It has been difficult to find actions for us to do in the confusion of the last few months, but at last with COP26 over, the coalition’s ‘plan’ to do nothing, and Labor announcing its climate policy package, Powering Australia, last week, a role for everyday Australians to start making their voices heard in support of ambitious climate policies is beginning.
The Climate Council tells us that the policies and modelling in Labor’s plan are both credible and comprehensive, and better than the Morrison Government’s do-nothing approach.
However, their emissions reduction target of 43% by 2030 still falls short of what the science says is necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change. ‘We should aim to cut emissions by 75% below 2005 levels by 2030, and reach net zero no later than 2030.’
With a federal election around the corner, there’s going to be a lot of to-ing and fro-ing over coming months on what credible climate policies mean for everyday Australians.
The Climate Council is urging us all to speak up – to support ambitious action when we see it, and call for Australia to do much, much more. They say that a letter to the editor can be a powerful tool for sparking conversation, and can help keep climate change issues in the public eye.
They’ve created a very useful guide to how to do this. It could be to your local paper or to one of the big ones – let’s just do it and help to keep this conversation rolling!