Do you acknowledge the climate emergency?
2,275 jurisdictions in 39 countries have declared a climate emergency. The Victorian Parliament has not and this has led to a lack of urgency and planning.
Rising levels of greenhouse gas emissions resulting in global warming are having a significant impact. Climate change pressures - extreme weather events - are already causing impacts across the world, including our region. Electrification of transport and households and investment in renewables will give us a fighting chance to halt global warming, give us cleaner air, give us cheaper electricity, and increase our energy security.
This is a moment in time where the decisions we make as individuals, as a community and as a state government, are critical. We need to do all we can to reduce our emissions as quickly as possible to help tackle this global issue. We have a Climate Emergency. We need urgent action and cohesive action across all levels of government.
To limit the impacts of global warming, Victoria must legislate a 75% emissions reduction target (based on 2005 levels) by 2030 and net zero by 2035, with an energy transformation plan to achieve a legislated 100% renewable energy target by 2030.
We will reach these targets through:
- An energy transformation plan with legislated targets
- Investments in renewable energy including storage, transmission and redundancy
- Electrification of households, transport and businesses
- Phasing out coal by 2030
- A plan to phase out gas with incentives to replace gas appliances
- Accelerated uptake of electric vehicles