With ever more evidence of global human impact on the atmosphere we continue to push for greater local action on climate change.

As we say: “We need to do this for the planet, for our children and their children, for a livable climate friendly future for all species. We are proud to take local action to address a global issue.”

The Conservation Council and others have produced Submission#2 – Towards Zero Net Emissions in the ACT our second submission into the post-2020 pathway for us to get to zero net emissions.

This submission is in response to ACT Government documents including ACT Climate Strategy to a Zero Net Emissions Territory. Our document has been produced in collaboration with our member groups Australian Youth Climate Council (AYCC), Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) , Canberra Environment Centre, Climate Action Canberra, Frank Fenner Foundation, SEE-Change and 350Canberra; as well as with Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.

Some key considerations are:

  • We need a plan to get out of gas. Burning natural gas creates more than zero emissions
  • Active Transport is a no-brainer but why is it so hard to achieve an increase? And why is the modelling so conservative?
  • Getting organic waste out of our landfill really has to be a priority
  • Energy efficiency is very effective but does not seem to be getting the attention needed.
  • It is absolutely fantastic that the ACT Government is a leader on this issue and already delivering results but post-2020 it will be harder to reduce emissions as most gains to date are from the switch to 100% renewable energy. Now we need a good realistic plan to get us to zero.

 

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