The Federal Coalition is currently enjoying its third term in government. And yet, like Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull before him, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seriously failing Australia on climate solutions.
The Federal Coalition has been under a steadily rising pressure from climate change advocacy groups since its ascension in 2013.
To date, the Federal Coalition still has not provided a policy agenda to mitigate catastrophic climate change by reducing emissions. Data released earlier this year reveals that national emissions are increasing rather than decreasing.
It is not simply a matter of ignorance or inaction on the part of the Federal Coalition but wilful environmental vandalism.
Many commentators have linked the Coalition's destructive climate policies to the climate effects that are increasingly experienced in Australia, for example coastal erosion and severe weather events like the recent bushfires, as well as abroad such as rising sea levels affecting the Pacific Islands.
Act on Climate has previously showcased some of the Coalition's climate failure highlights between 2013-18.
As we near the end of 2019, let's take a look at some of the 'highlights' of their climate vandalism and neglect over the last two years...Read more
Last month, the Victorian Labor Party met for its annual conference on November 16 and 17. During the conference, Victorian Labor passed motions backing climate science and offshore wind.
The Labor Environment Action Network (LEAN), a group of party members and supporters, called on the "next Albanese government" to '"rely on the best scientific advice when setting targets for emissions reduction and renewable energy generation" and stimulate new, sustainable, well-paying, unionised jobs through climate action & enviro protections’ (@LEAN_Victoria).
The backing of the Victorian Labor rank and file for climate and energy policy to be based on the "best scientific advice" sends a strong signal to the Andrews government in its upcoming decision on Emissions Reduction Targets.
It has been an epic year. We've been supporting communities on the frontline of climate impacts; putting climate blockers such on the backfoot; boosting the climate movement in all its forms; and meeting with as many Victorian Labor politicians as possible...
Why the latter?
Because Premier Dan Andrews and the Labor government will soon set Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30.
It's the first time a state government will set short- and medium-term targets across the whole economy. And, given PM Scott Morrison's refusal to tackle the climate crisis, it's an opportunity that we can't miss.
With climate impacts occurring much faster that predicted, the litmus test for the Andrews government is whether the Emissions Reduction Targets help keep global warming below 1.5°C.
Science-based targets will continue Victoria's renewable energy rollout and put the state on the map for the jobs-rich offshore wind industry. It will require greater investment in public transport and greater protection for forests and the natural world.
While we've urged well over a dozen MPs to lead the drive for less than 1.5°C, we need your help to reach the rest of them.
Friends of the Earth's Act on Climate collective has a simple mission: To make Victoria the national leader on climate action.
THE PROBLEM: THE FEDERAL GOVT'S CLIMATE FAILURE
We are facing a climate crisis. The polar ice caps are melting, the Great Barrier Reef is bleaching, and Australia is burning. Yet despite all the evidence, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government refuse to act. National emissions have risen five years in a row and Australia will fail to deliver the emissions cuts it pledged under the Paris climate agreement.
The Morrison government's failure leaves communities exposed to intensifying heatwaves, droughts, bushfires, and rising seas.
THE SOLUTION: VICTORIAN CLIMATE LEADERSHIP
Communities across Victoria are showing incredible leadership. People from all walks of life—school students, unionists, firefighters, and activists—are calling for urgent political action. There's a growing chorus calling for governments to rein in emissions, secure a just transition, and protect communities on the frontline of climate impacts.
Communities are taking action. It's time for Premier Dan Andrews and the Victorian Labor government to join them.
WHAT'S NEEDED: LEADING THE DRIVE FOR LESS THAN 1.5°C
The Andrews government will soon set Emissions Reduction Targets for the years 2025 and '30. It's the first time a state government will set short- and medium-term targets across the whole economy. With climate impacts occurring much faster than scientists predicted, the litmus test is whether the targets help keep global warming below 1.5°C.
Science-based Emissions Reduction Targets will continue Victoria's rollout of renewables and put the state on the map for the jobs-rich offshore wind energy industry. It would require greater investment in public transport and greater protection of native forests and the natural world.
The Andrews government can create jobs while cutting emissions by delivering Victoria's first Climate Budget. We’ve seen tens of billions invested in infrastructure. Now it's time for climate action to receive the investment it deserves.
- Call on Premier Dan Andrews to set science-based Emissions Reduction Targets.
- Sign the Climate Budget pledge to campaign for the next big-ticket item.
- Support our grassroots campaign by making a donation.
- Get involved by attending an Act on Climate collective meeting, Friends of the Earth, 312 Smith St, Collingwood, 6pm every Monday night.
Act on Climate is pleased to bring you an update from the Bass Coast Climate Action Network (BCCAN).
It's crucial to hear from communities on the front lines of climate change, including here in Australia where we're already seeing the effects of extreme weather events, summers getting hotter than ever, and sea levels rising - like on the Bass Coast, where there has been over thirty metres of coastal erosion.
Read on for BCCAN's November newsletter.
BASS COAST CLIMATE ACTION NEWSLETTER: NOVEMBER
SOUND FOR CLIMATE!
Sound For Climate is only two weeks away! Final preparations are falling in place as we speak.
Have a read about the artists coming to perform. This group of young musicians have loud voices and they’re ready to put on a show to support the fight for climate action.
Back in July, Friends of the Earth called on our supporters to meet with local Labor MPs to make the case for science-based Emissions Reduction Targets for Victoria.
The Morrison government's refusal to tackle the climate crisis has seen the country's emissions increase five years in a row. The refusal to act leaves communities exposed to intensifying heatwaves, bushfires, sea-level rise, and extreme weather.
The Andrews government has an opportunity to put Australia back on track by setting Emissions Reduction Targets that help keep global warming below 1.5°C.
Libby Capogreco, a member of the Grandmothers for Climate Action, met with her local MP Anthony Carbines to make the case for ambition:
Act on Climate will be bringing you the updates from local climate action groups.
It's crucial to hear from communities on the front lines of climate change, including here in Australia where we're already seeing the effects of sea levels rising, extreme weather events worsening, and summers getting hotter. The ongoing fires along the east coast serve to tragically demonstrate the severe impacts we're facing.
It's also important to hear from local communities because of the amazing spirit they bring to fighting for climate justice and the awesome successes they achieve!
This week we'll hear last month's updates from the outstanding Bass Coast Climate Action Network (BCCAN) in Victoria. Stay tuned for more local updates.
Australia's emissions have increased *again* on the Federal Coalition's watch.
The conservative government’s refusal to tackle the climate crisis leaves communities exposed to intensifying climate impacts, such as the record-breaking heat in East Gippsland on the last day of October.
Meanwhile in Victoria, the Andrews government has less than five months to set Victoria’s first interim Emissions Reduction Targets. Momentum is building for targets that are bold and ambitious.
Here’s a quick update on our efforts over the last month...Read more
Andrews govt provides emergency funds for Inverloch climate damage, now for ambitious targets to cut emissions
The Andrews government will provide $1.15 million in emergency funds to help arrest dramatic beach erosion occurring in Inverloch on the Bass Coast. The funding will go towards short-term projects such as the installation of a geotextile sandbag wall to help protect the Inverloch Surf Club.
Friends of the Earth say the emergency funding shows the Andrews government is increasingly aware of local climate impacts and prepared to act, but must show greater leadership when it comes to cutting emissions:
“The Federal Coalition’s refusal to tackle the climate crisis leaves Victorian communities exposed to intensifying impacts,” said Leigh Ewbank, Act on Climate coordinator.
“It’s clear the Andrews government is paying close attention to the frontlines of climate change in Victoria. It will take a commitment to science-based Emissions Reduction Targets to limit the long term damage.”
The Labor government’s funding announcement comes in response to a community campaign sounding the alarm about the local climate impacts.
Over 150 Victorians rallied outside the offices of EnergyAustralia on Monday 7 October showing their frustration with the company's public comments on state climate and energy policies.
Community members sent a clear message to EnergyAustralia, the owner of Australia's most polluting coal-burning power station: "Get on board with Victoria's efforts to tackle the climate crisis or get out the way."
The protest comes following the latest IPCC report which paints a disturbing picture of climate damage. Sea levels could be 110cm higher in 2100, and extreme events will hit the coast once a year by 2050. The report underscores the need to keep global warming below 1.5°C.
The action began with a speech from Bass Coast resident Mat Morgan. Mat has seen coastal erosion first hand with his local beach in Inverloch losing 43m of shoreline since 2012—putting the surf lifesaving and a local road at risk.
Campaigners from Friends of the Earth and Environment Victoria made the case for cutting pollution, investing in renewables, and taking bold and ambitious action on climate.
Once speaker noted that EnergyAustralia (formerly know as TRUenergy) received $266 million compensation when the national carbon price was introduced in 2012. It kept the kept the money despite the fact the carbon price was repealed. Friends of the Earth say this money should be returned to cut emissions and help communities cope with climate impacts.
The snap action was called in response to EnergyAustralia's recent actions that undermine Victoria's efforts to rollout renewable energy and tackle the climate crisis.