Victorian safe climate bill

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A Safe Climate Bill for Victoria

Community climate action group Lighter Footprints are involved in a collaborative project with Greenleap Strategic Institute and Friends of the Earth (Melbourne) to develop a Safe Climate Bill for Victoria.

The project aims to develop a draft Bill that, if implemented, would establish Victoria’s commitment to climate protection and create a framework to meet Victoria’s share of the global obligation to reduce carbon emissions to address its historical carbon debt and provide for a safe climate future.

This draft Bill will be guided by an expert advisory committee and developed through collaboration between the above parties and other climate action groups.

It is hoped it will provide a contrasting and alternative piece of legislation to the draft Climate Change Bill currently being developed by the Victorian Government.

For more information about this project contact: Fiona Armstrong, Safe Climate Bill project coordinator: fiona-armstrong AT bigpond.com, or phone 0438 900 005.

[edit] Documents

[edit] Victorian Government draft bill

The key proposals included in a draft bill presented to some interest groupgs by the Victorian Government in early June 2010 were:

  • The environment minister develop a plan explaining how government departments and agencies should adapt to climate change.
  • The $23 million "climate communities" program, which issues grants for grass roots projects, be formalised in legislation.
  • The Forestry Rights Act be amended to establish carbon rights for landholders wanting to have their trees and soil recognised as a carbon sink.
  • The environment minister would report every two years on the current and predicted impact of climate change and the operation of the bill.

An election promise to set a state target to cut emissions by 60 per cent by 2050 was abandoned because it would be impossible to divorce from the national target.

Environment Victoria campaigns director Mark Wakeham said a climate change bill needed to reduce emissions stating "If it doesn't, it is not addressing the problem."[1]

[edit] References

  1. Bill 'fails to tackle carbon', The Age, June 5, 2010
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