My name is Billy and I am a volunteer with the AYCC in Victoria. I first heard about the AYCC through a friend during a discussion we were having about potential volunteer opportunities. She recommended them highly, and with climate change being something I already had an interest in, I was soon signing my first petitions and then expressed an interest to volunteer.
We are calling on the Federal Government to do much MUCH more to protect future generations from dangerous global warming following China’s commitment to peak its carbon pollution by 2030, if not sooner.
“World leaders have a responsibility to ensure young people aren’t growing up in a dangerously warming world” Dan Spencer, campaigner with the AYCC said. “China’s actions show the world is moving and Tony Abbott is leaving Australia behind by not setting strong pollution reduction targets”.
“China’s actions are welcome, but world leaders are still not setting us on a path to avoid two degrees of warming. With developing nations like China making these commitments, Tony Abbott must commit Australia to doing its part in leaving a fairer, cleaner planet for future generations” Mr Spencer said.
China has committed to:
Reducing its emissions intensity by 60-65 percent by 2030 on 2005 levels. The Climate Institute say if the same action was taken by Australia it would cut our emissions by 35-45 percent in 2030 based on 2005 levels.
Generating 20 percent of its primary energy use from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030.
“Australia can create new jobs in clean energy by using our boundless sun and wind resources to cut our pollution. It’s time we got on with the job” Mr Spencer said.
The Australian Youth Climate Coalition is calling for a 60% reduction of Australia’s carbon pollution by 2025 on 2000 levels and 80% by 2030.
For media inquiries/interview: Dan Spencer 0423 865 632