Canadian Youth Demand more action at Climate Change Negotiation
comprehensive and effective plan for the Canadian public to rally behind.
2. Immediate commitment to negotiate the post-2012 framework.
Canada must agree to and push for a work plan on post-Kyoto targets for developing nations, to be completed no later than 2008. This is to assure that a mandate for the second commitment period can be adopted at COP/MOP 5. Delay beyond this deadline will postpone action by signatories to achieve future targets, thus creating the gap between commitment periods.
3. Adoption of the IPCC “2 degrees Celsius” target in the post-2012 phase.
Climate change is beyond partisanship. Solving this crisis will mean making difficult decisions. Clearly this an issue of political will.
Canada must demonstrate strong leadership in the fight against climate change. A firm goal must be agreed upon by all parties to remain below a 2oC global average rise in temperature above pre-industrial levels. Surpassing this point will bring with it significant and irreversible damage.
It is in the interest of the citizens of Canada to commit to short-term deep reduction targets. We live in a time of unprecedented technology options, and innovative policies. There is no excuse not to push for this stronger and more effective target. Canada must be innovative in its approach to climate change and reemerge as a leader.
The Kyoto Protocol is the only international agreement we have that addresses the threat of climate change – we cannot afford to weaken it now.
Our future is at stake.
The Canadian Youth Delegation to Nairobi