Climate and environment groups demand Garnaut aims lower

\ClimateLocal community climate groups across the country have joined with environment organisations in a last ditch call for the Garnaut Review to take a stronger stand on climate policy.

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Embargo: 5am, Friday, September 19, 2008
Climate and environment groups demand Garnaut aims lower


Local community climate groups across the country have joined with environment organisations in a last ditch call for the Garnaut Review to take a stronger stand on climate policy.

Professor Garnaut called for additional input on carbon emissions targets after scientists criticised his interim report earlier this month. He is due to release his final report at the end of the month.

The open letter signed by almost 50 climate action groups, state conservation councils and national environment organisation Friends of the Earth Australia warns Professor Garnaut that his draft emission targets would lead to catastrophe and calls for urgent modelling of much stronger targets.

“It is not good enough for Professor Garnaut to say we face disaster and than say but it is all too hard to do what is needed,” Damien Lawson, National Climate Justice Coordinator, Friends of the Earth Australia said today.

“We are calling on Professor Garnaut to recommend urgent modelling on a target of 300-325 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Only this target can retain the Arctic ice cap, prevent multi-metre sea-level rises, stop the permafrost bomb and perhaps even save our coral reefs.”

“Surely our policy must be based on what the science demands, not what Professor Garnaut believes is politically possible.”

“There is a growing awareness in the community that climate policy making is happening in this moral free zone, when morality should be at the centre of our decision making. This letter reflects that community concern.”

“For example, in Asia, more than a billion people populate river basins draw on melt-water from the Himalayan-Hindu Kush ice sheet during the dry season, yet it is expected that the ice-sheet could be effectively gone by mid-century. We want to know what price Professor Garnaut puts on the lives of a billion people who get their water from the Himalaya glacial melt? Or the hundred million people who rely on coral reefs?”

“Waiting for a global agreement while the disaster looms, may seem like good politics, but can not be justified.”

Contact: Damien Lawson 0419 253 342

 

You can find the open letter here .