Is Tasmania really a world leader in climate action?

What does this actually mean?

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Doughnut Economics

As we come out of covid… a different way to move our economies forward.

A lot is being written lately about this new way of looking at economics, suited to the 21st century. How to apply this thinking to our post-covid recovery here in Tasmania?

In this 6 minute video [click on image], economist and author Kate Raworth neatly explains the concept.

Displacing growth with the things that matter.
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As the economy heats up again…. what then for climate?

Quite a number of government engagement processes are now under way as all three levels of government gradually shift into post-Covid recovery mode.

Climate change policy once again hangs in the balance as our governments, keen to revitalize their economies, develop and implement their recovery strategies. Here are some public consultations that are under way. Time to get pens out!

Federal Processes Underway:
Review of federal EPBC Act
Federal Technology Investment Roadmap / Covid Commission

Tasmanian Government Processes
Review of Tasmania’s Climate Act (2008)
Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan
Tasmania’s Economic and Social Recovery Plan (post Covid)

Local Government Processes
Hobart City Council’s Climate Strategy
(New draft strategy will be available here.)

[Note that deadlines for the above processes are at various stages. Please open the links to find out more. There has also been some confusion about the status of Hobart Council’s Climate Strategy. We are advised that a new draft paper, entitled: ‘Sustainable Hobart Action Plan: Responding to Climate Change’ is due to be released in the near future. ]

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The best ways to stop climate change?

It’s probably not what you think.

Most people think of this question through the simple meme – replace fossil fuels with renewables. Problem fixed.

Therein lies a thorny problem. Despite exponential growth of renewable energy during the past three decades global emissions have still been steadily rising – because many bigger factors are at play. We are heading for catastrophic 4.1 degree rise by the end of the century. What changes will make the biggest difference to this?

EN-Roads is smart simulation program that helps to fill out the total picture.
It’s especially a great resource for students.

Click on the graph to get started. (It may take a few moments to load.)

Play around with all of the variables to see how they change world temperature.

Since 1965 the proportion of world energy consumption contributed by fossil fuels has dropped from 94% to 85%. But since we need to be sharply reducing fossil fuel use rather than increasing it, as at present, this is cold comfort. Our governments need to think way, way beyond just renewable energy.

[There are various other buttons at the top of the page, so feel free to play around with the simulation program.]

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Climate Tasmania has previously engaged with the arts community in the interest of climate education. Here is an interesting recent interview with singer songwriter, Missy Higgins on this connection. Enjoy!

Missy Higgins Sostalgia
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In case you missed ‘Climate Of Change’ on Four Corners

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Climate change can’t remain unregulated

How jurisdictions are bringing climate under statutory control.

In the wake of shocking and costly tragedies, like the Australian bushfires, pressure is mounting on all governments everywhere to regulate climate change through meaningful sets of laws.

Tasmanian and Australian wildfires in 2019 and 2020 have increased pressure
on our governments to properly regulate climate

This is a necessary departure from the random, temporal policy directions and political divisions and contortions that have characterised climate debates in Australia for the past three decades.

Climate Tasmania’s David Hamilton has spearheaded our law reform project.

For the past two years Climate Tasmania has been advocating that a comprehensive Climate Act be implemented in Tasmania.

We’ve gone to great lengths to communicate these plans to all forty Tasmanian political representatives in both the lower and upper Houses of our parliament, inviting a cooperative approach to reform.

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What do we want the Tasmanian Parliament to do?

Climate Tasmania wants the Tasmanian Parliament to pass an ambitious, comprehensive, and detailed Climate Change Act.

We want the Act to provide: # strong action to minimise climate disruption and # a stable policy framework – both of which are based on climate science and evidence.

In pursuing this project, over the past 12 months we have:

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Reducing the carbon footprint of Tasmania’s cities

A significant component of the energy and carbon footprint of our cities stems from commercial buildings.

To date, three states – Victoria, NSW and South Australia – have taken steps to tackle this problem through a innovative type of financing called Environmental Upgrade Finance (EUF) schemes.

Can Tasmania do the same? Why hasn’t it? Will it? When?

Hobart CBD
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How Tasmania can lead the world….

Climate Tasmania has developed the presentation below to guide decision makers and members of the public in understanding how Tasmania’s climate legislation could become world leading.


Please click on image to open presentation.

The presentation is in PDF form, is self explanatory and can be viewed in 15 minutes. We welcome opportunities to present our ideas to MPs and organisations who wish to learn more.

Please feel free to contact us.

Media release:

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