THE historic Paris summit has concluded with 187 countries signing the agreement to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
Paris tells us we need to significantly and rapidly reduce our carbon emissions and phase out fossil fuels to make sure as a global community we actually achieve these targets. The summit sent a very clear signal that the whole world is going renewable as quickly as possible – and we must make sure Australia does the same.
The whole world, except perhaps our own politicians, understands that to achieve the target set in Paris 80% of all Australian coal reserves must stay in the ground. Clearly our governments must not allow any new coal mines in this country, and governments need to realise that this is an economic opportunity, not an economic crisis. There are enormous jobs and investment prospects after the Paris agreement. The age of coal is over, and Australia must embrace the arrival of the renewable energy era.
The burning of coal is a major contributor to global warming and reef destruction. We simply cannot have coral and coal – regardless of what ill-informed politicians say. We must support the transition to clean energy production, and create a low carbon economy that protects our environment and creates jobs that don’t risk human health or the climate of our planet for future generations.
Sandra Williams Airlie Beach