Welcome to the Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index, where Earth.Org examines the policies and actions regarding the environment of every nation on earth. Combining the most respected global indexes on pollution, climate change, policy, energy, oceans, biodiversity we have produced an overall Global Index, which will be updated annually. This is the Global Sustainability Index scorecard for Australia.

Australia continues to be a surprising laggard- brushing away evidence of climate change despite permanently altered rainfall patterns in the southeast of the country, a seven year drought and devastating bush fires in early 2020. Current political leadership is heavily influenced by the financial clout of mining magnates such as Rinehart via the influential right wing think tank Institute of Public Affairs.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison continues to deny that climate change is a man made problem. Australia is a depressing example of political leadership ignoring the long term interests of its citizens in favour of short term political gain.

 

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Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking image description: Australia Rankings – Policy: 101, Pollution: 21, Climate Change: 56, Oceans: 44, Biodiversity: 118, Energy: 30, Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking 130.