We call on you to demonstrate commitment to the Convention and fulfil the actions requested by the EcoWaste Coalition of the Philippines." Among the signatories were Greenpeace Canada
, Basel Action Network, Toronto Environment Alliance, European Society for Environmental and Occupational Medicine, ToxicsWatch Alliance of India.
The groups that signed the letter include Canadian Environmental Law Association, Basel Action Network, Citizens' Network on Waste Management, European Society for Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Greenpeace Canada
, Health and Environmental Justice Support International, and the Toronto Environment Alliance.
"We don't need more non-binding agreements, we need legally binding rules," Farrah Khan, Greenpeace Canada
plastics campaigner, told DW.
In fact, since January 1 of this year, Greenpeace Canada
, Environmental Defence, the Council of Canadians and the David Suzuki Foundation have collectively been involved in only 35 communications with DPOHs--primarily with NDP MPs--dealing with energy and environmental issues.
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, a Dene Indigenous activist and member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation; Crystal Lameman, a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation and Sierra Club Climate and Energy Campaigner; and Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation and a Climate and Energy campaigner with Greenpeace Canada
; were in New York City on Sept.
"It's the equivalent of trying to build a better typewriter," says Keith Stewart, Greenpeace Canada
's climate and energy specialist.
Five groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation, Greenpeace Canada
and the Sierra Club of BC, brought the court challenge with representation by Ecojustice.
She is a climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace Canada
and is currently completing her Masters in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria.
Mike Hudema, Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada
said the rupture was the latest in a chain of spills to hit Alberta.
Progress has not always been easy, and the detente between the traditional rivals in the conservation and industry camps can be fragile; i December 2012, Greenpeace Canada
pulled out of the agreement, in part because it says that progress on concrete objectives has been too slow.
However, Greenpeace Canada
is critical of the plan, arguing that "is trying to bury its biggest public relations problem: radioactive waste.'"