Climate change poses a significant threat to not just the environment, but also to our economy and communities – what are the parties promising in the lead-up to the state election?
EDO Qld asks all political parties to commit to strong action to reduce the risks of dangerous climate change, stop expanding unsustainable mining of coal and gas and to help facilitate the fast and fair transition to clean renewable energy jobs for regional Queensland.
Extensive damage by Cyclone Debbie was a sobering reminder of the vulnerability across Queensland to extreme weather events that threaten to become more severe as our climate changes. The Queensland Government estimated an economic loss of $2 billion to the State from Debbie. The enormous cost of protecting against and repairing the impacts of severe weather events will only rise alongside climate change.
Queensland needs a safer climate policy and to support the fast and smooth transition to renewable energies to be better prepared for severe weather events, changes in weather patterns, ocean acidification and temperature rise. We need to stop new and expanded fossil fuel extraction to reduce our climate impacts for all of us – and for those across the world – to avoid dangerous climate change.
But the future is bright! Luckily technology is available that offers a clean, safe and cheaper energy supply than dirty fossil fuels, and provides jobs in the areas of our state that need them most - in regional Queensland. The ability of Queensland to maximise our share of the thousands of jobs the renewable energy industry can offer to regional Queensland - including in construction, maintenance, research, development and manufacturing - depends on clear, stable government support for renewable energy.
So, what have the parties said they will do so far to protect us against dangerous climate change, and facilitate the fair, fast transition to renewable energy jobs?
- ALP: Power Queensland’s Future: Affordable, Stable and Balanced, Saving Habitat, Protecting Wildlife and Restoring Land: Ending broadscale tree clearing in Queensland (again)
- LNP: Powering Renewable Energy
- The Greens: Power for People, Stop Adani, Protecting Nature
- One Nation: No policy on climate change or renewable energy.
Our draft Climate Change & Renewable Energy Bill – let’s get our commitments into law!
We need to take the risks of climate change seriously and legislate our commitments to take action to reduce climate emissions and transition to renewable energy. EDO Qld have been preparing a draft Climate Change and Renewable Energy Bill which we will be taking to the new government to advocate that our climate change and renewable energy targets are enshrined in law, and considered in all relevant decisions by government.