Importance of Natural Resources

Lord mayor defends Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, attacking climate inaction


The city and our communities are
very concerned about the fires across New South Wales, but the
compelling issue here is climate change. Yes, Australia is burning, our national
parks and our native animals are being decimated and our communities
are being devastated. People have lost homes.
People have died. Firefighters have been killed defending
communities, most recently last night. And we honour Samuel McPaul. As the driest continent on earth, we’re
at the forefront of accelerating global warming. What is happening is a wake up call
for our governments to start making effective contributions to reducing
global emissions. Look, we know that what is happening
across our country is devastating. We know that as we have never seen
anything like it before. And we have been told for a decade now
by scientists that this is what is going to happen. And we are at the forefront because
we are the driest continent on earth. And that’s the issue for our federal
government and that’s our issue for our state government. We think it’s important to put on this
free event that puts us on the international stage in terms
of Australia that has been prepared for 15 months, that the RFS has said
should be able to go ahead. Every year as a city leader, I weigh up
my concerns, from the very first time I was Lord mayor, because of the nature
of what’s happening around the world these days. Of course, I consider all of those things. But no. And I’ve got to tell you, when
I did become lord mayor in 2004, someone said to me, don’t ever even
consider not going ahead with New Year’s Eve fireworks. That was an advice I received back then. You know, it is a really important event to
bring people together to celebrate our beautiful … It is the most beautiful
place in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve. And that’s why people say
it’s on their bucket list. They want to come to Australia to do it.


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