Canadian Delegation Orders Youth to Tear Down Oil Sands Display at Climate Negotiations

10 Dec

This is quite disturbing. Our UWSP delegation was not involved in this and as far as I know, none of us even had the chance to SEE this display at the conference because it was so short lived. this is directly quoted from the Sierra Club Canada blog “Climate Crisis – Countdown to Copenhagen”:

In a blatant attempt to cover up Canada’s dirty little secret – the Alberta Tar Sands – the official Canadian Delegation successfully filed a complaint to the UNFCCC secretariat about a photo display put on by Canadian Youth. The display featured several large photos of the Alberta tar sands project with captions describing the multitude of environmental and human health effects of the project and even went so far as to say that Alberta has a right to emit because it’s a fossil fuel producer. The photos were on display for less than one day.

This followed on the heels of a youth meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner which youth described as shocking and heartbreaking. Tears were shed as the minister refused to acknowledge the impacts of the tar sands. When an indigenous youth from Fort Smith Alberta asked his opinion of the two-jawed fish found in the Athabasca River, he replied that these things happen in nature and that there is no link to downstream effects of the mega project.

Canadian Youth Delegate Christel Hyshka had this to say, ‘‘Minister Renner tried to convince us that Alberta was a climate leader, but there is no denying that the oil sands are the fastest growing source of emissions in Canada, and that its unrestrained development will make meeting any significant greenhouse gas reduction target nearly impossible for our country. They acknowledge the risk, but are unwilling to take responsibility. Quite frankly, as an Albertan I’m embarrassed that this is a message they are bringing to the international stage”.

Canada is not acknowledging the impact of the tar sands. Sarah, Sylvie, and myself were involved in a protest yesterday regarding the tar sands in Alberta. It garnered what seemed like a fair amount of media attention (though you can’t see any of us in the photos). The CBC was there to pick it up. 

Sierra Club Blog Post: 

CBC Article: (I’ll warn you now that the comments from Canadians pretty much show exactly why our Country isn’t backing down)


5 Responses to “Canadian Delegation Orders Youth to Tear Down Oil Sands Display at Climate Negotiations”

  1. Sylvie December 11, 2009 at 5:53 am #

    I can’t believe this! This clearly proves that Canada is “in hiding” and does not want the global community to know their dirty little secret. Spread the word – Tar Sands are BAD!

  2. misterbergher December 11, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    Stop goebbel whining!

    • Sarah English December 12, 2009 at 3:22 am #

      If you’re going to leave a rude comment, expand on it. How does Nazi propaganda have anything to do with this? Paul Joseph Goebbels, of who you reffered, was a lead organizer of Kristallnacht. The outcome of Kristallnacht was:
      – the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath, a German-born Polish Jew
      – 91 Jews murdered
      – 25,000 to 30,000 Jews arrested and placed in concentration camps
      – 267 synagogues destroyed
      – thousands of homes and businesses smashed
      What is the comparison?

  3. Anum December 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    The disturbing part about this is not whether we’re making tar sands a “bigger issue than it is”, it is the suppression of opinion and information that is taking place. This probably disturbs me more than any theory or counter-argument that people come up with about why tar sands and their existence is justified.

  4. Anum December 13, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    And the CBC comments are just ridiculous, lol. Green advocates are labelled as anti-workforce, and detrimental to the profit and progression of the economy. Which leads to the conclusion – isn’t it wiser to invest in energy technology that is long term? Wouldn’t that be a more efficient way of garnering resources and making the most of what we have? How long can oil last anyway? The more we extract it, the higher its relative price will be in the future – not making our pockets any heavier than they already are.

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