Pacific climate activists urge Australia to abandon fossil fuel

Young Pacific climate change activists are pushing the Australian Government to make a solid commitment to end its support for the fossil fuel industry.

Pacific Climate Warriors have joined survivors of Australia's deadly bushfires to set up a riveting display outside the Australian Parliament in Canberra, showing the trail of destruction caused by the climate emergency and to call out the activities of Australia's Minerals Council.

According to a Samoan Australian Pacific Climate Warrior Elder, Jacynta Fuamatu, she said the Australian Government should acknowledge that the trail of destruction is at their doorstep and immediately cease its support for the fossil fuel industry.

Ms. Fuamatu spoke amidst a backdrop of an artistic installation portraying a seawall, made from a fala (long woven mat), sandbags and remnants of personal possessions, which were destroyed during recent climatic events and were on display to represent the trail of destruction experienced in the Pacific Islands. 

“We know that groups like the Minerals Council of Australia have been undermining action on climate change for more than 20 years," she said.

She added that it's time for Australian politicians and companies to cut all ties with the fossil fuel industry, and the lobby groups that undermine action on climate change.

The Pacific Campaigner for 350 Pacific, Joseph-Zane Sikulu said that there needs to be an immediate end to subsidies and other direct and indirect funding to fossil fuel industries. 

"Instead, these resources should be diverted to a just transition to a much less destructive renewable energy infrastructure.

"If we are to ensure the survival of the Pacific people, and Australians, we need to see urgent action before there is more blood on the hands of politicians who are currently driving this ecocide.” 

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