How will our decisions today shape our future?
How will our decisions today shape our future?

Experts say government fails nation with climate change plan

ENVIRONMENTAL experts have labelled the inconsistent approach of the Federal Government to climate change as short-sighted.

University of the Sunshine Coast Associate professor Thomas Schlacher said the unwillingness of politicians to support a comprehensive action plan was nothing more than a failure of the Australian people.

"I think the current government policies are an absolute failure for my kids and future generations," he said.

"By trying to deny climate change as Tony Abbott has done and by not putting our strongest efforts forward to do anything we possibly can to slow climate change, I think we are not being responsible."

With Australia being named one of the world's top three polluters per capita in research conducted by the University of East Anglia in 2012, Mr Schlacher said it was "very short-sighted" not to see climate change as a global moral and ethical issue.

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"If we have enough money to buy military war craft and enough money to go to war in Iraq but we can't find money to save our environment, we are setting priorities in the wrong space," he said.

"I think you largely need to take all environment questions out of the political arena. The real failure is that it has become a political issue."

Earth Hour spokesman Reece Proudfoot said he was disappointed to see our prime minister would not join the likes of Barack Obama and David Cameron at UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's global climate summit in New York tomorrow.

"The government continues not to have climate change on the agenda at the G20 summit, which is what most of the people attending rallies in Australia (yesterday) would like to see," he said.

"We know we have to fix it, the solutions are there, it is up to the government to make the right decisions now."

Mr Proudfoot said 80% of Australians were against any reduction to the Renewable Energy Target, which is under review by the Federal Government.

Australia has committed to sourcing 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, a target Mr Proudfoot said was low by global standards.

Senator Larissa Waters and Queensland Greens energy spokesperson Scott Thomson took their fight for proactive climate change action to the next level and yesterday launched their policy for a state RET of 90% by 2030.



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