The Tenterfield Climate Action Network (TCAN) sprung into further action over the weekend, taking part in a nation-wide campaign launched by Front Line Action against Coal (FLAC).
TCAN’s David Townes said that FLAC is one of many national groups drawing attention to the need to cease the mining and burning of coal if our planet is to have any chance of escaping the climate extremes implicit in the burning and emitting of CO2.
“Coal is our single largest emitter of CO2,” he said.
“The weather extremes of which the global climate scientific community warn include intensifying draught, storms, floods, bushfire, and warming oceans. Some will recall professor Ian Chubbs’ presentation at the last Sir Henry Parkes Oration in which he stated the impacts will be ‘profound’.”
Mr Townes said to mitigate climate change weather extremes will require a rapid transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to one driven by cheaper, cleaner mixes of renewable energy and storage resources.
“This transition process is now possible. Its implementation is blocked only by a lack of political will and vested interest group interference, the most significant vested interest groups being the powerful fossil fuel industry supported by political idealogues as the self-titled Monash Group.
“Our own federal member Mr Joyce forms part of the Monash group.”