A coalition of environmental groups at the Copenhagen climate change conference gave its "Fossil of the Year" award to Canada on Friday.

The citation called Canada "the absolute worst country at the talks."

At a media event Friday organized by Climate Action Network International, whose members include a number of Canadian environmental organizations, a spoof cardboard medal was draped around the neck of an actor posing as Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The coalition had previously given Canada a number of "Fossil of the Day" awards at Copenhagen.

Canada has been under pressure at the conference over its intention to cut greenhouse gas emissions by just 20 per cent from 2006 levels by 2020, when environmentalists had been calling for much steeper cuts.

The Conservative government has also not ruled out giving special breaks to oilsands companies when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions.