We are calling on the Australian Government to:
Adopt and implement an ambitious, credible and just plan to tackle climate change.
Our government must adopt effective climate targets and a credible plan for reducing emissions in line with the Paris Agreement made at COP21.
Support local responses to climate resilience and adaptation.
Rich countries have to meet their existing commitments to help other countries adapt to climate change. This support needs to reach the people who know what their communities need.
Make big polluters pay for the loss and damage they have caused.
This will help vulnerable communities to adapt and recover from extreme weather evens.
The Pacific region is calling on big wealthy polluters to finally pick up the bill for their climate debts.
Small island nations in the Pacific have contributed only 0.5 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions yet are struggling to pay for the increased frequency and severity of climate change impacts. Our Pacific partners tell us that they are surrounded by water, but there is not enough to drink. They have contaminated ground water from rising sea levels, and they are forced to shore up their seawalls with old tyres.
Millions of people are increasing exposed to climate change impacts. Many of these impacts cannot be measured with economic metrics, yet ‘non-economic’ losses may be more significant than ‘economic’ losses. Find out why it’s vitally important that we understand how ‘non-economic’ loss and damage is impacting climate-vulnerable communities across the world, and build this into our climate policies.
The Kioa Declaration
Major Pacific civil society organisations, including the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO), Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN), the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC), Caritas Oceania, 350 Pacific and many grassroots Pacific Island organisations, came together from the 17-19 October in Fiji to put together the Kioa Climate Emergency Declaration 2022 to be presented to the global community at COP27.
Twin Clouds Report
Caritas Oceania and Jubilee Australia Research Centre have released a climate finance report titled: “Twin clouds on the horizon: averting a combined climate and debt crisis in the Pacific through Locally-delivered climate finance”. It is the first report to look in detail at debt, climate change and their combined impacts on the Pacific region.