While traveling in another country it always is important to keep up with the latest news stories that are coming out back home. It always is good to understand what news coverage is being focused on and if there is any actually reference of even basic understanding that the UNFCCC process is happening here in Bangkok. Before even getting to check into the usual news sources and to my surprise upon on many social networking platforms from Facebook to Twitter there seemed to be a large amount of people talking about the Prime Minister of Canada Singing A Beatles cover of “With a Little Help from My Friends.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper sings "With a Little Help from My Friends" and plays piano during a surprise appearance at the National Arts Centre Gala, Saturday October 3, 2009 in Ottawa. Photograph by: Mike Carroccetto, Ottawa Citizen

Watch The Video Of Canada's Prime Minister Engaged In Song 
Instead Of The UNFCCC Negotiations in Bangkok.

The selected cover song could not have been a better selection to showcase the lack of action from Canada as well as some of the countries “Friends” throughout the first week of the very important process to address the impacts that climate change is having globally. While I understand that supporting the arts is very important I do think that with some of the past actions on cutting funding to many of the major arts programs in Canada the actions of the Prime Minister are making a total mockery of the United Nations process since there has been such a hands off approach on working along with the other 191 member states to address one of the largest barriers in the world to ensuring the safety of all living things. No matter which way you sing it Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol and has to stand behind the key principals and the process of the UNFCCC no matter how important the current Prime Minister thinks our domestic oil sands industry is to our countries relationship with our “Friends.”

“Recognizing that developed countries are principally responsible for the current high levels of GHG emissions in the atmosphere as a result of more than 150 years of industrial activity, the Kyoto Protocol places a heavier burden on developed nations under the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities.”

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