there’s been a dribble of press in Australia over the last couple of days
that I and others have been trying to foster over the Rudd Government’s
actions over at the Barcelona prep com for Copenhagen, culminating in the
walkout of developing nations led by Africa.
NOW is the time to get writing letters to eds of all the papers and get
short pithy statements published about how Rudd’s woeful targets are
holding back global efforts to protect the climate!
Below is the latest media release I put out for Christine Milne on this.
Feel free to lift bits from it or use it as a jumping board.
Please consider writing to the papers today! The shorter the better – try
to keep them under 150 words.
Write away right away! And please ask your cohorts to do so, too!
Rudd must share blame if Copenhagen fails, but lifting his targets could
help broker agreement
Friday 6 November 2009
With growing resignation among global leaders that the Copenhagen
Conference will deliver no more than another non-binding ‘political
agreement’, Kevin Rudd, Penny Wong and those who gave them cover for their
weak targets must share some of the responsibility.
Developing countries, led by Africa, have lost patience with the refusal
of the highly polluting developed world to commit to the kind of targets
the science demands. A move by Australia to lift our goal to that level –
40% cuts below 1990 levels by 2020 – could provide the kind of circuit
breaker needed to rescue the talks and lead the way to a meaningful
“The clear fact that Kevin Rudd’s woeful targets are holding back global
progress now means that lifting them to the 40% level required by the
science and the developing world could help deliver the kind of agreement
the world needs,” Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne
“Africa’s walkout and pointing the finger at Kevin Rudd gives the lie to
the Government’s claim that it is vital to lock in their 5-25% targets to
secure an agreement at Copenhagen.
“As the Greens have said all along, Kevin Rudd’s woeful 5% target and the
unreasonable conditions on his still too weak 25% maximum offer are part
of the problem. Locking them in can only undermine the chances of global
“Imagine the global impact it would have if Kevin Rudd decided now to
listen to the scientists, listen to the developing world, listen to the
Greens and listen to his own moral rhetoric and embrace the ambitious 40%
emissions cuts they all point to!
“That is the only thing Kevin Rudd can now do to help deliver a truly
meaningful agreement at Copenhagen.”
Senator Milne said a ‘political agreement’ at Copenhagen would be no more
useful than the repeated and meaningless statements from meetings of the
G8 and G20, and would barely progress talks from the Bali negotiations two
“Neville Chamberlain reached a political agreement three quarters of a
century ago, and it did neither him nor the world any favours,” Senator
“The only value of a political agreement is to help political leaders
cover their failure to actually do something.
“But a worse outcome would be an agreement that locks in targets that are
too weak to prevent climate catastrophe, such as those in the CPRS.
“A failure to agree this year is far better than an agreement to fail.”
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