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Climate future letter to PM

Climate Future has written an Open Letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison (and sent a copy to every Federal and NSW parliamentarian) pointing out that as the leader of the country he has a duty of care to protect its children from the consequences of climate change.

Climate Future Chair, Richard Weller, said he was compelled to write to the Prime Minister calling for urgent action because “the situation is dire and needs immediate mitigation.

“We are currently heading towards more than 3  ̊C increase, which would lead to a collapsing economy and geopolitical instability,” Mr Weller said. “This is now a question that can only be faced through top level political leadership.

“To avoid an economic and social catastrophe we must act urgently,” he said. “Every year of delay costs Australia $68 Billion/year.”

The Open Letter to Scott Morrison called upon the PM to “take the required leadership” as follows:

  1.          Set a target of net zero by 2045.
  2.          Set an interim target of 75% below 2005 levels by 2030.
  3.          Prepare a detailed policy plan to establish a schedule for changing Australia’s economic sector emissions to meet these targets.
  4.          Implement immediate measures to go to 90% renewable energy by 2030.
  5.          Implement immediate measures to encourage our vehicle fleet to transition to renewable energy with a target of 85% renewable in the transport sector by 2030.
  6.          Drive the economy towards net zero by properly enforcing the existing carbon trading system (reverse auctions for Australian carbon credit units together with effective reductions under the safeguard mechanism) OR implement a new more efficient price on carbon (e.g. the Australian Carbon Dividend recommended by the Citizens Climate Lobby).

Mr Weller said a target of 75% by 2030 would mean that there could be no new fossil fuel projects approved and that existing assets would need to be retired (including petrol/diesel vehicles).

“This would require proper management to minimize economic impacts and transition employees that are affected to new industries,” he said. “We are given the task of stewardship for this planet on which we live.

“Scientists across a broad range of disciplines are warning us that our climate system is spiralling towards disaster.

“We have a moral duty to cease emissions of greenhouse gases so that our children and grandchildren can avoid a chaotic climate and inherit the world in a healthy condition.

“We would be negligent to do otherwise.

“The delays of the last 30 years leave us in the position that the transition is now an emergency and immediate action is required to avoid disaster.

“No other course is open to us but to rapidly cut our emissions.

“Climate change impacts are already affecting Australians. Examples include the 2019-20 bushfire season and the increasing drought situation across the Murray-Darling basin.

“Fabulous opportunities exist for Australia in the new low carbon economy if we act now.

“Instead of mining coal and gas we can mine our abundant sun and wind resources to export renewable energy to the world,” Mr Weller said.

CEN News Headlines

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    NSW Minister for Planning Mr Rob Stokes MP and the Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Mr Adam Crouch MP must stop a Central Coast Council planning proposal that could see privately-owned environmental land rezoned and cleared. CEN’s newly-elected Chair, Mr Gary Chestnut, said he encouraged all residents that live

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  • Federal ruling shows courts understand climate emergency

    A Federal Court judgement made on Thursday, July 8, that found the Australian Government must assess the risk to future generations of emissions from burning fossil fuels, has been welcomed by the Central Coast’s Climate Future group. “This ruling will hopefully demonstrate that the Australian Government, including the Prime Minister

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  • Council Inquiry must probe disastrous accounting change

    A voluntary change to accounting practices adopted by the first Central Coast Council Administrator in 2016 was disastrous for the new council and must be examined as part of the Public Inquiry being conducted by Roslyn McCulloch. Chair of the Community Environment Network (CEN), Mr Gary Chestnut, said the group

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  • Open Letter to Prime Minister calls for Climate Change leadership

    Climate Future has written an Open Letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison (and sent a copy to every Federal and NSW parliamentarian) pointing out that as the leader of the country he has a duty of care to protect its children from the consequences of climate change. Climate Future Chair,

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  • Refusal of Springfield subdivision welcome

    The Community Environment Network (CEN) supports the Central Coast Council’s recommendation to refuse an application for a four-lot subdivision on environmentally valuable land at 35 to 45 Clarence Road, Springfield. “CEN hopes the Local Planning Panel adheres to the recommendation and refuses this proposal when it meets on Thursday,” said

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  • CEN will continue to campaign against community and environmental asset sales

    The Community Environment Network (CEN) has thanked Central Coast Council Administrator, Mr Rik Hart, for making it clear that he will not be reclassifying Community Land as part of Council’s asset sales program “unless absolutely necessary”. “Those were Mr Hart’s words and CEN will do our best to hold him

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  • Plant a tree this World Environment Day

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  • Walk to celebrate World Environment Day

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  • VEGETATION LOSS DUE TO JOHN WHITEWAY OVER-DEVELOPMENT WILL BE ‘DENUDING AND UNSIGHTLY’

    Proposed amendments to the State Significant Development (SSD) at 89 John Whiteway Drive, Gosford, although welcome, will not address the excessive bulk and scale of the proposal or the substantial loss of vegetation, according to the Community Environment Network (CEN). “The developer has argued the former quarry on the site

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  • CEN calls for Local Planning Panels to monitor excessive variations to planning standards

    The Community Environment Network (CEN) has called for audits and penalties to stop excessive development variations through over-use of Clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP (NSW’s uniform planning tool). In its submission to the Review of Clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP, CEN said the use (and abuse)

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  • NSW Government must make pollution and health data available for clean air strategy to be credible

    The Community Environment Network (CEN) has urged the NSW Government to integrate National Pollution Inventory (NPI) data with known rates of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTI) on the Central Coast to measure the full impact of power station fallout on the local population. CEN Executive member, Mr Mike Campbell OAM,

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  • Hydrogen hubs and carbon capture no fix for climate - Climate Future

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    The Central Coast Community Better Planning Group (CCCBPG) and the Community Environment Network (CEN) have urged NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, The Hon Rob Stokes MP, to refuse a planning proposal from Central Coast Council. Chair of CCCBPG and Executive Member of CEN, Mr Gary Chestnut, said he

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  • CEN's submission on mountain biking in COSS

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