Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning has highlighted the importance of Australia’s commitment to acting on climate change, ahead of the 50th meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum which begins today in Tuvalu.
The Sydney-based Edmund Rice Centre works to promote social justice, human rights and eco-justice through research, community education, advocacy and networking. The Centre’s work is shaped by a commitment to the tradition of Catholic social teaching and the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice.
Through its Pacific Calling Partnership, the Edmund Rice Centre has worked in the Pacific for many years, particularly with the peoples of Tuvalu and Kiribati whose ancestors have lived in this part of the world for thousands of years.
“Tragically, the climate crisis threatens the very existence of nations like Tuvalu, with research indicating that on current trends, coral atolls such as Tuvalu will become uninhabitable within 30 years,” said Mr Glendenning, who is in Tuvalu this week.
“Australia cannot claim to be a friend of the Pacific without addressing its own contribution to the issue of climate change, which is threatening to rob Pacific Islanders of their very homes, culture and traditions.
“The Pacific leaders’ recent Nadi declaration makes it very clear: Australia must abandon plans to use carry-over credits to meet Paris climate targets and urgently stop coal-mining.” Mr Glendenning said he hoped the “the Morrison Government hears this urgent plea for help and responds accordingly” during the forum.
Australia must listen to Pacific climate plea (Edmund Rice Centre)