Labor’s climate change policy.
Climate change is one of the most significant and complex challenges facing our community. Climate change is no longer a vague or distant threat – it is here and it is having environmental, social and economic impacts that cannot be ignored.
Tasmania has seen first hand the impact of increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather events like the floods of 2016 and the severe bushfires of 2013 and in Tasmania’s world heritage areas in 2016.
We have seen what weather variability can do to our energy security, with the energy crisis in late 2015 and early 2016.
Warming waters have brought challenges that we haven’t seen in Tasmania before, like Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome.
Increased weather and climate variability has the risk of negative impacts on people’s health, placing increased cost of living pressures on many in the community who are already least able to afford it.
Labor is committed to ensuring that Tasmania is a leader in response to climate change.
Our climate policy is based around five key areas: