At the Paris Climate Conference, every nation on Earth made pledges to tackle global warming and limit the effects of a disrupted climate.
We agreed to limit global temperature rise to no more than 2 degrees Celsius – which is widely regarded as the outer limit before climate change becomes potentially catastrophic, and make every effort to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Yet Australia's current policies, targets and support for new coal mines and heavily polluting electricity generators, are not consistent with this commitment.
- We have weak emissions reduction targets (of 26–28% below 2005 levels by 2030) that will leave us the second largest per capita greenhouse gas emitter in the G20 (second only to Saudi Arabia). In fact our greenhouse gas emissions are rising again, especially in the electricity sector.
- State and Federal Governments continue to approve and support coal mines – that will damage the environment and are increasingly uneconomic as China and India reduce coal imports and turn towards renewable energy.
- Despite the fact that Australia could shift to 100% renewable energy by 2030, and wind and solar are crushing fossil fuels for new energy investment globally, in Australia Government policies have led to renewable energy investments to slump. Our electricity sector emissions continue to rise.
We are already seeing the impacts of a disrupted climate:
- 2014 and 2015 globally have been the two hottest years on record.
- Record heat in our oceans is causing coral bleaching that is affecting 93% of the Great Barrier Reef.
- Record-breaking heatwaves and droughts are affecting our poorest neighbours in Asia and the Pacific right now.
Please let your Federal MP know that you want to see stronger action to tackle climate change.
Australia should commit to emissions reduction targets of at least 65% below 2005 levels by 2030.
We need to make the shift towards 100% renewable energy and net zero emissions well before the 2050.
Our fair share to help developing countries adopt clean energy and adapt to climate change is at least $1.6 billion annually by 2020.
With these actions, we can start to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.