The gas industry has grown into Western Australia’s (WA’s) largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Five facilities in WA have been a key driver of rising carbon emissions nationally, while the overturned state-wide fracking ban could drive up further emissions.
All this in a critical decade for climate action when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned of the need to drastically reduce emissions in order to avoid tipping over 1.5
2020 has been such a challenging year – making it even more important to acknowledge and celebrate people-powered wins.
It’s been a huge few months for the 350 movement, and I want to share 10 ways our movement has had an impact:
Our Islands Our Home
Torres Strait Islanders are leading the powerful campaign, Our Islands Our Home, to call for action to protect their homes from climate change, and bringing the first climate change case against the Australian federal government over human rights.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is pushing big subsidies for gas as a key part of the upcoming budget and our economic recovery from the pandemic. Subsidising the gas industry means there’s less to spend on communities who are struggling as a result of the pandemic. Recovery spending should benefit people and the environment, not just serve the interests of multinational fossil fuel companies that pay little or no tax, and employ very few Australians.
What even is the EPBC?
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) was passed by the Howard Government to protect ‘nationally significant’ animals, plants, habitats and places from any potential negative impacts before changes in land use or new developments are approved.
The EPBC covers: