CHILE, Chile (AP) The climate is changing, the weather is changing.
But Chileans aren’t afraid.
The climate crisis has been a recurring theme in the country for decades, but President Michelle Bachelet’s administration has been taking it seriously.
And she’s using the threat to push ahead with a series of ambitious programs to combat climate change, including building new coal mines, rolling back restrictions on coal mining and investing in renewable energy.
More:Chile’s economy is expanding at a pace that’s among the fastest in Latin America and the world, and Bachele has been trying to show that she has the will to confront the threat.
Her administration announced Monday that it plans to set aside $7 billion in a climate finance account and increase the capital of Chile’s central bank to $20 billion to support investments in clean technologies.
It also said it would expand its Clean Energy Investment Fund to create clean energy jobs and expand renewable energy generation to create more than 2,000 gigawatts of electricity.
She also plans to create a new environmental protection agency to oversee the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
And her administration will announce new investments in renewable electricity generation and other clean energy projects, including a plan to build more than 1,000 solar farms in the central highlands.
The president says her goal is to be the clean energy superpower of Latin America by 2030.
But that goal hasn’t been met yet.
The global warming is a major issue in Chile.
Its economy has grown by more than 6% a year over the past decade, but the economy is now slowing and the country is losing its position as a world leader in renewable power generation.
The country’s government has been heavily criticized for its record on climate change.
More than 70% of Chileans say they believe humans are causing climate change and the percentage of Chileis saying they want their government to act to tackle it is up from about 23% in 2015.
That’s a substantial increase from the 35% who wanted the government to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 2020.
The government has pledged to double its renewable power capacity by 2020 and to increase the renewable power output by more that 6,000 megawatts.
The new targets would add more than $3 billion to the national debt.
Chile has also launched a national climate action plan.
It calls for a 100% renewable energy by 2030 and an ambitious renewable energy program with plans to generate about 1,100 megawatts of renewable power.
And it is also considering building a new coal mine in the coastal area of La Plata, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the capital, Santiago.
Chiles climate action is one of the few places in the world where there is a government that is actually taking climate change seriously.
But in Chile, the government has long been the engine behind a large-scale effort to reduce carbon emissions, including in the construction of coal mines.
It is now the only country in Latin American where coal mines have been banned.
That decision, coupled with a lack of investment in renewable energies, has left Chile’s economy vulnerable to climate change impacts.
In the last decade, the country has had an average annual temperature rise of about 3.5°C (5.6°F), but recent data shows the temperature has been rising faster.
In recent years, it has also been warmer than average for the past 20 years.
More climate change research is needed, and that won’t happen without a strong environmental movement that pushes for action, said Maria Cristina Corrales, Chile’s environment minister.
Corrales has also proposed an amendment to the countrys constitution to allow citizens to vote on a new carbon tax to help offset the effects of climate change on the economy.
The amendment is part of a broader effort to build a broad support base for environmental protection, she said.