Our Leaders Agree: Vote for Climate Action

Our leaders talk about the importance of climate action: Pope Francis, Turnbull, Shorten, Obama, Di Natale, even Prince Charles.  We can act on it.

Pope Francis: “Climate Change is a problem that can no longer be left to our future generations.”
(The Washington Times, 23 Sep 2015)
www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/23/pope-president-to-seek-common-ground-in-oval-offic/

Prime Minister: Malcolm Turnbull: “Climate change is a global problem. The planet is warming because of the growing level of greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. If this trend continues, truly catastrophic consequences are likely to ensue, from rising sea levels, to reduced water availability, to more heat waves and fires.”
(ABC News, 8 Feb 2010)
www.abc.net.au/news/2010-02-08/32782

ALP Leader: Bill Shorten: “In the last two years, the global economy added 2 million renewable energy jobs – but Australia lost 2,600. The world is powering ahead – and we are going in the wrong direction.”
(Sydney Morning Herald, 5 May 2016)
 www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bill-shortens-budget-reply-in-full-20160505-gong3v.html

US President Obama: “For decades, we’ve been told that it doesn’t make economic sense to switch to renewable energy. Today, that’s no longer true. …We can do this … not just for our climate, but for our economy. … Tackling climate change is one of the greatest economic opportunities in the 21st century.”
www.feedbackreigns.net/transformation/obama-the-clean-energy-economy-as-an-engine-for-growth/

Prince Charles: “Some of us were saying 20 something years ago that if we didn’t tackle these issues [climate change], you would see ever greater conflict over scarce resources and ever greater difficulties over drought, which means that people have to move…And in fact there’s very good evidence indeed that this is one of the major reasons for this horror in Syria”
(The Guardian, 23 Nov 2015)
www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/nov/23/prince-charles-climate-change-may-have-helped-cause-syrian-civil-war?CMP=share_btn_fb#_=_

Greens Leader: Richard Di Natale: “We value a safe climate, and want to pass a safe Australia on to our children and their children. But climate change puts this all at risk. We know what the impacts will be in Australia. Already, we are seeing extreme summer heat, breaking record after record. If we do nothing, we know to expect worse droughts, floods and heatwaves.”
(Greens Web Site)
http://richard-di-natale.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/climate-change

Act on climate to create jobs, protect our economy and reduce climate change.  VOTE for CLIMATE ACTION.

Obama: The clean energy economy as an engine for growth

President Obama spoke at a graduation ceremony, pressing for climate action (15/6/2014). Here is a taster:

“I’m going to talk about one of the most significant long-term challenges that our country and our planet faces: the growing threat of a rapidly changing climate. … And since this is a very educated group, you already know the science. Burning fossil fuels release carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide traps heat. Levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are higher than they’ve been in 800,000 years. … So the question is not whether we need to act. The overwhelming judgment of science, accumulated and measured and reviewed over decades, has put that question to rest. The question is whether we have the will to act before it’s too late. …

We can do this … not just for our climate, but for our economy. … tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities in the 21st century. The country that seizes this opportunity first will lead the way. A low-carbon, clean energy economy can be an engine for growth and jobs for decades to come, and I want America to build that engine. Because if we do, others will follow. I want those jobs; I want those opportunities; I want those businesses right here in the United States of America.”

http://www.vox.com/2014/6/15/5812752/read-obama-s-full-speech-ripping-into-climate-deniers