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State of the Environment 2011

By johnboy - 19 April 2012 5

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Simon Corbell has announced the release of the 2011 State of the Environment Report (with suspiciously slick web design).

“Largely this report paints a positive picture for the ACT and I welcome the detailed report that started with the former Commissioner, Ms Maxine Cooper and finalised by current Commissioner Mr Neil,” Corbell said.

The Government has already announced a number of policies and projects that are being worked on actively to see some of the trends reflected in this report slowed or reversed including legislated targets for greenhouse gas reduction and use of renewable energy; Weathering the Change Action Plan 2; the Transport for Canberra policy; and, the ACT Planning Strategy.

“The ACT Government has had an initial look over the Commissioner’s report, and I am pleased to say welcomes in principle, most of the 22 findings, but will provide a comprehensive report within the legislated time frame,” Mr Corbell said.

Some of the key areas for improvement include:

— reducing the overall ecological footprint to which has seen a slight increase in the last five years;
— reduce waste generation based on a per capita basis;
— meeting ACT Labor Government carbon reduction targets, which are 40% reductions on 1990 levels by 2020 and carbon neutrality by 2060; and
— improving water quality in Canberra’s lakes and waterways.


UPDATE 19/04/12 14:42: The Greens are not impressed:

The four-yearly State of the Environment Report, released today, has delivered a stark message to the Government that Canberra cannot continue to push the limits when it comes to our impact on the environment.

The Environment Commissioner has found that the two biggest challenges the ACT faces for sustainability are: reducing our consumption; and balancing urban development with protection of ecosystems.

Greens Environment spokesperson, Shane Rattenbury MLA, has described the report as an illustration of ‘business as usual’ policies driving the territory in completely the wrong direction.

“The good news stories coming out of this reports are almost all community based actions, the failings are largely on the Government’s end,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Initiatives led by groups including the UC, Community Gardens, OzHarvest and See-Change are the stories of success.

“Meanwhile the Government’s inaction on sustainable transport, organic waste and protecting biodiversity are the clear lowlights.

The report was completed and delivered to the Minister in December 2011, but it was not released until 19 April 2012

“The Government also has to answer as to why it has sat on this report since it landed on the Minister’s desk last year.

“Since then, there has been a Transport Strategy, a Waste Strategy and draft strategies on Planning and Weathering the Change Action Plan 2. Why was the community deprived of the information in the State of the Environment Report during the development of these strategies?

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State of the Environment 2011
HenryBG 1:54 pm 20 Apr 12

nobody said :

The report says 5 Earths would be required if all of the world lived as we do in Canberra.
The UN says all of humanity now has an ecological footprint equal to 1.5 planet Earths.
We are currently watching the developing world rapidly catch up to our living standard.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_ecological_footprint

The report points to an upcoming collision between our living standard and our Earths’s ecology.
So now we know, what can we do to change direction before we reach a point of no return?
Do we reduce Canberra’s footprint from 9.2 hectares/person to the average biocapacity of 1.8?
Do we tell developing cities to just stop, and not adopt the living standard of Canberra?
Do we vainly search for another 4 similar planets, which we couldn’t travel to anyway?
Do we ignore the environment completely and just carry on until the upcoming crash?

Well, seeing as we here in Australia have our population and resources under control, I don’t mind where all the under-resourced foreign losers find the 5 Earths they need due to their excessive breeding and lack of industry, so long as we make it clear to them that they can’t have any of our small corner of the one Earth we need.

Obviously there are far too many of them, and obviously they want us to abandon our hard-won standard of living giving them something for nothing. And just as obviously our society is far too weak to do what is required to preserve our way of life for future generations.

Just like Roman civilisation collapsed, so will ours, and we will end up overrun with barbarians who will usher in another episode of the Dark Ages. Stock up on firearms and canned food.

qedbynature 11:17 am 20 Apr 12

nobody said :

The report says 5 Earths would be required if all of the world lived as we do in Canberra.

Do we ignore the environment completely and just carry on until the upcoming crash?

That seems to be the prevailing idea.

Remember “no waste by 2010”? and other “aspiration” targets? Just green words to make us feel good as we continue along as obedient little consumers.

nobody 10:48 am 20 Apr 12

The report says 5 Earths would be required if all of the world lived as we do in Canberra.
The UN says all of humanity now has an ecological footprint equal to 1.5 planet Earths.
We are currently watching the developing world rapidly catch up to our living standard.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_ecological_footprint

The report points to an upcoming collision between our living standard and our Earths’s ecology.
So now we know, what can we do to change direction before we reach a point of no return?
Do we reduce Canberra’s footprint from 9.2 hectares/person to the average biocapacity of 1.8?
Do we tell developing cities to just stop, and not adopt the living standard of Canberra?
Do we vainly search for another 4 similar planets, which we couldn’t travel to anyway?
Do we ignore the environment completely and just carry on until the upcoming crash?

housebound 7:47 am 20 Apr 12

Under s. 19 of the Commissioner for the Environment Act 1993, the Minister has six months to release the report to the Assembly and table a response. The Greens are big on protocol, so they should know that.

That said, Corbell has sat on the report longer than any previous environment ministers. The others have released the report instantly, or (in the case of Stanhope) within weeks of it being published.

Let’s face it, these reports don’t say too much these days. The original commissioner was relatively outspoken at times.

I-filed 6:11 pm 19 Apr 12

Only 8 accessibility errors … an improvement on ACT Government usual 30-odd errors keeping vision-impaired people from accessing the information (ACT Government loves to sign up to “disabled access strategies” but is yet to come up with the goods on pretty much any of its websites) but what’s with the “envirnment” spelling in the url?

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