The VCOSS position on climate change is simple: Act now. Act fairly.
Climate change is hurting disadvantaged Victorians.
Whether they’re a low-income household who can’t afford to insure their home against bushfire, or a renter who doesn’t have an air-conditioner to stay cool during a heatwave.
And although we’re transitioning to lower emissions and cleaner technologies, the benefits aren’t being shared equally.
Solar panels, electric cars and energy efficient homes are expensive and out-of-reach for far too many.
VCOSS believes that a truly equitable response to climate change flips the script.
It means addressing existing disadvantage and improving people’s lives.
It means helping the people most at-risk keep save from the impacts of climate change, while targeting new innovations at the households who’d benefit most.