An international campaign has had a billboard banned by Brisbane Airport simply because it used the words “climate change”. The #onmyagenda campaign, backed by nine national and international organisations, is calling on world leaders to put climate change on the G20 agenda.
It asks people to tweet G20 leaders in response to Australia omitting climate change from the official agenda even though it was included in eight previous G20 summits. The digital and advertising campaign launched today despite a surprising decision by Brisbane Airport to reject one of the billboards because it deemed “climate change” as “a political issue”.
WWF CEO Dermot O’Gorman said: “The #onmyagenda partners were surprised by the decision to reject the Billboard. The reality is climate change is a global problem affecting economies, societies and environments all around the world, we can’t afford to sweep it under the carpet, we owe it to future generations to deal with it right here, right now.
“That’s why it’s important it’s on the G20 agenda. There is no solution to climate change without G20 members on board. These countries are responsible for around 80% of global emissions and more than 80% of global economic activity. “Climate change is on the agenda of Australians and people around the world, that’s why our campaign uses real people dealing with the profound impacts of climate change,” he said.
Firefighter Dean McNulty, who features on a billboard in South Brisbane, said he and his colleagues were concerned about climate change creating extreme bushfire conditions. “There’s no climate sceptic on the end of a fire hose. Climate change is on the agenda of Firefighters’ unions here in Australia and globally. We understand the need to tackle the climate crisis, so should G20 leaders,” Mr McNulty said. Farmer David Bruer, who was to feature on an airport billboard, had $25,000 worth of grapes “cooked” in one day last year when temperatures reached 46 degrees at his South Australian vineyard.
“Climate change is on my agenda because farmers are experiencing severe crop and quality losses from extreme heatwaves, sunburn and devastating frosts—all of which are becoming more frequent. Oxfam identified climate change as a major threat in the fight against hunger and poverty. “Extreme weather and changing seasons are making it harder for people to grow and buy enough food to eat.
There is a vital role for the G20 in building momentum towards an ambitious new climate agreement next year and accelerating the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy,” said Oxfam Australia Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator Dr Simon Bradshaw. The Australian Youth Climate Coalition appealed for the younger generation to be heard.
“Young people do not have a seat around the negotiating table, but will live to feel the consequences of world leaders’ decisions. Climate change is the single biggest issue facing our generation, it is the responsibility of the G20 to put it on their agenda,” said Lucy Manne, Co-Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. The G20 #onmyagenda campaign’s nine official partners are Oxfam, Greenpeace, 350.0rg, WWF, Earth Hour, GetUp, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and 1 million women. The public can log on to www.onmyagenda.com to tweet G20 leaders.