In November, as a member of the B Corp Climate Collective, GECA joined leaders in business, technology, finance, environment and health to write a joint letter to all Members of Federal Parliament urging them to adopt the Climate Change Bill.
The Bill would legislate Net Zero by 2050 and provide a clear bipartisan approach for addressing climate change impacts, with national risk assessment plans and an independent advisory commission to publicly advise on the best transition pathway.
In adopting this law, Australia will be amongst several other countries with effective climate laws in place, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and New Zealand.
The letter, signed by over 100 organisations including WWF, the Clean Energy Council, Edge Environment and the Australian Medical Association, called for all MPs to support the Climate Change Bill that was presented to Parliament on Monday 9 November by Zali Steggall MP, Independent for Warringah.
“GECA is a proud supporter of adopting the Climate Change Bill. We believe that climate action needs urgent attention and businesses should be legislated to address climate change impacts,” says GECA CEO, Michelle Thomas.
“We welcome legislation that can drive net-zero outcomes, and we know that our vision for a sustainable future for people and planet will not materialise without climate action plans from all levels of business, from governments to the private sector. There are many countries taking action now, and it’s vital for our future that we in Australia follow those global leaders.”
The Bill was referred to the House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy, and submissions are invited from the public telling the committee and the Government why you, your business, club, organisation or community group want to see the Climate Change Act adopted into law.
Late submissions will be considered up until 4 December. To make your submission, contact the Committee Secretariat on +61 2 6277 4580 or via Environment.Reps@aph.gov.au.