WHAT YOU CAN DO
Do your bit and make a difference
•There are no actions at the present time
•Here are a few examples of recent
•actions by WYOCC and its members
Urge Canada to ratify Kyoto
April 10, 2002
To the Canadian Federal and Provincial Governments,
We are appealing to Canada to move forward with the Kyoto Protocol, and move forward with a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The effects that climate change may have on cultures, communities and economies across the globe, are too high a price to pay for choosing inaction. Economical, socially and ecologically, the Kyoto Protocol makes sense.
Scientists have predicted that if climate change continues, we may be facing dramatic sea level rise, extreme floods and droughts, and disrupted weather patterns. Some evidence suggests that we are already experiencing the effects of global warming, from natural disasters such as the devastating floods in Mozambique of 1996, to the gradually shrinking islands of Tuvalu.
The Kyoto Protocol provides an opportunity to encourage investments from renewable energy, high efficiency, and new technology industries. These industries continue to grow at a substantial rate, and by fostering their development in Canada, we can help to strengthen and diversify our own economy.
Canada has a moral responsibility to move forward and become a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The predicted effects of climate change will dramatically impact undeveloped nations. Some scientists have estimated that global warming alone will condemn millions of people to starvation within the next decade. Even if the Kyoto Protocol does have a negative short-term effect on the Canadian economy, as some of the more conservative forecasters have predicted, in the face of the potential displacement and starvation of 10's of millions people from around the globe, we cannot morally justify inaction. From a human rights perspective, it is vital that we move forward to protect the earth's climate, regardless of any economic or scientific uncertainty. The risks are too great.
The balance of evidence suggests that we will require a much more significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions than what is called for in the Kyoto Protocol, in order to stabilise emissions at a safe level. The Kyoto Protocol is only the first, very weak step in many that are likely to come, and postponing the inevitable reductions may only result in more suffering and perhaps irreversible consequences to our natural environment. It is vital that in order to protect the health and well being of people, cultures, communities and future generations, we move forward to address climate change seriously.
Some First nations people have a principle to never make an important decision without considering its impacts on the seventh generation to come. In the face of climate change, we can hope to learn much from this age-old wisdom. Humanity is faced with a common hurdle to overcome. Nations have worked together for over ten years to reach this stage in the process, consulting scientists, policy advisors, and stakeholders. The Kyoto Protocol is a valuable example of international cooperation. Further weakening the agreement may well be further compromising the natural environment, and future generations abilities to sustain themselves. We call on you to ratify the Kyoto Protocol immediately.
Urge Denmark not to scrap its subsidies for wind power
Denmark's Economy Minister Bendt Bendtsen has said the new centre-right government will concentrate on competitiveness, instead of a green image and not subsidise installation of new wind turbines from 2004.
Installation of wind turbines has depended heavily on subsidies, not only in Denmark, but all over the world.
Danish wind turbine makers have gained from the former government's pro-wind attitude over the past decade and Denmark now hosts some of the world's largest manufacturers, such as Vestas , NEG Micon and Bonus Energy.
Tiny Denmark, which is the world's fourth-largest nation in wind turbine capacity, is planning to build two offshore wind farms in 2002 and 2003 with total capacity of around 300 megawatt. "These plans won't be changed," Bendtsen said.
However, he has scrapped the plans for three more wind farms of 150 megawatt each to be installed by 2008.
The former Social-Democratic led government had a target to meet 50% of Denmark's electricity demand by green energy by 2030, boosted by 4,000 megawatt installed offshore.... the new minister has no such targets.