Sydney is set to host some of the world’s foremost scientists and climatologists, with the C40 Women4Climate conference to be held in the city in 2020.
The C40 Women4Climate Conference is an initative set up by the C40 group, a network of nearly 100 of the world’s largest cities, representing over 700 million people worldwide.
Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore said that the announcement is an endorsement of the importance of local government in tackling issues surrounding climate change.
“For too long, many national governments have failed to take action to address accelerating climate change, so cities are leading the way”, the Lord Mayor said.
“Just this month in Australia, we’ve experienced the hottest month on record, unprecedented fish kills in the Murray-Darling river system and bushfires in Tasmania; while in the northern hemisphere people are dying in extreme freezing temperatures.
“Australia remains the largest exporter of coal in the world and until recently our state sourced more than 90 per cent of electricity from coal-fired power. Our National Government’s 2020 and 2030 emissions targets are profoundly inadequate and Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have been steadily increasing since the carbon tax was removed in 2013.”
The Lord Mayor said action on climate change is the City of Sydney’s top priority, and this conference would provide an opportunity to showcase the leadership of Sydney to the world.
“The City was among the first to set science-based targets in 2008 and since then we’ve reduced our emissions by 20 percent on 2005 levels, and are well on our way to achieving our 2030 goal of 70 per cent, and net zero by 2050,” the Lord Mayor said.