Australia21 has welcomed today’s warning by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that the world must take action in the next two years to avert the disastrous consequences of runaway climate change, saying there’s a disastrous failure of Australian political leadership on this issue.
To appease fossil fuel vested interests and their acolytes, every compromise has been used as a starting point to further ratchet down sensible climate policy ambition, the latest example being the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), which totally fails to address the escalating climate risk, while doing little to achieve its other reliability and energy price reduction objectives.
Australia21 is pleased to announce we have been joined by a new Executive Officer, Susan Davidson, who brings outstanding experience and skills to our team. Susan has held leadership positions within several organisations spanning the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors, most recently with Diabetes Australia.
Australian politicians have again failed the community by refusing to confront the implications of climate change for Australia’s national security. The immediate threat to our country, our world and our very existence now needs to be met with visionary leadership and urgent action.
Australia’s warming climate is changing the way we live and work. Now we need to change the way our brains respond to long-term threats, in order to survive.
As the year comes to a close, Australia21 is proud to release our 2016-17 Annual Report. We did a lot with very little over the period, running nationally significant projects, boosting our profile and calibrating the goals that will keep us powering on through 2017-2018.
The final Australia21 Board meeting of 2017 was a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face. The time together sowed the seeds for new approaches and themes, while revealing fresh sources of energy and providing a strong foundation for the work to come in 2018.
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