The scientific evidence is now very clear that unless we move to 100% clean energy by 2030 and cut carbon pollution to zero by 2050, our state will be hit by more climate-related disasters like floods, cyclones, droughts and heatwaves. Dangerous climate change will bring serious disruptions to our way of life, including food shortages, mass migration and more wars and conflict.
Climate change endangers our health, our economy and our precious places. There is no escaping this reality, and it sounds pretty grim. But the climate crisis is also an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to make life better for everyone as well as cleaning up our economy. We could transform Australia into a carbon-neutral powerhouse that priorities new jobs in industries of the future, and makes our society better and fairer in the process.
I know local residents in my electorate want strong action on climate change, and that’s why I am constantly talking about it in the Queensland Parliament. In particular I’ve been calling for: