The Australian Greens will launch a national action plan for combating climate change in the next six months, pledging to create an emissions trading scheme to boost renewable energy and help businesses cope with a rapidly changing climate.
The Greens will announce the plan at their national conference next week, with the plan to be made public later this year.
Greens leader Adam Bandt will also outline a national climate action plan to the National Press Club on Saturday, saying it would give the party the confidence to take action on climate change, including in the future.
In a speech on Wednesday, Mr Bandt said the Greens were committed to tackling climate change and that Australia was a nation of great national pride and ambition.
“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time,” Mr Bandc is expected to say.
And we will do so by focusing on the long-term costs of climate change for Australians.”””
Our aim is to build on the great work we have done over the past decade, to build a new model for a more sustainable future.”
And we will do so by focusing on the long-term costs of climate change for Australians.””
We have the capacity and ambition to make that happen,” Mr Barlett said.”
It is important for the Greens to show the Australian people they are not just another political party.
“The Greens will also unveil a national carbon price, a carbon price calculator and a carbon budget.
The national climate plan will provide a blueprint for how the party will move from a low-carbon economy to one that is greener, with emissions falling to zero by 2050 and continuing to decline until 2040.
But the Greens will not be abandoning their support for a national emissions trading system, despite the Greens leader saying they are committed to the scheme.
Green Party leader Adam Barlett says the party is committed to taking action on the climate.
Photo: Daniel Munoz The plan will see the carbon price rise to $30 a tonne by 2030, and $30 by 2035.
It will also see the cap on greenhouse gas emissions cut to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 2035, and to zero emissions by 2030.
Mr Barlett will say the Greens are committed not only to climate change but to the environment.”
We will work to make sure our nation has the greatest climate action of all,” he said.
Labor and the Greens have also said they will oppose any emissions trading plans.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has called for the emissions trading plan to remain a part of Labor’s climate change policy, arguing it was not the party’s strong stance on the issue.
But the federal Labor party is not backing down, with shadow environment minister David Littleproud saying the Greens “will continue to fight for our national climate policy”.”
We’ll be working to get the best climate action possible from the federal government and it will be the Greens that will be responsible for putting the policy into place,” Mr Littlepant said.
He said Mr Bartt would not “put Australia in a position of having to choose between the Green Party and the Coalition” but that he would “absolutely” work to ensure the plan remained in place.”
What we’re doing is building a strong national climate strategy,” Mr Shorten said.
The Greens leader says his party is also committed to protecting Australia’s national parks and wildlife.
Mr Bartt will say that the Greens would work to protect Australian forests and nature reserves, and he will make the case that Australia is a “green, beautiful country”.”
Australia is a world leader when it comes to environmental protection and we will continue to work hard to protect our environment and our national treasures.””
We have an extraordinary national park system that has the highest conservation standards in the world.
Australia is a world leader when it comes to environmental protection and we will continue to work hard to protect our environment and our national treasures.”
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