Australia’s key piece of national environmental law, the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), is currently under review, as part of its 10 year review cycle.
Over the past 10-20 years, Australia continues to experience a significant rise in environmental destruction – from widespread deforestation and mass land clearing, to the opening up of extensive new coal mines and gas fields. All of which accelerate climate change and threaten the health and livelihoods of local communities.
To make matters worse, the Act makes no mention, nor does it attempt to deal with the escalating problem, of climate change. Without considerable reform, the overarching threat of climate change effectively dwarfs the scope of the Act and renders it inadequate and impuissant.
This is a once-in-a-decade chance to influence Australia’s key piece of environmental legislation, and demonstrate to the Independent Reviewer and Review Panel there is sufficient political will to bring climate change to the forefront of our environmental protection laws.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia will be making a submission on behalf of our 3,000 plus members nation-wide, but we are also encouraging you to write your own personal submission.
Writing a personal submission is a powerful way to have your voice heard. Sadly, during the last review period, in 2009, only 55 people made a personal submission. We are counting on you to ensure the 2020 review is not another missed opportunity.
The deadline for submissions is this Friday, April 17. Late submissions will be accepted until Friday, May 1.
To help step you through the process, we have put together this guide and are running two live workshops. Join us on Zoom, either:
- Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 PM AEST
- Thursday, April 16, at 12:00 PM AEST
Here is a recording of the workshop: