The state’s peak environment group urges the new Premier and Deputy Premier to slash climate pollution and strengthen wildlife protections to deal with the twin climate and extinction crises.
“I congratulate Dominic Perrottet and Paul Toole on their elevation to the position of Premier and Deputy Premier in NSW,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said.
“The conservation movement stands ready to work constructively the Perrottet government to make NSW as clean, green and prosperous as the people of this great state want.
“We have welcomed the NSW Coalition’s significant commitments on climate change and energy transition in NSW, including pledges to halve emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.
“But we are conscious of the fact that carbon emissions in NSW are practically the same today as when the then Liberal Premier Mike Baird committed to net zero emissions in October 2016.
“We will keep pressing for a more rapid transition to net zero because anything less will condemn future generations to a more hostile and degraded world.
“We will also work with the government in any way we can to stop logging and land clearing, which is pushing koalas and other native species towards extinction.”
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