We are passing on our legacy: A message from the chair of The Climate Institute, Mark Wootton Statement

Jun 23, 2017 - 7:08pm

I am pleased to announce that, following the closure of The Climate Institute on 30 June, its significant remaining funds and intellectual property will be transferred to The Australia Institute, to help carry forward The Australia Institute’s climate change-related research and advocacy.

TCI selected The Australia Institute from a short-list of strong candidates. The Australia Institute shares our commitment to relevant, robust research, innovative communication and well-targeted advocacy. Its expanded role in the climate change debate comes at a pivotal moment for policy development, economic transformation, and public expectations. The Australia Institute is planning to use this opportunity to set up a new dedicated climate and energy program. We are delighted that we can pass on our legacy to an organisation with such a strong commitment to societal and economic leadership.

We would like to thank all the supporters who contributed to our work in so many different ways over the past 12 years – our donors, our partners, our Board and Strategic Council, and our staff, past and present. We are proud of our impact and our legacy, and we know it could not have been achieved without you.

We now believe that The Australia Institute is well positioned to take this legacy forward. We hope you will stay connected with them and support their climate work into the future.

Back in March when we announced our impending closure, we listed some of our most important achievements. Since then we have kept on kicking goals and will do so right up until we close at the end of June. Our most recent achievements include:
- Demonstrating the extent of public support for the Paris Agreement on climate change, with a joint statement from the business, social and environment groups that comprise the Australian Climate Roundtable, and national polling that revealed 87% of Australians do not want Australia to copy the USA’s withdrawal from the Agreement and 61% want us to work harder with other countries to achieve the Agreement’s goals.
- Educating business and government about how leading companies are already factoring in the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting temperatures to “well below” 2C, and showing how companies also need to account for the Agreement’s stretch goal of 1.5C. Our reports and media have been shared widely and cited internationally. Appearing at the Senate inquiry into disclosure of carbon risk, and having significant influence on its final recommendations. Formally advising key statutory authorities on the financial implications of climate change.
- Showing that the key to lowering electricity prices is stable climate policy that enables investment in the transition to clean energy, and that a long-term emissions target consistent with the Paris Agreement is necessary and supported by major power companies.

These come on top of 12 years of impact

Mark Wootton.

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