While the ALP has made some promising announcements on climate change, they are yet to outline a comprehensive package to address Victoria’s environmental challenges over the next four years. Meanwhile the Coalition are missing in action and seem content to contest this election without any major environment polices.
Now that we’ve gotten past the destructive debate about preferences, can we please get on with talking about some of the actual issues, like the state of our rivers, our coal addiction and the state’s biodiversity crisis.
According to Sustainability Victoria research, 86 percent of Victorians want action for our environment. And you just need to peak over the back fence at the rainwater tanks and solar panels being installed to see people taking action. Victorians are ready and waiting for leadership.
Scientists tell us that this is the decade that matters. This is the decade that we must halt global (and state) emissions if we are to have a fighting chance for a safe climate future. This is the decade that we must return water to our very own Murray River if we are to save the Coorong and the magnificent Red Gums that exist no where else in the world. This is the decade that determines the future of our rivers, our climate, our farms, our community, our jobs and our economy.