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9th anniversary of the United Nations International Youth Day and action on climate change

That the Senate

(a) notes:
i) August 12th marks the ninth anniversary of the United Nations International Youth Day, with the 2009 theme Sustainability. Our Challenge. Our Future;

(b) Recognises that:
i) In our global challenge to tackle climate change, it is our young people, especially those in developing countries and the Pacific Islands, whose future is at stake; and
ii) We need a commitment to strong emission reduction targets to protect our future generations;

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Second reading speech: Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation

I rise to speak to the Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation, and indicate my disappointment in the model and approach that the Rudd Government has taken, particularly when we have seen 12 years of disastrous inaction from the coalition who continue to ignore the need for urgent action and some who continue to espouse climate change scepticism.

The Greens cannot and will not support a scheme that is environmentally ineffective and economically inefficient.

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Climate Change Rally

On Saturday 13th June, a national rally is being held in most capital cities around Australia. All five Greens Senators will be speaking at or attending rallies across Australia tomorrow calling for the CPRS to be scrapped and replaced with swift action to reduce emissions, drive renewable energy and create green jobs.

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Environmental Health Australia conference: Someone call a doctor, the planet has a fever!

I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land, the Peramangk people.

I also acknowledge Minister for Health, the Hon John Hill; Mayor of the District Council of Mount Barker, Ann Ferguson; Professor Mark Daniel; other distinguished guests and speakers; and, members of the Environmental Health Profession.

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Climate change refugees a responsibility for Australia

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says Australia has a responsibility to support the people of Tuvalu, as a neighbouring compassionate nation.

The Tuvalu Government has appealed to Australia for assistance in relocating its population in the coming decades, due to rising sea levels caused by climate change.

“Sadly, the people of Tuvalu look set to become a nation of climate change refugees as the sea water rises and laps at its communities,” she said.

“Australia has a role to play in helping its neighbour.”

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