The people of New South Wales have been let down by their Government’s failure to engage with the international movement to limit global warming, says Greens MP Jan Barham.
“The United Nations climate conference in Paris has seen leadership and engagement from politicians at all levels of government, but Premier Mike Baird and Environment Minister Mark Speakman are nowhere to be seen on this issue,” Ms Barham said.
Ms Barham’s comments follow the release of the first Compact of States and Regions Disclosure Report, which was presented by the South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill in Paris this week.
“The Compact of States and Regions report shows that 44 state and regional governments, who represent 325 million people and more than $US10.5 trillion in GDP, have pledged cumulative emissions cuts by 2030 that are more than China’s current annual output, and greater than the combined emissions of the US and EU,” Ms Barham said.
“While South Australia’s Premier is leading the international movement of state and regional governments to set targets and be held accountable by reporting their emissions annually, the New South Wales Government has shied away from any involvement in the international climate talks.
“Premier Baird didn’t lodge a submission to the Australian Government’s consultation on post-2020 target and he has failed to press the Abbott or Turnbull Governments to strengthen our inadequate national targets for climate action.
“Environment Minister Mark Speakman has rejected the Greens’ Climate Change Bill, which would ensure that current and future state governments have a mandated emissions target and a framework to meet it.
“The New South Wales Government has failed to put any meaningful commitment on the table to contribute to the international momentum for climate action. They’re continuing to fail in their duty to ensure that the whole of our society and economy is ready for the transformation to net zero emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
“There has been a shameful lack of vision and leadership from New South Wales at a pivotal time for the efforts to address climate change. It’s time for the NSW Government to stop avoiding the issue and have the courage to step forward and make a genuine, whole of government commitment to transition the state into a cleaner and safer future,” Ms Barham concluded.
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