Canadas negative reputation at climate change meeting embarrasses village resident

Monique Chiasson
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Canadas negative reputation at climate change meeting embarrasses village resident

BIBLE HILL - Corinna Taylor did not let Canada's embarrassing reputation dissuade her from enjoying a recent climate change conference in Denmark.
The Bible Hill resident, 23, returned late last week from Denmark where she attended
a 11-day climate change conference in Copenhagen.
One of the most troubling things she learned from the conference was just how poorly Canada is thought of when it comes to bettering the environment through climate change.
"I was surprised the rest of the world thinks about tar sands when they think about Canada. (Delegates) had a very negative outlook on Canada," Taylor told the Truro Daily News. "They said Canada was holding back the process ... it was embarrassing."
Some of the reasons for that mindset, said Taylor, included not only the association between Canada and the tar sands but the country falling far behind the Kyoto Protocol.
The initiative was adopted in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan. It states 37 industrialized countries must reduce their emissions by more than five per cent below the 1990 levels by 2012. By contrast, Canada's greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 30 per cent.
Taylor said the fact that Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not attend the conference until U.S. President Barack Obama did also hurt Canada's reputation.
"I tried to correct people and tell them we are trying to address climate change," said Taylor.
She attended about 25 meetings and events during the conference, including taking a boat ride on the ocean to see wind farms close up.
"That was amazing," she said.
She also learned how poverty-stricken parts of the world have affected climate change issues.
For example, poverty in Africa relates because people there often cut down trees
for heat. It adds to the deforestation of the area and "the more trees they cut down the less natural (carbon) absorption there is," said Taylor.
When Taylor asked what Canada can do to make better strides, she was told by other delegates that alternative fuels should be widely implemented.
"I was told Canada should have ample land to use biofuels," she said.
One thing Taylor avoided during the trip was protesting. One particular protest included thousands of people and hundreds were arrested.
"Overall, the protests were peaceful ... but there were some that had gas bombs. I wasn't scared because I wasn't in that (area) and there was tight security."
In the end, Taylor said, conference-goers agreed climate change continues to be problematic worldwide. Next year's conference will be in Mexico.
In the meantime, Taylor will share details of her trip in her home community, including presentations to the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and the Truro Rotary Club.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro Daily News, Truro Rotary Club

Geographic location: Canada, Denmark, Copenhagen Kyoto Japan U.S. Africa Mexico

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  • Enough
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    haha these comments make me laugh.. I like how you idiots spout the same rhetoric you claim to dispute..
    If these people (world leaders) dont get together to discuss ways to provide a cleaner more sustainable way to do things so that future generations will have clean air to breathe then prepare yourselves to be hated by future generations for our lack of action on the most important matter in human history.
    Greenism is the new Communism nice. How well informed and intelligent you must be David from Nova Scotia..
    Garth.. Perhaps you should look up the word Sustainable and figure out how that relates to our future wealth.
    Oh by the way you commenters have a degree in what field? How many peer reviewed papers have you people submitted to the scientific community? What exactly are you doing to help reduce carbon footprints? Oh thats right.. Your a bunch of holier than thou nobodies. Good work.

  • Daniel
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    How many of those protestors flew to the conference? I certainly hope all of those planes were running on biofuel or something else green .

  • B
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I couldn't agree more with H .
    I do not see any of you people dedicating YOUR LIFE , to obtaining a science degree in environmental sciences.
    Sure, the truth is jaded out there, but the people opposing the extremists are just as bad as environmental extremists themselves.

    Something Corinna is not.

    ALSO.
    The economy will not die or be hurt from switching to green technologies, if anything, it creates jobs which is great considering the recession. Change is good. how do you think society got to this point in the first place, we have to move on from our old ways.

    Some of peoples posts are horribly rude. Did you read the fine print called the Term of Use for this site? judging from some of the extreme biased posts made, that some of you like to avoid the details, eh?

  • flogger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Hey SUSAN FROM NS, didn't you know that Wikipedia is renown for their misstatement of facts? I suggest you do your homework and find a more credible source of information.

    The media loves the tree-huggers because they create sensational news. They represent about .000000000000003% of the world's population. Journalism students are taught to present balanced reporting. We are not getting a balanced view of the issue.

  • Skeptic
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I hope that Corinna was inspired and enlightened by her trip. If so, her one seat worth of carbon would be worth it.

    Hopefully, she didn't spend much time trying to 'correct people' on our action record...'cause it suks, thanks in part to the Liberals' tar sands support, but mostly because we just don't feel the heat here yet; unlike those tree-cutters abroad.

  • Sam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I beleive that we need to improve the way we treat the planet. I try to make concious change for the better. Sometimes for me, it's just not practical so I do what I can. That said, I do support those who try and effect positive change on what we do to the plant.

    One issue I do have is people who take the green cause to the extreme - Greenpeace is a good example. Great idea's and valid issues but waaaaaay over the top antics. IMHO, it kind of cheapens what they are trying to say by using all the theatrics.

    Case in point - is Ms Taylor TRULY embarrassed or simply disappointed and upset at the outcome of these meetings? She's got nothing to be embarassed about - she did nothing wrong or didn't personally fail to take action on this matter. It's her GOVERNMENT that has, in her eyes, failed not her herself.

    Using the word embarrassed is sensationalism and overkill with the specific goal of gaining attention. In this case, it appears to be working. That said, unfortunately given the way this is presented I'm totally discounting her views on this matter.

  • david
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    greenism is the new communism.

  • Diane
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Just sad that someone is embarassed to be a Canadian - no matter what the reason.

  • Garth
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Enough BS. from Nova Scotia writes:I like how you idiots spout the same rhetoric you claim to dispute.. ------------------------------

    I do know the definition of the word idiot but I am not sure Enough BS does.

    Pls explain why Canadians sh'd subsidize the largest emitter in the world and soon to be the largest economy(projected).

    Yes I do know the definition of the word idiot.

  • you people
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    .5% = 0.005

  • Garth
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Climate warming extremists should now reduce their
    emissions and cool their rhetoric. I am terribly disappointed by their level of violence in Copenhagen and elsewhere. Seems like they are prepared to let our country hemorrhage to suit their own agendas. If we do not generate WEALTH at home then there will be no assistance available for the poor nations!

  • H
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Flogger is right, Wikipedia should never be used as a source. It's not reliable. Susan, do you really believe that Canada makes up almost half of the world's population, or do you not understand percentages?

    And all you haters, give Corinna a break. She's doing more at age 23 than most of you dingbats will ever do in your entire lives. She's very educated and motivated, and knows what she's doing and talking about. It's so easy for people to hate when they're anonymously hidden behind a computer screen. You have valid points to debate? Get involved in presentations and meetings IN PERSON and make your points and voice your opinions. Everyone has the right to voice their opinions, but personal attacks on Corinna are not acceptable.

  • Reg
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Susan, considering Canada makes up .005% of the worlds population, our contribution to greenhouse gas emmisions is extremely high.

  • susan
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I always thought it went like this:
    100% = one hundred per cent
    50% = fifty per cent
    1% = one per cent
    .5% = half of one per cent

    Is that wrong?

  • susan
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    So Canada has a poor reputation among the crowd of greenie protestors who have the time and money to fly to Copenhagen to rub elbows and chant in the street with people just like them? Who cares? Maybe she should talk to the people who have benefited from Canadian invented green technologies that help people in the third world get access to water and electricity. Maybe since Canada is doing such a poor job and is an embarrassment they should follow the lead of China and India and open new coal fired power plants every week. The tar sands account for about 5% of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. And Canada accounts for about 2% of man made greenhouse emissions. How dose Corinna plan to offset the massive carbon footprint of her trip to Copenhagen? As this video shows, flying kills polar bears. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O1rtKqXPV0 Corinna why do you hate the polar bears?

  • Scott
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    What a joke, .... If you are embarrassed don't come home. This is all a con job by the greenies/commies who want the west to give up all their money to those third world countries!! It is about the distribuation of wealth, our wealth that these people don't like, it has nothing to do with global warming or is it climate change or something else now !! Glad to see people are now questioning this whole green/commie scam!!!

  • susan
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Reg Reader your calculator is busted. According to Wikipedia Canada makes up .48% of the world's population. Move your decimal over two places.

  • morris
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Ms. Taylor is no doubt a well intentioned person but it has to be kept in mind that to satisfy the Green extremists we would essentially have to close 40% of our industrial capacity. What impact does she think that would have on ordinary people?

  • Tim
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Arguing over climate change is like debating gravity. It's pointless and counter-productive.

  • John
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Canada's contribution to greenhouse gases is about 3-5 % of the total dumped into the atmosphere. In turn we have a large country, everypart of it requiring heat in the winter and commutes to work in many cases. Kyoto was flawed and our government is right about that. The tar sands need beter environmental monitoring, but is a viable energy source.

    Then we have the people that allow NSPC to charge us for renewable energy that does nothing to curb CO2 emmissions. Every hardwodd tree averages 2.8 ton of CO2 scrubbing per year and the average Noth American's carbon footprint is 2.6 tons. Now explain to me where there is a gain in atmospheric reduction by cutting hardwood trees on Nuttby or Dalhousie mountains and putting up windmills.

    And don't get me started on BIOMASS - IN really good soils, 5 clearcuts and you won't be able to grow trees, only bushes, as the nutrients will be stripped from thye soil. here in NS maybe 3 clearcuts and the forest is gone. No forest, no critters - is this environmentally responsible ?

  • H
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Ooops, Susan, my mistake. I did not see your decimal point.