MEDIA RELEASE - President Obama Calls for More Action on Climate Change

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

THE HON MARK BUTLER MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER

MEMBER FOR PORT ADELAIDE

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLS FOR MORE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

 SATURDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2014

The President of the United States Barack Obama has today issued a strong call for Australia and the international community to lift its game on climate change.

President Obama’s speech clearly laid out the case for why Australian action is urgent:

“Nobody [Australia] has more at stake when it comes to thinking about and then acting on climate change. Here a climate that increases in temperature will mean more extreme and frequent storms, more flooding, rising seas that submerge Pacific Islands. Here in Australia it means longer droughts, more wildfires. The incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef is threatened.”

Barack Obama, address at University of Queensland, 15 November 2014

 

In his address at the University of Queensland, President Obama said the world needs to work together to tackle climate change.

 

" No nation is immune and every nation has a responsibility to do its part…..we’ve got to step up”

Barack Obama, address at University of Queensland, 15 November 2014

 

We welcome President Obama's announcement today of $3 billion for the United Nations Green Climate Fund to help developing nations deal with climate change.

President Obama’s intervention today follows his announcement on Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping about an ambitious climate deal on Wednesday and interventions in recent days from other world leaders.

Adding his voice to the deafening chorus of calls to deal with climate change, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban-Ki Moon, noted:

 

“Climate change is the defining issue of our times, therefore it's only natural that G20 leaders should focus much more on this as part of making this world sustainable in three dimensions - economic, social and environmental”

Ban-Ki Moon, Press Conference, 15 November 2014

 

Tony Abbott is the only person at G20 who doesn't want to talk about action on climate change.

Tony Abbott’s stubborn isolationism is not only costing Australia our economic competitiveness but also our international reputation.

 

 


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