Byron Fay
August 2, 2023

‘This must not inspire despair, but action’

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“The era of global warming has ended; the era of global boiling has arrived.” This was the powerful warning from the UN Secretary-General as much of the world experienced the hottest month in recorded history.

In the face of this, it’s clear the climate policies successive Australian Governments have put forward are woefully inadequate. The importance of our work supporting community movements to back their own climate focussed independents is more urgent than ever. Can you join our community of regular givers who make this work possible by signing up to give a monthly donation?

In his speech about these record high temperatures, António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, issued a powerfully simple call to action:

“Leaders must lead.”

“The air is unbreathable. The heat is unbearable. And the level of fossil-fuel profits and climate inaction is unacceptable. Leaders must lead. No more hesitancy. No more excuses. No more waiting for others to move first.  There is simply no more time for that.”

Antarctic sea-ice extent anomaly 2023

Source: The Australian Antarctic Program Partnership. The difference in sea-ice extent from previous years is currently equivalent to the area of New South Wales.

It is easy to despair, and I certainly have done a lot of that. But, as Guterres also said:

“It is still possible to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and avoid the very worst of climate change. But, only with dramatic, immediate climate action.”

Here at Climate 200, we have a tried and tested action plan. We are focused on the most impactful way to stop global heating: strengthening a community movement across the country replacing politicians who refuse to act with local leaders who will.

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The incredible success of the pro-climate community independents at the 2022 federal election has led to the most significant climate action in a decade. Australia is now, finally, on a pathway to net zero emissions by 2050. We now, finally, have a National Anti-Corruption Commission. And we have a powerfully active crossbench proposing a slew of legislation to keep pushing the agenda forward.

Earlier this week, Independent Senator David Pocock introduced a bill that emerged out of a youth-led movement to force the government to consider the health and wellbeing of young people and future generations when making decisions that facilitate or fund the development of projects that could significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions.

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I want to leave you with my favourite quote from that powerful speech by António Guterres “This must not inspire despair, but action. We can still stop the worst. But to do so we must turn a year of burning heat into a year of burning ambition. And accelerate climate action – now”

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Byron Fay

Executive Director

Byron is a climate strategist, former Paris Agreement negotiator and adviser to the Independent Senator Tim Storer. Byron worked for a Biden-aligned Political Action Committee during the 2020 US presidential election, holds a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, and is a proud descendant of the Dharug nation.