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Protecting our Environment and Protecting Jobs: Climate Change Discussion Paper Released

The Territory Labor Government is leading the conversation on climate change and is seeking input on the release of the Climate Change Discussion Paper - Climate Change – Mitigation and Adaptation Opportunities in the Northern Territory.

Climate change will impact the Northern Territory in our lifetime. Uncertainty remains about how much the planet will be affected, but the science is clear: Climate change is already impacting the Territory.

There are opportunities for the Territory to manage the economy and the environment in a way that helps mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while creating potentially significant social and economic benefits.

The Discussion Paper highlights the key impacts of climate change in the Northern Territory and current actions being undertaken in response to these impacts. It also opens the discussion for Territorians to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate through additional initiatives that may be identified.

In coming weeks, consultation will be taking place in Darwin, Palmerston and rural areas, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy. The community is invited to provide feedback by visiting and the Discussion Paper can be accessed from:

 Quotes from the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Eva Lawler:

“Protecting the environment creates jobs - good environmental policy is smart economic policy". 

“The Territory Labor Government accepted all of the recommendations of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing and has commenced discussions with the Prime Minister on offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. We are serious about developing a Climate Change Strategy and an environmental offsets policy".

“The Territory’s natural environment is one of our best assets and every Territorian has a role to play in responding to climate change".

Media contact: Ellie Clancy 0417 910 720