Climate Tasmania launched

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAClimate advocacy has a new voice in Tasmania, with the launch of an expert body that is committed to lifting the profile of climate change across both government and business sectors.

Its aim is to: Provide timely, independent and authoritative advice to Tasmanian business, government and community leaders on climate change and appropriate policy responses.

Launching Climate Tasmania, Professor Lesley Hughes described human-induced climate change as the greatest challenge of our time. “Tasmania, like everywhere else, will be significantly affected by climate change, but there are also tremendous opportunities for Tasmania to take a leading role in dealing with the issue.”

The new body has been set up to replace the statutory advisory board, the Tasmanian Climate Action Council (TCAC), recently abolished by the state government. It comprises former members of the TCAC who have enthusiastically committed to continuing their work, together with new members, bringing broad expertise and great energy.

Co-coordinator of the new organisation, Mr Phil Harrington, said Tasmania has lost out badly as a result of national policy changes and there is too much to lose if it is complacent on these issues. “There is an urgency to make this a top priority in Tasmania’s economic and welfare planning.”

Lesley HughesProfessor Hughes said she is thrilled by the new state based initiative. “There’s a lot of goodwill in the Australian community and we’ve seen how the national Climate Council has filled the gap left by the abolition of the Climate Commission. Community and scientific concern about climate change is growing strongly and needs a voice.’

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Climate TasmaniaPhotos:
Top: Co-coordinators, Phil Harrington (left), Matthew Pitt (right).
Above: Prof Lesley Hughes
Left: Climate Tasmania members at launch. From left to right: Phil Harrington (co-convenor), Jess Feehely, Jan McDonald, James Risbey, Margaret Steadman, John Hunter, Lesley Hughes (national Climate Council), Matt Pitt (co-convenor) and Chris Harries.
Remote: Dr Nick Towle (connected via internet.)
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