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April 12, 2019
Paul Wittwer highlights climate as key issue in Federal election.
Independent Senate candidate, Paul Wittwer, has declared the climate emergency as the central issue of the 2019 federal election. Australians have battled an enduring drought, extreme heatwaves, mass fish deaths in our Murray-Darling basin, bushfires raging in NSW during winter, unprecedented bushfires in Tasmania and floods in Far North Queensland.
Paul Wittwer said "These extreme weather events are devastating communities across Australia. The social and economic costs of climate change are being felt by everyone." He added that "alarmingly, crop production across Australia was down 20% in winter and forecast to be 33% down in summer." (Dept of Agriculture and Water Resources, 2019)
The message is that we need to act urgently to reduce emissions.
The International Panel on Climate Change has recently said we have 12 years to avert a climate catastrophe. Their report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050.
Neither the Labour, Liberal nor the National parties policies will achieve this goal. "We need to wrestle the balance of power from the major parties to ensure we take the action required."
March 21, 2019
High profile Independents for climate action nominating across Australia
The date of the Federal election is still yet to be announced but likely to be on either the 11th or 18th May this year. There are already many high profile candidates launching their campaigns as Independents citing climate action as central to their policy platform.
Victorian Senate Candidate, Paul Wittwer, said "Australians are fed up with politicians failing to act on the climate emergency. They are tired of climate policy being a political football and they are supporting independents who are serious about action on climate."
March 18, 2019
Wittwer launches fundraising campaign rejecting donations from corporates.
Independent Senate Candidate, Paul Wittwer, launched an attack on the major parties who have accepted more than $1.25m in donations from the fossil fuel industry in the last financial year. (Market Forces, 2019)
Wittwer said "It is hard to not believe that political parties who accept donations from the fossil fuel sector have had their decision making compromised. Especially when we know that tax payers are subsidising the fossil fuel industry to the tune of nearly $12b annually ." (Market Forces, 2019)
Wittwer has promised to support legislation to end corporate donations to politicians and political parties.
March 15, 2019
Paul Wittwer joins the Student Strike for Climate.
Independent Senate Candidate, Paul Wittwer, joined the National School Strike for Climate. 150 000 students joined the strike in major cities and regional centres across Australia.
Students are becoming increasingly frustrated that the political system is failing them. They are not old enough to vote and the government is failing to address the climate emergency. The inaction of government is adding to the problem that kids will have to deal with for the rest of their lives.
You can find out more information including their continued action at the School Strike for Climate website.
Paul Wittwer with his daughter at Melbourne's climate march in 2015. "Gaia" is the ancestral mother of all life, the primal "Mother Earth"