TAKE2 on climate change action
The Victorian Government pledged in June a long-term emissions reduction target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as part of new initiatives to reinstate Victoria as a leader in climate change action.
The government has committed to take immediate action by introducing a whole of government pledge program, TAKE2, for state and local government, business, industry, and the community to pledge their own commitment to take action on climate change and keep Victoria’s emissions low.
Pledges will contribute to Victoria’s first interim target to 2020 and inform future climate change policy.
Sustainability Victoria will deliver TAKE2 to capture current actions and new commitments between now and 2020 by local and state government, business, communities, educational organisations, and individuals.
It asks Victorians to TAKE2 steps:
Now: Take the universal pledge: “Working together, we pledge to play our part and take action on climate change for Victoria, our country and our planet”.
From August onwards: Show what actions you are taking to help Victorians meet the universal pledge.
Sustainability Victoria chief executive, Stan Krpan says every Victorian has a role to play in building a low-emissions state and preserving our natural environment.
“As an organisation we pledge to continue to lead by example and reduce our impact on the environment by maintaining our carbon neutral position and the purchase of 100 percent renewable energy.
“We will strengthen our support for local businesses and social enterprises by utilising their products and services,” he says. “TAKE2 is a great opportunity for all Victorians to get involved and build on the work already being done locally to deliver innovative projects that reduce the harmful impacts of climate change.
“Through our climate change community conversations earlier this year, we learned that communities want to see more people taking action on climate change and strong leadership from government.
“This is about collective climate change action so we encourage those who make a pledge to share it with their social networks and influence others to make their own commitment,” Krpan says.
The pledge program and long-term target are key recommendations of the 2015 Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010.
Every Victorian can pledge for action on climate change and play their part at www.take2.vic.gov.au.