Laggard to Leader Report (2012)

  • Cover of Laggard to Leader Report

Are you sick of hearing:

  • Australia is only a small part of the climate problem!
  • We shouldn’t act before the rest of the world!
  • Our actions won’t make a difference, anyway!

The Laggard to Leader report challenges these excuses:

It exposes the true extent of Australia’s contribution to the climate problem and demonstrates our extraordinary potential to forge solutions at home and abroad.

Australia can influence the future direction of global efforts to stabilise the climate through curtailing the global supply of traded coal, making clean energy technologies cheaper, and developing a new model of international climate cooperation that promises to be more effective than the protracted UN negotiations.

Laggard to Leader shows how such actions serve the national interest — both raising the odds of securing a safe climate and establishing Australia as a leading force in global low-carbon industries — and play to our historical strengths as a leader in global affairs.

This game-changing report has been put together by a skilled group of BZE volunteers, led by the project’s directors:

  • Fergus Green: a former Chairman of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and a 2012 General Sir John Monash Scholar, and
  • Reuben Finighan: a 2012 Fulbright Scholar and 2012 Frank Knox Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

The report supplements BZE’s Zero Carbon Australia project, and shows how our vision to transform the domestic economy can be expanded and leveraged in response to the broader international failure on climate change.

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Denying responsibility for our fossil fuel exports
(The Drum: Green and Finighan)

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