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Youth create slick new uniforms for Canadian climate negotiators

“At this year's climate negotiations, Canada is standing on guard for the tar sands. It's shameful and irresponsible that our country negotiates in the interests polluters instead of people,” said Matthew Chisolm at the press briefing.

 

Durban, South Africa (29 Nov 2011) - The Canadian Youth Delegation (CYD) has launched be a new line of uniforms yesterday for the Canadian negotiators at the United Nations climate summit, COP17 in Durban, South Africa. They showcased their latest fashion line for oily climate negotiators, BituMenswear.

The BituMenswear suit jackets are adorned with logos from oil companies heavily invested in the Tar Sands, illustrating the industry’s sponsorship of Canadian climate policy and international negotiating strategy.

“At this year's climate negotiations, Canada is standing on guard for the tar sands. It's shameful and irresponsible that our country negotiates in the interests polluters instead of people,” said Matthew Chisolm at the press briefing.

The CYD asserts that oil and gas companies have a huge hand in creating and influencing Canadian climate policy, domestically and internationally. This year Canada has lobbied to weaken European fuel standards so that oil corporations can expand tar sands exports, increasing extraction of one the most carbon intense fuels in the world.

The Keystone pipeline, which would carry bitumen from Alberta to Texas, was pushed through by our government despite public outcry and huge environmental consequences, until construction was delayed south of the border.

Just yesterday, Environment Minister Peter Kent announced that he would be promoting the tar sands industry in Durban and sources indicate Canada will be officially backing out of the Kyoto protocol before the end of the commitment period. Through these policy decisions, Canada is condemning the world and all its peoples to irreversible climate change, violating countless human rights and degrading our international reputation along the way.

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