Thursday, June 11, 2009

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RE: Expressing my grave concern regarding our emissions reduction target

June 11, 2009

The Honourable Jim Prentice
Minister of the Environment

Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
10 Wellington Street, 28th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0H3

Dear Minister Prentice:

I have great interest in climate change and am following the talks leading up to Copenhagen. For some time I been disheartened by Canada's overall inaction on climate change issues but the recent Bonn meeting has me dismayed to the point where I intend to reach out to as many people as I can and have them too voice their discontent. For I truly believe that Canadians want their government to take climate change seriously and for their country to take ambitious action as soon as possible. December's summit is hyper-important and your administration MUST act accordingly.

Therefore I respectfully inform you that Canada's embarrassingly pathetic current target of -2.7% for 2020 is UNACCEPTABLE! Compared to the EU and the US, even Australia and Japan, we are not doing anything near what is economically feasible for Canada to achieve! We should be leading the world in this, not isolating ourselves in this bizarrely inadequate position.

Further, I must add that a strategy that includes pressuring emerging economies is something that I am personally ashamed to have learned my country would even consider employing. We are a rich and energy-guzzling nation that should take responsibility for our contribution to climate change and be a model rather than a bully.

I truly hope that you and the negotiating team are aware of the scrutiny that has begun and will certainly, and with my help, intensify in the coming weeks. I ask that you please remember that Canadians all know now that the science calls for 25 to 40% global emission cuts below 1990 levels by 2020.

Please do us proud.



Then copy, paste, change address block (+ use google & get your local MP's address) and send again:

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A2


You make me proud!
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