Why We Need Immediate Action on Climate Change

Politicians make promises, and people get kind of used to being let down by them. I am no politician and will never be one. I am a social rights activist, and someone who gives a voice to the voiceless.

I won’t make promises, I will give the young people of Australia the platform to take their own action.

As you can see by the student strikes demanding action on climate change, they already have the wisdom and the heart to do what’s right. They just need to be given an active capacity to vote in the laws and governance that dictate their future.

This is where I come in.

I can feel the wave of change coming from all parts of Australia with this election

Voters everywhere are saying that they are sick and tired of the way our government has been running our country.

We know that our environment is in danger, and we also know that our government has had this information for far too long to have been sitting on it and failing to act.

I believe that politics needs to change vastly, and I believe that Australia is ready for this change.

We are sick of our government making decisions that directly endanger our climate and our natural environment without accountability or consequences. We are sick of people making decisions with the wrong focus.

My focus is to listen to young people, and make sure they have the information they need to make informed decisions.

We need immediate change around protection of our environment. This is not a ten-year plan or 20- year plan, it starts now.

To quote a fantastic article from David Ritter in The Saturday Paper,

“Last October, the special report of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned we have just over a decade to act if we want to limit the rise in global average temperatures to no more than 1.5 degrees.

What is needed is possible but demands total commitment. According to the IPCC, “Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.”

But the consequences of exceeding 1.5 degrees would be catastrophic.”


This includes:

  • Decarbonising the economy
  • Investing in renewable energy for a complete transfer to renewable energy options
  • Australia-wide implementation of solar panels and wind farms
  • Reduction in mining and dependence on fossil fuels
  • Protecting and regenerating what is left of our precious environment.

We know that our resources are limited, and we need to keep being innovative to look for ways to reduce our usage. We also need to immediately invest in far greater research to investigate possible options for 100% renewable energy.

We don’t just need a cleaner and more sustainable future, we need a future, full stop

In Australia, we have one of the poorest records for sustainable energy options in the industrialised world. We have until now depended way too highly on coal and other fossil fuels to keep our country going.

I, like many other Australians, have become embarrassed by our country’s standing on the international stage. We have not been doing anywhere near enough to halt climate change, and we have not been doing anywhere near enough to protect the vulnerable people in our community.

My position is to give every Australian young person the best possible future, which includes a healthy and sustainable environment. Our government has been managing climate issues with complete disregard for Australia’s young people, who have had no say in who is in power or what that government decides to do (or not do).

I am working to give these young people both a voice and a future.

I am sick of a lack of authenticity and I am sick of people getting into politics for the wrong reasons – I am here to do things differently to the way they have always been done. The old ways are no good and need to be left in the past.

It is the time for smaller parties and for independent candidates who come in with their hearts on their sleeves and the people’s best interests in their intentions. It is time for strong people who are willing to take immediate action.

It is a sign of the great frustration of the Australian people that I and other independents are standing up to turn politics on its head.

Our young people depend on us and this is a massive responsibility, but I refuse to let them just depend on me – I will directly ask them what they need and give them the voice to speak for themselves.

They are Australia - they know what Australia needs.

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