CANBERRA: Environmental and conservation organisations in Australia have urged the government of newly-appointed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to take climate action in what has been branded a "climate election" by many.
"The patterns across the country reveal that a majority of Australians care strongly about greater climate action and political integrity, which is a huge win (for) the environment at a time when nature most needs us," said Kelly O'Shanassy, CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF).
Albanese wants to make environmental protection a part of his legacy in office, according to the group, and a new government presents an opportunity for an environmental "reset." "Together, we can end the climate conflicts and seize Australia's potential to become a renewable energy superpower," Albanese said in his election victory address.
While embracing a more aggressive gas emissions reduction target, O'Shanassy stated that more has to be done to lessen Australia's coal and gas reliance. "Labor's objective of renewables generating 82 percent of our electricity by 2030 is a step in the right way," she added, "but the incoming government must reassess its attitude on new coal and gas projects, which are neither what Australians want nor what our environment requires."
Similarly, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has urged the government to adjust its emissions targets in order to reduce emissions by 75% by the end of the decade and reach net-zero emissions by 2035.