Greenpeace urges Canadians to cast their vote for the environment
Greenpeace wants Canadians to elect an official that will actually help stop global warming, as this election will determine the outcome of the next Kyoto agreement through to 2020, which is important for generations to come.
Next year, the world will gather in Copenhagen to decide what a post-Kyoto climate treaty will look like. Greenpeace along with 30 other groups have called for a strengthening and extension of the Kyoto Protocol - KYOTOplus. The UN climate change conference is widely anticipated to be a historic watershed in the fight against global warming. The government elected on October 14th will represent Canada on this world stage.
To kick off the election push, Greenpeace e-mailed its 92,000 members in Canada with an appeal to "vote for the environment." The organization says it will also deploy its volunteer network and door-to-door canvassers to speak directly with Canadians about supporting a candidate whose party is committed to the reduction targets of the KYOTOplus campaign.
If the reduction targets from Kyoto are implemented then Canada's greenhouse gas emissions will reduce at least 25 per cent from 1990 levels by the time we reach 2020. Right now emissions have risen to about 30 per cent above the target set by the agreement.