In March this year, the Ballarat Climate Action Network sent a statement of community support for strong, bold, ambitious and science-based emissions reduction targets for 2025 and 2030, in line with keeping global warming to less than 1.5°C, to the Victorian Government.
The government was due to announce the targets this August, but just prior to the deadline for the decision, the Victorian Government announced that they would be delaying the decision.
It has been really necessary this year for the Victorian Government to focus first and foremost on the safety, health and wellbeing of Victorians. We began the year with bushfires raging and we’d only just begun to think about recovery from the bushfires when we had a pandemic come upon us.
The climate crisis requires us to continue to focus first on the safety, health and wellbeing of all people, and, inseparably, our environment. We have an absolute need to do all we can to reduce greenhouse gas emissions rapidly to ensure a safer future for all.
We all need to work together to move us forward in the right direction from this point in time, and we need clear leadership from our state government to provide more certainty in a time of great uncertainty.
We need to know that while the federal government continues to put us in more danger by supporting the fossil fuel industry and increasing emissions, we will have support from the Victorian Government and the resourcing required for the changes that we must undertake at state level to reduce emissions as rapidly as possible for our safety. A gas led recovery currently being planned at a federal level is a waste of public money and misses an opportunity for climate action and an economic recovery. Fossil fuels need to be kept in the ground. We need Victoria to lead the way.
The Ballarat Climate Action Network supports the recent call from seven leading environment and renewable energy organisations for a climate led recovery.
A decision about strong and ambitious emissions reduction targets will provide the community with a clear path forward. Commitments to resourcing the changes needed will support communities to act and give people purpose and fulfilment as we all pitch in together to do what is needed as we work towards a safer future of greater health and wellbeing.
We’re calling for the Andrews Labor Government to continue the leadership for climate they have shown in the past and we’re calling on our local MPs Michaela Settle and Juliana Addison to do Ballarat proud and lead the drive for less than 1.5°C.