Contact your Member of Parliament

 

And tell them what you think about the fact that public awareness of current science and research are being suppressed in Canada. 


You don’t have to take my word for it.  Read the report by the Climate Action Network.  Or the article by Stephen Leahy


Find your MP’s contact information here.  I also wrote the PM’s office and the Minister of the Environment. 


Below is the text of what I wrote, with the subject header “Stop Canada’s War on Science” if you want to simply cut and paste rather than composing your own email:



I am appalled at this Canadian government’s treatment of Canadian Climate Science and scientists.  This government has made public statements acknowledging climate science as a serious issue. (“Climate change [is] perhaps the biggest threat to confront the future of humanity today.”  Prime Minister Stephen Harper, June 2, 2007 found at  http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?id=1681  )    The Harper administration’s actions have shown the opposite intention and belief.  Clearly the vast majority of scientists telling us global climate destabilization represents the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced is being treated as a political inconvenience rather than a significant fact. 


I demand in the interests of all Canadians that funds be provided to operate the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) and other important climate research done in Canada.  I am proud of the Nobel quality work done by Canadian scientists and feel that their findings are of great importance to the future of our nation.  I insist that the press be given direct access to Environment Canada scientists and that they also be empowered to contact the media themselves in order that Canadian citizens may be as well informed as possible on this crucial issue.  I protest the dissolution of the position of National Science Advisor, because it is vital that the decisions of our government be informed by a working knowledge of current science.  I protest the appointment of climate science skeptics to the boards of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and insist that these men be replaced by others who treat climate science objectively.  I am disappointed to see major federal government reports on the projected impacts of climate change published in a manner suggesting that ministers did not want them to receive significant attention. (The Natural Resources Canada report From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in Changing Climate and the Health Canada report Human Health in a Changing Climate: A Canadian Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacity).  I was also shocked to learn that the chair of the organizing committee for the World Meteorological Organization was prevented from attending World Climate Conference-3, despite his trip being funded by the WMO.


This treatment of Canadian science and scientists is unacceptable.  I insist this government adopt these changes proposed by the Climate Action Network:


  1. 1.To maintain university-based climate science research in Canada, the federal government should move as quickly as possible to provide $25 million per year for 10 years to the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences.

  2. 2.To co-ordinate and integrate climate science research across federal departments and agencies, the government should establish a body equivalent to the United States Global Change Research Program. To ensure long-term stability, the mandate of the new body should be set out in legislation.

  3. 3.To ensure full accountability, the federal government should increase transparency concerning how much funding is being allocated to climate science research within government departments. First, the government should make a full policy statement of the principles, structures, and decision-making processes used to allocate this funding. Second, the government should provide a degree of disaggregation in the annual Departmental Performance Reports sufficient to clearly quantify the level of funding for climate science research.

  4. 4.To ensure that Canada’s response to climate change is based on the best information and analysis, the government should establish a permanent commission consisting of independent experts with a mandate to periodically review and publicly report on the science, impacts and economics of climate change and solutions to it. To ensure long- term stability, the mandate of the commission should be set out in legislation.

  5. 5.Environment Canada should revise its Media Relations Policy to ensure that journalists once again have adequate and timely access to the department’s scientists and other experts. Other federal departments, particularly those that employ scientists, should also ensure that their media relations policies meet the same standard.

  6. 6.The government should “establish a Public Appointments Commission to set merit-based requirements for appointments to government boards, commissions, and agencies,” including science funding bodies, as it promised in its 2006 election platform.


I also urge the return of funding for the ecoEnergy retrofit program, the most successful program reducing our emissions to date and an enormous opportunity to not only provide relief to homeowners but also promote job creation in the green sector. 


This issue is of great import to all Canadians, and I implore you not to allow partisan interests or lobbyist pressure to undermine the resource of Canada’s great scientific minds.  As our elected representatives, it is imperative that you act thusly in the interest of all Canadians.  I guarantee that this issue will loom large in public discussion during the next election. 


Thank you,