Paris Climate Change Conference: Greens Senator Larrisa Waters calls on Australian Prime Minister “to do better than Tony Abbott” – 30th November 2015

Senator Waters wants Malcom Turnball to “lift Australia’s pathetic pollution reduction targets and contribute Australia’s fair share to the Green Climate Fund”

Greens Senator Larrisa Waters meets up with former leader Christine Milne at the Paris Climate Change talks.

Greens Senator Larrisa Waters meets up with former leader Christine Milne at the Paris Climate Change talks.


Dear Murray,

It’s the end of a long but lovely first day in Paris. After 30 hours in transit I made it to COP21 for registration. Tomorrow the climate conference centre will be filled with 40,000 people from all over the world calling for a safe climate future.

I then headed to the Place de la Republique where – for the first time since President Hollande’s ban on public protests – thousands of people turned out with one simple, peaceful message: you cannot silence the overwhelming public will for action on global warming.

Back home I know that 60,000 of you hit the streets in Sydney for the Peoples’ Climate March. Thousands called for action from the streets of Canberra and Tasmania, following on the heels of 60,000 in Melbourne and 7,000 in Brisbane. The will of Australians for a safe climate is clear!

While the Peoples’ Climate March was banned here in Paris, and despite the heavy police presence on the streets, know that you were joined by thousands of people who stood in defiance and in solidarity for our planet.

I then met with our climate champion, former Greens Leader Christine Milne, for lunch (and hot chocolate and eclairs!). It is always such a privilege to meet with Christine – not only because she is a dear friend, but because her knowledge of climate policy and her incredible legacy of climate activism is unmatched.

Tomorrow the world’s leaders are converging on Paris with one hope – to strike a deal that will keep the planet from cooking.

The world is looking at Prime Minister Turnbull to do better than Tony Abbott and not stand in their way. Over the weekend you sent him a powerful message that showed him just how deeply Australians care about taking action on global warming, and how closely they will be watching him.

Turnbull has a choice to make tomorrow. He can lift Australia’s pathetic pollution reduction targets and contribute Australia’s fair share to the Green Climate Fund that helps countries hit the hardest by global warming to survive; or he can back his big coal mates.

Which will it be?

Stay tuned,

Larissa Waters

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