With WA Labor MPs meeting in Albany on Tuesday Feb 6th, we have an important opportunity to let our political representatives know we demand better from the Cook Government on climate and environment!
The WA Government recently introduced the long-awaited WA Climate Bill, but it was sadly rushed through with minimal consultation and is missing an all-important 2030 emissions reduction target.
WA is the only state that has not set a 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, putting off reducing emissions till 2035 at a time when we need rapid climate action to stop the rampant bushfires, floods and other impacts that are harming Australians.
Also late last year, after NO community consultation, the Cook Labor government has announced plans to severely undermine WA's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), caving into pressure from industry groups and gas corporations.
We know communities in WA want to see stronger protections from fracking oil & gasfields - yet the announced changes would destroy public confidence in environmental decision-making and pave the way for accelerated destruction of WA's unique and world-renowned nature.
The EPA is an advisory body, and it must be free and resourced to conduct rigorous assessments of proposed developments and provide scientifically sound advice to government. The proposed changes include removing the public’s right to appeal environmental decisions.
We can’t let the Cook Government continue to pander to the oil and gas industry and put off real climate action. This coming Tuesday is a great opportunity to show our government that West Australians want climate action.
Join us from 8-9am outside the Dog Rock Motel Convention Centre to hand out flyers, hold up a banner and signs, and hopefully have some conversations as Labor MPs from across the state gather in Albany(their meeting starts at 9). We are joining Albany Community Environment Centre for this action, and local media have been invited.