Real Action needed on Climate Change
What our community wants
Real action to address climate change
Who can take action
Five years after Australia pledged to reduce its emissions at a landmark Paris Agreement, Kingston Council joined hundreds of other councils across the world, in declaring a climate emergency.
In 2015 Australia joined with 194 other countries, pledging to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°c, as part of the Paris Agreement at the United National Climate Change Conference,
But we are yet to see real action from the Australian Government, to make the change. By declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency Council is recognising that climate change is already causing significant damage to the economy, society and environment and that urgent action is required to reverse current trends.
Under the Paris Agreement, Australia committed to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
Kingston Council has adopted its own Climate Change strategy to reduce Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020 and encourage our community to take positive action.
While local action is helpful, major structural change is needed at a national level to achieve the Paris Agreement targets.
Action needed includes:
- Formation of a strong federal Climate Change Plan that funds renewable energy initiatives, creates a stable policy environment to provide certainty to the sector, and puts in place barriers to make use and investment in high-emission activities less viable.
- Shifting away from coal, oil and gas in favour of renewable clean energy sources by providing funding for large-scale renewable projects, phasing out existing coal-fired power stations and ceasing approvals for new coal projects.
- Increasing government investment in the Emissions Reduction Fund, which involves incentives for emissions reduction activities across the Australian economy
- Continuing support for Australia’s energy sector to transition to a lower-emissions future by investing further in initiatives including: The Renewable Energy Target; The National Energy Productivity Plan; The Australian Renewable Energy Agency; and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
- Advocating for removal of peak surge pricing for key industry and manufacturing sector, plus prioritising continuity of supply for vital economic activity.