World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada)

World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada)

December 13, 2007 16:21 ET

Canadian Support for Last Minute Proposal Has Potential to Derail Bali Climate Conference, Warns WWF

BALI, INDONESIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2007) - A move by the US government and supported by Canada could push the Bali climate negotiations to the brink of failure, WWF officials warned tonight. The US proposal would eliminate language that called upon developed nations to consider specific, internationally binding, quantified reduction commitments, replacing it with text that calls upon countries to adopt any measures they deem appropriate.

"At the eleventh hour the US has submitted a proposal that is the equivalent of taking no action at all against climate change," WWF International Director General James P Leape said. "This proposal would gut the international effort towards halting climate change and put the future of our planet at risk."

More than 50 members of the US Congress, from both parties, wrote to President Bush urging him to shift gears and play a constructive role in bringing these negotiations to a productive close.

"The Bush administration has a moral obligation to make commitments that are commensurate with their contribution to the climate crisis," said WWF Global Climate Change Director Hans Verolme. "The US government, aided by a small group of nations including Canada and Japan, has over the last few days thrown up several roadblocks in the negotiations. We are pleased that several large emerging economies, including China, Brazil, and South Africa, are still showing flexibility and creativity in their contributions to the Bali negotiations. That is the same spirit one would hope we could expect from the US. With these actions, the US jeopardizes the agreements that have already been reached on deforestation, technology and adaptation."

"Canada's lack of progress in reducing global warming emissions should not be matched by unproductive behaviour at these critical climate talks," said Mike Russill, President and CEO, WWF-Canada. "Canadians expect our government to play a constructive role, not undermine negotiations. We implore the Canadian government to immediately withdraw support for the US proposal on voluntary, non-binding targets."

This news release and associated material can be found on wwf.ca.

Contact Information

  • WWF-Canada
    Julia Langer
    Director, Global Threats
    (416) 484-7709 or Mobile: (647) 400-9579
    Website: www.wwf.ca