Climate change: Greens push Anthony Albanese to join Joe Biden and Boris Johnson’s commitments

A new campaign aims to get Anthony Albanese to emulate Joe Biden and Boris Johnson on a given topic if he wins power.

Anthony Albanese is expected to line up with the likes of US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnston if Labor comes to power, according to a new push from the Greens

On Thursday, Green leader Adam Bandt made it clear that his party would prefer Labor over Liberals in a balance of power, but he wants to see more environmental action if a minority parliament occurs.

He said they would push Labor to join the “Powering Past Coal Alliance” (PPCA), founded by Mr. Johnston and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, if they formed the government.

The PPCA is a group of 48 countries, as well as companies and organizations around the world that are working to advance the transition from coal to clean energy.

“The Greens will use our power in the next parliament to oust the liberals and push the next government to join the Powering Past Coal Alliance,” Bandt said.

“Membership of the PPCA will be the entrance ticket to the next global climate summit in Cairo and will host any future summit here in Australia. We support Labor’s call to host a climate summit here, but if Labor continues to support new coal mines, the world will not let that happen. “

Bandt also expressed a desire for a Labor government to join the US and European Union’s “Global Methane Pledge”, an agreement to reduce global methane emissions by 30% by 2030.

112 countries have joined the pledge, which aims to strengthen global action on climate change and grow related technical and political work.

“Australia should sign, it would be a big move around the world,” Bandt said.

It comes after Mr Albanese promised Wednesday to take Australia out of the “bad corner” on climate change in diplomatic relations with other countries.

“We are in the bad corner at the conferences of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. That’s the truth, “she said.

“One of the ways we increase our position in the region, and particularly in the Pacific, is by taking climate change seriously.

“I think the Biden administration and Australia will have a strengthened relationship in our shared vision of climate change and the opportunity it represents.”

Mr. Bandt acknowledged that while Australia is not a major international political power, it is a “critical player” on climate change due to its reputation as a fossil fuel exporter and carbon footprint.

“Even though we are a small player diplomatically speaking, we are a big player in the climate stakes,” he said.

This desire for Australia to join these international climate commitments is accompanied by a push from the Greens to stop new coal and gas projects.

“We need to stop making the problem worse,” Bandt said.

“Liberals and Labor want to open 114 new coal and gas projects. The Greens will expel the liberals and push the Labor to adopt a global plan to power coal and gas, even by joining the global movement of countries that strive to do the same ”.

Originally published as Greens are calling for Labor to follow US and UK on climate commitments