Ahead of the inaugural NT Climate Justice Workshop on September 26, Jesuit Social Services, the Northern Territory Council of Social Services (NTCOSS) and the Environment Centre NT (ECNT) welcome the release of the Northern Territory Government’s Climate Change Response as an important first step towards a comprehensive plan for climate action in the Territory.
We are pleased to see the Northern Territory Government prioritise ‘win-win’ approaches that will deliver both meaningful emissions reductions and benefits to Territorians and our natural systems.
As advocates for social and environmental justice, we recognise that our collective future depends on urgent and ambitious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transform the untenable economic and social systems that have produced the climate crisis.
Next week, Jesuit Social Services, NTCOSS and the ECNT will host the first NT Climate Justice Workshop in Darwin. Over 40 representatives are expected to attend from health, housing and other community sector organisations, as well as local and Territory Government, land councils, unions and environmental organisations across the Territory, including Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.
Deborah Di Natale, NTCOSS CEO: “The community sector is already seeing the impacts of a changing climate on the communities we work with, including rising energy costs for people on low incomes, increased temperatures and water shortages affecting liveability in remote communities, service disruption from severe weather events, and the impacts of loss of local species and ecosystems of spiritual and cultural life for Aboriginal people.”
John Adams, General Manager – Northern Territory, Jesuit Social Services: “This workshop is the start of a conversation about how we move forward together: avoiding the worst of the impacts of climate change, supporting people to adapt, and ensuring the communities we work with can participate in and benefit from the opportunities created from a transition to a zero emissions economy.”
Shar Molloy, Director, Environment Centre NT: “We congratulate the Territory Government on this important first step and look forward to working with them on the detail of their response to secure the future of our community and the unique natural environment we share here in the Territory.”
Media enquiries: Kathryn Kernohan (Jesuit Social Services) 0409 901 248, Shar Molloy (Environment Centre NT) 0488 112 350, Deborah Di Natale (NTCOSS) 0477 888 901.