Pacific leaders pen open letter on climate

Pacific Island leaders have penned an open letter demanding Australia take urgent and decisive climate action ahead of a key international summit.

Political and religious figures from across the Pacific are urging Prime Minister Scott Morrison to show more courage on climate change.

Warning their homelands and cultures face certain devastation from global warming, the leaders are asking Mr Morrison to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and develop a long-term strategy by 2021.

They also want him to rule out using “carry-over credits” to achieve existing climate targets, casting doubt over the legal and moral justification for embracing the method.

“We call on your government to honour its international climate commitments and take urgent climate action,” they wrote in the open letter on Tuesday.

“As our children and grandchildren face unprecedented risks due to climate change, now is the time to stand together and work together to secure their future safely and prosperity.”

World leaders will gather virtually for the annual United Nations Climate Ambitions Summit on December 12.

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