Global citizens push for action to mark World Environment Day 2021


Why the citizens of the world should care

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The Australian government currently has no policy plan to achieve net zero emissions.

That alone puts the country, one of the world’s largest per capita carbon emitters and the country with the most single-use plastic waste per capita, well behind similar economies in climate action.

On June 3, with World Environment Day approaching, Global Citizen hosted a virtual event to discuss the many links between climate change and poverty, the risks of letting climate change get worse without action and the importance of Australian leadership in ensuring the security and livelihoods of millions of people living in the Pacific.

Australian actors and activists from across the country tuned in to hear incredible guest speakers.

Terence Jeyaretnam, climate change expert and Australian board member of Global Citizen, moderated the event and kicked off the discussion by explaining that “we have a decade to change the dial on climate change”.

He then asked all stakeholders to share their link with environmental action.

Toni Hay – a Gamilaraay woman, author and scientist in environmental sustainability – said she is passionate about indigenous peoples being at the forefront of decision-making when it comes to developing new climate policies .

She also explained that adapting societies to climate change must be a priority.

“Climate change is a two-sided coin, you have mitigation, and the other side is adaptation,” she said. “People don’t move to adapt quickly enough. We must concentrate our forces there. Everyone should be thinking about it now. “

Climate Council Chairman Sam Mostyn spoke to attendees about the United Nations Global Goals, a set of 17 goals agreed and agreed to by Australia, along with 193 other countries, in 2015.

The goals aim to end extreme poverty and hunger and create a sustainable future for all by 2030.

“We must continue as a community to call on our government and those in positions of influence to commit to the Sustainable Development Goals,” she said. “Australia is not stepping up its efforts to use the Goals to drive policy. We are not using a system that we helped write.

The conversation then turned to the need for global cooperation to tackle climate change.

Andy Ridley, the CEO of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and founder ofEarth Hour, explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that cooperation on a global scale to combat an existential threat is possible. He explained that “we are the first generation in history who has the power to connect behind a common goal”.

“The past year and a half has shown humanity’s ability to change drastically in a very short period of time when needed,” he said. “A year and a half ago, we didn’t have the evidence to show that the world could do it. It’s a compelling thing to note.

Daniel D’Hotman, climate and energy manager of the Australian think tank BluePrint Institute, echoed Ridley’s comments.

“People have great reverence for doctors. We have listened to them during COVID-19 and as such we have done a pretty good job of saving lives and the economy in Australia,” he said. declared. “When it comes to climate change, we don’t listen to the experts.

You can watch the full event here and call on Australia to step in here.


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