Australia’s stubborn stance on the issue of climate change is now a matter of concern for its allies in COP -26 as well. Last Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed news that his government had pressured Britain to remove a key climate change condition from a proposed bilateral trade deal. Morrison showed no remorse for his government’s stance.
Just last week, a senior UN official warned Australia that if it did not take effective steps to stop climate change, it would be disastrous for its own economy. Australia’s Resource Minister Keith Pitt reacted strongly to this. He advised the UN official to take care of his work. Australia has decided to continue mining coal beyond 2030. This worries the whole world.
Western countries have announced an action plan to end the use of coal and fossil energy. Australia’s plan in this regard is very backward. By 2030, it has announced a 26 to 28 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 2005. Whereas US President Biden announced that by 2030, America will test 50 to 52 percent of its emissions.
COP -26 To Be Organized in Glasgow
Australian Climate Council is Australia’s non-governmental organization. They have urged the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75 percent by 2030. But the Morrison government has turned down this demand. United Nations on Climate Change will organize the 26th Meeting of the Parties (COP-26) in Glasgow, Scotland in November this year.
Earlier, Australia’s stance has become a major challenge for officials working to make climate talks a success. Bas Eikhout is an elected member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands. Eikhout told American TV channel CNN- ‘Australia has the weakest stand among all developed countries. It is clear that Australia will basically be absent from the climate talks.
Britain Also Faces Criticism
Britain also faced criticized from various quarters for removing the climate change clause from the deal with bilateral trade. However, a British Government official gave a clarification about this. He said that Britain continues to ask the Australian government to take the climate crisis seriously.
According to reports, there is growing concern among officials involved in the preparations for the Glasgow meeting that Australia could become a hindrance to progress on key issues during COP -26. Peter Liese, a member of the European Parliament elected from Germany, told CNN- ‘We have to increase the pressure on our ally like Australia. There is a general hesitation in Australia to commit itself to an ambitious climate goal. This is a shame for this country, as it itself is also facing the consequences of climate change.