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Biden Summit: Charities And Churches Call On Morrison To Halve Emissions By 2030

 More than 10 environmental and humanitarian
organisations including Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Oxfam
Australia, the Pacific Climate Action Network, The Pacific
Conference of Churches, and the Edmund Rice Centre have used
a full-page newspaper ad and open letter to urge Australian
Prime Minister Scott Morrison to commit to halving
emissions, ahead of US President Joe Biden’s climate
summit next week.

The open letter calls on Australia
to at least match the ambition of other large emitters such
as the US, UK, EU and Canada by:

strengthening Australia’s emissions reduction target and
contribution to the Paris Agreement, halving our emissions
by 2030. Global emissions must be cut in half by 2030 and
Australia needs to play its part.

Committing to net
zero emissions well before mid-century.

Providing new
funding to support climate action in the most vulnerable
countries, including by recommitting to the Green Climate

Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Head of Pacific
Steph Hodgins-May said:

“As a major global
contributor to climate change and Pacific Islands Forum
member, Australia has a responsibility to amplify Pacific
voices that will not have a seat at the summit table.
Pacific Leaders have been united and consistent in their
calls for the world’s biggest emitters to take stronger
action to address the climate crisis.

Morrison needs to commit to ensuring emissions plummet to
well below half of their current levels this decade. Halving
Australia’s emissions will help safeguard the future of
Australians and our Pacific family who are both on the
frontlines of the climate crisis and are suffering the
impacts of droughts, fires, floods and

Oxfam Australia Chief Executive, Lyn
Morgain, said:

“The impacts of climate change are felt
first and hardest by those who have contributed least to the
problem, particularly Pacific Island communities – recent
Oxfam analysis found the energy consumption of Australians
produces eight times as much carbon emissions each year as
Pacific Islanders.

“We know that tackling climate
change and ending poverty can, and indeed must, go hand in
hand. It’s time for our Prime Minister to commit to
actions that will tackle climate injustice, and secure an
equitable and prosperous future for our region.”

Climate Justice Officer, Lorenzo Raplili said:

Australia, the Pacific Islands have been experiencing the
deadly impacts of climate change for years and the damage
will only get worse unless the biggest emitters, like
Australia, take immediate steps to reduce their carbon

“Pacific Island leaders won’t have a seat
at the summit table, so as the biggest emitter in the region
and a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, Australia has a
responsibility to make sure the strong Pacific voices
calling for bold climate action are heard on the world
stage. Scott Morrison should echo the clarion call: ‘if we
save the Pacific, we can save the world’.”

Melsom, an Australian of Pacific Islander heritage and
Project Officer at the Edmund Rice Centre

“Over the past 18 months, my family in North
Western Sydney has endured drought, bushfire and floods made
worse by climate change. At the same time, my family in the
Pacific is also facing extreme weather, turbo-charged by
climate change. I urge Scott Morrison to show the climate
leadership that Australia and the Pacific need by ensuring
that emissions plummet well below half of their current
levels this decade.”

Signatories to the letter include
Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Oxfam Australia, The Pacific
Islands Climate Action Network, the Australian Conservation
Foundation, The Australia Institute, The Climate Council,
Climate Action Network Australia and The Edmund Rice


See the ad here

the open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison here

information on the Leaders Summit on Climate here

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