ACT Election 2020 – Our Environment, Our Future

Canberra is a city that sits in a wonderful natural environment. Not only is the ACT home to nationally significant woodlands and grasslands, and the spectacular Namadgi National Park, our urban landscape is embedded in the natural environment, connected by nature parks, corridors and waterways that support biodiversity and enhance wellbeing in our community.

The ACT has the opportunity to become a world leading climate-resilient region that is powered by a circular economy. We have the opportunity to protect our unique natural treasures for current and future generations. But we must be ambitious and we must act now.

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A safe climate

Climate change is the most significant threat to the survival of all life on earth, and requires immediate and significant global action. The impacts of a changing climate are well upon us; increasingly severe fires, storms and droughts are forcing societies and...

Protecting Canberra’s nature

The 2019 United Nations report on biodiversity identified that up to one million species globally face extinction in coming decades. Australia is not immune, with approximately 100 native species having become extinct since European settlement and a further 1,600...

A green and liveable city

High-quality urban greenspace will help build resilience against the impacts of climate change, enhance nature connectivity across the urban landscape, and deliver quality-of-life benefits to the community. Trees and shrubs provide vital refuge for wildlife and...

A compact city

In the ACT we are privileged to enjoy both a rich natural landscape and a vibrant city. However, we are challenged by the increasing pressure of a growing population, and the associated demands for housing and services. Canberra is Australia’s second least dense city....

Clean and healthy waterways

The ACT’s rivers, lakes, ponds and wetlands, as well as the riparian vegetation they facilitate, provide crucial support to local wildlife by providing food, refuge and habitat. They also provide space for residents to socialise and recreate, and enhance health and...

Sustainable transport

Canberrans traverse the city daily for social, recreational, household and employment activities. Transport emissions contribute 60% to the ACT’s direct greenhouse emissions, primarily through the use of petrol and diesel vehicles. Our transport choices have a...

Valuing and cycling resources

Improving waste management: ACT residents have high consuming lifestyles. Our waste is a resource, yet until we successfully manage the waste we generate, it will continue to have significant impacts on wildlife, the environment and human health. Viewing our waste as...

Take action for sustainable transport

Transport emissions contribute 60% to the ACT’s direct greenhouse emissions, primarily through the use of petrol and diesel vehicles. Our transport choices have a significant impact on our environment, the liveability of our city, and our productivity, health and...

Take action on climate change

The impacts of a changing climate are well upon us, forcing societies and natural ecosystems to transform the way they function. At the current rate of 10 billion tonnes of global emissions each year, we will exceed the remaining carbon budget by 2030.The science...

Take action to protect our natural environment

Our biodiversity faces many threats, yet the ACT Government has not yet committed to protect all areas with conservation values or mitigate against threats like roaming cats. The ACT hosts the largest remaining remnants of Grassy-Box Woodlands and Native Temperate...

Take action

We need as many Canberrans as possible asking all election candidates to step up for the future of our city. Our handy campaign action guides will help you to take action during the 2020 election campaign and beyond.

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