It’s a drop in the ocean, to be sure, but at least it is in the right direction. The ABC, naturally, is inconsolable:
The Federal Government has slashed funding to a key United Nations environment agency by more than 80 per cent, stunning environmental groups ahead of a global climate change summit in Peru.
The ABC has learned the Government cut $4 million from the UN Environment Program (UNEP), which provides advice on environmental policies and climate change negotiations.
“Whether it’s air pollution, whether it’s ozone depleting substances, what’s happening in the world’s oceans, the conservation of biodiversity – for a relatively small amount, Australia benefits from leveraging well over $500 million in contributions that other countries make,” UNEP’s executive director Achim Steiner said.
Australia was due to contribute around $1.2 million this year, but has only offered $200,000.
Over the next four years it will scale back its funding by $4 million. (source)
Only a few billion to go, then…