Why this student wants more climate action from the federal government – ​​NBCNEWS

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She said 9News.com.au the legislation is a good first step, but wouldn’t call it a “victory” but instead demand that the Albanian government further raise its emissions target.

Melbourne student and environmentalist Anjali Sharma on a school climate strike. (Delivered)

“Any action is a good action and you are not going to condemn positive steps towards the future that we need,” she said.

“But we’re holding on to the view that it doesn’t go far enough.”

Sharma said the government’s drive to legislate the emissions target is symbolic and making sure it is met is the real hurdle.

“It shouldn’t be about showing off (that) you care… it’s about making sure it gets done,” she said.

The proposed legislation will update Australia’s climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, setting emissions to be reduced by 43 percent by 2030 and net zero by 2050.

But Sharma says Australia should aim for a 75 percent emissions target, which she believes is the science.

She added that the government must also stop the approval of new coal and gas plants.

“The most immediate action is for the government to indicate that no further approvals will be given for coal and gas projects,” she said.

Photo by Anjali Sharma, climate activist in Melbourne
Sharma calls for more government action. (Luis Enrique Ascui)

Sharma was speaking to 9News.com.au after a day of school when, instead of focusing on her schoolwork, she decided it was more important to tune in to Bandt’s and the federal government’s press conferences, due to the impacts of climate change. her generation will experience .

“This is the world being handed to me and my generation,” she said.

“You open your social media and the first two things you see are new floods in Kentucky and fires in Spain.

“That’s why my generation takes so much time off from school. It’s not a passion project, we need to take action.”

With the dire future ahead, this led Sharma to become part of the School Strike 4 Climate movement filled with students who want climate action now.

“It is up to us to hold the government accountable,” Sharma added.

Nine political editor Chris Uhlmann, Mr. Bandt, on Today, asking him about all things policy ahead of the upcoming May 21 federal election.
Greens leader Adam Bandt has agreed to vote for Labor’s climate bill. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Earlier on Wednesday, Greens leader Adam Bandt announced that his party will vote with Labor to pass the climate bill.

“People need to be clear about the importance of this bill and that this government is bringing a bucket of water to a house fire,” Bandt said.

Bandt continued his call on the government to halt new coal and gas projects.

With the support of the Greens, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he is “convinced” that the bill will be passed by the lower house.

“This is an opportunity to end the climate wars,” Albanian said.

The coalition has already announced that it will not support the climate bill, but will instead give its support to nuclear power, which Albanian says shows that the opposition is “stuck in the past”.

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