An Australian comedian and satisatirist is using giant billboards to draw attention to his government’s plans to deal with the climate crisis.

The Australian comedian and ‘investigative humourist’ Dan Ilic bought the billboards and crowdfunded them to pay for billboards mocking the country’s record on climate change obligations.

“Cuddle a Koala! (Before we make them extinct)”Dan Ilic

Signs saying “Cuddle a koala!” and “Australia: Net Zero by 2050” showing a kangaroo with its tail on burn, will feature on the operator Ocean Outdoor’s Expressway digital tower and be displayed on screens on the A814 driving on towards Glasgow.

As part of the agreement brokered in Paris in 2015, signatories must publish NDC plans, setting out the measures they will take to aid their efforts to keep global warming to well below two degrees, with ‘further efforts’ to limit it to no more than 1.5 degrees.

In addition, there will be incentives and countermeasures to help bring net zero emissions by 2050.

The comedian collected more than 40.000 Australian dollars (£21.000) from public donors in just two hours to pay for advertising claims, saying the excess cash was used to purchase other billboards in key political constituencies in Australia.

More than 200.000 Australian dollars (150.000 US Dollar) have been collected from Dan’s # JokeKeeper fund to sponsor the billboards, according to KTVU.

Australia is a signatory to the Paris climate deal, but its prime minister, Scott Morrison, has come under fire for putting forward less ambitious targets than a few other major nations.

Paris Agreement

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The Paris Agreement , often referred to as the Paris Accords or the Paris Climate Accords, is an international treaty on climate change, adopted in 2015. It covers climate change mitigation, (wikipedia)

Dan Ilic

Dan Ilic 20 November 1981) is an Australian presenter, comedian and filmmaker. Ilic has been known for his parody work, including videos and Beaconsfield: The Musical, which he wrote, (wikipedia)

The Code (Australian TV series)

The Code is an Australian drama television program created and produced by Shelley Birse. Developed from a partnership between Playmaker Media and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, (wikipedia)

Scott Morrison

Scott John Morrison is an Australian politician serving as the 30th and current prime minister of Australia. He assumed office in August 2018 upon his election as leader of the Liberal Party. (wikipedia)