Australia and climate change: it's just not cricket

Simon Bullock

18 November 2013

Australia and climate change: It’s just not cricket

The Australian High Commission in London were presented with the Ashes this morning - see the picture to your right.

But this wasn’t the latest round in cricket’s oldest battle. Today’s award, part of an international day of action, was a symbolic act – complete with an ashes urn and certificate – to mark the death of the Australian Government’s conscience because of its backtracking and obstruction in tackling global climate change

Friends of the Earth campaigners dressed as cricketers to hand in the award, which coincides with the latest round of international climate talks in Warsaw, and the imminent cricketing defeat of the Australians in the actual Ashes, starting Thursday. The wording mimics the original obituary to English cricket, written in 1882.

 

In affectionate remembrance of

THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT’S CONSCIENCE

Which died at the Warsaw Climate Talks

on 16th NOVEMBER 2013

Deeply lamented by millions of people affected by climate disasters

R.I.P

 

Last week Philippine negotiator Yeb Saño gave an emotional speech following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, calling on world Governments to finally step-up and act on climate change and urging an end to the current “climate madness”.

The Australian Government reacted with condolences to the Philippine people – but this looks increasingly like crocodile tears. Not only have the Australian Government heavily cut back on their pledges to cut fossil fuel pollution, they have also been blocking attempts in Warsaw to put in place a fund to give financial help to people hit by future climate disasters.

Yesterday, tens of thousands of Australians protested against the desperately short-sighted actions of its new Government on climate change. The world needs leadership on climate – but these Aussie politicians seem more Chamberlain than Churchill.

Update: Derec Davies from Friends of the Earth Australia writes an assessment of the new Government’s action

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