[Paris 2015] Our new Prime Minister needs to act on climate change NOW

It's time for Australia to step up its game and improve climate targets ahead of the 2015 conference in Paris.

The United Nations will hold its 2015 Convention on Climate Change Conference from November 30 to December 11. The event will bring together the nations of the world to create a new international agreement on the climate with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

Related: Greg Hunt on radio: Too much politics and not enough hard policy on climate targets

Challenges for Malcolm Turnbull

While the new Prime Minister is expected to represent the views of the Liberal Party, he also has his own voting tendencies, values and key causes.

Malcolm Turnbull is noted to have voted strongly against increasing investment in renewable energy and increasing marine conservation, which is fairly worrying given that the Australia is expected to "a strong and credible contribution to the international effort to tackle climate change" (as stated by the Office of the Prime Minister).

Myth vs fact: Australia's targets

There are several myths floating around about how impressive Australia's targets to be presented at the Paris conference actually are:

Tony Abbott says Australia's per capita emissions targets for 2030 are "the best in the developed world". Verdict: Australia's per capita emissions targets are behind the developed nations of Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. Mr Abbott is incorrect. –ABC Fact Check

According to ABC Fact Check, "Australia is behind a number of western nations, but sits in front of both Japan and South Korea, and is comparable to New Zealand and Canada."

Related: New analysis: Australia can halve emissions by 2030

So, what does our new PM need to do in order to step up Australia's climate targets?

First of all, we would like to see the Prime Minister review Australia's current weak targets and look at strengthening our dedication to global climate action ahead of the 2015 talks.

Secondly, a greater commitment to renewable energy instead of relying on fossil fuels.

Thirdly, an attitude towards climate change that reflects its importance and urgency.

Overall, we're hopeful that our new Prime Minister will do the right thing by Australians (and the rest of the world) by acting on climate change now rather than delaying further. At the same time, we encourage each and every one of you to make your voices heard and to tell Mr Turnbull why climate action matters to YOU. Let us know in the comments below what other changes on environmental policy you'd like to see from our new PM.

Banner image: The Guardian

When it comes to Paris 2015, it's time to take global action to save the planet.

To be clear, this isn't just about saving the trees or a few species of birds, but the entire future of humanity.

Be sure to keep informed by checking out our Paris blogs, which follows the lead up to the talks.

1 Million Women's campaign for Paris is 'You're The Voice'

With a vibe of hope building that the nations of the world will agree on a breakthrough climate change treaty in Paris this December at the UN Climate Conference (COP21), we have an opportunity to influence world leaders in making decisions that will safeguard the world for future generations.

To do this, we've recorded a cover and music video of a much-loved Australian song, turning 'You're the Voice' into a powerful anthem from women for climate action and hope.

Using the power of music, we want to inspire every woman, man or child to ADD THEIR VOICE - #IMTHEVOICE - to our anthem and form a united call to world leaders for strong action on climate change. No matter who you are, you can add your voice!

Will you support our anthem launch? It's as easy as clicking a button.

With your help, it will capture the attention of governments and stand as a clear call for climate action and hope.

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