“There’s still a future where we retain the beauty and wonder of this world for future generations”.
We heard from the celebrities of Australian politics and environmentalism, with Session 2 on Stand Up Leadership featuring among others Peter Garret, and independent MP Zali Steggall who in March introduced a members bill to Parliament: the Climate Change Act, designed to lock into law that net zero must be achieved by mid century. As Ms Steggall calmly observed “We don’t even know the questions that we’ll need to have answers for in the next ten to fifteen years”. Clear government leadership and policies would allow business to tailor their future visions to known targets and big picture change.
We heard from those who had already declared a Climate Emergency – local government and Councils, from Clover Moore Lord Mayor of Sydney, Shane Rattenbury Minister of ACT, Carol Sparks Mayor of Glen Innes NSW, Cr Trent McCarthy of City of Darebin. As Cr Rattenbury noted “the Declaration of a Climate Emergency is a trigger for action”. An example is the ACT Climate Change Strategy 2019-2025 which establishes a pathway to achieving net zero emissions, while outlines steps and targets that are transparent to business, government and community.