Australia will meet its international climate targets without wrecking the economy and driving power prices sky high.
The federal government today announced a $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package which it will take to the upcoming election.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australians recognise climate change and the importance of protecting the environment.
“We will meet our global commitments, and do what is right for our environment, without taking a wrecking ball to the economy,” Mr Morrison said.
“We have an obligation to preserve the environment for our children.
“We also have an obligation to hand over a strong economy, where are kids and grandkids can get jobs.
“We will meet our commitments in practical ways by working with land holders, farmers, businesses and indigenous communities.
“There will be further announcements ahead but as part of the $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package, we will invest a further $2 billion in the Climate Solutions Fund.”
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said Far North Queenslanders recognise climate change and the importance of protecting the environment.
“Far North Queenslanders are passionate about our local natural environment and are extremely concerned about the effects of climate change,” Mr Entsch said.
“We all have a responsibility to leave our local natural environment in better shape for our children, our grandchildren and their children.
“Furthermore, I am acutely aware of the concerns of the people living in the Torres Strait about the effects of climate change.
“I look forward to working with Minister Price to ensure appropriate funding is allocated to this region.
“I will continue to be a strong voice and passionate advocate for our local environment and natural assets because I know Far North Queenslanders demand it.”
Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price MP said that Climate Solutions Fund will ensure the ERF delivers a further 103 million tonnes in emission reductions to 2030.
She said this will make a key contribution to Australia meeting its 26 per cent emissions reduction target under the Paris agreement.
“We are working with people on the ground to reduce emissions and lead real environmental change,” Ms Price said.
“The ERF is investing in our farmers to help them revegetate degraded land, to protect existing forest areas and to increase habitats for our native species.
“We are working with businesses to invest in the adoption of energy efficient business practices that are reducing costs and working with waste managers and with recyclers to reduce waste emissions.
“We are working with indigenous communities in projects such a savannah burning where traditional land care practice is blended with modern environmental science.”