Mayors from across the country have issued a demand that the next Federal Government take ‘swift action to tackle climate change’ in a joint statement released earlier this week.
Fifteen mayors from the Cities Power Partnership, a local government climate alliance, have signed the statement to demand that the next Federal Government commit to a national 100% renwable energy target and rapid phase out of fossil fuel subsidies.
Sydney Lord Mayor, Clovor Moore, said that the local governments around the world have often lead the way on climate policy, but too often have been hamstrung by ‘shocking inaction’ of state and federal governments.
“This election, the conversation we should be having is about the devastating costs of not taking climate action,” the Lord Mayor said.
“By stoking fear and ignoring the science, our federal parliamentarians are distracting voters from the inarguable truth – that without urgent, coordinated, and global action to reduce emissions and shift to renewable energy, we will trigger runaway climate change.
“Together with Mayors from across Australia, I call on the next Federal Government to support us to better tackle climate change, and to adopt a higher renewable energy target, introduce mandatory disclosure of building energy ratings, and overhaul the National Building Code.”
Climate Councillor Professor Tim Flannery said that the next Federal Government must act swiftly to avert a climate crisis – and that means supporting local solutions.
“Australia is not on track to meet its greenhouse gas pollution targets, and without decisive action we’re speeding rapidly towards a climate crisis,” he said.
“Mayors are making a stand to demand that our next Federal leaders commit to meaningful action on climate change – and that means switching to renewable energy and ending subsidies for the dirty coal and gas industries that are putting our communities at risk of serious climate damage.”
The statement’s three main demands are:
Strong national climate policy aligned to the science and a national commitment to rapidly transitioning to 100% clean energy
Support the rapid phase out of fossil fuel subsidies which contribute to climate change
Provide long-term finance to support implementation of clean energy and sustainable transport, such as rooftop solar, battery storage, electric vehicle charging stations, public and active transport infrastructure in council and community areas