Assuming climate control
Most Australians want the risks of climate change to be addressed more seriously and urgently. Unfortunately, both major political parties have tied themselves in knots over energy and climate policy. More effort and investment into advocacy by business and community groups may only sustain the political impasse. By assuming climate control, Australians can exercise their power to make real progress in spite of government. In doing so, we can make it easier for governments to ultimately adopt policies that better serve the national interest.
To achieve meaningful progress in addressing our energy and climate change challenge, Australians should refocus their effort and investment in the pursuit of carbonless growth.
By operating collectively and employing novel investment models far better use can be made of the available intellect, insight, effort and resources.
It will be necessary to create new paths to prosperity for coal-dependent communities, transform the energy system and achieve widescale adoption of regenerative carbon farming. The Australian business, not-for-profit and research and development communities must be central players in achieving these outcomes collectively.
Multiple benefits will emerge from this collective impact approach. Action on climate change will be real, practical and impactful. Resources will be deployed in a focused and effective way that avoids naively simplistic ‘solutions’.
A transition to a new model of inclusive and sustainable prosperity will also be enabled. Lessons from this approach can be transferred to other public policy and social challenges.
When we are successful, politicians may then feel emboldened to back Australians and their capability to tackle big challenges and win.
For more details on why and how to make this happen, read the Assuming Climate Control white paper. Circulate it freely with friends and colleagues that are similarly committed to a prosperous, low-carbon Australia.