Clover's eNews - No 564

It's been another eventful week!

R U OK?

Asking that simple question has the power to save lives.

Attending the launch, I was reminded just how tragic it is when a life is lost to suicide. Each year we lose over 2,000 people to suicide so I can't urge you enough to check in on you're your friends and family and find out how they are really feeling.

If you need support, please dial the new number 1800ruokday for help.

I had a terrific evening on Tuesday with hundreds of staff and owners from the City's best small businesses. We were there celebrating the City of Sydney Business Awards - an annual event showcasing the wonderful businesses in our city. Pictured with me are some of the winners from the night.

Disappointingly, in Parliament this week, the Government and Opposition refused to ban wild animals from circuses, despite public support. Their vote means wild animals like elephants, lions, tigers and monkeys will continue to be cruelly forced to perform tricks in circuses.

The major parties ignored the argument of peak animal protection groups like the RSPCA and Animals Australia that no matter how well managed, circus life is simply incompatible with the social and physical needs of wild animals. I thank Jamie Parker of the Greens for his worthwhile contribution to debate.

Peter and I and our dogs Banjo and Bessie were very pleased to attend the fourth annual Nortcott Pet Day, hosted by the City in partnership with a number of community organisations including Housing NSW, Surry Hills Public Tenants Association, Crookwell Veterinary Hospital, Cat Protection Society and the RSPCA.

It was a fabulous event and the most successful Pet Day to date, with over 500 people joining us in the park. Over 200 pets received health checks, 40 pets were micro chipped and 30 appointments made for de-sexing. The event is aimed at increasing access to animal health checks and advice for both public housing tenants and low income residents.

This week, the Climate Commission, headed by Tim Flannery, hosted international guests who outlined the massive scope of action being taken by other countries to reduce greenhouse gases.

Despite reports to the contrary, nations such as China and India are both working hard to address the critical issue of climate change and reduce their carbon footprint. In particular, I found the scale of action to reduce emissions in India breathtaking with the Government committed to reducing the energy intensity of its economy by 25% by 2020.

China too is moving fast with new energy policies and plans for a carbon market that will cover 250 million people, over the next few years.

As the Former Secretary of California's Environmental Protection Authority said, the argument of environment versus economy is a false one. In California, after a decade of action, they've been able to prove you can do both and do both successfully.

Denmark has also proven that economy and environment go hand in hand - after 30 years of addressing climate change and reducing fossil fuel dependency, the Danish economy has grown by 78 per cent and remains healthy.

There are now 90 nations around the world with active climate policies. As the debate about the price on carbon rages in our Federal Parliament, let's hope the Opposition looks at the facts and at what other nations are already doing and votes to protect the world our children and grandchildren will inherit.

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Cheers
Clover

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