Australia: use pollution penalties to reduce emissions

  • by: Frances D
  • recipient: The Australian Government

Climate change is no longer a far-off concern: it's here. It's taking lives, disrupting food supplies, and leading us into an increasingly uncertain and threatening future.

Australia is particularly vulnerable to the impacts: water security, coastal communities, agriculture, and infrastructure are all at risk.

As such, it's particularly important that Australia takes a lead in cutting emissions and limiting the impacts of unfolding climate disruption.

Please sign this petition to demand that Australia introduce penalties for generators that produce high rates of emissions, so that national commitments to reducing emissions can be met.

Australia's chief scientist, Alan Finkel, has said that clearer and firmer national policy is needed to encourage investments in renewable energy.

Several credible studies have found an ''intensity trading scheme'' would allow Australia to most affordably conform with its international emissions reduction commitments without placing too much strain on household bills. The scheme would mean that generators that produced high rates of emissions would be penalised, which could encourage a transition to cleaner energy.

Please sign this petition to demand that the Australian government commit to an intensity trading scheme. If enough people sign it will make it clear that the public expect action on emissions NOW. 

The Australian Government:

Climate change is the greatest risk to the Australian people and the future of Australia. It is also a threat to the wellbeing and survival of humankind. 

It's time for the government to take decisive action on emissions to reduce the impact of climate disruption.

Introducing an intensity trading scheme is an evidence-based and comparatively affordable solution. There's no time to waste, and there are lives hanging in the balance - we need action on emissions now to limit future catastrophe.

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