We're now halfway through Canada's weekend of summits, with
the G8 over and the G20 just getting started. For those of us looking for progress
on climate change, the meetings are off to a rocky start.
This year's G8
declaration contains just four paragraphs on climate change, out of a total
of 43. Unfortunately, they contain virtually nothing beyond what's already in
the 2009 G8 declaration from Italy and the December 2009 Copenhagen Accord.
The best that can be said about the Muskoka declaration is
that it didn't move backward from last year - but it didn't move forward
either. With Canada in charge, the G8 missed an important opportunity to make
progress on addressing climate change.