It was inspiring and refreshing to hear Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott address the world on the great challenge of our time: global warming caused by human actions. Abbott was in New York to address the UN Security Council on the challenge which he called “the weightiest of matters” and saying those who opposed action were a death cult.
“Countries do need to work together to defeat it… and every country is a potential target,” Abbott said.
Abbott pointed out the destructive work of those who have opposed action on the matter.
“It’s hard to imagine that citizens of a pluralist democracy could have succumbed to such delusions – yet clearly they have,” he said. “The Australian Government will be utterly unflinching towards anything that threatens our future”.
Abbott congratulated Barack Obama on the broad coalition he had formed to take action on climate change.
“The West can’t solve this problem alone – and won’t have to,” he said. “Our goal is not to change people, but to protect them; it’s not to change governments, but to combat (global warming)”.
But Abbott remained optimistic.
“Even in what seem to be darkening times, there are grounds for hope,” he said. “The (denialist) horror has generated all-but-universal revulsion.”
Abbott said he was delighted to attend the world leaders meeting on combating climate change which he said had major ramifications for Australia as well as the world.
“As President Obama made clear, it’s not often that they have a leader-level Security Council meeting,” Abbott said. “I was happy to accept the President’s exhortation to attend, because this is a very important domestic issue, as well as being a critically important international issue.”
Abbott said he wanted to remind the world of what a good global citizen Australia has been. “It’s absolutely imperative that at all times, and in every way, our government remains vigilant,” he said.
Abbott praised President Obama’s speech where he pledged America’s support to fight climate change.
“It was a really outstanding speech by President Obama. It was uplifting. It was honest. It was challenging. It was a fine, fine speech. It was the speech of a great leader, and to his credit, President Obama has been measured and considered here. He hasn’t rushed in. He hasn’t been quick to reach for the gun. He has carefully weighed the situation as it has developed and he has acted to prevent genocide,” Abbott said.
Abbott then went home to Australia to focus on his Energy Green Paper 2014, a plan which throws all the nation’s resources into renewable power.