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New Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice, who took up office from 1st July, has emphasised the importance of climate change as one of the primary motivations for her as a Senator and legislator in Canberra.
In her first ‘official’ speech she outlined her first moment on her long journey to Canberra after coming out of a 1980 climatology lecture by Dr Barrie Pittock on the greenhouse effect at Melbourne University. The realisation dawned of the serious nature of climate change and its global impact.
“Learning about global warming politicised me.” she said.
It set in place a career in environmental activism (See wikipedia bio) from the Tasmanian Franklin Blockade onwards including being active in East Gippsland forest campaigns, being pivotal in the formation of the Victorian Greens, as well as 6 years on Maribyrnong Council, including one year as Mayor.
“Global warming made me realise that justice wasn’t always done. That governments ignored things they did not want to confront because of powerful vested interests, or because the problems were hard and the benefits of taking action took longer than an election cycle to be realised.”
The CPRS ‘locks in failure’
The government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) is being debated in the Senate this week. If passed, the CPRS will lock in failure. It ignores the climate change science, protects the brown economy, and further delays Australia’s transition to a clean green economy.
Bob Brown and the Greens are taking the fight to the Senate for policy that gives our planet a fighting chance for a safer future. CAM supports their efforts.
The Greens have produced an anti-CPRS advertisement and need $30,000 by tomorrow to have it shown on TV next week. This is one of those crucial moment in Australia’s history. Let’s all help the Greens out and make it happen!
View the ad here