I stared at my email. I couldn't believe what I was reading. The World Bank would no longer finance coal power generation projects, "except in rare circumstances." The email was from Cathy Orlando, Canada's national manager of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). She was responding to a congratulatory message from Marshall Saunders, CCL's founder.
My head was spinning. As incredible as it seemed, I could not help but wonder how much of a role CCL had on this decision.
The annual UN climate talks are getting underway this week in Doha, Qatar, and so we will be featuring a number of articles looking at the planetary emergency of global warming. Yesterday, Bill Henderson looked at the latest PR offensive from the oil industry and the lack of action by the Canadian government to prevent global warming. For a complete selection of our articles on climate change, check out our Environment issues page here.
“We will not stand by and allow our treasured public lands to be marred forever by a corporate giveaway to private industrial energy developers,” Ms. Parker said.