Australia's Kyoto Ratification Thrills the World
Australia ratified the Kyoto Protocol [search] on climate change this week, receiving a deserved standing ovation from Bali climate conference delegates. Ratification resulted from the election of a new Prime Minister. Ecological Internet's global network helped a bit, campaigning on many occasions over the past decade for Australia to ratify Kyoto, rejoining responsible nations.
"Australia's embrace of Kyoto shows environmental campaigning should focus not only upon what is easy, but rather take principled long-term positions regarding what is necessary to achieve global ecological sustainability. If Australia can ratify Kyoto, certainly pigs can fly; and coal emissions and ancient forest logging ended", notes Dr. Glen Barry.
"Global heating threatens the Earth's ecosystems and human habitat. Kyoto establishes important global mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, that once universally in place, can be expanded and tightened. With Australia on board, and American elections looming, it is almost certain the U.S. will follow, to be joined by China and India in mandatory emission cuts."
On several occasions, when Australian Kyoto ratification was considered impossible, Ecological Internet's network -- including people from most countries and thousands of Australians -- sent hundreds of thousands of protest emails, inundating the Australian government. This kept the issue alive, helped raise its profile, and ultimately illustrated Australia's isolation contributing to the current political change.
Congratulations are due to Australia's new leader, Prime Minister Rudd, and to the Australian people for connecting the current deadly drought with their own government's irresponsible climate policies. Ecological Internet calls upon the new Labor government to next fully protect Tasmanian and other primary forests, and begin restricting coal production.
Dr. Glen Barry
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