ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Submission: Review of Climate Change Policies Discussion Paper

Publication date: 
May 2017

The ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium (comprised of representatives of ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), Care Financial Counselling Service, Conservation Council ACT Region, SEE-Change and the Small Business Taskforce of the Canberra Business Chamber) considers that a priority for the Australian Government is to address the imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

People experiencing poverty and disadvantage are usually the first and hardest hit by the impacts of climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and gas, yet they often have the least capacity to cope, adapt and recover. Limiting global warming is critical. If unmitigated, climate change will lead to significant social justice issues and increase pressure on the need for financial and services support.