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From rhetoric to action – academies release joint statement on COP26 – Australian Academy of Science


November 22, 2021

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The presidents of Australia’s five learned academies have issued a joint statement on COP26 and Australia’s path to net-zero emissions.

The statement promises the academies’ independent voice and convening power, which harnesses the collective expertise and resources of nearly 3,500 Fellows across the academies, to provide insights, solutions and knowledge.

[The presidents] recognise that our Academies’ collective expertise and leadership is critical to addressing the widespread and intergenerational impacts of climate change.

From the statement

“[The presidents] recognise that our Academies’ collective expertise and leadership is critical to addressing the widespread and intergenerational impacts of climate change. At COP26 in Glasgow, world leaders convened with a singular goal – to drive deep and rapid decarbonisation to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. There is no realistic path to decarbonisation without ending fossil fuel use. In response, every sector in Australia must deliver on our commitments to reach the global goals stated in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

“The challenges presented by climate change require smart, holistic and cross-disciplinary thinking. We need to continue developing and communicating research to challenge misinformation with robust evidence and steward an economy-wide transition to a low carbon future. Our academies will work to ensure our experts are at the forefront, providing advice to guide the most efficient, fair and cost-effective policy mechanisms that drive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and broader adaptation.

“Strategies will aim to exceed our emission reduction targets while effectively managing social, economic, health and environmental factors and empowering governments and industry to take action. We are also committed to substantially reducing the emissions of our own academy activities.”

Read the full statement

Work underway

Learned academies and ACOLA are already undertaking valuable work towards net-zero, including:

The statement is signed by the presidents of Australia’s learned academies:

 





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