Is Canada doing its part in the global fight against climate change?
Canada has recently come under fire from two environmental organizations - the Climate Action Network and Greenpeace - for not doing enough to tackle climate change. Andrew Vaughan/CP
Updated | Mon., Dec. 5: Canada has been getting a chilly reception on the world stage lately for its stance on environmental issues.
Last week, Canada came under fire from two environmental organizations - the Climate Action Network and Greenpeace - for not doing enough to tackle climate change.
The timing is unfortunate, as Canada is currently participating in a high-profile climate change conference in Durban, South Africa.
On Monday, Environment Minister Peter Kent refused to confirm or deny reports that Canada was poised to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol, but called it "the past" and "one of the biggest blunders" of the previous government.
In response, the Climate Action Network organization awarded Canada a "Fossil of the Day" prize - not really a prize you'd put on your mantel - for its inaction on dire climate issues.
And on Wednesday, Greenpeace Canada had an ad in the Globe and Mail accusing Canada of being more concerned about oil than the climate. The ad, co-signed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, called on Canada to step up its environmental efforts.
The days of Canada being a world leader on environmental issues are long gone, according to Greenpeace International Climate and Energy co-director Tzeporah Berman.
Do you think Canada is doing its part in the global fight against climate change? Why or why not? What more should it be doing? Share your comments below.
(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)
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