Sandy Eco Expo and Climate Speech: Federation Chamber

This budget week the government has turned its attention to what it would like to do to make up for lost time in addressing climate change.

We must be sure the Future Made in Australia program is effectively managed and targeted if it’s to achieve the government’s aims and get us into the business of processing critical minerals and new technologies that are currently far from proven like green hydrogen.

The plan remains too vague.

That said, we have already wasted a decade in denial and delay.

And the danger is that our children will not enjoy the same prosperity to which we have been accustomed as a result.

As if that were not enough, it’s not much more than a week since the Guardian newspaper polled experts from the International Panel on Climate Change for their current predictions on the course of global warming.

Nearly 80 percent of them now anticipate global heating of at least two point five degrees – a full degree above the internationally agreed target of one point five.

And the recent decision of the government to lock in dependence on gas until at least 2050 is bad news for all of us working for a cleaner, greener future.

The government’s approach is at odds with the global, national and personal approaches need to climate action.

And that applies to the Sandy Eco Expo I had the privilege to attend last weekend at the Sandybeach Centre in the heart of my community of Goldstein.

It was quite something and I congratulate Village Zero, the City of Bayside and the Sandy Beach Community Centre for getting it off the ground.

The expo was all about what we can do as individuals and as a community to reduce pollution, improve the quality of the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.

I was particularly taken with an initiative developed by Our Kinds to get rid of single use cups – the pollution that they cause and the fossil fuels used in their manufacture.

It involves the use of a QR code on the base of reusable cups.

Bring it to your local café, have the QR code registered, buy your coffee, drink it, wash the cup and bring it back for more.

One small step to help consumers to reduce their carbon footprint.

But I think those of us at the Expo would agree that the government cruelling its own climate change policies is at odds with its expectations that all of us will do our bit at the local level.

Dare I say it, the government might be better advised to stop contradicting itself while communities stretch to change their habits, and change its own.



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