75 By 2030
Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister
Hon Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy
The snow industry contributes well over $2 billion annually to the national economy and is one of the biggest employers in regional Australia, accounting for the equivalent of more than 20,000 full-time jobs.
The mountains of Australia are a unique part of our continent, providing water for farming, wonderful environments for recreation, and a vital part of our unique biodiversity.
But all of this is at risk from climate change.
Climate science makes it clear that we need to act now and reduce greenhouse gas emissions if we are to have a hope of holding overall warming under 2°C. Australia must do its part.
Going above 1.5°C will mean the end of winters as we currently know them.
At the UN sponsored COP27 climate talks to be held in late 2022, countries will be asked to declare updated plans to cut emissions by 2030.
This is Australia’s chance to show that it is taking climate change seriously and that we will do our part to reduce emissions as a good member of the global community.
I urge your government to strengthen its current emission reduction targets from 43% by 2030 to a target that is aligned with what climate science tells us is necessary: 75% by 2030.
Acting on the science will show that Australia is a leader on climate. It will show we take the concerns of our Pacific neighbours seriously. It will unlock huge employment and investment potential as we transition to 100% renewables. It will also mean we are doing our bit to save winter and keep the mountains and employment that we already have in the Australian Alps.