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If we're going to halt the worst impacts of the climate crisis, we need urgent action from all levels of government. So early next year we're hosting a giant forum here in South Brisbane with our federal Greens colleagues about our plan to tackle the climate crisis.
To build a movement big enough to finally force Labor and the LNP to get their hands out of the pockets of their mining billionaire mates, and to take real action for a safe climate future, it's going take all of us.
Sign up here to register your interest for the forum and we'll be in touch once a venue and date have been locked in!
Here's some more information about what's happening at a state level on climate here in Queensland:
In response to the latest IPCC report the UN secretary general António Guterres said:
“This must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels, before they destroy our planet… countries should also end all new fossil fuel exploration and production, and shift fossil fuel subsidies into renewable energy.”
The IPCC’s devastating Assessment Report confirmed that climate change is catastrophic, it’s happening now, and fossil fuels are turbocharging it. But frustratingly, the Queensland Government continues to ignore these alarm bells.
Here's what our state government climate action plan includes:
- Cutting pollution by 30% on 2005 levels by 2030. The science is loud and clear that we need a 75% cut by 2030.
- 50% renewable energy by 2030. But this doesn’t include any plans to close down any coal and gas-fired power stations – these will stay producing the same amount of energy. They’re hoping there'll be extra new electricity demand to soak up the new power generated by extra renewable energy to reach 50%.
- A commitment to zero emissions by 2050
Here's what it fails to mention:
- The 80,000km2 of land for gas and fracking exploration the state Labor government has released over the last five years.
- The 18 new coal mines they’ve approved
- The $200 million they’re spending on rebuilding a coal fired power station at Callide
- It’s silent on the fact that in real terms, climate pollution is higher now than it was when Labor took office in 2015.
The IPCC report couldn’t be more clear: if they don't make urgent changes, Labor's climate action plan is a death sentence for our climate.
Here’s what the Queensland government can – and needs – to do:
- Stop approving new coal, gas and oil projects.
- Create thousands of good new steady jobs by massively investing in building 100% publicly-owned renewable energy all across Queensland – 50% by 2030 makes a future where we have a safe climate impossible
- Make an actual plan to phase out existing coal power stations, thermal coal and fracked gas – including a full transition plan for workers.