NDP MPs - Any concessions MUST include a commitment to reduce GHGs

With the commitment made by deputy leader Thomas Mulcair September 1, to go back to Parliament “to try to make it work,”  may we suggest that the most important issue our world has now to face is the climate crisis. Especially with the Copenhagen Convention taking place in December, timing is important.

Almost all of the NDP caucus have signed the KYOTOplus Pledge for Canadian Politicians. Therefore they have committed to a 25% reduction (from 1990 levels) in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and the formation of a credible plan to meet that target.

The concessions that might be demanded to make Parliament work must begin with climate change. The government’s minority status provides you with an opportunity to realize the commitment you made in the KYOTOplus Pledge.

We recognize that there are other social justice issues of concern (such as employment insurance.) But you must understand that action to prevent or mitigate climate breakdown is “in the interests of Canadians” (as Mr Mulcair is quoted as saying).

If we do not succeed in keeping the average global temperature increase to under 2 Celsius degrees, any other gains by “concessions” are meaningless.