Listen: Professor Mathew England explained why this year’s UN climate change conference is so vital for Australia
COP26 is underway in Glasgow this week with more than 190 world leaders attending the summit, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The Queen had planned to attend the highly anticipated UN climate change conference, but has been unable to be there in person due to health concerns.
In a video address, Queen Elizabeth II urged world leaders to act now for our children and grandchildren and commended the enthusiasm of young people in calling for everyone to play their part.
“In the coming days the world has the chance to join in a shared objective of creating a safer, stabler (sic) future for our people and for the planet on which we depend. None of us underestimates the challenges ahead, but history has shown that when nations come together in common cause there is always room for hope,” the monarch said.
When it comes to climate change, Australia has certainly dragged its feet. Earlier this year, the Sustainable Development Report announced that Australia ranked last for climate action among UN member countries.
Someone who wants to see that changed is Professor Mathew England from UNSW’s Climate Change Research Centre.
Professor England believes Australia can make the changes required to move to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 without harm to the economy or jobs.
Listen to UNSW Professor Mathew England explain COP26 in the player above.
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