Qld to host Al Gore for first Climate Week

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The Palaszczuk Government has announced it will host Queensland’s very first Climate Week between June 2-8, bringing together political, business and community representatives, including former US Vice President Al Gore.

Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said Climate change is the greatest challenge facing our planet today and it is critical that we unite to take urgent action.

“Climate Week Queensland will also build on our Government’s targets for 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, and zero net emissions by 2050,” Ms Enoch said.

“Science shows climate change is the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, and we have a responsibility to ensure it is protected for future generations.

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“As a proud member of the Under 2 Coalition – a group of sub-national governments committed to keeping global warming to below 2 degrees – the Palaszczuk Government is committed to doing its fair share to meet Australia’s Paris commitments.

“During Climate Week Queensland, we will bring together sub-national governments from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.”

During the week, former US vice president Al Gore and Climate Reality will host climate leadership training for between 800-1000 business and community leaders from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Professor Don Henry, chair of Climate Reality in Australia and the Pacific – said that this is the first time Nobel Prize winner Mr Gore will do training on this crucial issue in Queensland and Northern Australia.

“It is a good opportunity for people from all walks of life to be better informed and act on the solutions needed to tackle climate change,” Professor Henry said.

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“With the Great Barrier Reef threatened by climate change and action needed across the Asia Pacific region, the training will be of global significance.”

Climate Week Queensland will also include business forums and a public program of arts, music, and panel discussions.

“As part of the week, I am very proud to launch the 2019 Minister’s Climate Challenge which provides bright young Queenslanders an opportunity to be involved in the climate change conversation,” Ms Enoch said.

“Students from years three to 10 across the state are invited to identify a local climate problem and brainstorm an innovative business or social change idea to solve it. “The students who put forward the most innovative ideas will have the opportunity to be mentored by and have their solutions judged by world-class business leaders during Climate Week Queensland.”