Thursday, March 28, 2013
Updated - Why Stephen Harper Turned Canada's Back on Our Warming World
We're out. The Harper government has pulled Canada out of the U.N. convention to fight drought in the world.
We're officially the only country to exit the drought agreement. Every other nation remains a party to the convention.
We stand alone, supposedly because John Baird wasn't pleased with "the results" the group had achieved. With a government as duplicitous and secretive as Harper's we can only guess at this government's true motives. It certainly wasn't the trifling amount Canada was contributing to the effort. For the period 2010 to 2013 Canada kicked in a whopping $283,000.
Canada signed the convention in 1994 and ratified it in 1995. Every UN nation – 194 countries and the European Union – is currently a party to it.
The UN body has a research committee dedicated to finding ways to stop the spread of droughts that lay waste to farmland across the planet, particularly Africa.
Scientists, governments and civil society organizations are headed to Bonn next month “to carry out the first ever comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of desertification, land degradation and drought,” says a notice from the United Nations Environment Program.
The convention is to tackle the growing problems of drought and desertification that are spreading worldwide. But of course we wouldn't know anything about that here in Canada, would we?
Maybe to Harper it's just all part of that global warming extremism. Haven't you heard? The Earth has been cooling since 2000! Ask any denialist. Just don't ask people who actually observe, measure and record stuff - like facts. They're run the numbers and found their predictions for the past 15-years have been spot on. The broken line is what has been forecast and the red line is the actual results. And, gee, that line is going up, just like they predicted.
Now we know exactly why Harper pulled the pin on the U.N. drought convention:
The government’s decision to pull Canada out of the convention came just one month before a major scientific gathering to be hosted by the Bonn-based secretariat of the UN convention.
The meeting would have forced Canada to confront scientific analysis on the effects of climate change, droughts and encroaching deserts. The Harper government has been vilified an as outlier on climate change policy in past international meetings.
“Anything that they’re involved in that can lead to more evidence that we’re a planet in crisis environmentally they don’t want to be part of,” said Maude Barlow, head of the Council of Canadians and the author of a forthcoming book on global droughts.
“They simply do not want this information coming forward.”
Harper & Co. have made Canada a disgrace to the world community and they have disgraced all of us. Their conniving secrecy and dishonesty reveals the depth of their loathing and contempt for our country and our people. They are a collective abomination on our land.