Jesuit Social Services welcomed the opportunity to contribute to consultation on Victoria’s emissions reduction target for 2035. We note the importance of this consultation given that climate change is having unprecedented impacts on people and nature across every region of the globe, including Victoria.

In this submission, Jesuit Social Services urges the Victorian Government to take immediate action to drive down emissions across all sectors of the economy. We call for this to be achieved with a just transition to ensure those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change are resourced to adapt and build resilience.

Summary of our recommendations:

  • Take immediate action on climate change by reducing emissions by 75 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, and reaching net zero emissions by 2035.
  • Build the capacity of the community services sector to support a just transition by:
    • increasing funding and resources for trialling and implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation activities
    • supporting organisations to embed cultures of ecological justice; and establishing coordinating bodies to facilitate cross-sector collaboration.
  • Harness the transformational potential of a just transition by:
    • investing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiatives
    • building thriving communities using place-based approaches; providing safe, energy-efficient and sustainable housing
    • enhancing access to ‘green’ jobs; and focusing on decarceration.