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Biden Summit: Charities and churches call on Prime Minister to halve emissions by 2030

More than 10 environmental and humanitarian organisations including Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Oxfam Australia, the Pacific Climate Action Network, The Pacific Conference of Churches, and the Edmund Rice Centre have used a full-page newspaper ad and open letter to urge Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to commit to halving emissions, ahead of US President Joe Biden’s […]

Timor-Leste’s most destructive floods in recent memory likely worsened by climate change, as COVID-19 threat looms: Oxfam

Almost half of the population of Timor-Leste’s capital has been impacted by severe flooding, according to government figures, after heavy rains fell on Dili and nearby provinces last week. Cyclone Seroja took the people of Timor-Leste by surprise, with the small nation previously not within the range of such extreme weather events. Oxfam in Timor-Leste’s […]

Charities urge global ambassadors to reject Mathias Cormann’s OECD bid

Some of Australia’s biggest humanitarian and environmental organisations have called on diplomats and leaders around the world to reject Mathias Cormann’s bid for Secretary-General of the OECD in a joint letter released today. The letter, signed by the heads of major Australian and international charities is addressed to the head of the search committee and […]

Homes flattened, thousands in evacuation centres as powerful Tropical Cyclone Yasa strikes Fiji

Oxfam is working with local partners and coordinating with the Fijian government to assess the damage and needs of affected communities following Cyclone Yasa’s landfall in Fiji yesterday and early this morning. Communities are reporting widespread damage to homes, landslides blocking roads, flooding in coastal and low-lying areas and damaged vegetation. Destructive winds of up […]

New Oxfam figures show richest Australians create more emissions than all Pacific Islanders

The richest 5% of Australians – about 1.2 million people – are responsible for more carbon emissions annually than all 11 million citizens of Pacific Island countries combined, a new Oxfam analysis has revealed ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum climate meeting and UN Climate Ambition Summit. The analysis also found the energy consumption of […]

Net-zero targets will signal serious ambition: Oxfam

Oxfam has welcomed reports of the Australian Government’s plan to announce it will cancel the Kyoto credits ahead of next week’s UN Climate Ambition Summit and called for a commitment to net-zero targets by 2050 or sooner. Oxfam Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said the announcement was a long time coming. “The Kyoto carryover credits were never a legitimate way for Australia to achieve the 2030 emissions reduction […]

More than 2 million people impacted as Super Typhoon Goni sweeps across the Philippines

Oxfam is working with local partners and coordinating with local governments in the Philippines to assess the damage and needs of affected communities following Super Typhoon Goni’s four landfalls yesterday and early this morning. At least two million people or 400,000 families have been affected, with thousands of homes damaged or destroyed, and at least […]

Few Australians back Government’s nonsensical gas-fired plan, national poll shows

Just 14% of Australian voters support the Federal Government prioritising taxpayer funds for the gas industry to rebuild the economy over other sectors, according to a national poll released days after the Prime Minister announced a ‘gas-fired’ recovery plan. Releasing the YouGov survey results, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said the poll found support […]

Gas-powered recovery plan a betrayal of our Pacific neighbours: Oxfam

Commenting on the Federal Government’s plan to use public funds to expand the gas sector as part of its economic recovery plan, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “The Prime Minister’s deeply concerning move to put gas, a fossil fuel, at the centre of our recovery from COVID-19 is a serious betrayal of our […]

Gas is a very unstable foundation on which to rebuild from coronavirus crisis

As the recovery from COVID-19 begins, investing in gas will entrench the same problems as coal, including high energy costs, climate damage and pollution, violations of land rights, and a concentration of wealth, a new briefing from Oxfam Australia shows. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said the briefing paper, “Australia’s energy future & the […]

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