Climate change poses the greatest threat to our world in human history and requires urgent local, national and global action. The preservation of human life is paramount.
- Climate change poses the greatest threat to our world in human history and requires urgent local, national and global action. The preservation of human life is paramount.
- This is the critical decade for combating climate change.
- The amount of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere necessitates not only urgent, substantial mitigation but also prompt adaptation to climate change.
- Early action to reduce greenhouse emissions, including carbon pollution, is cheaper and fairer than delaying action.
- Climate change policy should be based on the best available science.
- Climate change policy should inform and frame all other policies.
- Victoria is one of the world’s largest per-capita emitters of greenhouse gases, with 50% of Victoria’s emissions coming from the burning of brown coal.
- Victoria therefore must work towards a significant net emissions cut by 2020.
- The lack of an effective global (or Australian) GHG emissions mitigation agreement must not prevent Victoria from reducing its emissions.
The Australian Greens Victoria will work towards:
- Binding Victorian emissions targets to achieve a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from all sources by at least 40% from 1990 levels by 2020, and net zero or negative greenhouse gas emissions as soon as feasible and by no later than 2050.
- Developing and then implementing a detailed plan to end Victoria’s reliance on fossil fuels by shifting to a low carbon economy.
- Victoria being positioned, through innovation, to capitalise on the new jobs, skills, technologies and markets available in a low carbon economy.
- The provision of support, throughout the low carbon transition, to those regions, businesses and communities particularly vulnerable to emissions mitigation programs, and in particular to the Latrobe Valley.
- Regulating the phase-out of existing coal-fired power stations, and banning development of new fossil-fuel based power stations.
- Banning the exploration and development of new fossil fuel resources including coal seam and other forms of unconventional gas.
- Complementary mitigation measures, developed and implemented in collaboration with other governments where possible.
- Assisting the Agriculture and Forestry sectors to reduce emissions - including from ruminant livestock production and land clearing - and to maximize effective and sustainable carbon farming and bio-sequestration.
- Government support for adaptive actions to protect the environment and key public assets, and to manage major public risks.
- The implementation, through public and private action, of the Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan, and ongoing review with community and expert involvement.
- Assisting the Agriculture sector to adjust to reduced water availability and to make itself more energy self-sufficient.
- Ensuring that coastal zone planning regulations allow for expected rise in sea levels, which could be 1.1 metres by 2100 (see Land Use Planning Policy).