The Morrison Government is increasingly isolated on its climate position with every major industry group, every state government and the federal opposition all now backing the target of net zero emissions by 2050.
A statement released today by the Australian Climate Roundtable – a forum that brings together leading organisations from the business, farming, investment, union, social welfare and environmental sectors – warns Australia is ‘woefully unprepared’ and ‘without a coherent national response to climate change the future prosperity of the nation will be at risk’.
“More and more Australians are feeling anxious and alarmed about the climate damage that is here now, and the enormous risks ahead if the Morrison government does not act,” said Kelly O’Shanassy, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
“Australia is on the precipice of becoming a clean energy and clean tech superpower, rich in jobs and doing our bit to create a safe future, but the Morrison government will hold us back if it refuses to commit to cut our climate pollution and achieve net zero emissions before 2050.”
The 10 groups that make up the Australian Climate Roundtable are the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Industry Group, the National Farmers Federation, the Australian Council of Social Service, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Energy Council, the Australian Aluminium Council, the Investor Group on Climate Change and WWF Australia.
Read the Australian Climate Roundtable statement.