Greg Combet, the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, has announced the establishment of an independent Climate Commission. He has appointed science communicator, Professor Tim Flannery, as Chief Commissioner.
In launching the commission, Combet said that the Climate Commission will provide the Australian community with general information as well as expert advice on the subject.
“The Climate Commission has been established by the Gillard Government to provide an authoritative, independent source of information for all Australians,” he said. “It will provide expert advice on climate change science and impacts, and international action. It will help build the consensus required to move to a clean energy future.”
He said that the Climate Commission would have a public outreach role to help build greater understanding and consensus about reducing Australia’s carbon pollution.
“The Commissioners are eminent Australians who are leaders in their fields and I’m pleased one of Australia’s leading science communicators, Professor Tim Flannery, a former Australian of the Year, has accepted the role of Chief Commissioner,” Mr Combet said.
“The Climate Commission will fulfil a key information and education role, enabling the Australian community to have a more informed conversation about climate change. I am delighted to lead this new Commission,” said Professor Tim Flannery.
Apart from Flannery, the climate commission will also include Professor Will Steffen, Professor Lesley Hughes, Dr Susannah Eliott, Mr Gerry Hueston and Mr Roger Beale. These Commissioners come from a variety of backgrounds, including business, public policy, climate change science, science communications, and economics.
The Government has set funding for four years at $5.6 million.