You have the power to influence climate policy: complete this NT Government survey by October 31st.
The Northern Territory Government released their report Climate Change Response: Towards 2050 on September 19th. It commits to a target of zero emissions by 2050, and a focus on a renewable energy economy. It's a step in the right direction but at only 24 pages it lacks detail; we need a concrete plan for climate action, now.
Central Australia is uniquely vulnerable to global heating, and is already feeling the effects. In 2018-2019, Alice Springs sweltered through a record 43 days above 40 degrees, according to Bureau of Meteorology data. The Northern Territory is also experiencing the loss of large swathes of mangroves across the Top End, coral reef bleaching, increased weed spread and changing seasons.
- The NT currently produces 3% of Australian emissions, with only 1% of the population
- NT emissions have risen 28% over the last 10 years
- Fracking in the NT could cause Australia's emissions to rise by over 5%
To have your say on the NT Climate Change Response and protect our precious arid lands, click here now. Deadline: October 31st.
Read the Arid Lands Environment Centre's media release on the NT Climate Change Response.
Get up to speed on the issue by reading previous climate policy submissions here.
The Australia Institute: NT fracking emissions would dwarf renewables target
Bureau of Meteorology: Special Climate Statement 68