A fresh round of global environment talks has just begun, and Canada has the dubious distinction of being the second country to receive a “Fossil of the Day” award.
Tens of thousands of government delegates and organizations from around the world are gathering this week and next in Brazil for the Rio+20 talks on sustainable development.
As at other summits in the past, some of the non-governmental organizations in Rio are singling out countries for what the groups say is an obstructionist role in negotiations.
On Friday, activists handed Canada the award for deleting wording for funding for developing countries, weakening language on fossil-fuel subsidies, and causing confusion on policies related to oceans and fisheries.
They also pointed to C-38, the government’s omnibus budget bill that streamlined environmental assessment rules and changed protections for fisheries.
“As leaders gather in Rio, Canada is weakening key parts of the Rio agreement while rolling back decades of environmental legislation and climate protection by pushing through Bill C-38,” Amara Possian of PowerShift Canada, a youth organization said in an email from Brazil.
“They are being given the Rio Fossil for standing in the way of a just and sustainable future at home and here in Rio.”