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WA Greens join People’s Climate March

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 21 Sep 2014

Federal and State Greens MPs will join today's People's Climate March in Perth, joining world-wide action ahead of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's emergency climate summit in New York.

"The millions of people who are marching around the world in the People's Climate Marches are sending a strong signal to our leaders that the world is ready for ambitious action on climate change," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"In Perth, people will be calling on Tony Abbott to abandon his climate denialism and put in place robust mechanisms for reducing carbon pollution and driving investments in the renewable energy technologies that will provide jobs and economic security for WA in the years ahead.

"The Prime Minister cannot ignore the reality of climate change. The intensity of extreme weather events is increasing.

"The frequency of record high temperatures since the 1950s has increased, and yesterday was our hottest September day on record. Climate change is not only real, it is accelerating, and in WA, that means jobs and our environment are under threat.

"CSIRO data shows that the South West of the state is experiencing a warming and drying climate that is progressing faster than anticipated. This puts pressure on farmers and growers, a situation that will continue to worsen unless action is taken.

"Our ocean is becoming warmer and more acidic as it absorbs more greenhouse gases, leading to increased pressure on marine life and fish stocks, more invasive species and altered distribution of species.

"The Greens will not let Tony Abbott ignore the climate reality, and we will continue to work to deliver an effective price on pollution and the strongest possible investments to drive investments and jobs in renewable energy technology," Senator Siewert concluded.

Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple MLC said he continued to be shocked by the lengths government would go to ignore, and perpetuate, the looming threat of climate change.

"Climate change is a fact and we are already seeing the consequences here in Western Australia," he said.

"We will continue to see an increase in the frequency and severity of weather events in regional WA and we will almost certainly see a rise in sea levels with serious implications for our largely coastal populations.

"When will they admit that Western Australia, with our vast potential for renewable energy uptake, needs to seriously look at the way we produce power and stop making concessions for the coal and gas sector without any consideration of the long-term consequences."

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has called on the State Government to support her coastal planning bill following a recent report from the Climate Council that shows climate change is set to have huge impacts on the WA coast line.

"Members of the State Government do not claim to be environmentalists but they do wear the badge of fiscal responsibility. It's time put in place the most comprehensive framework for planning along the West Australian coast to support investment and environment.

"More than ever our coastal communities and infrastructure are at huge risk. Eighty per cent of our population lives very close to the coastline and residences, roads, sewers, lighting and a range of services are in that corridor, we must address the elephant in the room - coastal flooding that will cost us billions if we do not act now. My bill provides some certainty for developers, residents and businesses alike."

 

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