It's time for a Climate Commissioner to help protect Victorians from the climate emergency.
The Climate Commissioner will work with the Department of Treasury and Finance to include a new mandatory section in the Victorian Budget, that reports specifically on government spending to tackle climate change and its impacts.
A Climate Budget will hold our government to account financially, to show how serious they really are about protecting us from the worst impacts of climate change.
Supporting our communities
The impacts of climate change are often location specific. While many regional towns face greater bushfire threats, our heavily populated city areas become urban heat islands and coastal communities are impacted by rising sea levels. This means communities need local responses to climate change.
The Climate Commissioner will run a Local Climate Impact Inquiry, in partnership with local government, communities and environment groups, to identify localised climate change impacts and ways these can be addressed.
Protecting our environment
Climate change is already damaging our precious natural world. Alpine forests are being destroyed by droughts and unprecedented fires, and our coasts and marine environment are being degraded by warming oceans and changing tidal patterns.
The Inquiry will deliver a comprehensive assessment of these impacts.
The Inquiry will make recommendations to government on funding that should be allocated to protect communities and the environment.
The government will be required to respond to recommendations from the Inquiry, showing all Victorian's how serious the government really is about protecting us all.
Our forests and oceans have together absorbed more than half of carbon pollution over recent decades, but they are under enormous pressure. There’s already too much carbon in the atmosphere and we need to be actively removing it in an environmentally responsible way.
The Climate Commissioner will identify Victorian specific projects to remove carbon from the atmosphere, to reverse the damage that has already been done.
How much will it cost?
The Greens would allocate $20 million over four years to establish and run the new Climate Commissioner.