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December 14, 2011

ELCIC National Bishop Expresses "Disappointment and Concern" at Government's Decision to Withdraw Canada from Kyoto Protocol

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson wrote to The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, to express her disappointment and concern over the recent decision of the government to withdraw Canada from participating in the Kyoto Protocol.

In her letter, Bishop Johnson urges the government to set a national target to cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 25 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, implement an effective national plan to reach this target, and help developing countries reduce their emissions and adapt to climate change.

Climate change is very real, writes Bishop Johnson. It is urgent that we reduce green house gas emissions in order to limit the effects of climate change.

The letter references a decision made by delegates at the 2009 ELCIC National Convention which affirmed, that global warming is the greatest threat to life on earth--that entire populations and ecosystems are threatened by devastating impacts such as drought, heat waves, fires, floods, storms and rising sea levels.

Bishop Johnson urges the Canadian Government to match the commitment made by members of ELCIC congregations and reduce emissions by 25 per cent, and to support a national plan that helps reduce emissions.

Read the full text of the letter here: http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/documents/2012December14Lettertoenvironmentministerkyoto.pdf

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