Media Release 3rd May 2012
Climate groups call on the Tasmanian Government to quit stalling on climate action and ‘Connect the Dots’
Saturday 5 May, local community groups will come together to call on
the Tasmanian Government to ‘connect the dots’ and take action to
mitigate climate change.
Climate Action Hobart with Environment
Tasmania and The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), will hold an
action at Roches Beach to highlight coastal erosion, as part of a
global day of action supported by 350.org.
climate crisis isn’t just about one erosion event here, or a hot spell
there, or a cyclone and flood over there”, said Climate Action Hobart
spokesperson, Phil Harrington. “We have to connect the dots”. “The
more energy we put into the climate system, the more energy it throws
back at us”, said Mr Harrington.
For decades, scientists have
warned that extreme climate events – like storms, floods, droughts and
wildfires – are happening more often and with greater intensity. AYCC’s
Dan Haley said that, “Carbon pollution from human activities like land
clearing, logging, and the burning of fossil fuels have raised
greenhouse gases to levels not seen for at least 800,000 years, and yet
emissions are still increasing. Reducing emissions fast is the only way
to avoid dangerous climate change”.
“Tasmanians recognise that
we need to join other places all over the world and dramatically reduce
carbon pollution for the sake of our climate and our livelihoods”, said
Environment Tasmania’s Jed Watson. “The Government can’t keep their
heads in the sand and wait for the tide to rise around them.”
Tasmanian Government is stalling on: setting interim greenhouse
targets; become a 100% renewable energy island ; and national
initiatives like introducing six-star houses and phasing out
energy-wasting hot water systems.
“Through our ‘Connect the Dots’
action, we are calling on all ministers and members of the Tasmanian
Parliament to stop delaying action, and help mitigate climate change by:
Passing the Climate Change (State Action) Interim Targets Amendment
Bill to legislate a 40% reduction target of Tasmania’s emissions by
• Implementing the Renewable Energy Developments Board recommendations to become a 100% renewable energy island by 2020;
David O’Byrne must immediately implement agreed national climate
mitigation measures including mandating six-star energy efficiency for
new homes, and the phase out of inefficient, and electric-storage hot
“These actions will not only help limit the
effects of climate change, but will also save Tasmanians money by
reducing soaring electricity costs. They should be supported by all
political parties” concluded Mr Harrington.
Photo opportunity available on Saturday at 11:00am at Roches Beach, Bambra street, Lauderdale.
This is part of a global day of action by 350.0rg. For more information visit www.climatedots.org/