Durban Protest Lands Six Canadian Youth Delegates in Hot Water

Durban Protest Lands Six Canadian Youth Delegates in Hot Water
Six young people from university campuses across Canada protested at the United Nations conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa against their own federal Minister of the Environment Peter Kent and his message that Canada would not renew its commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by extending its obligations under a second Kyoto Protocol. Although countries in the developing world carry a disproportionate burden of the effects of climate change (think of east Africa in 2011), caused in part by the industrialization of already developed countries, it was Kent’s position that Canada should refuse to meet stricter emissions standards than any other country. The Canadian youth were ejected from the conference, but not before drawing a warm applause from global delegates when they donned t-shirts that read “People Before Polluters.” The coordinator of the protest Cameron Fenton explained, “We want to make it clear to other countries at this meeting that young people in Canada don’t support the actions of their government. We are saying to our government that we believe in finding solutions to the problem of climate change that lead to a just and sustainable future, even if you don’t.” Read the article…

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