THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER, 2013 |
Out Of The Ashes : The Climate Council
The former Climate Commissioners may have had their funding cut; but they intend
continuing the battle to inform the public under a new community-funded body -
The Climate Council.
The Climate Commission was established in 2011 to provide all Australians with an independent and reliable source of information about the science of climate change.
of the Abbott government's seeming war on renewable energy and the
environment, the Climate Commission was abolished last Thursday. More than two
years of important work was ended in a phone call made by the new Environment
Minister, Greg Hunt to the Commission's head; Professor Tim Flannery - who was
also Australian of the Year in 2007.
But a phoenix has arisen from the ashes after an outpouring of support and
offers of donations from the public to maintain the crucial work.
"People want us to keep going, they told me they need the information that we
provide," said Professor Flannery.
"Without an informed public, we're unlikely to make the decisions that will safeguard our future against truly dangerous climate change. So we're going to keep going."
All the former Climate Commissioners are supporting the Climate Council initiative
- Professor Flannery, Professor Will Steffen, Roger Beale, Gerry Hueston, Professor Lesley Hughes and Professor Veena
"Information is the currency of democracy, and Australians deserve to have independent information on the state of our
climate," states the Climate
Council's web site
The body will be "fiercely independent and apolitical" and will continue to provide journalists and the public with authoritative
reports; starting with the soon to be released international climate science update.
The Climate Council has already received seed funding and is seeking additional
funding from the public. Donations can be made securely via
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