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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment
10 July 1997
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has commended the ACT Government for showing initiative and circulating the booklet Global Warming Cool it! to Canberra households.
Senator Hill says many Australians ask what simple steps they can take to have a positive effect on global warming and the booklet, produced by Environment Australia, provides answers.
"I hope other governments follow the ACT's example and take action to inform and educate the community about this important issue. "The Howard Government provided every State and Territory with the booklet, but so far only the ACT Government has distributed it widely.
"If people implement the tips in Global Warming - Cool It! they will significantly reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and their bills.
"I congratulate the ACT Environment Minister Gary Humphries on his initiative in providing this practical guide to the people of the ACT to enable us all to get actively involved in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
"In global terms Australia is not a major greenhouse polluter, but our per capita emission contribution is comparatively high.
"It's important therefore that all Australians recognise our responsibilities and use energy more efficiently, thereby contributing to a better greenhouse outcome.
"Furthermore, a strong domestic response to greenhouse gasses is important to our international negotiating position.
"Australia is arguing for a fair international outcome. A strong domestic response is critical in achieving that goal and all Australians can make a contribution."
10 July 1997
Contact: Julie Marks (Senator Hill's office) 06 277 7640
John Durham (Environment Australia) 06 274 1651