We need to rapidly transition to a zero carbon economy, and draw down billions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, so it makes no sense for the Victorian government to allow any new projects that put us at greater climate risk, particularly in sectors where climate-safe alternatives are readily available.
2017 Northcote by-election candidate survey responses
The survey asks election candidates to indicate agreement or otherwise with each of the following statements:
1. We are in a climate emergency, with climate impacts already causing heat stroke, starvation, loss of life, and massive ecosystem destruction.
2. The Victorian government has a duty of care to make every effort to protect us all from dangerous climate impacts.
3. I support a legislative ban in Victoria on all new projects that contribute to global warming, applicable immediately in sectors where climate-safe alternatives are available.
4. In sectors where an immediate ban would not be possible, I support a rapid phase-in, in Victoria, of bans on new projects that contribute to global warming.
5. I support a legislative ban on any new coal, oil, and gas projects in Victoria.
6. I support a legislative ban on any new fossil fuel infrastructure projects in Victoria.
7. I support a legislative ban on any new logging projects in Victoria’s native forests.
8. I support government decisions that give market certainty for the roll-out of climate-safe alternatives in Victoria.
Finally it asks which climate-related issue, if any, they will publicly support in their election platform.
Survey responses from candidates in the Nov 2017 Northcote by-election will be posted here as they come in.
*1: Bryony Edwards Ind (Save the Planet) platform includes: a ban on any new logging projects in Victoria’s native forests
*2: Russell Hayward Ind platform includes: a ban on all new climate-damaging projects in Victoria as soon as safe-climate alternatives are available
Brian Sanaghan statement:
I am a geophysicist. I believe totally in the science of climate change. I support all initiatives taken by people like yourself to reverse planetary degradation.
Laura Chipp (Reason) statement:
REASON’s approach is not ideological but pragmatic. We acknowledge climate change is real and human induced. We commit to doing all we can to reduce the sources of climate change risk, but we need to balance a commitment to social wellbeing, economic prudence and environmental protection. The role of the Victorian government should be to ensure critical infrastructure (eg emergency services and public transport) is ready for more extreme weather events.