Climate Policy Fails to See Forests for the Trees

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South West Greens MLC Diane Evers has criticised the McGowan Government’s climate change policy as lacking ambition and the necessary environmental protections to address the climate crisis.

After almost four years in government, WA Labor finally released its key climate policy yesterday and Ms Evers said she was upset at the lack of action to tackle climate change, with the Government undermining global efforts to cut emissions by allowing Western Australia’s carbon pollution to continue rising.

Ms Evers, The Greens (WA) spokesperson for forests, said the Western Australian Climate Policy was a continuation of the Government’s unwillingness to take action to protect the environment for future generations, with nothing in the policy to grow and protect the state’s native forests for carbon sequestration. 

The Government’s policy has failed to address drastically rising emissions from the LNG industry by not enacting legislated interim emissions reduction and renewable energy targets.

Ms Evers said that, without such targets or a carbon budget, this policy would provide no real strategy on how the Government would effectively reduce emissions.


“With no vision for the future and no genuine attempt to address climate change, WA Labor’s lack of ambition is damaging our ability to tackle climate change.

“We are in a climate crisis, but WA Labor has created a policy that allows their major fossil fuel donors to keep polluting.

“Native forests are a valuable and irreplaceable source of environmental, economic and social benefits and forest management must address the urgent challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.

“The McGowan Government’s climate change policy fails to address this intrinsic value to Western Australia, just as it has done in its failure to address the logging and destruction of our forests.

“One page of the policy even refers to ‘Enhancing our climate resilience’ with a photo of beautiful WA native forest – despite no mention of how protecting and growing such forest can contribute to such resilience.

“I’m sick and tired of this Government paying lip service to its climate responsibilities – taking action does not mean putting pretty photos on documents to greenwash their environmental record.

“Scientists are telling us this is a critical decade – we must do better to stop cutting down our native forests, to grow and protect them, maximise carbon drawdown and sequestration, and create a better future for WA and future generations.”

Hon. Diane Evers
MLC for South West
(08) 9486 8070

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