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Act Now! to Stop changes to Gene Tech regulations

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Louise Sales writes:
We’ve had a fantastic breakthrough in our campaign to try to stop the Federal Government from tearing up regulations that are designed to keep us safe. Last week, Greens Senator Janet Rice submitted a motion to disallow proposed changes to the Gene Technology Regulations that would leave risky new genetic modification techniques such as CRISPR unregulated. The Senate will vote on the motion on September 17th.

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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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10 Reasons to #ClimateStrike on March 15

Charlie Wood from TippingPoint writes

Hi folks,

The school strikers’ Global #ClimateStrike is at the end of this week and they
are asking for all of us to help them get out the word to make it HUGE.
See below their latest email invite (also on their facebook page here)
and please forward it to everyone you know.
 
Then find a strike near you here and share the facebook event with everyone.
Let’s all show these awesome young people how much
we admire their courage and inspiring action!
See you all on March 15!
With hope,
Charlie

We’re striking from school on March 15 to call for all politicians to take urgent action to stop the climate crisis.

Here’s why you should JOIN US….

1. The climate crisis is hurting people now

And the people in power aren’t doing nearly enough to stop it.

2. The Government is telling us not to strike

Haven’t politicians learnt that telling young people what to do always backfires?!

3. It’s an awesome learning opportunity

Our politicians clearly aren’t listening to the educated, so we have to take to the streets to make them. Why should we learn about history and then not be allowed to make history? Activism is learning.

4. It’s going to be massive

Students in dozens of countries are joining. Our families and communities are coming. Unions are endorsing us.
Some businesses are even shutting for the day to be there.

5. A federal election is coming up

A federal election is coming in May. Australians are worried about climate change. This is our opportunity to show every politician that we’re gonna make sure climate change determines who governs Australia from now on.

6. Adani is pushing ahead with their mega coal mine & our politicians aren’t stopping them

Coal is the #1 cause of climate change yet our politicians aren’t stopping Adani opening up one of the largest untapped coal reserves on the planet.… Read more >>

FoE Adelaide meeting on Climate at Box Factory, 6:30 Mon Feb 11th

We start with the first of our meetings at the Box Factory this year on Monday, Feb 11th with a discussion about climate change, the transition to renewables, what various groups are planning, and how it might effect the upcoming election. Come along and help us decide where we should focus our efforts in the fight against climate change.

Special Guest: Jim  Allen, from FossilFreeSA will tell us about the campaign for divestment in local councils.

Members and supporters welcome! Upstairs in the kitchen at the Box Factory, 6:30 start wih nibbles, with Jim joining us at 7pm.… Read more >>