Have your say on adapting to climate change in Tasmania Mon 1 October 2012 Cassy O'Connor Minister for Climate Change Tasmanians are being encouraged to have their say on a new issues paper looking at climate change adaptation measures in the state. The Minister for Climate Change, Cassy O'Connor said feedback from the paper would help shape the Tasmanian Government's next Climate Action Plan. "All Tasmanians have a stake in ensuring we're ready to adapt to the challenges posed by climate change," she said. "Through the Climate Change in Tasmania - Issues Paper, we want to hear from business, industry, community groups and other stakeholders on what they see as the key issues, priorities, risks and opportunities for us to adapt to climate change." "While we must continue to accept the moral responsibility to bring down our greenhouse gas emissions for a safer climate, there is also an imperative to prepare, plan and take action to adapt to the global changes ahead." "As a connected and decent society, with plenty of innovative and practical thinkers among us, Tasmania is well equipped to respond to climate change." Ms O'Connor said the Issues Paper covered six areas where action to adapt to climate change is likely to be needed: Human settlements and infrastructure; Natural systems; Water management; Industry sectors; Natural hazards; and Human health and vulnerable communities. "We want to hear Tasmanians' ideas on how we can continue to lead the way on climate change, to ensure we can create the best possible future for our children and grandchildren," she said. "The feedback we receive in response to this paper will be instrumental in shaping our 2020 Climate Action Plan, which is due to be released next year." Ms O'Connor said the Issues Paper is available from the Department of Premier and Cabinet's Tasmanian Climate Change Office website at http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/climatechange/adapting/adapting_to_climate_change_in_tasmania Written feedback on the Issues Paper must be received by Friday 16 November 2012. Submissions can be sent electronically to email@example.com or mailed to Tasmanian Climate Change Office, Department of Premier and Cabinet, GPO Box 123, Hobart, Tasmania, 7001. Written submissions will be published on the Tasmanian Climate Change Office's website, unless the submission indicates otherwise.