14 Apr 2020

Climate change advisor urges care over economy

From Nine To Noon, 9:32 am on 14 April 2020
A climate protest in Montreal, Canada, in September.

Photo: AFP

The government's independent climate change advisor is urging the government to stimulate the economy post-pandemic in a way that keeps climate change progress happening.

The Government is looking to fund large "shovel-ready" infrastructure projects to boost the economy after the lockdown.

Dr Rod Carr, chair of the Climate Change Commission and former deputy Reserve Bank Governor, has written to senior ministers warning that the wrong type of investments could compound today's climate crisis with a future one. He says by making the right decisions, the government can both stimulate the economic recovery, while moving the country towards the goal of being a productive, sustainable, climate-resilient economy.