The COP16 conference has been going on in Cancun for the past two weeks. Swish has been following it here from Mexico! "COP16/CMP6 is the 16th edition of Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) and the 6th Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP). “ - Official site of COP16
Rob Stewart (documentary film maker and friend of Swish) attended the conference, and was awarded the "Fossil of the Day" award! Read more about it in the official statement below.
December 8, 2010
FILMMAKER ROB STEWART ACCEPTS CANADA’S “FOSSIL OF THE DAY” AWARD AT COP16!
Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart (Sharkwater) accepted the “Fossil of the Day” award for Canada last night in Cancun at COP 16. The Climate Action Network (CAN) bestowed this dishonorable second place award on Canada for its unparalleled efforts to create climate policy “fantasy”. Rob's an eco fighter and has taken a stand on many environmental issues.
In their presentation, Climate Action Network (CAN) proclaimed “…it’s a problem to tell your Parliament and your media that you’ve published regulations to ban coal when you’ve done nothing of the kind.”
The Fossil of the Day awards are presented during the annual UNFCCC climate change negotiations to the countries judged to have done their ‘best’ to make the most counterproductive contributions; as voted by CAN’s network of over 400 Non-Governmental Organizations. “Within my lifetime, Canada has gone from an environmental leader to one of the most destructive countries, gaining an international reputation for hampering climate negotiations. All for the Alberta Tar Sands, the largest industrial project on earth that emits more carbon than the entire country of New Zealand,” said Rob Stewart after the ceremony. “Canada needs to commit to curbing emissions.”
Stewart is attending the COP16 climate meetings in Cancun as a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation. He is filming the conference and surrounding events for his upcoming documentary currently titled “Rise Again”. The film explores the evolution of life on earth and the struggle to ensure our survival as a species. “We’ve shot in nine countries and learned a great deal about our current environmental crisis,” says Stewart. “It appears that climate change is a symptom of a problem, not the problem itself. The problem is massive and exponential growth and consumption which is destroying our life support systems.”
About Rob Stewart:
Rob Stewart is the producer and director of the award-winning Canadian documentary “Sharkwater”. Since its release in 2007, Stewart has traveled the globe promoting awareness about ocean conservation and climate change issues. For more information visit http://www.sharkwater.com
About CAN: The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of roughly 500 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. For more information visit: www.climateactionnetwork.ca
You might remember Rob Stewart, if not from his amazing filmmaking, then because we made him an eco-friendly suit not too long back and he made a beautiful video of whale sharks in it!
PHOTO CREDITS: Photography by Tristan Bayer, Copyright 2010 Diatribe Pictures Inc