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Climate Strikes around the federation

from Sara Shaw Climate Justice & Energy International Programme Co-coordinator, FoE International:

The week of 20-27 September saw the biggest global mobilisation to highlight the climate emergency in history with over 7 million people participating in global climate strikes and actions! Friends of the Earth groups around the world were part of this movement – supporting youth and calling for climate justice for those on the front lines of climate change, dirty energy and false solutions. Here is our round up of how you all took part.

In APAC, FoE groups joined the strikes in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Timor-Leste, South Korea, Philippines, Bangladesh, Japan and Indonesia. FoE Malaysia put together a fabulous round up of photos from around the APAC region.

Europe saw some of the biggest climate mobilisations ever! 1.4 million people in Germany alone. FoEE did a fabulous round up blog, and a flickr album. Here are some of the climate strikes and actions FoE and Young FoEE groups joined across Europe:England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Cyprus, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Russia, Austria, Macedonia, Sweden, Croatia, Bosnia.

Africa saw actions across the continent with FoE groups participating in Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania and Togo. FoE Togo organised an inspiring football match action with local children. Young activists from Mozambique took part in the strikes in the UK and spoke powerfully on climate justice.

FoE Africa also participated in the UN Secretary General Climate Action Summit in New York. On 20 September over 300,000 people mobilized ahead of this Summit. Philip Jakpor from Environmental Rights Action/FoE Nigeria and Sostine Namanya from NAPE/FoE Uganda were in New York for FoEI and part of themobilisation.… Read more >>

2019: the climate election

Apr 24, 2019: FoE Australia media release

The future is renewables

The federal election will be held on May 18.  With climate change already bearing down on us, a recent decision by the government of Scott Morrison to sign off on Commonwealth approvals for the Adani Carmichael coal mine, and a robust debate about energy and renewables, there is no doubt that this will be the #climateelection.

Elections are a time to remind all parties that they need to deliver solid action on climate change and the environment.

The following are our key policy proposals for the 2019 federal election.

Listen to the science

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Climate science makes it abundantly clear that if we want to have a hope of avoiding dangerous climate change we must stop digging up fossil fuels.

Parties must:

  • Commit to stopping the Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland
  • Commit Australia to 100% renewable energy by 2030
  • Rule out coal-to-hydrogen technologies in any plan to develop a hydrogen industry
  • Rule out supporting or funding experimental waste-carbon injection (carbon capture and storage) projects
  • Rule out releasing further offshore oil and gas exploration licenses, as NZ/ Aotearoa has done
  • Support the No More Bad Investments legislation
  • Rule out forcing the medium level radioactive waste dump on unwilling communities

Start the transition

earthworker_factory.jpgThe time for coal is over. We need to transform our economy. We need to take everyone with us – this means supporting sectors and communities which will be on the frontline of structural change.

At the federal level, this includes the need to:

  • Extend the existing national Renewable Energy Target (RET) beyond 2020, with the addition of policies to encourage the rollout of energy storage
  • Enshrine action on climate change in the National Electricity Market (NEM) rules to guide the transition to renewable energy
  • Establish a public authority Transition Australia to guide the shift to 100% renewable energy in the electricity sector and provide transition programs for people in areas that have historically been dependent on coal mining
  • Get the Climate Change Authority to undertake an immediate update of Australia’s carbon budget and the emissions cuts needed to limit warming to 1.5oC
  • Each year, the impacts of climate change grow.
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Sun May 5th: Hands Across the Sand at Brighton Jetty

Hands Across the Sand & Paddle out to #fightforthebight

  • Brighton Jetty Esplanade, (map)

Whether it be land or in the water, this May it’s time to show you are willing to do what it takes to protect the Great Australian Bight from risky deep sea oil drilling.

Surfrider Foundation Australia are championing paddle outs across the country for the #fightforthebight and the Adelaide event is being combined with Hands Across the Sand.

Last year over 20 communities across Australia held Hands Across the Sand events. So far this year thousands if people have paddled out from beaches across the country. People like are putting their bodies into the first against proposed oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight.

May 5th will be just days before Norwegian mining company, Equinor’s, AGM, as well as our own Federal Election. It’s a perfect time to show just how powerful the community opposition to this project is.

The strength of the Great Australian Bight Alliance is growing. Will you be part of this incredible movement to protect our coast? .

Now is the time to have your voice heard.

Bring surfboards, bodyboards, SUPs, kayaks, surf skis and other personal watercraft to peacefully #fightforthebight. Bring signs and banners and come enjoy the day.

Hosted by

Surfrider Foundation Australia

Non-profit organisation · Environmental conservation organisation

The Wilderness Society South Australia

Non-governmental organisation (NGO) · Environmental conservation organisation

Australian Youth Climate Coalition SA

Non-profit organisation

Sea Shepherd South Australia

Non-profit organisation · Community organisation

Great Australian Bight Alliance

Community

Authorised by P. Owen The Wilderness Society South Australia, 7/118 King William St Adelaide 5000

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Friday, May 3rd Student Strike for Climate

The details for this Friday’s Student strike for Climate from the School Strike for Climate page

On the 3rd of May, there are School Strikes being organised at 5 different MP Offices
for the School Strike 4 Climate National Day of Action.

This is only 2 weeks before the Federal election – the #ClimateElection.

We are running out of time and the next government is amongst the LAST to be in a position to take meaningful action on climate change.

May the 3rd is a key opportunity for students to show their local MP just how important climate action is to them and ask them to commit to Stopping Adani, 100% Renewables by 2030 and no new fossil fuels (which means No Drilling in the Bight!). We cannot vote, but climate change in the single biggest threat to our futures and we must make our voices heard!

All the strikes start at 11am. Bring your family, friends, teachers and everyone in between.

 

Locations

ADELAIDE CITY – Simon Birmingham’s Office (107 Sir Donald Bradman Drive)

STURT – Christopher Pyne’s Office (starting at St Morris Reserve) –

BOOTHBY – Nicolle Flint’s Office ( 724 Marion Rd) –

MAYO – Rebekha Sharkie’s Office (starting at Keith Stephenson Park) –

WAKEFIELD – Nick Champion’s Office (600 Main North Rd)

  We hope to see y’all on May the 3rd.Read more >>

Rainforest illegally logged at Tonghi creek

Protected rainforest and rainforest buffers have been illegally logged by VicForests near Tonghi Creek in far East Gippsland.

Logging by VicForests in coupe 868-506-0009 “Granton Road” has impacted on rainforest in numerous locations a several hectares of forest that should have been protected in a rainforest buffer has been logged.

The breaches have been reported the breach to the regulator Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and written to the Office of Conservation Regulation.

Field inspections of VicForests logging coupe 868-506-0009 “Granton rd” identified protected warm temperate rainforest near the southern and western boundaries of the coupe. The rainforest has not been afforded the required minimum buffer protections and has been freshly impacted by logging.

Friends of the Earth member group Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO)’s report presents evidence of warm temperate rainforest stands within four areas of the coupe where field inspections were most intensively focussed. It is alleged logging in these areas has breached rainforest protections detailed in the Code of Practice for Timber Production and has not been conducted in accordance with the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2014.

More details on FoE Australia siteRead more >>