News | 19th Mar, 2013

Vic climate plan upsets environment group

19 March 2013

A VICTORIAN government plan to tackle climate change has been labelled disappointing by a peak environment group.

Environment Victoria says the Climate Change Adaptation Plan tabled in parliament on Tuesday is intended to plan for widespread impacts of climate change.

But Victoria McKenzie-McHarg of Environment Victoria said the government was trying to plan for climate change without recognising the need to reduce the risks for climate change in the first place.

She said the government needed to go back to the drawing board.

"Increased heatwaves and drought, more extreme flooding and observed sea level rise are already being felt across Victoria," she said.

"But the government's plan only recognises these threats as problems that might arise in future.

"The government simply can't plan properly for events they aren't willing to admit are already happening."

The government has been contacted for comment.

A spokesman for the Environment and Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith has branded Environment Victoria as "troglodytes".

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