One week at COP27 and Australia has a lot of work to do

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Minister Chris Bowen still has a lot of work to do now that he has landed in Egypt, after a slow start to COP27 from Australia.

The Climate Council has released a half-time assessment of Australia’s performance at the climate conference. So what did Australia announce in week one, and what’s left to tick

Quotes from Australian and peaceful voices at COP27 in Egypt:

Nicki Hutley, climate adviser and leading Australian economist.

“Good climate policy is good economic policy. We know the costs of inaction are skyrocketing, and we know that making the most of Australia’s vast untapped renewable energy potential is the path to Australia’s future economic prosperity, just as it is essential to protect vulnerable communities in Australia, the Pacific and beyond.

“Governments have a critical role to play in unlocking the private investment needed to transform our energy system and to ensure adequate and accessible support for those most affected by the impacts of climate change. However, we also need strong and transparent action from the business sector. The record level of business participation at COP27 is a welcome sign that the sector is stepping up its role.

“We saw the United States last week at COP27 announce a series of new policy initiatives, including a new commitment of international finance for climate change adaptation, new ways to use public finance to unlock billions in private investment and ensuring that major suppliers to the US government set emission reduction targets aligned with Paris are good examples of some of the many practical steps the Australian government can take to begin to shift more money towards climate solutions.

Jo Dodds, President of Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action, living in Bega, NSW, and attended COP26 in Glasgow last year.

“Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action warmly welcomes that Australia has now signed important agreements on methane and forests in the first week of COP27. We were also delighted to see a real bipartisanship from Australian politicians, Senator Pat Conroy, Minister for International Development and the Pacific and NSW Treasurer Matt Kean, who spoke with genuine respect for each other’s work on this issue.

“Australians still living in tents after losing everything to the bushfires need to know that all leaders understand the climate crisis and are willing to let go of traditional animosities to focus on supporting communities that are suffering. .

“Our homes are at stake. Our lives are increasingly at risk. The window to slow climate damage is shrinking every day.

“Next week at the COP, the work will become more difficult. The Australian government must follow through and turn positive rhetoric into firm action by ending public funding of fossil fuels and transitioning to 100% renewable energy as a matter of urgency.

Joseph Sikulu, Pacific Regional General Manager at 350.org.

“Climate change is the greatest threat to the peoples of the Pacific. We need far more urgent progress than what we have seen in this first week of COP27, and we need Australia to seriously consider moving beyond coal and gas and addressing the loss and damage due to climate change.

“Communities across the Pacific came together and defined our priorities in the Kioa Declaration on the Climate Emergency. If Australia is serious about being a good neighbor to the Pacific and if it wants to co-host a future COP, we urge the Australian government to listen to the voices of the Pacific, understand our reality and support the actions needed to ensure our survival. .

“Communities in the Pacific are already facing permanent loss and damage from climate change. Rising seas are engulfing land and forcing communities from their ancestral homes. It needs to be the COP where governments establish a mechanism for funding loss and damage and ensure that vulnerable communities can start accessing the support they need.

Dr Simon Bradshaw, Research Director of the Climate Council, who has attended six previous COPs, including COP26 last year in Glasgow.

“There are high expectations from Australia for the second week of COP27. The government has told the world it is back and ready to step in and lead. Now is the time to back those words up with action. stronger.

“Ministers Bowen and McAllister cannot leave Egypt without making new commitments to accelerate Australia’s transition beyond coal and gas, and to increase support for vulnerable communities in our region and beyond. . The impacts of climate change are measured in increased hunger and the eviction of people from their lands and homes. There is no more time to lose.

“At the bare minimum, the government will need to join the US, UK, Germany, New Zealand and dozens of other countries in agreeing to end international public funding of fossil fuels. , and should fully support the number one priority for Pacific Island countries at this COP – the establishment of a new facility to provide funding to communities facing loss and damage from climate change.

For interviews, please contact Bella Lamshed (Egypt) on +20 1060 580 596 or Brianna Hudson (Australia) on +61 455 238 875

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