4 March 2011


In the wake of ever more dire warnings from the scientific community about the threat to life on our planet as a result of climate change, Edmund Rice International has added its voice to the call from a group of twenty-five NGO’s for the appointment of a Special Rapporteur on climate change and its impact on human rights to be included in the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.

The call links what Gro Harlen Brundtland, the Special Envoy on Climate Change for the UN Secretary-General has called in an article appearing on the World Resources Institute website, the two defining challenges of this century: climate change and poverty.

In the meantime Australia’s first faltering steps away from the use of fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources seems destined to be mired in political controversy with the Opposition announcing that it will repeal the proposed carbon tax if elected to government.

Unfortunately Australia still suffers from a severe lack of political leadership on this issue, with too many politicians exploiting the self-interest of the electorate to try and ensure their own re-election rather than looking to the common good.

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