TAKE ACTION! Encourage Canadian PM to Ratify Kyoto, Effectively Bringing Treaty into Effect at WSSD - http://forests.org/emailaction/climate.htm
There is intense speculation that Prime Minister Jean Chrétien may commit Canada to ratifying the Kyoto Protocol during his trip to Johannesburg next week for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Should Mr. Chrétien do so, he would effectively deliver the protocol to the world community.
The Kyoto Protocol will come into effect globally when ratified by countries responsible for at least 55 per cent of the world's greenhouse-gas emissions in 1990. As it stands, countries responsible for 37.1 per cent have done so. Russia, which is responsible for 17.4 per cent of 1990 emissions, has vowed to ratify and is expected to do so this year. Canada's ratification, with 3.3 per cent, would bring the total above the magic 55-per-cent mark.
For a Prime Minister at the end of his term who is casting about for a legacy, this would be a world-class coup. Before the eyes of the entire World, it would confer heroic status on the Canadian leader. It would also bring the World Summit on Sustainable Development back from the brink of irrelevance by delivering a finished international protocol that was born 10 years ago at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
No one knows whether Jean Chrétien will use his speech at the Earth Summit to announce Canadian ratification of the Kyoto climate treaty - but it has been widely hinted he is seriously considering doing so. In a poll announced today, more than 76 per cent of Canadians think Canada should adopt the Kyoto protocol at the WSSD in Johannesburg. Canada stands to be particularly hard hit by climate change; including coastal flooding, loss of permafrost, shifts in natural ecosystem, forest decline, and more severe droughts and floods.
Please Let Prime Minister Chrétien know you support Canadian ratification of the Kyoto Treaty at this historic moment: Send an email at http://forests.org/emailaction/climate.htm or call, fax and/or send a personalized email using the following information:
The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien Prime Minister of Canada Telephone Number: (613) 992-4211 Fax Number: (613) 941-6900 Email Address: email@example.com
This is quite important - forward widely to other lists and colleagues.
Glen Barry M.S., Ph.D. (abd) President Forests.org, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org