The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) has welcomed today’s climate policy announcement by the Labor Party, including a target of 43% emissions reductions by 2030, as a step forward, but is calling on both major parties to lift their ambition in line with what scientists and frontline communities are calling for.
“AYCC welcomes the Australian Labor Party’s target of 43% emissions reductions by 2030 as a good step towards the 75% target we need. This announcement is better than the ridiculously low bar set by the Morrison Government’s six-year-old target, shiny pamphlet and grab bag of meaningless slogans,” said Alex Fuller, National Director at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. “It’s great to see at least one of the major parties commit a tangible plan to reduce emissions and create climate-positive jobs this decade, rather than giving young people empty promises of action thirty years from now based on daydreams about technology that doesn’t exist,” Ms Fuller said. “Young people are demanding that both major parties lift their ambition on climate action in line with what scientists and frontline communities are calling for. Any plan that fails to rule out new gas projects is failing young people’s vision for a safe and just future.” “The climate crisis is here now and communities across the country are already facing extreme bushfires, droughts and floods. Protecting our future from the worst impacts of the climate crisis means keeping coal, oil and gas in the ground,” Alex said.
“Our generation is calling on the ALP to rule out support for new climate-wrecking gas projects like fracking in the NT’s Beetaloo Basin and Woodside’s Scarborough offshore project in WA.” “AYCC is calling for no new coal, oil and gas – and 100% renewable energy by 2030 to reach net zero emissions by 2035,” said Alex.