Wannon Independent Candidate Alex Dyson Makes Climate Change Pledge in Federal Election | The standard

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Local independent candidate Alex Dyson has promised to make the South West a leader in climate action if elected this year. The former Triple J host said he would aim to make Wannon a “renewable energy leader” by pledging to help halve Australia’s carbon emissions by 2030 and reach the net zero by 2050. “Wannon has tremendous renewable energy potential that could create hundreds of jobs and revitalize the entire South West economy,” Dyson said. “The world is heading towards a net zero future. We need responsible new leadership to ensure South West Victoria can take advantage of decarbonisation opportunities to provide the jobs of the future for locals.” The statement by Wannon’s independent candidate followed the latest report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in February. The report predicted an increase in extreme weather events, including drought, fires, heat waves, storms and floods that could cause more deaths, illnesses and injuries, and affect households, communities and Australian companies if global temperatures rise by 1.5 degrees. South West Victoria was also an area predicted to have less rainfall and hotter, drier conditions that would disrupt and decrease agricultural production and cause emotional, financial and health stress in rural communities. The forecast for warmer and warmer days, receding snow and glaciers, rising sea levels and acidifying oceans would also have serious implications for coastal cities in the region. “The latest UN report shows that action is needed immediately to address growing risks across the world, which will have a significant impact on Australians given our unique environment,” Mr Dyson said. He said more needed to be done to also mitigate the effects of climate change on the South West’s economy because of the importance of the environment to its agricultural and tourism industries.

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