Will you sign the open letter?
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The Hon. Prime Minister Scott Morrison,
Our country is facing multiple challenges in 2020 that affect the lives and livelihoods of people across the country.
Australians have shown incredible resolve in response to the global pandemic and economic downturn while rebuilding from catastrophic climate-fuelled bushfires.
Communities are looking to your government to show greater leadership when tackling these challenges. Increased ambition on climate and jobs is central to addressing them.
We write to you, Prime Minister, to urge you to demonstrate your commitment to creating jobs and securing a better future for all Australians.
We call on your government to publicly commit to:
Taking an increased 2030 Emissions Reduction Target to the COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow, November 2021.
Establishing the country’s first Climate and Energy Jobs Target to ensure government programs create jobs while cutting emissions.
Setting an Emissions Reduction Target for 2040 to set the direction for our economy, provide certainty to business, and help Australia meet its obligations to the Paris Agreement.
A commitment to these positive initiatives would give Australians hope and economic security.
Increased ambition on climate and jobs would continue to create opportunities for many workers and their communities.
For example, wind turbine manufacturers Keppel Prince in Portland, Victoria and Hayward’s Steel in Tasmania; Vestas wind turbine assembly workers in Geelong; and the construction crews building world-class solar, wind, and storage facilities in regional Australia.
The European Union recently increased its short-term emissions reduction target to 55 percent by 2030 as it strives towards net-zero emissions by 2050. And China, the world’s largest emitter and our largest trading partner, has publicly stated a commitment to achieve net-zero emissions before 2060.
If the Federal government fails to lift its ambition, then Australians risk missing out on good jobs and a bright future.
The year 2020 will be remembered for catastrophic bushfires, a global pandemic, and economic turmoil.
Will it also be remembered as a turning point for national climate policy? That is up to you, Prime Minister.
We would appreciate a response to this open letter by Monday 9 November.