The Northern Territory is a really special place. From the desert country to the tropical north, the Territory is home to vast wild places and unique animals and plants. Aboriginal people have called the Territory home for many thousands of years.
The Territory environment is already being impacted by climate change with increased temperatures, the loss of large swathes of mangroves across the Top End, coral reef bleaching, increased weed spread and changing seasons.
Unfortunately Northern Territory emissions have risen 28% over the last ten years and are continuing to rise with the INPEX Ichthys gas project coming online, the opening up of the Territory to unconventional gas production, new land clearing permits, and increased offshore gas processing.
Developing the Northern Territory as a Gas Hub is incompatible with meaningful climate action. Territorians have spoken up strongly against fracking in the NT, yet fracking is scheduled to go ahead in 2019.
Territorians deserve a safe climate and ALEC is
- Campaigning for the Northern Territory Government to adopt a climate policy with a target of net zero emissions by 2050.
- Working towards local adaptation planning measures and climate action plans
- Campaigning to ban fracking
ALEC is a strong voice for climate action in the NT and with Environment Centre NT presented the NT Climate Response Statement to the Northern Territory Government in September 2018. The Statement has 36 signatories urging the NT Government to set a net zero emissions by 2050 target.
See the NT Climate Response Statement
Sign the NT Climate Petition here
A comprehensive climate policy is urgently needed to outline how the Northern Territory will reduce emissions, provide certainty for business and the economy, and to provide planning for how urban and remote NT communities will adjust to a warming world. The Northern Territory Government released a Climate Discussion Paper in 2018, and will release a draft Climate Strategy for comment early 2019.
Read the response to the NT Climate Discussion Paper by climate scientist, Dr Ellin Lede; "Increasing Climate Resilience in the Northern Territory: Harnessing Opportunities and Mitigating Climate Risk".
For more information on climate change risks and impacts in the NT download the NT Climate Change Brief
ALEC understands that the most marginalised and vulnerable members of our community, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are often the least responsible for ecological risks and threats but are the most affected by their emergence. ALEC is developing resources to help Aboriginal people understand climate change and its impacts.
Check out the Climate Change in Central Australia animations, translated into the Arrernte and Warlpiri languages.