In between all the gloomy news on climate change, Tasmania is giving the world some reasons to smile.
Under a Greens Climate Change Minister, our state now has the strongest plan of any Australian government to combat and adapt to climate change.
Don’t just take our word for it. Read what the independent experts are saying.
In fact, Tassie’s leadership on climate change was recognised at a UN meeting in Warsaw recently, when we became a member of the prestigious global Climate Group.
The Government’s Climate Smart Tasmania strategy sets a target for Tasmania’s grid to powered by 100% renewable energy by 2020, and to be exporting the surplus.
The aim is to end the need for dirty coal power from the Australian mainland, which still makes up about 15% of our energy consumption.
All up, we’ve put forward more than 80 strategies on public transport, high energy-rated buildings, carbon farming, and forest carbon sequestration.
And we are making real progress.
Since 2010, the government has invested around $18 million to provide energy efficiency upgrades to nearly 10,000 low income homes (See our 9,500 energy efficient homes page for info on this).
It’s put a dent on energy consumption, and it’s saving families hundreds of dollars every year.
So while the climate change doubters in Canberra cover their eyes and block their ears, we have been quietly doing what needs to be done.