STOP AUSTRALIAN-US CLIMATE AGREEMENT
new Australian Environment Minister Dr David Kemp has signed
a bilateral agreement which ties Australia to the US policy
of refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
Australia/US Climate Action Partnership announced on 27 February
2002 jeopardises ten years of negotiations toward developing
a coordinated international response to climate change.
the text of the Kyoto Protocol was repeatedly amended to
accommodate the obstinacy of Australia and the US.
to ratify the Kyoto Protocol have come from 80% of the Australian
population as well as from the big end of business, including
BP Chief Executive Greg Bourne, former liberal party leader
John Hewson and the world's two largest re-insurance companies,
Swiss Re and Munich Re.
largest polluter by volume is the US and the largest per
capita polluter is Australia.
the text of the Kyoto Protocol now finalised, many governments
will move to ratify the Protocol before the World Summit
on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg this year - the
tenth anniversary of the signing of the UN Framework Convention
on Climate Change at the Rio Earth Summit.
Australian Government could have the casting vote on whether
the Kyoto Protocol comes into force internationally.
agreement has been condemned by environment organisations
world-wide. It threatens arctic areas, low-lying islands
and deltas, alpine ecosystems, coral reefs, agricultural
production, weather patterns and ocean currents; systems
which support life on earth as we know it.
you can do:
your concern by emailing the Federal environment minister,
his adviser and the Prime Minister: