This last month has been one of epic proportions in the world of climate politics!
Global Climate News
Glow Worm Tunnel, Wollemi National Park, NSW
SLEW OF CLIMATE COMMITMENTS IN ASIA
After China surprised the world with its net-zero by 2060 target, on 26 October Japan's new prime minister committed, in his first policy speech, to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Just 2 days later, President Moon Jae-in followed suit, promising South Korean carbon neutrality by 2050. This is grim news for Aussie coal - these three countries alone accounted for more than 55% of Australia’s total coal exports in 2018. Also, the Philippines declared a moratorium on new coal power plants.
IN WITH AMBITION AND OUT WITH DENIAL, THE U.S.
Joe Biden has been elected as the 46th president of the United States. Whilst his ability to deliver may be challenged by Republicans, he has pledged to re-join the Paris Agreement, to set a target of net-zero emissions by 2050, to spend $1.7 trillion on a green recovery that will help to fight climate change, and to use America’s leverage to pressure other countries to do more to tackle the climate crisis.
THINGS ARE SHAKING UP IN AUSTRALIA TOO
3 days ago, Zali Stegall tabled the long-awaited Climate Change Bill in parliament. Scott Morrison, whose government ignored the Climate Change Authority's advice on the Covid recovery, has been urged to make ambitious climate commitments by Britain, France and Italy. Office Works, Bunnings and Woolies have all pledged to use 100% renewable energy by 2025, with activists continuing to pressure other companies to follow. The Dan Andrews government has announced that Victoria will build Australia's biggest battery whilst Palaszczuk's Labor government, who has been re-elected in Queensland, has committed to reaching 50% renewable energy (now <15%) by 2030 in the state. The NSW Government then announced one of the most ambitious climate plans in the country, promising a whopping 12GW of renewable energy in the next 10 years. Meanwhile, climate change concern hits 82% for the Australian public.
Whilst we've still got a long way to go (quickly), this month should serve as a potent reminder that global climate action and activism is working.
Outdoors People for Climate Action News
Franklin River, Tasmania
Pip has written a timely explainer of the EPBC ACT (Australia's environment laws). Read about what it really is, how it works and why us outdoors people should care here.
Lisa's made Outdoors People for Climate Action's first ever call-to-action video. Watch and share on Facebook here.
Vicki presented about Outdoors People for Climate Action at QORF's Coffee & Conversation (Queensland Outdoors). You can find the recording here.
We've got new graphics - a perfect way to splash some colour on your social media and promote the cause! Download them here.
Outdoors People for Climate Action has endorsed the Climate Change Bill and has signed the Open Letter: Prime Minister, Australia Needs Ambition on Climate & Jobs - add your name here.
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Les, a vegan-foodie, enjoying a home-cooked plant-based meal
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Damo writing to his state MP
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Waratah - Telopea speciosissima
Get clear on the current state of the climate emergency with the 'Climate Reality Check 2020' publication, here.
Get inspired with these talks from Ted's massive climate project Countdown, here.
Keep tabs on the federal government with Climate Council's Bushfire Royal Commissions Accountability Tracker here.
Elephant Rocks, WA
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Vicki Adams and the Outdoors People for Climate Action Team
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