We all know that climate change poses an existential threat to mountain environments. For instance, the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes it clear there are serious threats to animals and vegetation across Australian mountain environments.

Climate change is a global problem and requires a global response. All countries must do their part to reduce emissions. It is the same at the state level (especially given the failure of the federal Coalition to act on climate change). There is an important opportunity to influence the Victorian government on its emission reduction targets. But we have less than a week to do so.

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Above: this is what climate change looks like: snow gum forest collapse due to repeat burning.

We have less than a week to influence Victoria’s long term climate policy. The Andrews government has appointed an independent panel of advisors who are calling for input on what Emissions Reduction Target it will set for 2035. 

Please write a brief submission

Please check here for ideas to include in a submission.

You can check out the Engage Vic website for more information here and make your submission via the portal.

Requesting an extension:

Disappointingly, the deadline for submissions is this Sunday, 22 May, meaning that the process won’t receive as much public awareness amid the federal election pulling full focus.

Friends of the Earth contacted the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to request an extension on our own submission and were granted an extra two weeks, until June 5. It is likely that you will also be able to get an extension if you send a request. You can do so by emailing this address: climate.change@delwp.vic.gov.au