Okay, it’s time to get cracking on climate action.
This time last year we were struggling under a Federal Government who waved coal about in parliament rather than take climate change seriously.
Now, instead of forced handshakes with bushfire victims, we have a Federal Government committed to climate action. And there is so much to gain.
The Sunshot Report shows Australia’s future is bright and renewable. By 2040, renewable industries are expected to employ over 400,000 people, if we invest now to seize the opportunity.
And guess what – renewable energy also means cheaper energy bills. Since the Australian Capital Territory went 100% renewable, electricity prices dropped, even while prices rose in other states and territories.
We do not have the luxury to hesitate. The latest IPCC report stated that emission cuts need to be “deep, rapid and sustained” if we’re to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius this decade.
But how do we get there? Australia needs to have these three steps happen next:
1) A budget boost so Australia becomes home to world-leading renewable export industries.
2) Sped up renewable energy development
3) An Energy Transition Authority to support workers and communities impacted by the transition to renewables.
Australian workers can’t afford more denial or delay. Working people are at the front lines of the climate crisis – from firefighters, first responders, health-care workers and workers whose jobs are wrecked by climate-worsened droughts, fires and floods.
The best way to support real climate action is to join your union. Because we can have secure jobs and a safe planet.
Three ways we can take climate action and create new jobs