ENVIRONMENT

ENVIRONMENT

Background:
Sustainable Australia is sometimes asked how our community party differs from The Greens party. Apart from Sustainable Australia being a party of the political centre, a further fundamental difference is our strong view that Australia cannot secure a healthy environment without a sustainable population policy with slower growth. If we are to lower our total environmental impact, as we must, we need to both lower our per capita environmental impact, and address population. Like climate change, we need to 'think global, act local'.

See 'Closing the sustainability loop' by our party founder William Bourke: CLICK HERE

Policy
Australia should prioritise ecological sustainability and better protect, manage and restore its fragile and unique natural environment, not only for the health and wellbeing of the humans and biodiversity within it, but for its own intrinsic worth.

Policy Methods (Federal & State)
To help achieve this Australia should:

  • Invest more in environmental education and the protection, maintenance and ecological restoration of the natural environment.
  • Provide increased employment, training and volunteer opportunities in conservation management, including via an enhanced national ‘green/sustainability army’. This would particularly help revitalise regional, rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Transition away from logging of native forests and into greater reliance on plantation timbers, subject to better landscape planning, the use of higher value products, and tree-use diversification such as agro-forestry and mixed tree species planting.
  • Not accredit Australian native forests or its waste to be burnt for biomass power as a ’renewable energy‘ source under the Renewable Energy Target.
  • Subject all Regional Forest Agreements to the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (Commonwealth) to ensure all forestry is subject to the usual environmental and planning approval requirements.
  • End broadscale land clearing in Australia and initiate a nationwide ecological restoration program to rehabilitate degraded lands.
  • Better manage our water security including water tables, including through lower wastage and fairer water rights and responsibilities in regional Australia.
  • Achieve a sustainable (human) population with lower immigration (not refugees).(1)

Related policies

  • Also see other environment-related policies including ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS, ANIMALS & BIODIVERSITY, CLIMATE, ENERGY, FINITE & NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCE USE, SUSTAINABLE POPULATION & IMMIGRATION, PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT, TRADE, TRANSPORT and WASTE.

Footnotes:

  1. Population growth is a "key threatening process" to Australia's biodiversity, as recognised by the Australian Conservation Foundation: CLICK HERE

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