Taking a climate dive

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
Tania Douthwaite, Cau Vaz and Anina Coco Burns prepare for the climate dive.Picture: Chloe Fraser
Camera IconTania Douthwaite, Cau Vaz and Anina Coco Burns prepare for the climate dive.Picture: Chloe Fraser Credit: Chloe Fraser/Sound Telegraph

Rockingham climate activists will take the ultimate dive on Saturday, putting their bodies on the line in an air and underwater rally for greater action on climate change.

The group are inviting people to skydive, scuba dive and free dive carrying model CO2 molecules on February 29 as part of their Climate Dive, which aims to spread the message that “C02 must take a dive”.

Climate Dive organiser Paddy Cullen hopes the event would encourage the WA Government to take a “giant leap away from fossil fuels and into a renewable economy”.

He said WA has around 8 per cent of the grid renewable compared to more than 50 per cent in South Australia and emissions in WA had skyrocketed every year since 2005.

“We are calling on the Premier to put in annual targets for renewable energy and CO2 reduction into legislation in the form of a WA Climate Act,” he said.

“Recent fires and drought show the climate crisis has already arrived, and the townsite of Rockingham, has a high chance of being inundated with rising seas.

“We need a Climate Act to get our house in order, before it burns down before our eyes."

Tania Douthwaite, Maria Cullen, Cau Vaz and Anina Coco Burns prepare for the climate dive/
Camera IconTania Douthwaite, Maria Cullen, Cau Vaz and Anina Coco Burns prepare for the climate dive/

A government report last year highlighted the likelihood that Rockingham would become inundated by rising seas within 5 to 25 years.

Premier Mark McGowan said the State was leading several climate-related initiatives including increasing renewable energy through wind and solar, protecting wetlands, water security, waste reduction and expanding the conservation estate.

“Already, we have outlined our greenhouse gas emissions policy for major projects assessed by the Environmental Protection Authority,” he said.

“It’s a sensible and balanced emissions policy which will provide guidance to industry on future job-creating project approvals.

“We will work with all sectors of the WA economy towards achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

He said his Government would introduce a broader WA climate change policy later this year.

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