NSW Parliament fails its duty of care on strong climate change action

Jan Barham MLC has warned that the NSW Government and all parties risk failing their duty to the people of the state and future generations after the Greens’ Climate Change Bill was voted down by the Government, Labor and cross-bench parties in a 26-5 Legislative Council vote today. The Greens’ Bill was supported by the Animal Justice Party.

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NSW Upper House calls on Government to pursue a 1.5 degree limit on global warming

Greens MP Jan Barham has welcomed the Legislative Council’s support for a motion calling for legislation and action to ensure the state contributes to pursuing the aims of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“The Paris Agreement calls for international action to keep global warming well below 2 degrees and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. I congratulate the Government and all other parties for supporting the Greens’ motion, and it’s now essential that the state locks in action to lead the way to achieving the aims of the Paris Agreement,” Ms Barham said.

“The Greens have a Climate Change Bill before the Parliament right now which would commit all NSW Governments, now and into the future, to put us on a trajectory to net zero emissions by 2040, consider the climate impacts in decisions across the whole of government, and provide for judicial review of any actions that would undermine climate action.

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Paris Climate Agreement: New South Wales must enact legislation committing to 1.5 degree limit on warming

Greens MP Jan Barham has welcomed the adoption of strong goals to limit global warming at the United Nations conference in Paris and called on the NSW Government and other parties to support climate change legislation that has already been tabled in Parliament by the Greens.

“Premier Baird and Environment Minister Speakman can no longer sit on the sideline and avoid the issue of climate change. They need to take decisive, strong and transparent action,” Ms Barham said.

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Paris Climate Conference: New South Wales missing as other states lead on climate action

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.

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South Australia’s net zero ambition is an example New South Wales should outdo

NSW Greens MP Jan Barham has welcomed the South Australian Government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050 and has called on all parties in NSW to support ambition and accountability to address climate change.

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Climate Action Slogan Challenge – Share your sign and you could get a shirt

This weekend people across New South Wales, Australia and the world will be rallying for climate action at a People’s Climate March. In the days before the United Nations climate conference begins, we can show our leaders at all levels of government that we need action to limit global warming and address climate change, for the health of our communities and to protect our natural environment.

Personal statements are one of the best ways to get an important message across. I know that many of the march attendees are going to take signs and placards with a creative slogan, and I want to see and amplify as many of those personal messages as possible. So I’m starting a competition.

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NSW Government on Climate Change Bill: Low on ambition, high on pessimism, and unwilling to take responsibility

Greens MP Jan Barham has said the NSW Government’s opposition to legislation that would lock in sensible climate action shows their rhetoric fails to match their policies.

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