After climate change received only brief attention at the G20 and G8 meetings last fall in Pittsburgh, some thought this year’s summit meetings in Toronto could be different. But they weren't. The meetings were dominated by issues related to security and the economy. Environmental groups immediately pounced on the G8 and G20 for ignoring the climate issue. Kim Carstensen, WWF Global Climate Initiative explained it this way:
“The greenest thing about the G20 is its ability to reuse and recycle earlier commitments. This summit could have been the beginning of real action towards a clean, efficient and resilient economy but all we got is some nice words about green economy and a recycled statement on fossil fuel subsidies.”
Read about the climate and energy components of the G8/G20 summits at Celsias.