Australian climate activist delivers country’s apology for PH

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Australian climate activist delivers country’s apology for PH


Failure of Australia to present ambitious carbon reduction commitments in Bonn climate talks criticized

MANILA, Philippines – Australia’s failure to present ambitious intended nationally determined commitments (INDCs) caused an uproar recently during the Bonn intersession climate talks

Through a spoken word video, Chris Wright, a member of the Global Call for Climate Action, delivered his apology for vulnerable countries like the Philippines. 

“So this is an apology from an Australian, for the small part I played as Haiyan raged against your shores – But I can’t watch storms anymore,” said Wright.    

Full video of the spoken word apology:

Australia was highly criticised last week during the presentation of its INDC after countries considered as its major trading partners questioned the adequacy and fairness of the country’s unconditional target to cut emissions by 5% relative to 2000 levels in 5 years.  

Following a presentation by the Australian government, countries including China, the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Japan, Switzerland, Fiji, and New Zealand all asked detailed questions. 

Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), parties are compelled to present INDCs which serve as their committed action plans for climate change before the historic Paris climate talks this year. –

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