being an angry crier is the worst because people either feel bad for you or they think they won. like no. i’m gonna punch you in the jaw. i’m just crying i’ll still knock you down a peg.
Australia is one of the world’s major coal exporters, but the Abbott government is working hard to avoid any new commitments on climate change. Prime minister Abbott will not attend Ban Ki-Moon’s climate summit this week, unlike 125 other heads of government. He has also indicated that climate change will not be on the agenda of the G20 meeting, when Australia hosts global leaders in Brisbane this November.
Canberra is also reluctant to provide the necessary funds to assist developing countries to transition towards new energy systems. Last year, at the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the Abbott government announced it would not contribute to the new Green Climate Fund, an innovative global mechanism to provide finance for developing countries to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.
If Abbott won’t go to New York to hear the concerns of young islanders, they’ll bring the message to him.
For months, members of the Pacific Climate Warriors network – from Vanuatu, Tokelau, Kiribati, Tonga and the Federated States of Micronesia – have been building canoes. They’ll be arriving soon in Australia to highlight the role played by successive Australian governments in blocking stronger international action on greenhouse gas emissions.
On 17 October, canoes crewed by the Climate Warriors will blockade the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, to highlight the contribution of Australia’s fossil fuel industry to global warming. These young islanders have defiantly rejected the image of Pacific peoples as victims of sea level rise. In their own words: “We are not drowning. We are fighting.”"