South West Region MLC Diane Evers has welcomed the launch of WA Greens’ climate policy, and has described it as the necessary urgent action required to tackle the climate crisis and propel WA’s economy into the future.
The WA Greens today released its climate policy for the 2021 WA State Election with an aim to transform Western Australia into an energy powerhouse by repowering the state with renewable energy, taking advantage of the opportunities in the zero-carbon transition, regenerating the state’s diverse natural environment, and phasing-out fossil fuels.
Ms Evers, The Greens (WA) spokesperson for a range of environmental issues including agriculture, fisheries and marine, forests, and water, said the Tackling Climate Change policy acknowledges the extent of the climate crisis and commits to legislating interim and long-term targets of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2035.
Ms Evers said the WA Greens’ plan to end native forest logging and develop a sustainable plantation forestry industry and create 10,000 jobs a year, with an initial investment of $500 million for a State Renewables Investment Fund, would make the South West Region a crucial asset in the transition of employment and environmental management.
QUOTES ATTRIBUTED TO DIANE EVERS MLC:
“By taking advantage of WA’s plentiful renewable resources, we can deliver thousands of jobs while drawing down millions of tonnes of carbon and supporting our South West regional communities.
“The WA Greens will end native forest logging, develop a sustainable plantation forestry industry producing long term products like housing and furniture, support farmers, pastoralists and their communities in adapting to regenerative practices, and support community-led regeneration projects.
“This is the critical decade in which to tackle climate change, and yet the Labor and Liberal parties are working for their gas and coal donors rather than our communities who are demanding real and meaningful action on climate change.
“87% of public submissions to the WA Labor climate policy supported a strong, legislated target and an immediate reduction in emissions, yet WA is still without a clear strategy on how the state’s rising emissions will be reduced.
“WA Labor’s four-years-in-the-making climate policy has been extremely disappointing and is without an emission reduction strategy, which meant it has failed to take advantage of the opportunities in a low-carbon transition, enabling emissions to continue to rise.
“Action can’t wait – if COVID-19 has demonstrated anything, it is that real change can happen, when the political will is there.
“By setting strong, long-term and interim targets, reinstating the state-wide ban on fracking, phasing out fossil fuels, and supporting new and emerging green industries, the WA Greens have a plan to create thousands of clean careers while tackling the climate crisis and the COVID-19 economic recovery.”
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Hon. Diane Evers
MLC for South West
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