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Council of Canadians background paper for COP15: Critical components for a strong international climate agreement

I’m happy to share with you the Council of Canadians background paper for COP15: Critical components for a strong international climate agreement.

The Council of Canadians will join millions of voices in Copenhagen and around the world December 7-19 demanding action for an effective global climate agreement addressing the climate crisis.

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Brent Patterson, Campaigns Coordinator, Anil Naidoo, Blue Project Coordinator and Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy Campaigner, will be “on the ground” in Copenhagen providing updates on negotiations inside the conference and taking part in numerous events and climate justice movement activities happening outside.

This background paper outlines some of the key points our organization believes is necessary for a strong international climate agreement with deep emission cuts that advances climate justice – it outlines the key points we will be taking to the streets in Copenhagen and demanding of world leaders.
As highlighted in the paper, some of the actions the Council of Canadians will taking in Copenhagen are:

  • Monitoring and reporting back on negotiations, with particular emphasis on the role of the Canadian delegation, in blogs, media work and action alerts.
  • Maude Barlow will be carrying a Blue Summit banner declaring “Climate justice is water justice! Peoples of Canada demand action” with  Andrea Harden-Donahue (Energy Campaigner), Brent Patterson (Campaigns Director) and Anil Naidoo (Blue Planet Project Coordinator) in what promises to be a massive, loud and visible demonstration of the world’s will to act on the climate crisis at the December 12th march in Copenhagen – part of the international day of action on climate change.
  • Working with members of the global water justice movement in Copenhagen to connect the dots between water and climate justice.
  • Working with the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Council of Canadians is supporting George Poitras, a grassroots community leader from tar sands affected First Nations, to attend and speak out in Copenhagen.
  • Participating in Klimaforum – the global civil society counterpart of the official UN conference in the Bella Centre – on panels addressing water justice and the tar sands.
  • Working with Canadian partners, we will shine the spotlight on our government as a serious roadblock to a global climate agreement.
  • Delivery of KYOTOplus petitions.