Great, fantastic news out of Australia this week – they are set to pass historical legislation that will put a price on carbon (AUS$23 to start). Although there is still a bit of controversy over it, overall it is amazing and exciting and such a huge important first step forward. Here is how it works:
Of the total revenue the government receives from the tax:
- 50% is given to the people as assistance, to help them pay for lower energy technology and to help them pay for the rising cost of energy
- $13 billion is used to boost green clean renewable energy resources and create green jobs
- Some will be given to farmers to reduce carbon in farming
- Some will be given to project that protect wildlife and ecosystems
This is terrific! Here in North America the lack of action of climate change by our governments is can be frustrating. There are so many people still fighting the good fight for change, but it can seem almost hopeless at times. Not willing to give up on hope, many of us are making changes in how we live our lives, since our governments are not there to lead the way. All hope is not lost however, as many municipal and provincial governments are stepping up to the plate. My own city of Edmonton is about to embark on an exciting new environmental strategy, called “The Way We Green“. Ontario has an exciting feed-in-tariff system that encourages the installation of solar panels. Vancouver is doing absolutely amazing things, and aims to be the greenest city in the world by 2020. Action is being taken!
However, national leadership in both Canada and the US seems far away.
For Australia – they have done it. National leadership, on climate change, it happened – there.
Perhaps our governments will take pause and reflect what Australia has done. Perhaps now they will see this and take a long hard look in the mirror. Perhaps they will see Australia’s lead and – dare I say – follow?
Here is hoping that Australia will lead the way!
I will leave you with an inspiring video created by Australian youth that shows the huge impact one young girl can have. My heart was bursting by the end of this one!