Time for action

The focus of road authorities has been on mitigating the effects of climate change rather than reducing waste and the cause of climate change.

Inaction at this stage will be extremely detrimental – Concrete is considered the world’s most dangerous material yet our governments continue to secure hundreds fo thousands of vulnerbale roadside items in concrete and with more than 200 thousands repatedlt replaced every year they are consuming it at an ever increasing rate, with 100% going to landfill. We need to immediately take action by reducing waste and reducing the consumption of carbon intensive concrete

European Parliament is looking to deliver a strong legislative framework for a low-carbon circular economy , highlighting the need for planned and new initiatives to prioritize waste prevention – both in product and waste policy- and called on the EU Commission to propose binding waste reduction targets as well as targets to cap the generation of residual waste.

“We caution decision-makers to ensure funding is redirected towards climate & waste positive activities that maximize material recovery, prevention and reuse. By incentivizing solutions that design out waste, we can also design out carbon emissions from these systems, taking us one step closer to meeting climate objectives.” – Janek Vahk, Zero Waste Europe

Sydney, 9 August 2021: The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 1 report on the Physical Science Basis warns of the devastating climate impacts faced by Australia and the Pacific unless the world makes deep, rapid cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, which Greenpeace Australia Pacific says provides a clear message to Australia’s leaders: act now, you idiots.

David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, said:

“No more excuses and no more delays on climate change. This is decision time for every political and business leader in Australia. This is the issue on which you will be judged by history and by the children of Australia, whose futures are on the line.”

“The IPCC Working Group 1 report makes it clear that we are out of control and accelerating towards disaster. Only if we make deep, rapid emissions cuts including the complete phase out of climate-destroying coal, oil and gas do we have a chance of making it to a safer, habitable future.”

“All decisions our leaders make from today must be informed by this knowledge. Any further expansion of our dangerous gas and coal industries is untenable. Australia must close all coal burning power stations by 2030 at the latest.

“We could have made emissions cuts decades ago that would have put us on a path to a safer future, but this was blocked by the politicians who have subsidised and protected the big polluters.” 


Experts are available for comment, please contact Martin Zavan on 0424 295 422

martin.zavan@greenpeace.org or Fiona Ivits on 0487 003 872 or fiona.ivits@greenpeace.org

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