Our demands for the Government of Malta to tackle Climate Change – ADŻ

Mina Tolu at the foreground of the photo holds a white and blue megaphone that they talk into. Behind them are other protestors holding green and yellow flags and posters.
At the Climate Change Protest organised by Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh.

Aqra t-talbiet bil-Malti: https://minatolu.com/2018/12/22/adz-climate-change-demands-mt/

  1. Acknowledge the impact of climate change on Malta. 

The climate crisis, environmental destruction and the overuse and misuse of natural resources is threatening our wellbeing. The Government of Malta needs to acknowledge the impact of climate change on Malta by taking the necessary steps towards a sustainable future. Climate targets and legally-binding policy measures need to be introduced to mitigate climate change. 

2. Implement the provisions of the Paris Agreement. 

– reduce GHGs emissions by a minimum of 55% nationwide by 2030 – phase out natural gas energy by 2050 and transition towards industries poweredby renewable energy – curb temperature overshoot by evolving into a net-zero emissions economy – track progress towards such climate goals through a robust transparency and accountability system

3. Invest in alternative sustainable transport systems. 

– devise educational campaigns promoting cycling, walking and using public transportation – construct cycling infrastructure and shared spaces for cyclists and pedestrians – achieve target of 50% of vehicles running on non-conventional fuels by 2030 – increase bus frequency and capacity – drastically increased subsidies on bicycle purchases, especially for students 

A group photo of Mina who stands holding a poster, next to 7 men and 7 bikes. Some of them wearing helmets and sunglasses.
Mina Tolu with members of the Bicycle Advocacy Group.

4. Establish a green-energy grid. Invest in in energy-efficientbuildings. 

– transition towards a green economy and renewable energy infrastructure, including solar power – introduce energy-saving power and technology in government institution buildings, as well as efficient insulation – ensure that all large-scale developments generate 100% of the energy needed

5. Assemble a climate change mitigation panel

Its mission and responsibilities should include the following: – assess the adverse impacts, future risks and climate hazards; – develop coping mechanisms, adaptation planning strategies and implementation to mitigate such risks – provide a holistic framework for evaluating the links between climate change, human welfare, economic prosperity and environmental protection – develop climate-resilient development pathways for the infrastructure and energy industries – promote transparency by enhancing the consultative role and participation of major groups and relevant stakeholders – implement evidence-based decision-making at all levels – provide political guidance and recommendations for sustainable development 

A group of around 70 protestors holding up different slogans and banners standing in front of the Triton fountain in Valletta.
Protestors at the Climate Change Protest.

6. Enforce the PPP (Polluter-Pays-Principle). 

– set a minimum carbon price to infrastructure and construction industries – introduce new tariffs on vehicle imports, depending on their GHG emissions 

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