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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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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 >>

FoE submits legal summons in historic climate case against Shell

April 8th, 2019 News from Milieu Defense (FoE Netherlands)

The Hague – Friends of the Earth Netherlands will deliver a court summons to Shell to legally compel the company to cease its destruction of the climate, on behalf of more than 30,000 people from 70 countries.

A 236 page complaint will be delivered to Shell’s International Headquarters in the Hague this afternoon by Friends of the Earth Netherlands, ActionAid NL, Both ENDS, Fossielvrij NL, Greenpeace NL, Young Friends of the Earth NL, Waddenvereniging and a group of 500 co-plaintiffs.
Shell’s oil and gas reserves in Australia contain some 1,000,000,000 ton of CO2. This court case could substantially impact on Shell’s operations in Australia by requiring them to limit carbon emissions from their polluting business in line with global carbon targets, leading to stranded assets.

Ian Dunlop, former executive at Royal Dutch Shell and chair of the Australian Coal Association (1987-88) has joined the case as an honorary co-plaintiff said ?“I strongly support the Friends of the Earth Netherlands/ Milieudefensie legal summons against Shell. After three decades of inaction, climate change has entered the end-game where it is now an immediate existential threat to humanity. There is no further place for the predatory delay which fossil fuel companies like Shell remain guilty of today. Fossil fuel expansion must stop, and existing carbon emissions rapidly reduced.”Read more >>