MEMBERS of a regional climate change action group have been buoyed by a The Border Mail poll that showed the environment is a major concern for voters.
The poll indicated climate change ranked second in importance at 17 per cent, behind job creation on 20 per cent.
Members of Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health said they hoped the big parties would get the message.
“Most people understand spending relatively small amounts of money to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy will save massive financial, environmental and social costs,” group chairman Lauriston Muirhead said.
“Unfortunately, both the Liberals and Labor have similar, very timid targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and Mr Abbott already appears to be backing away from his party’s commitments.”
Mr Muirhead said the system in place was working but Mr Abbott wanted to axe it instead of a careful review and changes where and if needed.
“Emissions have already fallen as big polluters work to reduce their cost of polluting,” he said.
“Compensation ensures only the wealthy are slightly out of pocket.”