Professor Ross Garnaut AO says the coming
months will determine whether Australia helps
the international effort to tackle climate change.

In a short video recorded ahead of next Wednesday’s (12 March) Conversation with the Archbishop, conversation guest Professor Ross Garnaut AO has emphasised the need for Australia to do its “fair share” to help the international effort to tackle climate change.

Professor Garnaut, climate change adviser to the previous Federal Government and Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, said: “Over the next few months, the Australian Senate will decide the fate of the existing clean energy laws. If they’re abolished and replaced by Direct Action, it will be significantly more difficult for Australia to do its fair share in an international effort.

“What we do in Australia over the next few months will determine whether we help that international effort by doing our fair share, or whether we’re a drag on the international effort.”

Professor Garnaut will join Archbishop Philip Freier and Natalie Isaacs, from the organisation 1 Million Women, in a breakfast conversation at 7.30am on Wednesday 12 March at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, to reflect on what Australians can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

“This is a very timely opportunity for a discussion on these matters because as Christians, we’re particularly concerned for the stewardship of creation,” Dr Freier said.

“This is a very important opportunity when, by and large, these issues aren’t getting much canvassing, not much real debate, at our national level and I want to inject that opportunity for people in Melbourne to be part of an informed discussion on this very important issue of climate change.”

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