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.
The Australian Youth Climate Coalition condemns today's deal to hand cash to the biggest polluters, also known as the Government's Direct Action policy.
Lucy Manne, AYCC National Co-Director, said this is a disastrous move, and shows that the Government is committed to putting the interests of the fossil fuel industry ahead of the Australian community.
"This policy is a smokescreen. It will line the pockets of the big polluters, using taxpayer money, and will fail to deliver the ambitious pollution reduction we need.
"Modelling has shown it is unlikely to even reach a 5% pollution reduction target - let alone the much more ambitious targets that we need, and that the rest of the world is taking on.
"Clive Palmer says his party takes climate change seriously - but now he's offering political cover to a Prime Minister who has described climate change a 'absolute crap', and is proposing a policy that will give cash handouts to polluters with no significant benefit for the environment. We don't need another inquiry - we need a more ambitious pollution reduction target and a substantive policy that will deliver it.
"The rest of the world is moving to take ambitious steps to tackle climate change and transition to a clean energy future. The US is on track to meet a 17% pollution reduction target, and the EU has a 20% target. Australia is the sunniest country in the world, and one of the windiest. We should be a world leader on renewable energy - not giving handouts to our dirtiest polluters.
"Today's announcement is an embarrassment on the world stage."