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Climate change represents an existential threat for the Northern Territory. Climate change will worsen existing inequalities in health, infrastructure provision, lack of education and employment opportunities in northern Australia.
The International Agency Energy’s world energy outlook for 2021 made it clear that we can have no new fossil fuel projects if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change.
However, the Federal and Northern Territory Governments are pursuing plans to “gas-fire” our economy. These plans include fracking the Beetaloo Basin, which will generate more than 1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, and to establish gas-fired industrialisation of Darwin Harbour via pipelines and petrochemical plants. Santos is pushing ahead with its highly polluting offshore Barossa project. The NT is ground zero for climate change, and we are doing all we can to stop these destructive projects and articulate an alternative vision.
ECNT will also continue to build on the momentum of the new climate justice coalition of Territory organisations, including by mobilising for just economic futures, and advocating for water and energy justice for Aboriginal communities across the Territory.
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