Fossil Awards

The Fossil of the Day awards are given to nations/groupings that need to step up their game in the effort to level climate change. A first, second, and third award is made every day during COP, and the reasoning for each award can be found on the website (click the logo above or go to  The following are the results:

Day One: Monday 7 December

  1. USA
  2. Sweden, Austria, Finland
  3. Canada

Day Two: Tuesday 8 December

  1. Ukraine
  2. Umbrella Group
  3. Ukraine

Day Three: Wednesday 9 December

  1. Croatia and Canada
  2. Russia

Day 4: Thursday 10 December

  1. Poland
  2. Germany
  3. New Zealand

Day 5: Friday 11 December

  1. Canada
  2. Canada
  3. EU

Day 6: Saturday 12 December

  1. Japan
  2. Papua New Guinea

Day 7: Monday 14 December

  1. USA
  2. EU
  3. Canada and Saudi Arabia

Day 8: Tuesday 15 December

  1. USA
  2. Canada
  3. USA and Colombia

Day 9: Wednesday 16 December

  1. USA
  2. Umbrella Group

Day 10: Thursday 17 December

  1. Australia
  2. Canada, Australia, Japan
  3. Canada, Australia, Japan

Day 11: Friday 18 December – the Colossal Fossil (biggest fossil of the year) – CANADA

Naming Canada as “Colossal Fossil” at the boldest, most audacious Fossil Award ceremony to date, tuxedo-clad Ben Wikler of said:

“Fossil of the Year goes to CANADA, for bringing a totally unacceptable position into Copenhagen and refusing to strengthen it one bit. Canada’s 2020 target is among the worst in the industrialized world, and leaked cabinet documents revealed that the governments is contemplating a cap-and-trade plan so weak that it would put even that target out of reach.

“Canada has made zero progress here on financing, offering nothing for the short term or the long term beyond vague platitudes. And in last night’s high-level segment, Canada’s environment minister gave a speech so lame that it didn’t include a single target, number or reference to the science.

“Canada’s performance here in Copenhagen builds on two years of delay, obstruction and total inaction. This government thinks there’s a choice between environment and economy, and for them, tar sands beats climate every time. Canada’s emissions are headed nowhere but up. For all this and more, we name Canada the Colossal Fossil.”



Hall of Shame!

From Website:

Shaming those to blame for over 10 years!


Delivery at the Danish embassy in Berlin, awarded on the first day of the Barcelona Climate Talks to Denmark and PM Lars L økke for attempting to downplay expectations for a legally binding framework agreement.


The Ray Of The Day!

Tuvalu was the first ever Ray of the Day:

“In an historic new award, NGOs from around the world united in voting Tuvalu the first ever winner of Ray of the Day — to be given on rare occasions for actions to substantially advance progress in global climate talks. The tiny Pacific island nation was celebrated today for its bold proposal to discuss a legal outcome from the Copenhagen summit. Along with other small islands Tuvalu will be one of the first victims of rising seas as warmer temperatures melt glaciers and expand oceans.” – Fossil of the Day awards website, 9 December.


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