December 16th Calgary sit-in

Darren Krause and Robin Kuniski in Metro Calgary – “Climate activists hold sit-in at Harper’s constituency office

A CBC write-up – “Sit-in at PM’s Calgary office over

A Calgary Herald write-up – “Protesters target PM’s office

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Photos have been posted here, here, and here

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A letter to Stephan Harper

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Part of a press release on the Direct Action in Canada for Climate Justice web site

Citizens demand Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s resignation over failure to deliver on climate change

December 16, 2009 (Calgary, AB) – The citizens who had occupied Stephen Harper’s constituency office to demand aggressive action on climate change are calling for the Prime Minister’s resignation. Prime Minister Harper has refused to fulfill Canada’s obligations to reduce climate pollution and support vulnerable communities so citizens are demanding that he resign.

“We hoped the Prime Minister would recognize the will of Canadians and the veracity of climate science and publicly announce the intention to establish a legally binding target,” said Joel Woodhouse, currently at the Prime Minister’s Calgary constituency office. “He continues to play games with the lives of potential climate refugees around the world so we see no other option but to ask for his resignation.”
“Prime Minister Harper is sabotaging efforts to solve the world’s climate crisis. Around the world Canada is being called a corrupt petro-state, is widely considered the worst blocker of negotiations, and is now even seeing calls for Canada to be banned from the Commonwealth” said Woodhouse. “As Canadians, we find this embarrassing.”

The UN-established Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that Canada faces serious threats to human health, major displacements of people and destruction of coastal infrastructure, chronic water shortages, and more. Worldwide, the Global Humanitarian Forum states that every year climate change causes over 300,000 human deaths, 325 million people to be severely affected, and economic losses of US$125 billion.

Yet Canada continues to obstruct the current round of climate negotiations in Copenhagen. The policies that Canada’s leaders are advocating in Copenhagen are the opposite of what Canadians want. Before the Copenhagen negotiations began, a poll found a full three-quarters of Canadians were “embarrassed” by Canada’s stance on climate change. During the negotiations, Stephen Harper’s inability to represent Canadian interests has become clear.

“Demanding a Prime Minister’s resignation may seem extreme. Frankly, we don’t know what alternatives remain. We have written letters to our representatives, we have requested meetings with our representatives and we have worked on climate change solutions in our communities for years,” says sit-in participant Susan Stratton. “Canada’s government is still obstructing climate talks and refusing to make any real change. This shows despicable disregard for future generations and for the millions already dying and losing their homes because of climate change. Now is the time for new, real leadership”

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Part of a press release on the Direct Action in Canada for Climate Justice web site

Citizens occupy Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office with an ultimatum: sign an aggressive climate treaty or resign as Prime Minister

(Calgary, AB) – At 10:00 this morning, twenty citizens occupied Stephen Harper’s constituency office to offer the ultimatum of taking aggressive action on climate change before the end of the Copenhagen conference or resign as the Prime Minister of Canada. This is the eighth peaceful sit-in since November 23 when seven Albertans were arrested after demanding that Jim Prentice commit Canada to a fair, ambitious and binding treaty in advance of the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen.

“Prime Minister Harper is sabotaging efforts to solve the world’s climate crisis. Around the world Canada is being called a corrupt petro-state, is widely considered the worst blocker of negotiations, and is now even seeing calls for Canada to be banned from the Commonwealth” said Joel Woodhouse, who is currently inside the sit-in. “As Canadians, we are not going to tolerate more of the same from the prime minister so we’re giving him two options: sign on to the minimum reductions scientists say are necessary or resign your position as Prime Minister.”

The UN-established Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that Canada faces serious threats to human health, major displacements of people and destruction of coastal infrastructure, chronic water shortages, and more. Worldwide, the Global Humanitarian Forum states that every year climate change causes over 300,000 human deaths, 325 million people to be severely affected, and economic losses of US$125 billion.

Yet Canada continues to obstruct the current round of climate negotiations in Copenhagen. The policies that Canada’s leaders are advocating in Copenhagen are the opposite of what Canadians want. Before the Copenhagen negotiations began, a poll found a full three-quarters of Canadians were “embarrassed” by Canada’s stance on climate change. During the negotiations, Stephen Harper’s inability to represent Canadian interests has become clear.

“Demanding a Prime Minister’s resignation may seem extreme. Frankly, we don’t know what alternatives remain. We have written letters to our representatives, we have requested meetings with our representatives and we have worked on climate change solutions in our communities for years,” says sit-in participant Susan Stratton. “Canada’s government is still obstructing climate talks and refusing to make any real change. This shows despicable disregard for future generations and for the millions already dying and losing their homes because of climate change. “

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