Our Safe Climate Plan

We are proud signatories of The Leap Manifesto: a bold and determined call for fair and sustainable economies based on caring for the Earth and One Another.

We recognise that:

  1. The paramount duty of government is to protect its citizens from grave threats
  1. Rapidly accelerating anthropogenic climate change places the very future of human civilisation and the ecosystems upon which it depends at dire risk
  1. Urgent action is required to avoid further damage and to restore a safe climate
  1. The necessary action will require society-wide mobilisation of resources at a scale and speed never before seen in peacetime
  1. failure is not an option

The steps required to address the climate emergency and address deeply inequitable and dysfunctional economies:

  1. The rapid phase out of all fossil fuel extraction and combustion and petrochemical usage
  1. Reduction of Australia’s carbon emissions to zero as soon as possible coupled with measures to draw down the excess carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere
  1. An urgent transition to 100% renewable energy for all buildings, manufacturing and transport
  1. An end to the profligate waste of resources via mandatory standards which ensure energy efficiency and sustainable agriculture, manufacturing, recycling, transport and waste management
  1. An immediate end to all land clearing and commencement of large-scale re-afforestation and re-vegetation to restore natural ecosystems and sequester more than a century of legacy carbon trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere
  1. Acknowledgement that:
  • disadvantaged developing nations have done little to contribute to climate change and bear less responsibility than advanced economies
  • people displaced by climate change are properly recognised as climate refugees and are entitled to the protections that refugee status affords
  • as a nation that has caused climate change, Australia should provide disadvantaged developing nations with fair assistance to implement the changes required and to cope with the impacts of climate change
  1. Laws that facilitate demands 1 to 5 above including:
  • the imposition of absolute caps on fossil fuel extraction and combustion to ensure that fossil fuels remain in the ground save where extraction is absolutely necessary
  • a requirement that polluters must pay for the true costsof the pollution that they emit
  • an end to all subsidies that support fossil fuel extractionand use and pollution intensive agriculture, manufacturing and transport
  • monitoring and legally binding enforcement mechanisms
  • carefully tailored just transition programs to support and retrain all workers who are impacted by the necessary changes
  • the rapid creation of a substantial sustainability fund via an equitable levy to assist disadvantaged developing nations to make the necessary changes and to cope with climate related disasters
  • a requirement that all Australian commercial lenders make at least 20% of their loans in the form of micro financing for environmentally and socially sustainable projects proposed by and for local communities
  • immediate amendment of all free trade agreement ISDS clauses to ensure that they do not compromise the above steps