we must get ride of them. This world environement issue is the future of our children and no Politicien that don't take responsibilities for something that they think they can washe their hands from when their no longer in power is totaly outragious. This is why they must be remove of power since they have abused their right to lead this country and shown the world that they are deffinitly not qualified for the job.

Lies in order to scare us and to excuse their decision to pull off doesn't fool the dumnest of the average citizen.

Serge Moreau A once a part of time proud Canadian.

Dec 15, 2011
1:42 PM

Like David and most of the people who care about our world, I was very saddened to hear of our representatives total lack of caring in dismissing the Kyoto Protocol. Yes they are cow-towing to the oilsands project and cannot see the road ahead for the dollar signs in their eyes. What they fail to see is that all the money in the world cannot replace what we will surely lose if we don't smarten up. Our government representatives remind me of small children when they suggest that they will not sign on to doing something to protect our environment because other poorer countries or emerging countries are not doing enough. They could still set a good example by helping less fortunate countries by aiding their efforts with expertise advise and funding if possible. Our federal leaders make me ashamed to say that I am Canadian. Alice French

Dec 15, 2011
1:41 PM

Hello

It is with deep shame that the Canadian Government has broken its international commitment to the Kyoto Protocol. I find this action extremely arrogant with a very short sighted vision with only dollars signs keeping the elected officials focused. Yes, we need a strong economy, but at what cost? Is this decision ethically right? Not in my mind or in the minds of all Canadians I talk too. Canada's international reputation as a world leader in environmental stewardship has a huge black scar. It is embarrassing to be associated with this destructive government. Please listen to the scientist, environmentalists and the people. Pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol is a bad decision. Please make the right decision and join the rest of the world to take care of our planet.

Thank-you for taking the time to read my comments.

Cheryl Massey

Dec 15, 2011
1:40 PM

Thank-you for the encouraging letter in the face of extremely disappointing news about the federal government's position on climate change. I would love to hear, though, the Suzuki foundation's views on the agreement that was made at Durban, which from reports actually sounded positive.

Keep up the good work!

Dec 15, 2011
1:39 PM

Thank you for your continued perseverance on this issue and your recent efforts to keep us informed about current events. Agreed, the current federal move does not reflect the majority of Canadians desires.

Dec 15, 2011
1:38 PM

Couldn't agree more.

We must apologize on behalf the entire nation for the recent actions of our government … and for the actions of governments before this.

And we must take definitive actions to ensure that, come next election, the views of the majority are expressed in policy.

Although we have been badly embarrassed on the international stage, it's not yet too late to redeem ourselves.

Dec 15, 2011
1:37 PM

This makes me want to get into politics as a leader. To gain and guide peoples energy toward widespread awareness, commitment and solution to the current misdirection of environmental economics.

Dec 15, 2011
1:36 PM

Are there any legal actions that can be taken by the people of Canada to enforce our government to uphold its prior international legal agreement? Do we not have recourse in this irresponsible act that does not reflect our Canadian values?

Dec 15, 2011
1:34 PM

I am embarrassed to be a Canadian — and I NEVER thought I would say that. The Canadian government should be ashamed of themselves for their disgusting display at Durban and the withdrawal from Kyoto.

Thank you David Suzuki Foundation for keeping up the fight.

Dec 15, 2011
1:33 PM

I am very discouraged by the Federal Government statement that they intend to pull out of Kyoto in 1 yr. Part of the rationale is to better align with the USA. I do not feel this way not want my government to act this way. They are not representing mine or most of my friends concerns. I and many people I know are not waiting for someone else to take clean air action before I do. I expect my Government to act now. I will not be voting Conservative next election.

Dec 15, 2011
1:26 PM

The actions of our government are based purely on ideology and not solid science and research. While unsurprising, I find it disgusting and am personally ashamed of the way Canada looks on the world stage.

Dec 15, 2011
1:25 PM

I urge everyone who cares about protecting the environment for our children and the world's children to act now.
Start by sending an email to Stephen Harper (harper.s@parl.gc.ca) and Peter Kent (Minister@ec.gc.ca) insisting that they do better. The quality of our children's future is at stake.

Dec 15, 2011
1:23 PM

Perhaps you could link to selections from the international press that mention Canadian officials' recent statements and decisions related to the Kyoto protocol and climate change. It would be a good resource.

Dec 15, 2011
1:23 PM

Regardless of political or environmental agenda, we as Canadians have turned our backs on a committment to the international community. And that saddens me.

I'm ashamed to be Canadian today. I've never thought or expressed that in any way until now.

Dec 15, 2011
1:22 PM

I totally agree with the opinions and feelings expressed in the letter I received by email today. I am extremely proud to say that my two eldest granddaughters attend the Dr. David Suzuki Public School in Windsor, Ontario, which was recently named the greenest school in Canada. What a blessing for them. Every time we speak, there is a discussion between us regarding the environment and the impact that can be made even in the simplest of changes. Thank you for your continued contributions and rest assured that there are a great number of Canadians who support you wholeheartedly, and do things every day to work toward our united vision.

Dec 15, 2011
1:21 PM

As Canadians, we should also be examining trends in Canada's ODA (official development assistance) programs to developing countries in the area of good environmental management. Canada was once an international leader in this area. Canada, through CIDA, was hugely involved, for example, in building up Indonesia's Ministry of the Environment in the 1980s and 1990s, assisting with the preparation of its first Environmental Management Law, the design of its EIA processes, extensive human resource development, strengthening Environmental Studies Centers in virtually all state universities, etc. Canada was well respected for this. But it appears that Canada has in recent years pulled way back from this important role it used to play internationally, in the field of development assistance…… another sad strand in Canada's "big decline".

Dec 15, 2011
1:21 PM

thank you for writing this! im still in shock that our govt (or anything to do with Canada) would do this.. it is an international shame and disgrace and the message it gives everyone at any level is nothing short of demonic…

what can you say when teh people who represent you are going the opposite way…

the people of Canada (and teh world) are second hand to teh interests of oil and corporations.. we have the proof in this decision. why are we doing nothing? harper's *ahem -govt- does not refelct what we believe. we ar ebtter then this and to be so sorrily sticking out in deviance of real enviromental change is a slap to teh face of everything.. how can our govt and it s people justify we are helping in species to go extinct ..? it is inconceivable.. i think i m preaching ot the ocnverted so i will stop..

all the best.. hopefully we arent the next species on the list we are creating….

Dec 15, 2011
1:20 PM

Bravo! Thank you for your positive leadership on climate change in the face of a disappointing decision made by Canada's government. It is sad that we have pulled out of the Kyoto accord in spite of scientific consensus about anthropogenic contributions to climate change.

Dec 15, 2011
1:19 PM

How sad for Canada to have such poor leadership…..but we as individual canadians can make the real difference. I know this to be true!!!

Dec 15, 2011
1:16 PM

I am outraged that our political leaders would withdraw our nation from this progressive global agreement. The Kyoto agreement was far from perfect, but it was certainly a step in the right direction and the fact that we so quickly lost sight of the long term goal in favour of short term financial gains is disheartening. Canadians hold their heads high as environmentally responsible and socially just individuals yet we continually rank as some of the most inefficient and most wasteful people in the world. We exploit our resources and our land because to us it seems like we have infinite amounts of everything from water, to trees, to energy solutions. We need to stop taking our environment for granted.

Dec 15, 2011
1:10 PM

This is a fantastic letter. It was thorough and to the point. However, we "the majority" who disagree with Canad's policy on climate change are not likely to be the leaders in industry, the CEO's, and those stock holders that may fear the loss of their elevated life style. To change the governments policy on climate change we need to impact the power brokers behind the scenes.

Dec 15, 2011
1:08 PM

Why is it so difficult for people to stop and notice what is happening around us? Solutions can be as simple as every one of us picking up a piece of garbage in your path and placing it in the garbage can. Even something as easy as that could make big changes. Oh yeah, I forgot some of us don't have the time or its not their job! Time … well its only a matter of time and it is our job, really.

For those that do try to make small changes for the better, GREAT JOB! I hope that with time others will do the same.

Dec 15, 2011
1:07 PM

I think Mr. Trudeau's recent comments in the House are perhaps blunt, but rather appropriate with reference to the Conservative sellout, though I'm not sure the liberals would have gotten us much farther at this point in time. The entire political system seems increasingly dysfunctional and hopelessly co-opted. It's disappointing.

Nevertheless, I'm affirming my confidence in your organization — not to mention all other worthy groups — to stay the course in fighting for climate, environmental and social justice. I pledge to try and help advocate and lead by concrete example any way I can in the coming months and years.

Thanks for your inspirational letter and keep up the good fight!

Dec 15, 2011
1:04 PM

The David Suzuki Foundation has my support!

Dec 15, 2011
1:03 PM

Dear David,

You are so right. For years Canadians have stood proud as leaders in making the tough choices that ultimately hurt some Canadians in the short term but helped the world in the long term. Apparently we are no longer behaving honourably, sanely nor in the best interests of all Canadians. Let's just line the pockets of oil interests while we slowly kill, well, everything!

I am ashamed to be Canadian

Yours sadly,

Thornley

Dec 15, 2011
1:02 PM

Thank you so much for this wonderfully written letter. I very much appreciate that although the Canadian government has taken a position that most Canadians do not support, the tone of the letter is encouraging and inspiring rather than depressing and negative. I am grateful there are so many people working hard to make positive changes.

Dec 15, 2011
1:00 PM

Dear Suzuki Foundation,

We are senior citizens (aka old) Americans with a stupid uninformed government which is unwilling to take significant political action on global warming. But we applaud you for pressuring your government in the correct course. We will continue to pressure ours but unfortunately I think others will need to lead the way and embarass the US into action.

Keep up the great work, for Canada, for Americans and, most importantly, for all of humanitiy. We are one tribe, one family. Give 'em hell, David…..

Dec 15, 2011
12:55 PM

The Harper (right wing) conservative gov't has given Canada a 'black eye' on the world stage. They are the 'republican party' of the north. God help us all if Obama looses in 2012. Harper's intention of growing the economy based on fossil fuel's will set back this country yr's in the fight on global warming. He has got to be stopped for good in the next election.

Dec 15, 2011
12:54 PM

This is ridiculous that Canada would be the first nation to back out of the Kyoto protocol, when we were seen as world leaders in our environmental initiatives until quite recently. This is shameful for our country!

Dec 15, 2011
12:48 PM

I remember back in 1993 how happy I was to be a Canadian and to stand up for Canadian forests at Clayquot Sound. Being arrested that day was one of my proudest moments. Now, almost 2 decades later, I am embarassed to be a Canadian. I feel ashamed that our country's leader refuses to stand with other world leader in trying to protect not just Canada, but the entire world.

Dec 15, 2011
12:46 PM

It is a shame that a country like Canada it is not leading the Kyoto commitment , instead ia leadind the non respect of it….

Dec 15, 2011
12:45 PM

I am deeply upset and troubled by the active denial of climate change issues that our present federal government is demonstrating. I am also ashamed that my government is not an environmental leader or at least a follower of the Kyoto accord. Canada is helping to lead the way towards climate destruction. Wake up Canada. Most of us have children who will be inheriting this crisis. We need to do better now! Anne Moore

Dec 15, 2011
12:44 PM

Canada's politicians seem to leave a sour taste in my mouth. It's unacceptable to allow such a small body of representatives control the Canadian population and dictate what is right and what is wrong for the Canadian People. To preserve our future and the future of other generations, you would think be a priority

Dec 15, 2011
12:42 PM

Thank you for this level-headed article. It has made me feel more hopeful and less isolated. It is heartbreaking to be represented by a government that acts against my beliefs

Dec 15, 2011
12:30 PM

Thank you so much for the inspiring letter you sent us. Disturbing as it is for our (?)government to abandon the Kyoto Accord, we again feel somewhat relieved to get your message that the majority of us take global warming seriously, and are taking personal responsibility to lessen our footprint.

All the best to you during this holiday season and may we all see a greener New Year. Marjorie Urquhart and Ann Clayson

Dec 15, 2011
12:27 PM

I am disappointed in the current Harper Governments policies regarding protecting our collective long term best interests in favour of delays to implementing more stringent regulations and providing a short term benefit to government finances and the major polluters in our country. I am in favour of implementing a major restructuring of our energy generation towards sustainable sources and funding this through onerous carbon tax on all dirty power or energy producers to fund this transition.

Dec 15, 2011
12:27 PM

Firstly,thank you to David and the foundation for so eloquently expressing the feelings that we share wholeheartedly and for giving us hope and constructive ideas for steps that we can take to help. With regard to Peter Kent, our minister for the Environment, we who regularly watch the evening news have a tendency to believe that the news people are telling us the truth or both sides of the story. We somehow forget, on occassion, that the news media is also owned and controlled by multinational corporations. Peter Kent has proven himself to be both a sellout and a liar. The lack of trust that has rapidly grown in our population towards corporations and our government make us very thankful that there are people like David Suzuki and Greenpeace out there to keep us informed about what is really going on. Being senior citizens and not being as technically savy as the younger generation, we have hope that the younger generation and us will be able to take back our country through non-violent and collaborative means.

Dec 15, 2011
12:25 PM

This is absolutely ridiculous — we're Canadians. We're supposed to be global stewards of humanity and our planet! What's happened as of late with our government has been a mockery of everything we should be fighting for… it's time for a change in leadership, and it's time for Canadians to demand it.

Dec 15, 2011
12:24 PM

Yesterday I was in London meeting some academics. One of them happen to be part of the UK delegation to Durban. I have never met this person before, but the first thing he tells me before even saying "hello please to meet you." he sais:"you canadian are worse than a horse's rear end for electing Harper!" Then he explains his recent experience with negotiations with our current gov.
Not used to being called names as a canadian I was little taken aback at the affront, but all i could do is bow my head in shame. Not only did Canada bow out of Kyoto, they were urging other countries to do the same!

Luckily this was not why I went to meet this person, and the rest of the meeting went a lot better.

Dec 15, 2011
12:23 PM

I think this must be the first time in history that a Canadian government has made us ashamed to be Canadians. The climate issue is the most important issue that any country in the world has to deal with right now and where we could have been a trend setter, this government just showed the world that it didn't care. This is a shame to us all. This is not just us this action is affecting, but our children and our children's children…it is putting us all in danger. Shame on you Harper government for putting economics ahead of well being.

Dec 15, 2011
12:22 PM

I would like to see a class action lawsuit against the Conservative government to make them comply with the terms of the Kytoto agreement. My understanding is that once a contract is signed, it becomes law. I would also like to see Mr. Harper and some of his cabinet undergo assessment tests to determine whether each of them is dealing with a full deck. Only insane people would support the initiatives that they are foisting on us: cancelling the long gun registry, the omnibus crime bill, pulling out of Kyoto. Such destructive tendencies belie abnormal personalities, because there is no supportive reasoning to back such actions. They are all more costly than maintaining the status quo, and beginning to take real action on mitigating climate change, which is proving far more costly than doing nothing about it.

Dec 15, 2011
12:22 PM

Disappointed in our government to say the least. And to think we, as a country, were the ones who voted them in…

Dec 15, 2011
12:21 PM

As Canadians we need to change our sit back and let the government do whatever they please ways. We are the government and so let's start taking action for what we believe in and make our children and those who will look back at us proud. If we don't we will be remembered as those who sat back and let it all happen because it didn't affect us. Wow, I don't want to be remembered this way and nor do I want our country to been know for it's oil sands. We have the power to be true leaders in GREEN ECONOMY. We should be examples to the world. Remember that our image is turning sour fast around the world. I am and want to continue being proud to be Canadian. It looks like we've hopped onto a fast train that will lead us to DEAD END. Let's show the world and the children what Canadians are made of! We respect, cherish and protect!

Dec 15, 2011
12:21 PM

I see that the DSF is angry and I am too. The passion and sincerity of this letter is powerful and to the point. If it gets people off their butt to do something then by all means. We have to watch how far we let anger take us though because people are less likely to be inspired and influenced by anger and cynicism. We have to come at this from a different angle. I for one use gentle reminders with my friends and family who are less environmentally responsible and set in their ways. I've tried a more pushy approach in the past and it got me no where. It's frustrating though because I feel like I have two heads sometimes if I talk about using environmentally soap or how gas guzzling SUVs are. They kinda just pat me on the head and smile, or I"m met with defensiveness. Any thoughts on how to win over those who we have very sensitive relationships with (and very differing worldviews) like parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors and old friends?

Dec 15, 2011
12:20 PM

I agree, it is awful. I couldn't believe it when I heard it!! Thank you for all you do to help this eath we live on. I try to educate children daily about how to be kinder to the planet.

Dec 15, 2011
12:20 PM

We are all at fault, we elected the people into office who make these decisions. Figurative we, because I didn't vote due to the fact that I feel those running for office never stand behind what I find important in the world: money, wealth and the never ending pursuit of individual success will never change the world to one of love and happiness, a fear (funny enough) that most people have, yet perpetuate.

Dec 15, 2011
12:15 PM

I am saddened and disgusted by our current government's hypocrisy.

I don't doubt for one second that it is extremely difficult to implement the changes necessary to (we hope!) curtail climate change. But it seems to me that the most difficult part is not the actual measures themselves. Rather, the difficulty appears to be saying "No" to powerful lobbyists for industries like the oil sands, who control our leaders' every move.

Is it wrong to expect our elected leaders to do the right thing, despite these pressures?

This seems like Nero fiddling while Rome burns. Only we are idling while the planet burns.

Canada has long enjoyed a reputation for fair play, open mindedness, and forward thinking among the world's nations. This marks a huge step backward.

Dec 15, 2011
12:11 PM

Thank you David for such an incredible letter — putting to words the shock and frustrations felt coming out of Durban and witnessing the Government of Canada's lack of leadership, foresight, and humility for the state of our natural world.

Dec 15, 2011
12:07 PM

I don't believe Minister Peter Kent's comment that staying with the Kyoto Accord would have cost each Canadian $1400.00. At the time same time, if you asked me would I pay $1400.00 to live a longer life and a healthier one with less chance of natural disasters due to climate change for myself and my children, this seems like a small price to pay. I guess it won't be till Canadians endure a real natural disaster due to climate change that we will understand the true future economic saving of being part of this Accord.

Dec 15, 2011
12:06 PM

We have a Prime Minister and governing party antithetical to the environment and sustainable living.

This man and this party are the problem—they have to go.

We have to wake up. We have given our power away. Politicians govern by proxy—we elect them and then we see ourselves as powerless. We have the power. If we unite and let them know that their behaviour will not be tolerated, they will be forced to listen or lose what they value most—the trappings of power.

Dec 15, 2011
12:05 PM

One planet — One chance to unite this beautiful planet in efforts to clean up our past mistakes. No blame — Everybody on this earth should take responsibility for their actions. Starting from each and every country to appoint an ambassador to take notice and demand change. Canada is lucky to have David Suzuki to help us become aware of these issues. CANADA must be in the forefront and make a difference! We are not a third world country that doesn't know better. Every effort to clean up our planet — small or large should come before greed and profits.

Dec 15, 2011
12:05 PM

I am ashamed of Mr. Harper! He is an utter villian!

Dec 15, 2011
12:01 PM

It is to great dismay that Canada has followed in the shadow of the United States by not participating in the Kyoto global initiative. No doubt this decision was formed from US companies pressuring CAN parliament. US companies use Canada as a manufacturing backyard and pollution dumping ground. Parliament should be ashamed of itself. Is the money from US companies more important than preserving our country and the health of the planet?

Dec 15, 2011
12:01 PM

Great letter regarding the federal gov't inaction on climate change and I agree completely regarding us, as individuals, taking up the slack. It's our choices that defines the what's and how's of the economy. Our words are our swords and our money is our power, let's do the right things for the whole planet.

Dec 15, 2011
11:57 AM

To respect the environment was to be a true Canadian

Dec 15, 2011
11:51 AM

David —

Yes, these are exasperating times, especially due to the Harper government's willful blindness to the issue. Your foundation is my number one organization for monthly donations, and I have today responded to your call for funds to help in fighting off the right wing media attacks.

I saw an interview of Maurice Strong yesterday, and he succinctly made the case for environmental measures working towards improving our economy and our society.

We have to keep up the good fight, in the hope that our governments will soon realize the dire straits we are putting ourselves in.

Dec 15, 2011
11:49 AM

Excellent letter! Although the federal political reality is depressing, it is so true that each of us must continue to act in a way that collectively could change the world. And will change the world. On with right action!

By purchasing locally and organically, using a car as little as possible (we use car share when we really need one, otherwise walk, bike or bus it), and voting with our dollars, we hope that our actions will inspire others to follow suit (punctuated by bouts of letter writing and petition signing, of course). It is only when the individual changes his way of living and consuming that society can follow suit.

Thank-you for working hard on behalf of all Canadians.

Angela Marsh

Dec 15, 2011
11:45 AM

I am appalled but not at all surprised at the government backing out of Kyoto. Politicians don't care about the greater good, they only care about power. The party currently in power has made it clear from the start that it does not care at all about the environment. It has chosen to be arrogant and to believe humans can dominate nature. Well, nature is fighting back and it is getting ugly…

Dec 15, 2011
11:44 AM

I am not surprised by the Harper Government. Unless Canadians wake up and stop voting for the Conservative Party we are doomed to repeat all the disasterous environmental decisions of the past. Money and power has always and will always corrupt. Stephen Harper is a criminal and we voted him into ultimate power nontheless. Sad state of affairs.

Dec 15, 2011
11:43 AM

As films like INSIDE JOB and THE CORPORATION makes painfully clear dominate political parties are not just friends with financial and industrial giants they are owned by them. Society and the environment take a back seat to the power and wealth of the few

Dec 15, 2011
11:42 AM

I, quite honestly, wasn't surprised when Harper ensured that Canada pulled out of the Kyoto Accord. With all the hype over the Trans Canadian pipeline going all the way to Texas and the success of delaying and possibly stopping it, I was almost certain Canada would pull out. Like it or not, the oil companies rule and our politicians have their noses right up the oil companies' butts. It's going to take a great deal more pressure on the tar sands operations before Canada finally gets off their arrogant hineys and starts to make the changes that are needed. As always, instead of being the leader that it could be, Canada is a mere follower and now way at the back of the pack. I love my country, but these are the days that I am very, very ashamed.

Dec 15, 2011
11:37 AM

Hi! I used to live in BC for 4 years but I am German and back in Europe now. Yes it is true. Here everybody knows about this. European people used to believe that somehow Canada had a better more sustainable politic. Weather or not that was right, pulling out of the treaty looks very bad. Unfortunately we don't know about your ancient electoral system and we might easily believe that this action represents the will of the Canadian people. I know that there are many Canadians who are environmentally aware and in BC I have met many people who even try harder to save this lovely planet than we Germans do. So I guess you need to change the way you are being represented by your political 'leaders'. Go out on the streets! And please don't keep sitting on fences.

Dec 15, 2011
11:35 AM

Well said, Dr. Suzuki.

Dec 15, 2011
11:34 AM

Write your elected representatives.

Dec 15, 2011
11:31 AM

It's difficult to penetrate the unbelievable Orwellian abuse of language and logic in Peter Kent's positive spin of Canada's destructive role in COP 17. Does this man have no shame, not even a trace of self-irony, in his bold faced claim that Canada is serious about curbing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions? I'm not "heartbroken" but furious and disgusted with these criminals who do the bidding of vested interests, who are knowingly turning a blind eye to the already deadly impacts of climate change on many of the world's poor and vulnerable plant and animal species, while ensuring that that future generations must grapple with run-away heating of the planet, in the their service of the most narrow corporate interests — the 1/10 of one percent who hold the levers of power. Yes, we need to carry on the (largely illusory) positive work at local and provincial levels, but we must simultaneously keep the pressure on the federal government (and the national mainstream media who have almost entirely sidelined or misconstrued this vital Issue) as the necessary significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions cannot be achieved without stringent national regulations.

Dec 15, 2011
11:29 AM

I agree 100%! David Suzuki you are the greatest and one of my greatest inspirations! I work today as an Environmentalist because of you, and with you, and others, WE KEEP GOING! Thank you for raising your voice and keeping me informed with all that you do by sending regular emails and sending me important information on petitions and such, all is really important! Congratulations on all the hard work and dedication you and your team put into for so many causes! Your energy is contagious! Peace!

Dec 15, 2011
11:27 AM

This letter expresses my beliefs perfectly. I would very much like to send a letter to the people of other countries stating that the Canadian government is making decisions contrary to the desires of it's people. An apology, and a statement of how ashamed we are of the actions taken at Durban. Also a statement of how individuals are acting to change on their own, even if government won't support us. Can this letter be modified and sent to press in Europe and USA and elsewhere? I'm sure that DSF supporters would sign their names to such a letter. I know all my friends would as we have been discussing what we can do.

Dec 15, 2011
11:24 AM

I can't believe I'm shocked. You've done it again, Harper government but I didn't think you'd go this far. The reputation we've built over time as nature-lovers is becoming a hypocritical one. Pushing our slowly-deteriorating image aside, the environment is QUICKLY falling to pieces. I am truly disappointed and urge for government action to repair their mistake.

Dec 15, 2011
11:22 AM

I am so upset at decisions being made by the federal government that totally disregard the well-being of Canadians and all other world residents. I have been feeling totally powerless as I watched science, logic and empathy being totally ignored and wrong, hard-headed decisions are being made. But I feel energized at thinking that many individuals, working together, CAN make a change. If there can be an Arab spring, surely we can create changes after a Canadian winter of discontent. Thank you, David, for working so tirelessly on climate issues and thank you, Foundation members and volunteers, for your commitment.

Dec 15, 2011
11:21 AM

It is indeed shameful. Here in Quebec, especially in the Saguenay area, Alcan (now Riotinto Alcan) has done a great to reduce emissions (into the air and solids into streams, etc) and continue to do so. If accidents occur, they are quick to respond, believe me. Taking care of the environment not only provides clean air and water but also helps nature continue to thrive. It also makes our lives safer from the harmful effects of pollution and overall more enjoyable. Personally, I wonder why every decision the Canadian government makes always has to be according to what our southern neighbours want and think — since they, in this instance, refuse to make any efforts of their own.It's not because something doesn't generate income that it's not valid!

Dec 15, 2011
11:18 AM

David Suzuki Foundation — please continue your fine work of trying to protect our environment in the multitude of ways you have found to do so.

Dec 15, 2011
11:17 AM

Pulling out of the Kyoto Accord is not acceptable behaviour! I am totally ashamed of our Government! We as a Country always tried to set a good example to other countries in many different ways and I feel that we are not doing so now! What kind of message is being delivered? If we don't care, who will? Soldiers have defended this country, our country should defend this planet!!!!!! I AGREE THAT CANADA IS MUCH BETTER THAN THIS!!!!!!

Dec 15, 2011
11:13 AM

Splendid motivational piece!

Dec 15, 2011
11:12 AM

That is a splendid motivational letter which strongly recommends
we stay on course—— thank you !!!

Dec 15, 2011
11:12 AM

Thank you for continuing to get the word out on climate change among other issues affecting our habitat — we can't allow self-interested for-profit business objectives crush our hope for a healthy, sustainable future. We need to fight back.

Dec 15, 2011
11:11 AM

I am travelling in Europe for a few upcoming months. I will be ashamed of my Canadian passport and am considering wearing an upside down Canadian flag so that people will know I do not support our current government.

Have you considered an upside down Canadian flag campaign?

Dec 15, 2011
11:10 AM

I am a Canadian, from Kingston Ontario currently living in France —and, yes, even in this fairly out of the way village people are talking about Canada and Kyoto. When we signed onto NAFTA we made expensive mistakes and yet in Canada then and now we have great legal minds but we did not ask them or listen to them. Today we have world renowned scientists and knowledgeable environmentalists.. Has their input been requested? is anybody listening to David Suzuki or Elizabeth May or in fact to anybody else? Perhaps in future the Internationall Criminal Court will consider a crime against the environment for what it is—- a crime against humanity but perhaps we could start by creating an Internationall Environmental Crimes Court say in 2015 or at the latest 2020.

Dec 15, 2011
11:06 AM

I must come clean and say that I am not surprised at the Harper government. This is exactly what everyone predicted would happen on this particular issue and basically most other social issues that do not have a solid ROI for a government that is only looking to enrich themselves along with their greedy little buddies. Unfortunately, it was simply a question of time

Dec 15, 2011
11:00 AM

We the people DID not give the Canadian Government PERMISSION to do this.

So I must pose the question: WHAT PLANET are they ON?

As a globally and scientifically aware Canadian Citizen residing in New Mexico that there shall be consequences to pay for this dire step. You should all be fired.

Remember the Canary in the coal mine theory? It's true.

I shall leave each of you who voted without our permission.

New Mexico has a SPACEPORT. I would suggest that you all sign up for a one way flight.

Dec 15, 2011
10:59 AM

I've never particularly liked patriotism because of its schism value within in a country and between others of the whole world. I’ve never said I’m proud to be a Canadian but until now I’ve always said I feel fortunate or privileged to be one. The handling of the Kyoto Agreement by the present (and past) government is positively disgusting and I’m actually feeling ashamed to be a Canadian citizen. We are such a rich country doing so little to assure the health of this planet. I can’t believe I hear politicians saying that because the other big polluters aren’t getting on with reducing the carbon and whatnot, why should we when it will cost so much money. How can you put a dollar value on the health of the planet? The health of the planet is priceless, shame on you, our government!!!!!!!

Dec 15, 2011
10:59 AM

The decision to drop out of the Kyoto Protocol was deeply disappointing and sad — I personally feel let down by the Canadian government. Their motives are more and more clear and are opposite to what I feel is important. In the meantime I know the power is in the numbers so I will continue to educate those on standing up and speaking out against plans that will damage our precious environment (such a the Northern Enbridge Project) and supporting the David Suzuki Foundation.

Dec 15, 2011
10:56 AM

I am disgusted with the Canadian government's lack of commitment to addressing climate change in a constructive way. While I understand the criticisms of the Kyoto protocol, the Canadian government is not providing any kind of alternative plan of action — they are just leaving the party. Tragic since we have been blessed with the largest ecological frontier on the planet (next to Russia). Do we deserve to be it's caretakers?

I am with Suzuki — let's up the pressure on the government, but at the same time get on with the program. We are too far down this climate change/disaster road to be stalled by this monkey business.

Dec 15, 2011
10:54 AM

I used to be proud to be Canadian, but over the past years with tar sands, cracking and ground water destruction, unsustainable corporate agriculture and the complete lack of leadership by our government to address these problems and look for solutions, I can truly say, I'm ashamed to be associated with the lot of politicians and business people that are involved in assuring our demise. Kyoto is the final straw. It seems that the politicians and media focus need a very strong redirect. How do we do this? I'm eager and willing to do what it takes, but what will it take? I look forward to being a proud Canadian again some day.

Inge Flanagan.

Dec 15, 2011
10:51 AM

Its true, so many people get deflated by the apathy of leaders or sometimes the general public for quick fixes, short term gain. Our belief system is challenged most when things are worst! I don't live in Canada anymore but I have always followed the sight to be encouraged by such a positive and forward thinking foundation. Fighting the cause for a cleaner and healthier society. People plead ignorance about many things but I have come to realize that it comes down to choice and convenience. I hope that the people wake up. Time magazine just recently had the protester as the 'person' of the year. Governments are only in through being elected by the people. Who holds the power? people…

Dec 15, 2011
10:46 AM

This type of decision is not like Canadians. As a nation Canadians will definitely face worldwide criticism.

Dec 15, 2011
10:45 AM

I think we can beat the politicians. I have to wonder how much of this is because of strong arm tactics from south of the border. I suppose spending on our part will weaken the Canadian economy and that is the Prime Minister's message to us?
How can we sit back and be the only country to back out? We can't!!

Dec 15, 2011
10:44 AM

This government is deplorable.

Dec 15, 2011
10:44 AM

For the first time in my life I am ashamed to be Canadian. We are, as usual, following the U.S ten steps behind, doing whatever it takes to mimic the Bush (not Obama) administration's attitude towards ecological issues. We are losing, if not have already lost, our position as a serious defender of the environment. Decades of ecological advancement are being washed down the sewers. This is not me, this is not us, this is not Canada. We must continue to take action against these decisions which go so blatantly against what the majority of us want for our children and grandchildren.

Dec 15, 2011
10:43 AM

To say I was heartbroken to hear that Canada has pulled out of Kyoto is taking it lightly. It is a devastating blow to Canadians who realize what impact meeting Kyoto targets could have had and how this could set us back. As a Canadian I want to boycott the government that doesn't speak for me or represent what I want. I want to see a change from being a tar sand country to being a clean energy innovator. What can we do? If our government won't listen to us who will?

Dec 15, 2011
10:41 AM

What our government fails to realize is that these types of decisions affect the decisions of other who may be looking to Canada as a place to bring up their children. We are in desperate need of people and many may feel Canada is not a place that cares about the future of either its youth or its natural environment.

With that said — It would be so easy for us all to blame our government for the lack of action on preventing the destruction of our resources and lives but ultimately it is our responsibility as individuals.

Dec 15, 2011
10:39 AM

Thanks for the boost of optimism. Where do we go from here is the real question. I personally find it very discourageing to respond to the climate change deniers and the apathetic. If change is going to have to come from a more local and personal base as you suggest here, we are going to have to be able to get a message across to this demographic. We will need bilingual tools to do this. Simple stuff that provokes thought and action. Talking points and concrete ideas for citizens in cities to encourage them to abandon their habits. In Montréal, our public transit is overworked and underfunded. They are raising the tarif again this january. How can we encourage more people to abandon their car in this climate, for example ? Our family uses only public transit, though we could afford a car. It is perillous for the kids walking to school in the city. Pedestrians are in a real danger from Montreal drivers and the city doesn't support us. Traffic fluidity is the first priority in Montreal and the aggressive lobby from merchants and businesses ensures that this will continue. The discussions in the council meetings are mind blowingly retrograde. How can we give people a conscience when all they think about is getting to work on time ? We have a lot of preaching to do. Sorry for the rant but it's time to say what's what on the street.

Dec 15, 2011
10:38 AM

I support the Kyoto Accord! It is to our great shame that we have left it. Canada should be leading the way in repairing and conserving the environment, not trying to ignore it.

Dec 15, 2011
10:38 AM

I feel deeply ashamed at the position that our government took leaving Kyoto in disgrace, the Progressive Conservative party does not get it and we all have to pay for it.

Dec 15, 2011
10:34 AM

Yes, it is a shame what is going on on this Planet. Over my past 50 years I have seen horrible, devastating and unneeded literal destruction of our environment.

I would however, like to know why Canada dropped out of the Kyoto Protocol. I certainly have not seen that answer to this question. Could anybody answer this question, as in all fairness, this is a question we all would like to hear answered.

Dec 15, 2011
10:32 AM

This letter voices Exactly how I feel. I was horrified to learn about the Canadian government's withdrawal from Kyoto. It's a shame that, on behalf of all of us, the Tory government decided to quit this world-wide initiative. What a sad, myopic point of view! If we don't give a damn about the planet now, the planet will survive, but we won't. And we'll take a lot of innocent species with us. Shame on us!

I am happy to support the David Suzuki foundation because it means that at least I'm Trying to do something to protect the planet from its biggest threat ever. Us.

Dec 15, 2011
10:30 AM

In the face of the world, these actions have humiliated me. What it meant to be a Canadian- which I have always been a proud to call myself- is changing to the world. I am appalled. My Canada used to represent a better kind of person than this action represents. Shame. Shame on this decision. You have shamed us.

Dec 15, 2011
10:28 AM

Thank you for your work on this — I find it a source of encouragement and optimism, amongst my enormous frustration, concern and embarrassment for our country's pro-active role in climate destruction.

I think the Harper regime may become quite famous in future history texts, as key players in the considerable climate change that is now already underway, and its toll on humans and other species all over the world.

I don't want the world to look back and blame Canada for this. I don't want to tell the next generation that I was there and did nothing.

We need to unite and bring this government to justice. Every voter needs to be aware of the significance and implications of their ignorant and harmful actions. We need to work as hard as we can to do our part to create solutions to climate change. This is a critical time not only to demonstrate climate solutions, but to write letters, articles, sign petitions to demand leadership from our elected officials.

Keep up the good work DSF, you can play a critical role in galvanizing and coordinating a major backlash against the Harper government.

Dec 15, 2011
10:27 AM

Short term thinking of which our current Government in power is guilty of, will be our demise. Shame on them and how they are short changing future generations.

Dec 15, 2011
10:26 AM

I am ashamed of our government for not doing it's part to help our world crisis situation. I dream of a Canadian government that is a leader in environmental activism. I heard Peter Kent talking on CBC radio and he said "Canada is only responsible for 2% of the problem" (implying that was a reason to not take action and not to participate in Kyoto). I thought

Dec 15, 2011
10:26 AM

David, as always, you are right on the mark.

When I was in grade school, in the year of our country's centenary, my class was asked to write 'Why I'm Proud to Be A Canadian'. It truly was — and I still am — though I've never, ever felt that our politicians will truly lead us.

As a young child I watched a televised 'House of Commons Period'. It was like watching kids fighting in a sand box. That was the day I turned my attention elsewhere to identify the leaders — and to becoming one.

I thank you, David, for your sterling, provocative, grounded leadership all these years. Please stay the course with us, as I know you will and are. You are a beacon of bright light, and many of us see you clearly and thank you deeply.

Thank you for galvanizing courage, action, honesty, integrity, truth.

You are Canada's Gandhi.

Thank you,

:-) Ariole K. Alei, who was with you in Rio in 1992

Dec 15, 2011
10:23 AM

I am in total agreement with your article. I am a supporter of the Federal and Provincial Green Party and my donations go there.

Dec 15, 2011
10:21 AM

I feel ashamed of our Canadian government and I cannot understand how it could let Canadians down like it did by breaking the Kyoto Commitment.

This is absolutely uncomprehensive.

Dec 15, 2011
10:20 AM

Where governments fail, the people must act. We, the majority of Canadians will not tolerate our government's refusal to strive toward a greener future. Canada neglected its responsibility regarding Kyoto but we the people will not fail to take action as citizens of a greener global community.

Dec 15, 2011
10:20 AM

This article is well done. I agree wholeheartedly that we cannot rely upon our government to help save the planet. With it's strong base in Alberta and preoccupation with crime and the economy at any cost, the Harper team has made clear it's shameful abandonment of environmental issues. Canadians are left to take actions on their own…and to pester, cajole and coerce our politicians until they remember who they work for.

Dec 15, 2011
10:18 AM

Climate change is a great concern and everything possible should be done to keep out planet healthy.

Yours sincerely,

J. Schmidt

Dec 15, 2011
10:18 AM

Hi

I am apalled and disgusted at the decision by the Conservative government to pull out of Kyoto.

This is a government that represents the interests of "big oil" and their greed. Sadly, they seem to have a stranglehold on Canadian politics inspite of the fact that they do not represent the majority of Canadians.

David Suzuki, how can you work with our hopelessness about this situation?

Julie Browne

Dec 15, 2011
10:16 AM

MR HARPER…..GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL!!!! HOWEVER IT WILL SAVE ME ON PROPANE AND WOOD……..CHINA WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE AS WELL AS USSR FOR SHIPPING ROUTES……SAME OLD GAME JOBS VRS ECOLOGY.

Dec 15, 2011
10:14 AM

Well Said! We are the majority and if we band together and make our voices heard we will have much more impact on changing the direction of this country towards a green and sustainable economy and future. Thanks David Suzuki!

Dec 15, 2011
10:13 AM

I totally agree with your letter. Our government's attitude and behaviour re Kyoto is despicable!

Meanwhile, we go on polluting our grandchildren's world and overusing its resources.

Dec 15, 2011
10:13 AM

MR HARPER….BACKING OUT OF KOYOTO NOT REALLY A GREAT THING HOWEVER CANADA HAS RESOURCES……UNFORTUNE FOR US SCIENTISTS THAT CANT FIGURE THERE WAY OUTTA THIS MESS…..SAME OLD GAME JOBS VERSES ECONOMY…….WISH YOU WOULD CONCIDER…….HOWEVER ALL MUST GET ON BOARD….ALL OR NOTHING……GLOBAL WARMING IS NOT A PITCH SORRY FOR REAL!!! JUST LOOK…..THANK-YOU

Dec 15, 2011
10:12 AM

I was appalled upon hearing the Govenment's decision to withdraw from Kyoto. My sentiments are totally as yours. My first thoughts were unbelief, shame, that our Government would put "money" ahead of the survival of our future generations and our planet earth. I expected better from this Government.

Dec 15, 2011
10:10 AM

Our elected representatives must become accountable to us. We pay their salaries. I call for a national petition to hold them so. With enough votes can we not force a confidence vote or election?

Dec 15, 2011
10:09 AM

I am disgusted and embarrassed by this decision. We are known to the rest of the world as the country that is kind and good. We have been known as the "little brother" of the U.S.A which we do not like and have tried to steer away from. This is not the way to do it. This is not what we are all about.

Dec 15, 2011
10:06 AM

I'm ashamed to be a Canadian with this decision by the current federal government to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol. I've been doing all I can personally to help make positive changes for the environment but when our leaders fail to lead and set a proper example it makes all my efforts seem worthless. Peter Kent deserves a load of my organic compost on his constituency doorstep to see just how committed to the environment we expect him and the federal leaders of the country to be.

Dec 15, 2011
10:05 AM

This is all very well and fine, but if your intentions are to keep people informed then you should be reporting all sides of the story and not just your own point of view. I'm all for green energy and punishing the biggest offenders, or polluters of the environment. However the greener energy has to be affordable and sustainable.

Although our government is short sighted (I would even go as far to say that they cannot see past the next election) they're also trying to be fiscally responsible. To suggest otherwise is also short sighted and irresponsible. Like it or not, money still makes the world go round. What would happen to all these initiatives you speak of if our economy crashes and tens of thousands are thrown out of work nationwide.

The fate of the world cannot rest on our shoulders alone. Look to the other governments of the world to take some of the responsibility. Those of us who are informed know who they are and they also know who they are. It's shameful to see one of them in particular condemn Canada in the world media, while they continue to be one of the worst offenders and never entered Kyoto in the first place. Let those without sin cast the first stone.

I don't make donations to your foundation and never will as long as your views remain so one sided and short sighted. I do not wish to receive your newletter and I hope that you will respect my privacy not share my email address with anyone, or any other organization. I do not care if I receive a reply or not, however, should your views/organization become a little more open minded in the future I may reconsider.

Dec 15, 2011
9:52 AM

This brings tears to my eyes..It's so messed up! What's next?

Dec 15, 2011
9:48 AM

I was born in England and came to Canada in 1978. I have been proud since to say that I am Canadian. I have seen many governments over the years, some I have agreed with more than others, but never have any made me ashamed to be associated with Canada until now. The Harper Government disgusts me more and more every day. They are taking apart the framework that made this country unique and are turning us into some backwoods southern state. The Kyoto Agreement is not only important to me and my family, but to all people who do not put greed first. Do these people believe that they will not be effected by climate change just because they have money in the bank? It amazes me that such narrow minded people can attain such positions of power and still have a following.

Dec 15, 2011
9:47 AM

Hello to all my fellow Canadians,

It is a shame for Canada to have withdrawn from Kyoto with the pretext that Kyoto is "not the path forward for global solution to climate change" if China and USA are not participating. So I shall ask, if your neighbour doesn't swipe their house, will you not do the same thing? I think that Canada concerns with economical growth and forgetting about the environment is a weakness in Leadership. Canada is letting USA influence their environmental policy decisions demonstrates a lack of good governance.

Lets not give up on the issue of climate change, keep doing your part in your community.

Thank you.

Dec 15, 2011
9:45 AM

Sorry, but I AGREE with Canada pulling out of Kyoto. Why pretend it means something when there was NEVER any plan to meet our commitments?

Of course, I'm not a fan of dirty oil. But I'm not a big fan of institutionalized hypocrisy either. And I can't see the point in Canadians paying taxes that our government then turns over by the billions of dollars to some climate change bureaucracy because we didn't meet a promise that the rest of the world isn't meeting either.

Here is how Canadians can act on climate change:

1) Act individually to change our behaviour to become more sustainable. This means things as easy as NOT leaving your car running while you ru into a store. I see this all the time in my town, and it's appalling.

2) Pressure the government to move towards sustainability in all its policies and activities

3) Support groups like the David Suzuki Foundation that are committed to science-based policies

3) If the government won't act, CHANGE the government

Although it's hard to see who to change to. The NDP's policies have been all over the map, calling for action on climate change while at the same tie demanding that energy prices never go up.

Wake up people! Fixing our climate change problem is going to COST US MONEY and BE INCONVENIENT! If we're not prepared for that, we're just dreaming in technicolour.

Dec 15, 2011
9:44 AM

We all need goals to stive towards The Kyoto was and is setting the bar.

Dec 15, 2011
9:43 AM

I am in shock…. when I heard the news about what the Canadian government did regarding Kyoto and I was totally shocked and disgusted. :( How can they legally do that ~ especially without consulting their citizens? I am ashamed of our federal government and believe it's time for a change….

Dec 15, 2011
9:43 AM

I never thought the time would come. I have always been proud to be Canadian… Now, I am ashamed of our government.

Dec 15, 2011
9:41 AM

The David Suzuki Foundation has appropriately addressed the Canadian Government's approach to Kyoto. I am in full support of the disgust shared by the majority of Canadians in regards to the decision to break our international commitments on climate control.

We need a larger voice with action to force our government to take responsibility for reckless choices.

Dr Jay Hannigan New Brunswick Canada

Dec 15, 2011
9:41 AM

The other day I sent you an email asking the question, what do you see happening to the handfull of companies that trade in carbon offsets now that the Kyoto Accord has be sidestepped. Are we as north americans going to be paper shufflers as our contribution to the planets problems.

Dec 15, 2011
9:38 AM

The next generations will pay dearly for our selfish decisions (withdraw from Kyoto). We continuously place the economy first and environment last. The Conservative government brainwashes Canadians with lies.

Not doing anything is not an option. Wake up people!

Dec 15, 2011
9:37 AM

I am very disappointed but not surprised. This is a very convenient attitude, to walk out of the talks without any further commitment, even though 60% of the voters did not vote for the party in Government, and their views. The Liberal government payed lip service to Kyoto, we have very little to show for their "efforts". Alberta is "Oil or Bust" 3 generations and there will be no more, or what is left will tax other resources to the limit. Government is run by the Corporations soon the WTO or soon such like organization. What are the chances for the whole of Canada to rise against these interests ?

Dec 15, 2011
9:31 AM

Does anyone have some workable ideas on how to convince the Liberal/NDP/Green parties to coalesce. With one centre left party Canadians can defeat the Harper regime. With 3 parties competing over trivial differences, we guarantee more of the same anti-science governance.

Dec 15, 2011
9:30 AM

I am appalled and, sadly, unsurprised by this recent political backwash. I hope that every concerned citizen will make every effort to oppose this error in judgement by writing letters, leaving comments, and — most of all — continuing to live in a sustainable way leading with compassion, selflessness, and consideration for our planet and all the people that inhabit it.

Dec 15, 2011
9:27 AM

Just got the letter in my email and wanted to voice my support. It is crushing to know that my three young children will face the long term results of our nation's willful ignorance, along with their billions of sisters and brothers.

Dec 15, 2011
9:25 AM

As a father of 2 children, 9 and 12, this decision concerns me greatly. The planet is very small and what one country does, or does not do, affects all living organisms. I will turn 40 this year and have been a very proud Canadian until today. We have performed incredibly well on the World stage and have given wisdom, expertise, funding, and the ultimate sacrifice of human lives to improve the lives of people from many countries throughout the world on many different occasions. The decision to 'give up' on such a vital commitment to make change to benefit future generations has me questioning the patriotic thread that keeps me together. I am very sad for my children and future generations that my elected government is not looking out for the people which they represent. The draw of wealth from our natural resources can beneficial for the people but only for a very short term. We the people need to elect a government that will look at what is not just beneficial for the next 4 years but what will benefit the next 4 generations. PLEASE make long term commitments to change the way we treat our environment and all of the people who dwell within it.

Dec 15, 2011
9:24 AM

Thank you to you and the David Suzuki Foundation for offering hope in the face of this devastating decision by the leaders of our government. And no, they are not acting on behalf of the majority of us.

With the oil sands only counting for a fraction of Canada's GDP, it is time for us to look at what we are willing to sacrifice for a short-term chance to make some money. We are sacrificing our own land, the health of our people, our international reputation and our responsibility to the others that we share this planet with. We're also shooting ourselves in the foot. As an Albertan, I worry about what my economy will be based upon when the oil industry finally becomes obsolete. We have an opportunity now to invest in alternate energy, something that we could base our economy on for the long-term and we are instead investing money in hail-mary attempts to keep the industry going for as long as possible, to the detriment of our own futures.

No, the Alberta government has never spoken for me. And the Canadian government has now ceased to represent me. I will always vote, but it is time to make my voice heard in a different way, by speaking out loud and often against this decision and the new Canadian culture of shortsighted selfishness being promoted by our government.

Dec 15, 2011
9:24 AM

I am perplexed by our government's arrogance. Can they just "opt out" of a legal agreement because Peter Kent was directed to say so? Don't the opposition parties have a say, or perhaps even a vote? It's as though we're watching "The Emperor's New Clothes" as our exhalted leader is "doing it to us".

Dec 15, 2011
9:23 AM

Excellently written, to the point and clearly stated.

This government that is in power at this time in Canada, is run like a dictatorship and the majority of the people in Canada do not see this. What happened in South Africa is proof of this. And now there will be further oil / gas development north of Fort McMurray — only to feed the greed of the oil companies.

Thank you for writing your letter and expressing what many feel.

Dec 15, 2011
9:21 AM

We were better than this!!! Harper's Canada has become an embarrassment to live in. Thank goodnes for people like David Suzuki and Jack Layton.

Dec 15, 2011
9:21 AM

How many others are upset, embarrassed, and sickened by the inaction of our "government" on climate change?? I am not just upset at the stupid conservative gov't but also at the people I know voted for them out of ignorance. We need a SERIOUS movement now.

Dec 15, 2011
9:20 AM

I am deeply disappointed by our government's lack of action on global warming. I can't help but assume that they are beholding to the oil industry and are cynically looking forward to the opportunity to exploit oil and gas reserves in the arctic.

Their disregard for the well being of people all over the world is barbaric and sets the worst example possible for politicians and business people. No wonder so many people despair the political process and are out in the streets demanding change instead. Citizens need to stop relying on politicians to author our future — they are too reckless and irresponsible — we must become the authors. We are wiser and better than them. We are the many they are the few!!

Dec 15, 2011
9:19 AM

What will you do with the moneies?

Why do you not have a plan?

Is Law, an option you would consider ?

Dec 15, 2011
9:18 AM

I for one don't think Justin Trudeau's comment on Peter Kent was out of order. As a member of parliament he «had» to apologize, no place for such language in the Commons but he's dead on.

The Conservatives are reckless and irresponsible when it comes to our climate heritage. It strikes me as profoundly shortsighted that smart people, we should by no means think Harper stupid, that have been entrusted with our collective well being should so blatantly disregard our nation's signature at the bottom of international agreements. That they should disregard the future of their own children. Try as you might to find a reasonable justification for their actions you come up short. Kent's argument that Canada would have to pay huge fines for Kyoto non compliance pales in comparison to the gargantuan financial and societal effort we as a nation will have to undertake to catch up to the world long after Harper as retired in Fort McMurray. Canada will be left sucking tar sands long after the rest of the world has shifted to a green economy. Long after we've blown the 2C threshold and suffered the consequences that these eco-criminals have set the table for.

We may even see one day some form of international tribunal be created to bring to account irresponsible politicians, like our mister Kent. The same way that war criminals are brought to justice for genocide or atrocities. There might come a time when in the face of climate collapse, these men and women will be brought to account by having to live out of doors without an oxygen tank on a pacific island begin overrun by rising waters. Since that is the fate they seem willing to impose on us all.

Dec 15, 2011
9:17 AM

Your email is too long! In this day and age, people will delete your email if it takes too long to read…unfortunatley!

Dec 15, 2011
9:16 AM

It is clear to me that our current government is not at all concerned with neither the well being of it's citizens nor the well being of it's home, Earth. What I see is a complicity with business and industry that favors short term profit and political endorsement over actual responsible governance. Ladies and Gentlemen, will you like this country or this Earth when you are through with it? When your term is over and you are home with your family, will you be proud of what you have accomplished? I think not.

True leadership means being brave. It means, sometimes, making unpopular decisions. It means taking the heat so that the people you serve will be protected. From you I see cowardace, shortsightedness and greed. Like the child that hurridly eats all it's candy at once and has nothing left to enjoy later, you are damning yourselves in the long term. I ask you to open your mind to an alternative that will make your country and your families proud of you. This is not only your duty as a government, but as a human citizen on this planet.

Dec 15, 2011
9:15 AM

Ashamed is the perfect word to describe my feelings towards the Canadian Government on this issue. We lived in BC with an elected dictatorship for a very long time. Mr. Harper seems to be running under the same assumed mandate. The Government of Canada is ignoring the will of the people on climate change initiatives. What more do our elected officials plan for us in the future? It is difficult to trust a body of representatives who choose to develop personal agendas and personal visions of Canada. Visions the people do not hold! Yes, I am ashamed!

Dec 15, 2011
9:14 AM

Thank you for this letter, reminding me that "we are better than this." I am deeply ashamed of our government's stand, and wish that I could shout out to the world that it does not represent me. I will be focusing my efforts more locally (including provincially) until such time as the federal voice once again makes me proud to raise my head in our global village.

Dec 15, 2011
9:13 AM

I completely agree with this letter, I was so ashamed to be Canadian when I found out we withdrew from the Protocol, heck, even when I learned we were considering it! I was so incredibly proud of my country when we signed onto Kyoto even though the US declined, we stood up for our beliefs even if "big brother" US wasn't on board. It made Canada special, it made a statement that we took our future and the future of everyone else on this great planet seriously. Now we just look like greedy careless fools.

I've never been as mad and disappointed in my government. Harper has made it crystal clear over and over again (undeniably so this time) that he does not care at all about our environment. Politicians like this make it hard to continue to believe that we can change our world for the better, that we have the power to make up for past mistakes and clean up our act. I know individual efforts matter, but this is just not fair. We speak up, we want a greener tomorrow and do what we can at home and at work and yet incredibly irresponsible actions such as this keep happening. Enough is enough Harper.

Dec 15, 2011
9:09 AM

I plan on writing to my MP and asking him to get involved!

Dec 15, 2011
9:08 AM

I sincerely agree. The government is being highly irresponsible to our children and other nations.

Canada's decision to withdraw as the #1 story on Berlin radio news that day. Others I know here have been talking about Canada too.

The government cannot simply say that the costs of the offsets to meet Kyoto is not their fault

Dec 15, 2011
9:04 AM

When met with this type of news it's too easy to wallow. I often hear people saying, "well, what can I do anyway?" This is the wrong way to approach these matters. One person can make a difference. If we make choices in our lives inevitably those choices will reverberate out into the world we live. Don't get me wrong the governments peremptory tone angers me too, but we CAN do something about this problem.

Thank you for your letter.

Dec 15, 2011
9:03 AM

Great letter, proper prospective. Canada is more than its government.

Dec 15, 2011
9:03 AM

Hello!

I agree with the most of the statements in your article, even if I'm not a specialist to think that WE can change the climate. On the other hand, yes, the pollution is not a good thing.

One more thing: "B.C. and Quebec have implemented carbon taxes" — this will go back to our pocket — the people like me or you, will pay in the final those taxes. I don't see it as a viable solution.

May the future stay happy with us!

Dec 15, 2011
9:03 AM

I feel extreme sadness and almost shame! As a citizen, I try to take necessary actions everyday to help our plant: by recycling, using less chemical products at home, buying organic and local products, and by keeping myself inorfmed and actif in different environmental mouvements. But now, I'm disapointed that my country doesen't represent its citizens and their efforts to make the planet a better place for the generations to come. The battle seems to be far over!

Dec 15, 2011
9:02 AM

Thanks for everything you do David Suzuki Foundation. I'm proud of all the countries that ARE honouring the Kyoto Protocol, as well as everyone in Canada who is working hard to promote green energy and a healthier climate. I love Ontario's Green Energy Act! I hope the Canadian majority will see justice for our rightful desire to have a clean, healthy future.

Dec 15, 2011
8:53 AM

I am deeply saddened by Canada's stance on Climate Change and it's worsening reputation on the World's stage. I came here 9 years ago from U.K believing Canada to be a fair and forward thinking country. I am seeing more and more flaws as it allies itself with the 'big brother' down in the South. We have such a superb country and we need to rise up, take action and help to turn this around, before it is too late!

Dec 15, 2011
8:53 AM

I am extrememly dissapointed in Canada for breaking its commitment to Kyoto. This is our future and the future of our children and grandchildren etc. We see global warming everyday. It's December 15, 2011 and it is 13 degrees in Toronto, doesn't that prove that this is reality!

Dec 15, 2011
8:50 AM

I am deeply ashamed but not surprised either, our current "leaders" have always been lapdogs for the oil industry. Canadians need to wake up and realize this is not a political fight, nor a class divide. We are screwing our future generations.

Dec 15, 2011
8:50 AM

I recycle. I cycle-commute. I run-commute. I don't own a car, and drive the family vehicle as little as possible. I have made my home more energy efficient. I have done everything I can think of to reduce my carbon footprint and to encourage others to do the same.

Then the government does something stupid like this. It's heartbreaking and frustrating. How do we get our current "leaders" to wake up and see the science, see the climate-change reality that is more visible every day?!?

Dec 15, 2011
8:48 AM

Thanks for the letter, complete with "ammunition" to provide to our territorial government. Very timely for us here in NWT. Currently, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly is considering a "point of order" ruling against our bravest and most progressive MLA, Mr. Bob Bromley. The Minister of Environment, the Premier, and the other MLAs took exception to Bromley's use of the term "crime against humanity" when he referred to the GNWT's inaction on climate change. He may be asked to retract this statement and apologize, or face censorious consequences. (I doubt he'll cave in.) They need to be educated! Any help is helpful! Thanks and keep up the good work!

Dec 15, 2011
8:42 AM

Dear Dr. Suzuki, Thank you for a very informative and passionate letter. I wish I could remain optimistic about the world's future, but the truth is, such optimism is difficult in the face of Canada's actions and the accelerating effects of climate change. Yesterday we learned (via the Guardian newspaper) that Russian scientists have discovered huge plumes of methane gas escaping from the melting permafrost in the Arctic. I can remember, not too long ago, that this was one of those 'nightmare' scenarios of the projected consequences of climate change, and here it is, a present reality. Canada's betrayal of the goals and purpose of the Kyoto agreement has meant the lose of hope and optimism for the future. That's perhaps the greatest betrayal of all. Yours sincerely, Elizabeth Seaton

Dec 15, 2011
8:40 AM

Clearly, the Harper government does not respond to public pressure, shame or outcry. It knows which special interest groups elected them and it feels indebted only to them.

We have to contest them where it hurts them: encourage foreign governments to issue a Carbon tax on Canada until Canada commits to the environment. Yes it will have financial repercussions on all of us but the pocket book is the only pressure Tories understand.

Or maybe we can find legal grounds to issue a massive class action suit to force them to reduce Canada's ecological footprint.

Dec 15, 2011
8:27 AM

At times like this, it becomes apparent that the leaders of a country are really its people, not the elected representatives. I am grateful for organizations such as the David Suzuki Foundation that give a voice to the concerns of the people of our beautiful country who want to act responsibly to provide a better environmental future for all children of the world and for coming generations. Now is the time to make any necessary financial and personal sacrifices to correct what has been done in ignorance and to create a green, sustainable future. There is no time to waste.

Dec 15, 2011
8:15 AM

Thank you very much Mr. Suzuki for saying what we all feel and think about the decisions that our leaders took in Durban, and afterwards! I am ashamed and I'd like to say that they don't have the right to bring us shame like that! I was proud to be a Canadian, living in a country that is usually seen as a model for the rest of the world. Now, I feel very sad and angry! There is no respect for human beings anymore and only money matters! Our leaders are so out of their mind that they don't even think about their own children! That is the selfish world we live in nowadays…

Dec 15, 2011
8:12 AM

So tragic that we have abandoned our larger goals to help reduce our impact on the environment.

Dec 15, 2011
8:06 AM

Thank you for coordinating action and information on the issue of climate change. It is true, ordinary Canadians like you and I DO care about this issue, and do not agree with the positions and actions taken by our Federal government. Keep uou your good work!

Dec 15, 2011
8:02 AM

I simply do not understand why Canada would break its committment to this!

Dec 15, 2011
12:55 AM

I find this article all very heartening, but why does the Kyoto protocal matter to me in my everyday life? I'm only going to live for the next 50 years or so, and my main concerns are with earning a comfortable income and having everyday freedoms so that I can enjoy my life.

Can the environmental movement provide me with a job so that I may pay off my student loans? Doubt it.

Regardless of how much I care about the environmental movement, the environmental movement doesn't care about me.

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