Keeping Influential Voices in the Media
Whether on the ground in Glasgow, or back home in Australia, thanks to the support of our incredible community, the Climate Council has been able to shape the narrative around COP26.
Through traditional and social media, our expert team has kept the public across the happenings at COP26, and the facts about climate change and solutions. The Climate Council was a go-to source for journalists at the conference and in Australia, resulting in us featuring in the media over 3,600 times throughout COP26. Check out the highlights of our COP26 coverage below!
Our recent report From Paris to Glasgow: A World On the Move
This report found that Australia was dead last among developed nations when it came to action on climate change, and helped set the tone ahead of COP26 and ramp up pressure on the Federal Government to increase ambition. It takes stock of the world’s response to the climate crisis, and what Australia needs to deliver to protect future generations, and seize the economic benefits of stronger action on climate change.
- Australia is running dead last among rich nations in the most important race humanity has ever faced – by Prof Tim Flannery, Sydney Morning Herald, October 21, 2021
- Fiji’s PM: Go to Glasgow with commitments – report foreword published in the Australian Financial Review, October 21, 2021
- ‘A joke if it wasn’t so serious’: Australia lags developed countries on climate action – by Dr Simon Bradshaw & Prof. Lesley Hughes, Sydney Morning Herald, October 21, 2021
- ‘No room for complacency’: France urges Scott Morrison to act on 2030 targets – featuring Prof. Tim Flannery, The Guardian, October 21, 2021
- ‘DEAD LAST’: Federal government lashes out over ‘rubbish’ climate rank – Climate Council, Yahoo!News, 21 October, 2021
Check out Head of Research Dr Simon Bradshaw on The Project – “Why Australia Is So Bad At Deciding On A Climate Action Plan”
Australia’s Woeful Net Zero Announcement
Australia’s woeful net zero by 2050 target was announced in the lead-up to COP26. Relying heavily on unproven technologies to achieve this target, and without a plan to at least halve emissions by 2030, Australia cemented itself at the back of the pack internationally ahead of the conference.
- Australia to go carbon free by 2050 – featuring Dr Simon Bradshaw, BBC World Sounds, 26 October, 2021
- Australia pivots on climate with 2050 net zero target, but won’t adopt steeper 2030 commitment – featuring Prof. Will Steffen, The Washington Post, October 26, 2021
- Government promises to cut emissions to reach net zero by 2050 under new climate change plan – featuring Climate Council, ABC News, October 26, 2021
- Here’s What We Know About Australia’s Vague Net Zero Plan – featuring Amanda McKenzie, Junkee, 26 October, 2021
- Economists warn against the $20b technology bet at heart of net zero policy – featuring Nicki Hutley, Sydney Morning Herald, October 26, 2021
Australia’s Performance at COP26
Our experts on the ground in Glasgow kept us up to date on all things COP26 in the media, across social media and in their daily blog from the conference. Our team fact checked Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s speech and made sure that Australians were kept well informed on the realities of Australia’s policies, and how far we’re lagging behind our international peers.
The Climate Council was able to be an independent voice for climate science, and speak up on behalf of Australians passionate about climate action, thanks to the ongoing support of our community. As a people-powered organisation, our community allows us to maintain the pressure for action on climate change at all levels of government and throughout society. To chip in a special one-off, tax deductible donation to amplify our push for climate action, click here.
- Hope for Climate if we cut the BS – by Prof. Tim Flannery, The Daily Telegraph, November 8, 2021
- COP26 Australian pavilion criticized for promoting fossil fuel companies – featuring Dr Simon Bradshaw, The Singapore Time, November 3, 2021
- Observers react to PM’s Glasgow address – featuring Prof Tim Flannery, 7News.com.au, November 2, 2021
- COP26: Scott Morrison pledges more climate cash, but dodges new 2030 target – featuring Prof Tim Flannery, The Canberra Times, November 2, 2021
- COP26: it’s half-time at the crucial Glasgow climate change summit – and here’s the score – by Dr Wesley Morgan, The Conversation, November 5, 2021
- Progress has been made in Glasgow. But Australia is well behind the pack – by Dr Simon Bradshaw, The New Daily, November 8, 2021
Check out Climate Councillor Professor Tim Flannery on The Project – “World Leaders Sound Alarm Over Climate, Morrison Attempts To Stay Positive At COP26”
Key Pledges at COP26
A series of major pledges and agreements were forged at COP26. The first of these was a pledge to stop deforestation by 2030, signed by over 100 countries, including Australia. While this is a great step, urgently stepping up zero emissions alternatives to coal, oil and gas is essential to combating climate change.
A pledge to reduce global methane emissions by 30% by 2030, and an agreement to rapidly phase out coal power, were two key agreements to come out of COP26 – showing a considerable shift on climate action globally. Australia’s refusal to sign these pledges alongside comparable nations is placing Australians, our economy and the places we cherish at risk.
- New deal to save world’s forests, but will it work? – featuring Prof Will Steffen, ABC Radio, November 3, 2021
- Major move by almost 200 countries and organisations as they pledge to phase out coal power – featuring Prof Will Steffen, News.com, November 5 2021
- Australia sits out Biden push to cut methane emissions – featuring Dr Simon Bradshaw, Australian Financial Review, November 3, 2021
The Joint Statement from the US and China
The US and China, the world’s two biggest polluters, committed to redouble their efforts to fight climate change this decade. A commitment to collaborate on urgent action among these two major international players, alongside several of Australia’s other major trading partners, ramps up the pressure on Australia to act quickly and decisively to unlock the abundant opportunities for clean jobs and clean industries.
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action Ad in The Times
The Climate Council community generously chipped in to help Emergency Leaders for Climate Action (ELCA) place a full page advertisement in The Times on Adaptation, Loss & Damage Day at COP26. This ad was seen by more than 1.7 million Brits, reminding the international community and key decision-makers at COP26 what’s at stake if we fail to secure strong action on the climate crisis.
Our team on the ground in Glasgow also held a press conference with bushfire survivors from around the world, drawing international attention to the severe impacts of climate change that are being experienced worldwide, including in Australia.
- Australian bushfire survivors and firefighters plead for urgent climate action at COP26 – featuring Greg Mullins, AO, AFSM, SBS News, November 9, 2021
- Bushfire Survivors To Speak At COP26 – featuring ELCA, Daily Telegraph, November 9, 2021
- Emergency leaders press for more ambitious climate targets – featuring Greg Mullins, AO, AFSM, ABC Radio: The World Today, November 9, 2021
Wrapping Up COP26
As COP26 drew to a close, the Climate Council team released The Federal Government’s COP26 Scorecard to highlight its poor performance, and the focus of our media work turned to key outcomes and ways forward.
World leaders are stepping up to the climate challenge, and significant progress was made at COP26 to accelerate emissions cuts this decade. Australia will need to strengthen its commitments ahead of COP27 next year, and pressure is increasing on the Federal Government to increase its ambition and action on climate change.
- COP26 Glasgow summit: Australia’s embarrassing handbrake on climate change ambitions – by Prof Tim Flannery, Brisbane Times, November 12, 2021
- ‘Try harder. Try harder’: Today, COP26 negotiators will fight to save life on Earth. The next decade will reveal if they succeeded – by Prof Tim Flannery, The Conversation, November 12, 2021
- Good COP, bad COP: Climate wins and losses from Glasgow – by Prof Lesley Hughes and Dr Wesley Morgan, Sydney Morning Herald, November 14, 2021
- Did the Glasgow climate summit fail? –featuring Prof. Lesley Hughes, ABC Radio: The Signal, November 15, 2021
So, What’s Next?
Watch our latest webinar Glasgoing, going, gone – what now? to hear from our expert Climate Councillors about their reflections on COP26 and what needs to happen now.
COP26 is over, but we’re nowhere near done! Action needs to accelerate in line with the urgency and scale of the climate crisis, and Australia has a long way to go to step up in line with our international peers. And together, we’ll keep pushing!
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