Global coalition to protect 30 per cent of land and sea by 2030 – Australia absent
On 11 January 2021, over 50 countries committed to protecting 30 per cent of the planet over the next decade to halt species extinction and address climate change issues.
These countries included France, UK, Japan, Italy and Ireland. Australia was, embarrassingly, not in this group of over 50 countries making this commitment.
It seems unbelievable that the government of Australia is not prepared to make this commitment or provide any explanation as to why it is not prepared to. What priorities do they deem more important? Australians should be provided this clarity. Australia also should be part of the solution and not continue to exacerbate the problem. A failure by Australia to make tangible and meaningful commitments to reducing climate change is embarrassing and is hugely irresponsible for the wellbeing of future generations. Australia is better than this. Surely, we can be amongst the top 50 countries of the world that cares for the environment and want to address climate change.
For more information on the ‘One Planet Summit for Diversity – 11 January 2021’ go to: https://www.oneplanetsummit.fr/en/news-17/one-planet-summit-biodiversity-155