Mid North Coast climate action group, Climate Change Australia (CCA), is calling for climate change to be a major issue in the coming state and federal elections.
With elections due on Saturday, March 23 and in early May, the group says people want real action on climate change and not just words.
CCA spokesperson Harry Creamer said 73 per cent of Australians are concerned about climate change and 70 per cent want coal power phased out and replaced with clean energy.
He says the electorate of Lyne is no different and concerns of people here should be taken seriously.
“In NSW, the dirtiest of all states when it comes to carbon pollution, the Berejiklian government has no climate change plan, and continues to push for more coal mines right across the State, including on valuable farmland.
“Add to this the new ‘gold rush’ to clear-fell our state forests, cheered on by the Nationals while the Liberals turn a blind eye. Wood is not a renewable energy source and forests must be protected as valuable carbon banks to keep pollution locked up instead of escaping into the atmosphere, adding to what’s already there, causing global warming.”
“At federal level, the Morrison Coalition government is doing nothing to curb Australia’s emissions, with levels of pollution climbing each month. This is despite their Paris Climate Agreement promise to 195 other nations to reduce our emissions. As Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer said recently, the Liberal party is widely seen as ‘homophobic, anti-women, climate-change deniers’.”
Mr Creamer said Australia is far more vulnerable than many other countries to the impacts of climate change, including more extreme weather events, hotter temperatures and putting the Great Barrier Reef at risk of annihilation. Under both state and federal governments, Australia is rated 57th out of 60 countries on efforts to tackle climate change.
“The drought, heatwaves and bushfires we are seeing right now are not caused by climate change - they are made worse by it. What else would you expect from a warming planet?
“It is essential that all candidates demand strong, urgent action to phase out fossil fuels, transition to clean energy, and stop destroying forests.”