Notice: Climate Action Blue Mountains is no longer an incorporated association, as of 1 April 2016. The committee took the difficult decision in 2015 to disband the formal organisation and pursue local climate action initiatives through other existing bodies, in particular the Blue Mountains Conservation Society. We encourage all existing supporters and interested individuals to join with the Consveration Society, Transition Blue Mountains and other local groups to pursue local action for a safe climate. We plan to maintain our Facebook page as a means of sharing information and promoting local climate action initiatives.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Climate Action BM (aka Katoomba Climate Action Now) over the years and helped make our campaigns, initiatives and events a success.

Thank you for your understanding.

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

Members of the climate action movement, including Katoomba Area Climate Action Now, have been highly critical of the Government’s proposed emissions trading scheme.

By the Government’s own admission, the CPRS will do little to reduce Australia’s actual emissions over the next two decades, relying heavily on purchase of overseas carbon offsets to meet its emissions reduction target.Australian Greens Logo

The Greens played a key role in voting down the relevant legislation in 2009.

Since then they have made repeated attempts to negotiate an alternative solution with the Rudd Government, to no avail.

They have now proposed an alternative two year carbon levy to break the deadlock on this issue.

While we have no political affiliation with The Greens, this link provides a useful summary of what is wrong with the Rudd Government’s proposal for an emissions trading scheme and how it might be improved.

While The Greens have been criticised by the Rudd Government for voting against the CPRS, many others agree with their concerns about the CPRS. A report by the Grattan Institute concluded:

Grattan Institute Logo“much of the protection proposed for the major emissions-intensive industries is unnecessary or poorly targeted. It would delay the structural adjustment required to move to a lower carbon economy.”

Download a copy of the Grattan Institute report at the Institute’s website.

Australian Financial Review LogoEven the Australian Financial Review in its editorial on 2 December 2009, said:

“The CPRS is so riddled with concessions and handouts that it will struggle to achieve the underlying goal of transforming the fossil-fuel-dependent Australian economy into a low-carbon economy while maintaining our prosperity.”

In April 2010 the Government admitted it now has little chance of its proposed emissions trading scheme passing through Parliament and has “deferred” the scheme until 2013.

Although a suite of other Government initiatives on climate change are being implemented, these policies still need to be supported by a price on carbon.

The only way the Government will rethink its inadequate climate change policies is if ordinary citizens demand urgent and real action on climate change.

Walk Against Warming 2008Personal letters, phone calls and meetings with your local MP are the best way to influence Government policy.

Click here for links to groups who can provide campaign ideas and resources.

For a general overview of the problems with a cap and trade system, see this short film on Story of Stuff website.

Members of the climate action movement, including Katoomba Area Climate Action Now, have been highly critical of the Government’s proposed emissions trading scheme.By the Government’s own admission, the CPRS will do little to reduce Australia’s actual emissions over the next two decades, relying heavily on purchase of overseas carbon offsets to meet its emissions reduction target.
Greens Logo

The Greens played a key role in voting down the relevant legislation in 2009.

Since then they have made repeated attempts to negotiate an alternative solution with the Rudd Government, to no avail.

They have now proposed an alternative two year carbon levy to break the deadlock on this issue.

While we have no political affiliation with The Greens, this link provides a useful summary of what is wrong with the Rudd Government’s proposal for an emissions trading scheme and how it might be improved.
Grattan Institute Logo

While The Greens have been criticised by the Rudd Government for voting against the CPRS, many others agree with their concerns about the CPRS. A report by the Grattan Institute concluded:

“much of the protection proposed for the major emissions-intensive industries
is unnecessary or poorly targeted. It would delay the structural adjustment
required to move to a lower carbon economy.”

Download a copy of the Grattan Institute report at the Institute’s website.

Australian Financial Review Logo

Even the Australian Financial Review in its editorial
on 2 December 2009, said:

“The CPRS is so riddled with concessions and handouts that it will struggle
to achieve the underlying goal of transforming the fossil-fuel-dependent
Australian economy into a low-carbon economy while maintaining our prosperity.”

In April 2010 the Government admitted it now has little chance of its proposed emissions trading scheme passing through Parliament and has “deferred” the scheme until 2013.

Although a suite of other Government initiatives on climate change are being implemented, these policies still need to be supported by a price on carbon.

The only way the Government will rethink its inadequate climate change policies is if ordinary citizens demand urgent and real action on climate change.
Walk Against Warming 2008

Personal letters, phone calls and meetings with your local MP are the best way to influence Government policy.

Click here for links to groups who can provide campaign ideas and resources.

For a general overview of the problems with a cap and trade system, see this short film on Story of Stuff website.

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