By the end of the decade, we will have enough carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to raise global average temperature by 1 degree Celsius.
It will not be a temporary effect, but the kind of thing that can only be averted by drastic measures.
The Greens promise to tackle the problem with an emphasis on renewables, which they argue will create a “Green New Deal”.
But the problem isn’t just carbon dioxide.
It’s a lot of other things as well, including rising sea levels, droughts, extreme weather events and pollution.
That’s what we’ll see as the Earth warms and the planet becomes more acidic, as it does now.
This is what climate change is about, said Peter Kavos, the executive director of the Climate Institute at the University of New South Wales.
It means that if we do nothing, the carbon that we emit is going to continue to accumulate, so the rate of global warming will increase, and we’re not going to be able to avoid it, he said.
But in order to make a difference to the future, the Greens are focusing on the immediate impact.
“We’re going to get to a point where the impact of climate will start to slow down,” he said, and that would be when the Earth was able to cool enough to support a “solar system” and the oceans.
Kavo and his fellow Green climate scientists are calling for a “green transition” in which the “Green Climate Revolution” would take place.
This would involve switching to renewable energy sources, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the air, and “reducing our use of fossil fuels”.
The “green revolution” would involve solar panels and wind turbines and “green buildings”, which would reduce the use of power, Kavsos said.
The Green Party would also make “the case for a more inclusive and prosperous future”, he said in a speech last week.
It would also support a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale has made a number of pledges to address climate change, including reducing emissions.
But his party’s policy is often more in line with the fossil fuel industry.
The current plan for Australia is for a Green transition by 2040, and Kavus said the Greens were willing to support that.
But he said the party would also “work with other parties to reduce the number of fossil fuel jobs in Australia”.
The Greens also have a “climate task force” that is making policy recommendations to the Government.
These include setting up a national carbon pricing scheme, “to reduce carbon emissions in Australia and in the world”, and “putting a price on carbon” so as to “cut carbon pollution”.
But as a Greens member of the Federal Parliament, Di Natali said he was “very happy” with Di Natales policies.
“The Greens have a strong record on climate change and we would be happy to work with the Government on this,” he told the ABC.
“However, in order for Australia to move towards a sustainable future, we need to make the case for climate action from the very beginning.”
He said there were “a lot of issues we can work on with other political parties”.
Green party candidate Jillian Skinner is seeking the seat of Northcote in the federal election. “
If you want to achieve a sustainable economy, we want to be part of it.”
Green party candidate Jillian Skinner is seeking the seat of Northcote in the federal election.
She said she was not aware of any specific Green party policy.
“There are some Green candidates running for federal parliament and the Greens in the state election, so I am not aware if they are doing anything different,” she said.
“I would hope that in the near future, they would be looking at this more seriously.”