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On Monday, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd raised the white flag of surrender on climate change when he announced an emissions reduction target for Australia of just 5% below 2000 levels (4% below 1990 levels).
On Tuesday, Australians gathered in capital cities to begin the community campaign to tell Kevin Rudd: ‘No surrender on climate change'.
07 Nov 2011
Moments we can truly celebrate in the campaign to tackle the climate crisis are few and far between, but tomorrow is one of those moments.
The fossil fuel industry has spent millions of dollars trying to prevent and delay climate action. Tony Abbott has run a massive scare campaign, backed by his cheer squad in the Murdoch press. But tomorrow morning the Senate will pass into law the Clean Energy Future Package that the Greens put on the political agenda and negotiated with the government.
My Green Senate colleagues will be voting 'aye' tomorrow morning - add your voice to those in the Senate below.
This most recent journey started in January 2010, when, after the collapse of the failed CPRS, the Greens suggested starting an emissions trading scheme with a fixed price to break the deadlock over targets. The government chose to sideline that proposal at the time, but when they found themselves with Greens in balance of power in both houses after last year’s election, they signed an agreement with us to deliver a carbon price mechanism in this period of government.
Through the Multi-Party Climate Committee that was established as part of that agreement, we negotiated a package which puts a price on pollution and invests billions of dollars in clean, renewable energy, energy efficiency and protecting our magnificent forest carbon stores.
Critically, this package is designed to be strengthened as time goes on, with opportunities to lift our ambition closer to what the science demands every single year. In a very real way, tomorrow’s vote is only the first step – we now need to work harder than ever to build the political will for deep cuts in pollution and the shift to 100% renewable energy. Only then will the framework we’ve set up in these bills really come into their own.
The Clean Energy Future Package would not have happened without the hard work of climate scientists, policy experts and, of course, the community. Without the thousands of rallies and public meetings, hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions and the millions of Australians who voted for climate action, we would not have reaching this critical point.
We want to share this moment with you, so please add your name to the 'ayes' tomorrow morning..