|I’m an economist, and I’ve spent years modelling the costs of climate change, and climate inaction. I know that urgently cutting emissions this decade will create jobs and safeguard our economy into the future (2).
So today, I’ve been out in the media to make sure everyday Australians understand that it’s time to move beyond fossil fuels,and create long-term, secure jobs for Aussies in our new, clean economy.
We need you to amplify this message, and get it out there in your own words. Letters to the editor can influence conversations about climate in communities all over Australia.
Rich in sunshine, wind and renewable technologies, alongside a skilled workforce, Australia is perfectly positioned to benefit from the global race towards net zero. Labor’s plan will cut emissions and create jobs and economic opportunities.
But the best science tells us that Australia needs to reduce climate pollution by 75% below 2005 levels by 2030 (3), and reach net zero emissions by 2035. And business leaders, state and territory governments and international allies are all calling for stronger action.
Building a vibrant, safer, zero emissions future for Australia requires strong leadership and ambitious climate policy. No matter the target, this isn’t a ‘set and forget’ situation. We need to keep stepping up our ambition.