Recent record-setting disasters in Queensland, Tasmania and elsewhere in the country highlight how quickly climate change is altering our environment and increasing the exposure and vulnerability of Australian communities. The latest science suggests that the severity and frequency of many of these climate-related impacts will increase exponentially.
After six years of neglect from the Liberals, Australia urgently needs a national policy to build its resilience to climate change and adapt to inevitable climate impacts. The Liberal’s terrible record on cutting carbon pollution is matched by their record on climate change adaptation.
After six years of government, the Liberals have taken Australia backwards by:
Despite the Liberal’s negligence on this critical issue, an enormous amount of work has taken place and is currently underway to build Australia’s resilience to climate and disaster risk at state and local levels, in the private sector, civil society, at Australian universities and scientific research institutions and in many Commonwealth Government departments. This work needs national leadership to deliver community resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Around 85 per cent of the population now live in coastal regions and the Australian coast is of immense economic, social and environmental importance to the nation. Australians love their beaches and coastal environments, and they know climate change induced sea level rise poses a risk to their beloved beaches.
Australia’s coastal communities are already seeing the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels in increased coastal erosion, a loss of dunes and inundation. They rightly want leadership from government to address the climate impacts already being felt by their communities.
Labor’s Climate Adaptation and Coastal Rehabilitation Plan
Labor will act to build the resilience of communities to climate change impacts and restore our coasts.
Labor’s Climate Adaptation and Coastal Rehabilitation Plan will address the damage that the Liberals have done to national leadership and capacity in climate adaptation, re-invigorate
the crucial research needed to support adaptation action on the ground, coordinate local, state and national efforts to support climate adaptation and resilience, and it will deliver direct support to local communities and government to restore already impacted coasts.
Our plan includes:
Labor’s Climate Adaptation and Coastal Resilience plan will also be informed by Labor’s triennial Australian Climate Change Assessments, which will provide the most comprehensive and detailed assessment of actual and potential climate change impacts on Australia ever performed. Our Plan represents the largest investment in climate change adaptation and resilience in over six years.
After six years of accelerating climate change impacts on our coasts and other environments, and after six years of neglect from the Liberals, a Shorten Labor Government will provide the leadership our communities and industries have been crying out for. Labor will ensure our communities are able to adapt and grow resilience to climate change impacts.
Only a Shorten Labor Government will restore our beaches, invest in the science and provide the leadership Australia desperately needs.