Members’ Articles and Writings on Climate Action:
What Australia needs to do to be a global leader on climate action by Janaline Oh was published on 26 October 2022 in the Canberra Times. Janaline argues that as well signing the Global Methane Pledge (which Prime Minister Albanese announced on 23 October), Australia also needs to commit to end public funding of fossil fuel projects overseas and make a substantial commitment to climate finance for developing countries to assist them to adapt to the already devastating effects of climate change.
Australia's export job opportunities are in the global green economy by Janaline Oh was published on 2 September 2022 in the Canberra Times. Janaline describes the huge competitive advantage Australia has in energy intensive manufacturing for export, due to our abundant, cheap renewable energy. Janaline noted that high labour costs, high energy costs and high transport costs have historically focused Australia's trade strategy on exporting large quantities of raw material. She argued that while Australia's labour costs remain relatively high, our workers are also highly productive and Australia's future no longer involves high energy costs: it can produce abundant and cheap renewable energy. She urged the government to accelerate the energy transition, and turn Australia into a clean energy export manufacturing powerhouse.
PIF 2022 - Australia's chance for a re-set on climate change by Janaline Oh and Mahendra Kumar (of Pacific Elders Voice) was published on 9 July 2022 in the Fiji Times. The article proposes some further steps on domestic and international climate policy that the Albanese government can take to restore its reputation in the region.
Pacific labour mobility and the existential threat of climate change by Diplomats for Climate Action Now member Peter Hooton (former High Commissioner to Solomon Islands) was published in the Lowy Interpreter on 21 June 2022. In this article Peter writes that "the new Australian Labor government’s commitment to listen more closely to its island neighbours is welcome, as are its Pacific labour mobility initiatives". He argues that in addition to the Pacific Engagement Visa (capped at 3,000 visas annually) Australia should consider offering a new climate change quota beyond this cap for particularly vulnerable Pacific island states. This would signal a serious commitment to jointly addressing the challenges of climate change, especially for those states whose existence is threatened by rising sea levels. This will be an interesting and difficult debate for Australia, but a debate that we need to have.
Solomons security pact: Sogavare, China and Australia, by Peter Hooton (former High Commissioner to Solomon Islands) was published in the Lowy Interpreter on 21 April 2022. Peter emphasises that Australia's greatest foreign policy failure - ever - is actually its failure to address (at both a national and international level) climate change, which poses the gravest single threat to the future viability of Pacific island countries as sovereign states.
"Australian action on climate change and why our national security and future prosperity rely on it", by Janaline Oh, was published in the Canberra Times on 18th April 2022. This article highlights the nexus between climate change, national security and our future prosperity, and emphasises that climate change is a global issue requiring international collaboration and urgent global action.
"Climate change in the Pacific: what Australia needs to do" by Peter Hooton, was published in the Lowy Interpreter, 24th March 2022.
"The Glasgow Climate Change Conference: What Next for Climate Finance?" by Dr Ruth Adler, was published in the official blog of the International Law Association (Australian Branch), 6th Jan 2022.
"Why diplomats are so concerned about climate change", by Richard Mathews Convenor of Diplomats for Climate Action Now, was published in the Canberra Times, 14th December 2021.
"Australia, Indonesia and Climate Change" by Richard Mathews, was published in the Lowy Interpreter, 20th October 2021.