Support for Kyoto
Advocates of the Kyoto Protocol claim that
reducing these emissions is crucially important; carbon dioxide,
they believe, is causing the earth's atmosphere to heat up. This is
supported by attribution analysis.
The governments of all of the
countries whose parliaments have ratified the Protocol are
supporting it. Most prominent among advocates of Kyoto have been the
European Union and many environmentalist organizations. The United
Nations and some individual nations' scientific advisory bodies
(including the G8 national science academies) have also issued
reports favoring the Kyoto Protocol.
An international day of action was
planned for 3 December 2005, to coincide with the Meeting of the
Parties in Montreal. The planned demonstrations were endorsed by the
Assembly of Movements of the World Social Forum.
A group of major Canadian corporations
also called for urgent action regarding climate change, and have
suggested that Kyoto is only a first step.
On 3 January 2006, after the Montreal
accords a group of people assembled a petition with the goal to
reach 50 million signatures supporting Kyoto Protocol and its goal
by January 2008 - the starting date set by the Kyoto Protocol to
show average 5% reduction in emissions. This petition was set out to
give civil support and ratification to the international fight
against Global Warming on a base of world wide active cooperation.
Many US and Australian citizens are signing the petition and thus
criticize their leaders' choices on this matter.
In the US, there is at least one
student group Kyoto Now! which aims to use student interest to
support pressure towards reducing emissions as targeted by the Kyoto
As of June 20, 2006, seven
Northeastern US states are involved in the Regional Greenhouse Gas
Initiative (RGGI) RGGI, which is a state level emissions capping and
trading program. It is believed that the state-level program will
indirectly apply pressure on the federal government by demonstrating
that reductions can be achieved without being a signatory of the
* Participating states: Maine, New
Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey,
* Observer states and regions: Pennsylvania, Maryland,
District of Columbia, Eastern Canadian Provinces.
participating states that have dropped out: Massachusetts, Rhode
As of December 2, 2005, 192 US cities
representing more than 40 million Americans support Kyoto after
Mayor Greg Nickels of Seattle started a nationwide effort to get
cities to agree to the protocol.
* Large participating
cities: Seattle, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco,
Boston, Denver, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Austin, Portland,
Providence, Tacoma, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Little Rock, West Palm
Beach, Annapolis, Madison, Wisconsin
* Full list of cities and
mayors: US Climate Protection Agreement Home Page