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3 weeks ago

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"Janice Blanock's son Luke died of Ewing Sarcoma at 19 thinking he didn't do enough before he left this earth. Watch her speech at a public meeting on the spike in rare cancers in southwestern PA in the new video just released by the Environmental Health Project. vimeo.com/350343000

Luke Blanock was one of 67 children diagnosed with rare cancers in four counties where shale gas development began in Pennsylvania.

His mom intends to do enough before she leaves this earth and that means protecting the environment for future generations. She's asking all of us to do the same. "What will you do? Who will you stand up for? Will you do enough before you leave this earth?"

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Film maker Josh Fox wrote:

"For 10 years I’ve been watching western Pennsylvania get fracked to hell. Neither Democrats nor Republicans have acted effectively in Pennsylvania at any level of government to stop the fracking onslaught.

Now people are dying- children are dying of cancer and other strange illnesses. We knew this was coming. We must BAN Fracking in the state of Pennsylvania. And we must hold Governor Brown accountable.

Karen Feridun and her group have been doing amazing work- please sign their petition. See Karen‘s message forwarded below. This affects everyone of us in the United States.

Thanks so much for caring,"

#Fracking #BanFracking
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2 months ago

Frack Free Geelong

[ Important survey: ] Have your say about what Victoria should do over the next five years and beyond to set the State on a pathway to net zero greenhouse gas emissions - by 2050, or sooner.

The government is seeking input from Victorians to inform its decision on targets and consideration of priority actions to reduce Victoria’s emissions to inform development of pledges to 2025.

Currently the ACT is leading Australia in their commitment to action on climate change, delivering 100% renewable electricity by 2020 and zero net emissions by 2045 at the latest. Finland, as an entire nation, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2035.

Could Victoria show more climate action leadership that what is currently suggested?

HAVE YOUR SAY
→ The survey questions on this page outline the issues the Victorian Government is particularly interested in receiving stakeholder feedback on:
engage.vic.gov.au/climate-change-reducing-victorias-greenhouse-gas-emissions

You do not need to answer all questions. The state government also welcome written submissions, which can be uploaded at the bottom of the page.

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Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Climate Change: Reducing Victoria’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

"The Victorian Government is committed to delivering strong and lasting action on climate change for the community. The Climate Change Act 2017 provides Victoria with a world-leading legislative foundation to manage climate change risks, maximise the opportunities that arise from decisive action, and drive our transition to a climate resilient community and economy with net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Under the Climate Change Act 2017 the government must determine emissions reduction targets for 2025 and 2030 by 31 March 2020. It must also develop five yearly sector pledges which describe the actions government will take to reduce Victorian's emissions. The first round of pledges to meet Victoria’s interim target to 2025 must be finalised by 1 August 2020.

There are significant advantages for Victoria in taking strong action on climate change now. We can improve the productivity and competitiveness of Victoria’s economy, while creating new jobs and investment opportunities in emerging low-carbon industries.

Independent Expert Panel's Advice
The government received a report from the Independent Expert Panel on Interim Emissions Reduction Targets chaired by the Hon Greg Combet AM. The Independent Expert Panel’s recommended interim targets and indicative emissions trajectories to 2050 are summarised in the figure below. The Panel’s report will inform the government’s decision on interim targets"

#ClimateEmergency
#ClimateEmergencyDeclaration
#ClimateAction
#ClimateChange
#ZeroCarbon2025

→ Related news stories:
Finland pledges to become carbon neutral by 2035
www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/04/finland-pledges-to-become-carbon-neutral-by-2035

→ The Bank of Canada declared climate change a financial risk
www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-the-bank-of-canada-declared-climate-change-a-...[ Important survey: ] Have your say about what Victoria should do over the next five years and beyond to set the State on a pathway to net zero greenhouse gas emissions - by 2050, or sooner.

The government is seeking input from Victorians to inform its decision on targets and consideration of priority actions to reduce Victoria’s emissions to inform development of pledges to 2025.

Currently the ACT is leading Australia in their commitment to action on climate change, delivering 100% renewable electricity by 2020 and zero net emissions by 2045 at the latest. Finland, as an entire nation, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2035.

Could Victoria show more climate action leadership that what is currently suggested?

HAVE YOUR SAY
→ The survey questions on this page outline the issues the Victorian Government is particularly interested in receiving stakeholder feedback on:
engage.vic.gov.au/climate-change-reducing-victorias-greenhouse-gas-emissions

You do not need to answer all questions. The state government also welcome written submissions, which can be uploaded at the bottom of the page.

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"Environment Victoria is calling on the Andrews government to set stronger targets than the advice given by its independent panel that was tabled in Parliament today."
environmentvictoria.org.au/2019/06/06/andrews-government-faces-major-test-of-climate-credentials/

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Friends of the Earth say greater ambition is needed from the state government when it comes to cutting emissions:

"The Federal Coalition's failure to act on the climate crisis leaves Victorian communities exposed to intensifying heatwaves, droughts, bushfires, and rising sea levels,” said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth’s climate spokesperson.

“Now more than ever we need the Victorian Labor government to show political leadership and set the targets needed to meet 1.5°C challenge.”

“The Andrews government pledged to limit warming to 1.5°C, now it’s time to deliver.”

The Combet report notes that cuts of 67 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 would be needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C and acknowledges “climate science clearly demonstrates that a 1.5°C world would be much safer, with significantly lower impacts than 2°C of warming.”

The Combet report, however, fails to recommend a cut of 67 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 on the basis that other countries have not taken commensurate commitments and action.

Friends of the Earth says countries are expected to increase targets to meet the 1.5°C challenge at the United Nation’s Climate Action Summit in September. Finland, which has a comparable population to Victoria, has this week set a target of zero-net emissions by 2035.

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Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Climate Change: Reducing Victoria’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

"The Victorian Government is committed to delivering strong and lasting action on climate change for the community. The Climate Change Act 2017 provides Victoria with a world-leading legislative foundation to manage climate change risks, maximise the opportunities that arise from decisive action, and drive our transition to a climate resilient community and economy with net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Under the Climate Change Act 2017 the government must determine emissions reduction targets for 2025 and 2030 by 31 March 2020. It must also develop five yearly sector pledges which describe the actions government will take to reduce Victorian's emissions. The first round of pledges to meet Victoria’s interim target to 2025 must be finalised by 1 August 2020.

There are significant advantages for Victoria in taking strong action on climate change now. We can improve the productivity and competitiveness of Victoria’s economy, while creating new jobs and investment opportunities in emerging low-carbon industries.

Independent Expert Panel's Advice
The government received a report from the Independent Expert Panel on Interim Emissions Reduction Targets chaired by the Hon Greg Combet AM. The Independent Expert Panel’s recommended interim targets and indicative emissions trajectories to 2050 are summarised in the figure below. The Panel’s report will inform the government’s decision on interim targets"

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#ClimateEmergency
#ClimateEmergencyDeclaration
#ClimateAction
#ClimateChange
#ZeroCarbon2025

→ Related news stories:
Finland pledges to become carbon neutral by 2035
www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/04/finland-pledges-to-become-carbon-neutral-by-2035

→ The Bank of Canada declared climate change a financial risk
www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-the-bank-of-canada-declared-climate-change-a-...
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3 months ago

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