The Australian Greens' National Council has this weekend determined to lead a vigorous and focussed campaign to ensure that Australia joins the rest of the world in securing a global treaty in 2015 and that big polluters are not allowed to impose the costs of global warming onto everyone else.
"Companies are now free to pollute in Tony Abbott's Australia, but not for long. The resurgence in support for pricing pollution and genuine action on global warming begins now," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.
"Everyone from leading scientists to expert economists and insurers keep telling us that the longer we take to bring down pollution the greater the costs will be in lives, jobs and precious natural places lost.
"Every effort will be made at all levels of our party to mobilise Australians who care about global warming to help restore genuine action, including a price on carbon pollution."
The endorsed motion is as follows:
That the Australian Greens National Council notes that:
1. Global warming is accelerating and the world is on track for 4-6 degrees of temperature rise
2. People around the world including Australians stand exposed to more extreme fires, floods, storms, heat waves and droughts, and risk losing lives, jobs, infrastructure and livelihoods because of global warming
3. to avert a climate crisis and contribute our fair share to limiting global warming to two degrees, Australia requires an emissions reduction target of at least 40-60% below 2000 levels by 2030 as recommended by the Climate Change Authority
4. A price on carbon pollution is inevitable and clean energy transformation is unstoppable
5. Leading scientists, economists and insurers continue to remind policy makers that the longer Australia takes to bring down carbon pollution the greater the costs of global warming will be
6. Without a price on carbon pollution Australia will lose huge social and economic opportunities of being at the forefront of clean technology development
7. The tearing down of the price on pollution will help facilitate the Abbott government's brutal budget by ripping $18 billion out of government revenue over the forward estimates in order to protect the profits of the big end of town
Therefore, the National Council resolves that the Australian Greens will immediately launch a national campaign to ensure that the big polluters are not allowed to impose the costs of global warming onto everyone else, that Australia joins the rest of the world in securing a global treaty in 2015, and that every effort will be made at all levels of the party to mobilise support to restore genuine action on global warming including a price on carbon pollution.