The time has come for governments to put their money where their mouth is on climate action...
The Andrews Labor government must set interim Emissions Reduction Targets by 31 March 2020, release a Climate Strategy the same year, and roll out adaptation plans from 2021.
A big funding boost will be needed to ensure Victoria's efforts to tackle the climate crisis get traction. It's why Friends of the Earth is building the case for the state's first #ClimateBudget.
The budget process has evolved over decades to adapt to new challenges. The time has come to bring it into the 21st century to account for the climate crisis. A #ClimateBudget would:
1. Increase investment in initiatives that rein in emissions and help protect communities from climate impacts.
2. Ensure greater transparency of budget expenditure on mitigation, adaptation, and disaster response.
3. Adopt carbon valuation to make wiser investment decisions and avoid wasting money on climate-wrecking projects.
4. Incorporate community leadership to ensure investment is relevant to local climate impacts.
There's no 'one-size-fits-all' solution to the climate crisis. Each city, town, and district faces its own challenges and each community has its own vision for how to respond. What unites these communities is the need for state government support.
Sign up below to support our campaign for Victoria’s first #ClimateBudget! (We'll contact you about exciting actions coming up in 2019)