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Parliament Declares Climate Emergency

Both houses of Parliament today have finally passed a motion to declare a climate emergency in South Australia.

Former Greens MLC Mark Parnell passed a historic motion declaring a climate emergency in South Australia in the upper house in 2019, making it the first chamber of any state parliament to do so in Australia (noting that the ACT Legislative Assembly also passed one that same year, which was also moved by a Greens MP).

Quotes attributable to Tammy Franks MLC:

“The time for small thoughts and little measures has passed. We have less than eight years to turn this ship around. This declaration shows that we understand that we can – and must – be ambitious when it comes to climate action in South Australia. We have the choice: system change, or climate change.

“The Greens have been firm and longstanding supporters of a climate emergency declaration, moving such motions at all levels of Government across the country. We understand that we have a duty to acknowledge the climate emergency and to respond.

“All political parties at all levels of government need to work together to address the threat of climate change, and it is good to see the South Australian Parliament commit to doing just that.

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