IPCC report, Labor climate policy and targets: Email to Peter Khalil MP for Wills
The following email was sent to Labor MP for Wills, Peter Khalil on 16 August 2021. As of 12 September 2021 there has been no response or acknowledgement of this email.
Great concern over IPCC report, current Labor climate policy and targets
Federal MP for Wills.
16 August 2021
I hope your family is keeping well through the lockdowns. It is certainly a difficult time for us all to navigate through (and yes I have my own issues, and have recently become fully vaccinated with 2 doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine).
On Saturday 14 August I sat down and read the IPCC AR6 WG1 Summary for Policymakers document.(1) I hope you get a chance to read this 40 page report. I note it was vetted, accepted and approved by all governments.
See also the Detailed 2 page impacts document for Australiasia (PDF) (2)
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guiterres called the report “a code red for humanity. The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk. Global heating is affecting every region on Earth, with many of the changes becoming irreversible.”(3)
2021 has proven to be a new year of extreme weather events. The extreme heat waves across the northern hemisphere in Canada, USA, Britain, Europe. The torrential rains and flooding in Germany, Japan, Turkey. The extreme wildfires in Greece, Turkey, Algeria, Tunisia, Siberia, Canada, and US mid western and west coast states. The increase in prevalence of drought in Australia, USA, Middle East, Famine in Madagascar. These are all signs of a rapidly warming climate increasing extreme weather events, impacting human health, environmental loss, economic loss, reducing food security.
I am really concerned that the detailed science of accelerating climate change and climate impacts are eclipsing current government policy, targets, particularly gas exploitation and extraction and the ‘gas led recovery’.
The recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report on Net Zero by 2050 identified we have more than enough fossil fuels in production to carrying us well past the 2 Degree temperature limit. We definitely don’t need new coal or gas.(4)
You can read more on why we need to ramp up renewables not Gas in the December 2020 Climate Council Report, Passing Gas (PDF) (5)
I note the Labor Policy platform 2021 (PDF) includes under Point 34 “support for new gas projects and associated infrastructure”.This is incongruent with phasing out fossil fuels and reaching either the 1.5C or 2C targets as set by the Paris Agreement.(6)
The pandemic has shown we need to listen to the science in regard to viruses, epidemiology. We need to ramp up policies to prepare for and avoid future pandemics. (See the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report: Escaping the Era of Pandemics.)(7)
We need to listen to climate science if we are to limit the damage to human health and civilisation, which poses an even greater economic, social and environmental threat to human civilisation and biodiversity.
I know the ball is in the court of the government in regard to climate ambition and more ambitious 2030 targets in the leadup to the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow in November (COP26).
Of course, the measured phase out of coal through transitional economic programs to support workers and communities is also of importance, as renewables and storage systems are ramped up.
I know you are very busy with constituent problems from the pandemic as our MP for Wills, but the climate emergency is looming as an even greater problem for us all. I have tried to keep this communication brief (but well referenced) I expect to hear from you in regard to these issues.
Convenor, Climate Action Moreland