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a matter of survival

Eco blogs and websites around the world are reporting on the climate talks wrapping up today in Cancun, Mexico.

World leaders have gathered for the Sixteenth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) and the Sixth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol (CMP6).

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Canada is falling short of the measures set out in Kyoto and with the United States refusal to accept the treaty, the progress is slow going.  Even with dialogue between the two nations continuing Canada is one of the worst offending countries when it comes to CO2 emissions.

Many countries would like  the Kyoto Protocol to be extended and built upon. The present agreement expires in 2012, with little over one year until then, the movement needs a solid action plan in place.

Island nations are on the font lines of the Global Warming disaster. They are not the only ones who face catastrophic consequences if climate change is not stopped, they have the unfortunate role of  “the canary in the coal mine.”

A Canadian activist group called Evolve Love have live coverage of the meeting and their reporting indicates a strong activist presence at the talks.  Some  groups represented there are the Youth Climate Action Network, The Indigenous Environmental Network, and the people from 350.org

Will the world leaders have the courage to make this a priority? Switching to renewable energy, creating green jobs, and implementing stringent environmental protection laws is the only way to achieve the goals of these treaties and accords.

The Evolve Love promotional material asks how we can see the climate crisis as a love story?

The answer is, it’s up to each of us.

Are we willing to make the changes we need ?  The wealthiest nations have the power in our hands.

Make a change.


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International Day of Climate Action

October 24 will mark the most wide spread day of environmental action in world history.

350.org was set up to make the public aware that this is the number 350 ppm is the maximum amount of co2 that our planet can handle. Right now the amount is at an unmanageable 390ppm

In December 2009 the UN, world leaders,  will meet in Copenhagen for an  international climate change summit. There will be a new climate treaty forged this winter. In the tradition of the Kyoto protocol, first world countries will gather with rising nations like China and India to discuss what can be done to reverse climate change.

Canada is one of the biggest polluters and have been lagging behind many other developed nations, like the U.S. when it come to creating change and instigating legislation to combat co2 emissions and creating a greener economy.

This year, U.S. president Barack Obama has invested $75 billion to create clean energy jobs and working towards economic sustainability.

The worlds citizens need to wake up and realize what Al Gore talked about in his prize winning documentary An inconvenient truth, that the time  to take action is now!

Today 80% of the human energy system is run on burning fossil fuel. Things like small hydro, carbon credits and carbon capture, cap and trade, and carbon offsets are all buzz words that distract us from the real problem.  A drastic change must happen now in order for our planet to survive.

Solar, wind or tidal power, alternative energy is out there and has to be on everyones agenda for change to happen.  Conservation of resources, legislation and action on the part of every individual is the only way we can reverse the problem. Global warming, melting ice caps, droughts, and other weather catastrophes are on the rise.

When every person who can chooses to take a stand the world will be healed. It is not too late. We can all make a difference through our actions. Read about what is going on, vote for politicians who have this as a priority, change your light bulbs, walk or ride your bike.  Everything we do has an impact so make sure it is a positive one.

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