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Below is a collection of articles on climate justice.

14 December 2020  |  Ethics and Exports, Climate Justice Beyond the State

The Paris Agreement 5 years on: big coal exporters like Australia face a reckoning

On Saturday, more than 70 global leaders came together at the UN’s Climate Ambition Summit, marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. Prime Minister Scott Morrison was denied a speaking slot, in recognition of Australia’s failure to set meaningful climate commitments. Meanwhile, t...

Protestors calling for climate justice for current and future generations
9 September 2020  |  Climate Justice Beyond the State

The Moral Case for Climate Action

Why should Australians take action on climate change? This is often thought of as an environmental question, a health question, or an economic question. But, more fundamentally, it is a moral question. The moral case for stronger Australian action on climate change comes from five different argument...

8 July 2020  |  Ethics and Exports

New report: ‘Australia: an emissions super-power’

Download the full report here Newly released data from the Office of the Chief Economist shows Australia is increasing it’s contribution to global climate change. New government figures show that the GHG emissions from Australia’s exported fossil fuels have increased 4.4% between 2018 to 2019 ...

3 June 2020  |  Carbon Majors

Matt Canavan says Australia doesn’t subsidise the fossil fuel industry, an expert says it does

Queensland Nationals Senator Matt Canavan on Monday night denied suggestions the government subsidises Australia’s fossil fuel industry. The comments prompted a swift response from some social media users, who cited evidence to the contrary. Canavan was responding to a viewer question on ABC’...

20 May 2020  |  Carbon Majors

Social Justice and the Future of Fire Insurance in Australia

The Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements (Bushfire Royal Commission) opens its hearings next week. One of the issues that it will need to consider is whether the Australian system of home insurance is still fit for purpose in the face of increased climate-induced bushfire risk. ...

8 April 2020  |  Just Transitions

Morrison’s other stimulus

  The debt incurred by the Government’s coronavirus stimulus packages will force a rethink of many of its current spending commitments. But what is also crucial is that money not be wasted trying to save the unsavable. Yet, this is exactly what the government is doing via its continuing...

14 January 2020  |  Just Transitions

Unions and a Just Transition

  Ensuring that a climate transition is successful must involve the most efficient mitigation methods implemented as soon as possible. But as well as making deep cuts to our emissions, a transition also has to ensure that whatever policies are adopted achieve a just outcome, especially for t...

2 December 2019  |  Ethics and Exports

A message to the Climate Change Conference: cutting emissions is not enough

The latest round of UN climate negotiations - COP 25 - will begin in Madrid this week. The Conference will attempt to make progress on ramping measures to meet domestic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. But one thing that COP 25 is unlikely to make progress on is the constraint on the supply o...

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10 October 2019  |  Carbon Majors

Carbon majors

The emissions produced from the fossil fuels extracted by Australia’s major gas, coal and oil producing companies – “carbon majors” – such as BHP, Glencore and Yancoal, are now larger than all Australia’s domestic emissions. While these companies, and Australia itself, have no legal r...

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9 October 2019  |  Do My Actions Make a Difference?

Climate Activism, Coalitions and Climate Justice

Climate change and how humanity addresses it, is the defining issue of our age. Put briefly, humanity is on a trajectory to destroy the habitability of our planet and to precipitate the largest mass extinction of species in the last 65 million years, including, perhaps, our own. Notwithstanding t...

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