“We strongly support Ms Hanson-Young's call for Australia to do more on this issue” said national liaison officer for FoEA Cam Walker.
“As a major per capita greenhouse gas emitter there can be no doubt that Australia owes a 'carbon debt' to the developing nations of the planet. We must quantify this debt and negotiate ways to settle our bill for the disruption our lifestyles are causing to the planet.
“We owe it to poorer countries to transform our pollution dependent economy by converting to renewable energy, greatly ramp up our support to help affected communities adapt to the changes that will come with global warming, and recognise and accept at least some climate refugees.
“After many years of mean spirited behaviour by the Howard government in international climate negotiations, Australians had hoped the ALP would act with honour in the Copenhagen climate negotiations. However, the paltry 5% target that we offered locks many island nations into rising sea levels for decades to come.
“Accepting climate refugees must be a central part of a meaningful response to climate change.
“We acknowledge the leadership of Senator Hanson-Young on this issue and urge the major parties to consider this significant proposal”.
For interview contact:
Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth
0419 338 047