Prime minister Tony Abbott thinks that the world isn't giving Australia enough credit for its efforts to reduce emissions.
"The difference between Australia and a lot of other countries is when we make commitments to reduce emissions, we keep them. Other countries make all these airy fairy promises that in the end never come to anything," the prime minister said.
His comments come on the same day as the release of a Climate Council report that found Australia is behind the rest of the world in cutting emissions.
The Climate Council says that the prime minister's comments that other countries did not deliver on their climate goals was incorrect.
The Climate Council also criticised the government for moving to stop investment in wind farms and small-scale solar through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
A panel of African countries led by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan singled out Australia as a "free-rider" on climate change in a report released in June.
So what has the government been doing to help stop climate change? Along with other initiatives such as the Green Army, the centrepiece of its direct action plan is an Emissions Reduction Fund.
But it's not like other countries have been ignoring it, they just don't think it's very good.
It's unclear whether the international community will give Tony Abbott the credit he deserves for fighting climate change, one awkward tree-planting photo opportunity at a time.
Alexandra Lee is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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