Australia Must Accelerate Climate Action, Not Climate Annihilation - To the Australian Government
8 September 2023
An Open Letter Australia Must Accelerate Climate Action, Not Climate Annihilation To the Australian Government World leaders convene this week at the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit in recognition that the global community must accelerate efforts to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate change. [...] In this – the ‘decisive decade’ for climate – there are over 100 new coal and gas projects in development in Australia according to offi cial data. [...] If all these projects proceed, research by the Australia Institute shows they would add a further 1.7 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent to the atmosphere every year – roughly the equivalent emissions of the entire Russian Federation, the world’s fourth-largest polluter. [...] As the world’s third largest exporter of fossil fuels, Australia has a special responsibility to stop fuelling the increase in global emissions caused by Australian fossil fuel production, both in Australia and overseas. [...] We call on the Australian Government to follow the advice of the United Nations, the IEA and the IPCC and prevent any further new fossil fuel developments in Australia.