​We’re still here! The Climate Council turns two

24.09.15 By

OUTLASTING countless celebrity marriages, the singing careers of virtually all the Voice contestants and even an Australian Prime Minister, the Climate Council today blows out the candles on its second birthday.

The Climate Council was launched two years ago today, after the Climate Commission was abolished during the Abbott Government’s first week in office and more than 16,000 Australians pitched in to Australia’s biggest crowd-funding campaign.

“As swiftly as we were shut down, the Australian public put us back to work,” Professor Tim Flannery said.

“When we started the Climate Council two years ago, the debate on climate change was at its most toxic.

“But over the last two years, we’ve issued more than 42 reports, generating over 14,000 media articles that reached 200 million people and our videos, articles and graphics have also reached over 100 million through social media.

“International action continues to accelerate and renewable energy is getting cheaper by the day as investment surges. The enormity of the challenge cannot be underestimated but the solutions are not only much more apparent than they were two years ago- they’re already happening.

“I genuinely believe that in many decades time, this juncture two years ago, when the Australian community stood up for accurate debate and policies that are informed by science, will be considered a pivotal moment in Australia’s history.

“Now, with the recent change in the Prime Ministership, it feels like we face another crucial juncture, and a huge opportunity: Australia can stay stuck in the past, or we can boldly embrace the renewable energy future we need. In doing so, we can reap the rewards that will come with it for our economy, our community and our climate.”

Since the Climate Council was launched two years ago:

“The past two years have held unimaginable change but it’s clear that we’re witnessing a historic shift in the way that our society operates and that it’s possible to tackle climate change and build a more resilient, healthier and prosperous Australia than before,” Prof Flannery said.

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