It was, many agree, the perfect image — simple, hilarious, to the point, and for the target of the ridicule, downright insulting.
Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott did not attend the one-day summit on climate change at the United Nations on Tuesday, and critics say that’s an indication that he’s not at all interested in doing something about the threat posed by greenhouse gases.
To register their dismay, a group of green activists Down Under produced a picture that they say sums up their leader’s attitude.
Taken on the northeastern coast of Townsville in Queensland, the picture shows a landscape of people with their heads buried in the sand. The accompanying note reads: “Townsville salutes … the Australian government for their achievements in combating climate change”.
The image was the brainchild of Cranky Curlew Productions and the North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC), according to news.com.au. It was the group’s show of support for the People’s Climate March held in various cities in Australia and around the world on Sunday.
“I felt like I wanted to do something different, we attend so many marches,” NQCC coordinator Wendy Tubman tells the Australian news website.
Tubman said Abbott’s decision to skip the UN climate summit, which was attended by some 120 world leaders, indicated that he chose to ignore the problem — he buried his head in the sand.
“The rest of the world and we will suffer because of his intransigence,” she says.
Abbott did go to New York, but the following day, to attend another UN meeting on security issues. He sent Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to attend the climate summit in his stead.
The UN conference on climate change was intended to gather support for a new international treaty to reduce greenhouses gases beyond 2020. Another meeting to finalize the agreement will be held in Paris next year.
Abbott is not the only world leader who failed to attend the summit. Chinese President Xi Jinping also begged off from the conference, sending instead Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.
As far as we know, Xi did not receive a postcard from the green activists.
The Cranky Curlew Productions video:
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