WWF calls for action on Kyoto at Bangkok climate talks
WWF-Australia’s Climate Change Policy Manager, Will McGoldrick said the diplomatic significance of Australia supporting phase two of the Kyoto Protocol should not be underestimated.
“The international community sees the positive steps Australia is taking to reduce emissions through carbon pricing and boosting investments in renewable energy, and expects us to back global action by supporting Kyoto2.”
The Kyoto Protocol remains the bedrock of a strong, coordinated international response to climate change that has the backing of the majority of Australians.
“We have received over four thousand signatures in just two weeks from people demanding action on Kyoto2 and polling1 shows that nearly 60 per cent of Australians want Australia to commit to Kyoto2,” said Mr McGoldrick.
“The Coalition has also recently offered support for signing on to Kyoto2 which paves the way for bi-partisanship on international action.
“To walk away from Kyoto now would damage Australia’s international reputation and send a confusing message to the Australian public who expect the Government to support a strong global effort on climate change.
“The Bangkok talks are the perfect opportunity for Australia to end the speculation and announce its intention to join Kyoto2,” said Mr McGoldrick.
This call for action on Kyoto comes days after NASA announced that the Arctic has lost more sea ice this year than at any time since satellite records began in 1979.
“The record rates of Artic sea ice loss should provide a wake-up call to all countries that the effects of climate change are already being felt and we need global cooperation, including from Australia, to deliver a truly effective global response” Mr McGoldrick said.