It has become increasingly apparent that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Climate Change Minister Penny Wong are not serious in their commitment to really tackling climate change. Today, the Federal Government releases its White Paper on its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. This paper will announce Australia’s emissions reductions target for 2020. All reports indicate that the targets will be in the range of a 5-15% reduction on 1990 levels.
The overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that such small targets do not give us a chance of maintaining a safe climate for current generations let alone future generations.
“We are declaring a state of climate emergency. The scientific consensus is very clear- we are well down the road to widespread ecological destruction and we need serious action now. South Australia’s Climate Emergency Action Network (CLEAN SA) advocates serious targets which aim for the maintenance of a safe climate and an emergency conversion to renewable energy starting today.
Rudd and Wong like to claim they have a “balanced” approach to the climate change debate but there is nothing balanced about setting weak targets which commit ourselves and future generations to climate catastrophe – it is a totally irresponsible position for government to take” CLEAN media spokesperson, Jenny Bain said.
“This is a global and national security emergency of critical importance for future life on this planet. There are a range of economically viable, job creating, renewable technologies and industry opportunities available now. For instance, we can use the Future Fund, divert massive public subsidisation of polluting fossil fuels into renewables, and cease the propping up of unviable industries so that we can have a future” Ms Bain said.
Monday December 15th
12 noon at Penny Wong’s office, 81 Carrington St, Adelaide
CLEAN people also initiated this stunt of throwing shoes at “Rudd ” this morning: http://www.news.com.au:80/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24808667-5006301,00.html
And check out the Climate Emergency Network South Australia website here: http://www.climateemergency.org.au/