“This is a historic moment. Australia’s Parliament has put the nation’s first carbon price into law. With this vote, the world has turned a pivotal corner in the collective effort to solve the climate crisis. This success is the result of the tireless work of an unprecedented coalition that came together to support the legislation, the leadership of Prime Minister Gillard, and the courage of legislators to take a vote that helps to safeguard the future of all Australians.
I have spent enough time in Australia to know that their spirit of independence as a people cannot be underestimated. As the world’s leading coal exporter, there’s no doubt that opposition to this legislation was fierce. But through determination and commitment, the voice of the people of Australia has rung out loud and clear.
Today, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we do everything we can to ensure that this legislation is successful.” – Al Gore, November 2011
Well done to the Australian people who had the courage to persist and let their elected officials know that they wanted action on Climate Change, and not the rhetoric that they had been spinning us for years!
I go to bed tonight a happy man knowing that many Australians and I have done the best we possibly could have to secure a future for my unborn grandchildren.