Labor must heed UN climate warning


As the extreme climate crisis cooks the planet, Greens Acting Leader Mehreen Faruqi has called on the Prime Minister and the Labor government to heed the UN’s warning and show global leadership by committing to no more coal and gas.

Fires and extreme heat waves are ravaging the Northern Hemisphere, as the UN and the World Meteorological Organisation warns July will be the hottest on record and describes the situation as “global boiling.”

Quotes attributable to Greens Acting Leader Senator Mehreen Faruqi:

“Coal and gas is fueling this extreme climate crisis and Australia is one of the biggest exporters of fossil fuels. Labor must show global leadership and act now.

“The Prime Minister and Labor must stop approving new coal and gas projects and push for the world to do the same.

“Greens pressure has got some climate action, but we need much much more and Labor is making the climate crisis worse with Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek approving one climate bomb after another with no signs of slowing down.

“What we are seeing in the Northern Hemisphere will hit Australia this summer and people will ask what did the Prime Minister and Labor do?

“Climate scientists, the UN and the International Energy Agency have all issued unambiguously apocalyptic climate warnings, and still, this year Labor approved three new coal projects.

“There is no room for new coal and gas if we want a liveable planet. The only forces that want new fossil fuels are the climate-wrecking, morally bankrupt fossil fuel corporations, and they’ve got both Labor and the Liberals doing their bidding."