Hobart youth on a mission to solve climate change

YOUNG people in Hobart have banded together to demonstrate their support for stronger action on climate change.
And their aspiring vision for a safe climate future may just be one step closer to realisation thanks to the backing of Independent Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie.
Mr Wilkie provided his signature to the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s (AYCC) “Safe Climate Roadmap” and recently, attended a “thank you” morning tea organised by members of the group and local residents in Hobart.
The AYCC roadmap has been signed by more than 10,000 individuals across the country and details a vision for ambitious action to secure a safe climate future.
The plan aims to reduce pollution by at least 40 per cent by 2020, invest in transitioning to 100 per cent renewable energy within 10 years and move Australia beyond coal and gas.
Mr Wilkie applauded the AYCC for its common sense, big heart and competent campaigning.
“Such actions will help clean up our environment, prepare Australia for the future global economy and reduce the inter-generational social injustice caused by the environmental recklessness of the current and past generations,” he said.
AYCC Tasmania state coordinator Jessie Westbury said: “After the Federal Government’s recent budget it is more important than ever that we have voices like Mr Wilkie’s in parliament pushing for stronger action on climate change.”
Ms Westbury said the government should be investing heavily in the renewable energy sector, not making cuts.
“Climate change is already increasing the intensity and frequency of many extreme weather events which has significant risks for Australians,” she said.
“Last summer, Australia broke 156 records and we saw the earliest start to the bushfire season.
“There is a high risk that extreme weather like heat waves, heavy rainfall, bushfires, droughts and cyclones will become even more severe over the coming decades – increasing the risks of adverse consequences to human health, agriculture, infrastructure and the environment.”
The AYCC is a coalition of Australia’s largest youth organisations and more than 50,000 young people from across the country.
The AYCC’s mission is to build a generation-wide movement to solve climate change before it is too late, through bringing about short-term political impact and long-term cultural change.

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