The Kooyong Climate Change Alliance is a non-partisan group of community organisations working for meaningful action on climate change. Member organisations include Lighter Footprints, ACF Boroondara, StopAdani Kooyong, Extinction Rebellion (XR) Eastside and the Eastern Melbourne Climate Alliance.
We have mounted campaigns for good climate policy and the election of strong climate candidates at all levels of government. We ran a major campaign in Kooyong during the last Federal election (Kooyong Votes Climate), and our most recent campaign was in the Boroondara Council election (Boroondara Votes Climate). We are now focused on driving the development of a strong Climate Action Plan by the Council. Check out the latest on this campaign here and our very active StopAdani group here.
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Help protect Australia’s clean energy future
Urge senators to oppose amendments to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)
Angus Taylor’s proposed changes to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation are unnecessary and will undermine the CEFC’s independence, profitability and low emissions remit. They would allow him to direct the CEFC to invest in dirty gas.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation Amendment Bill is expected to come before the Senate very soon. The Greens and Labor plan to oppose the bill, so the votes of crossbench Senators Jacqui Lambie, Rex Patrick and Stirling Griff (Centre Alliance) are vital in protecting the CEFC.
You can read more about the proposed changes to the CEFC and why they should be opposed here.
We’re asking all our supporters to:
- Sign the ACF’s petition calling on the crossbenchers to oppose the amendments;
- Call or email the crossbench Senators to implore them to protect the CEFC.
Phone numbers and a suggestion for what to say in a phone call can be found here.
Senators Lambie, Patrick and Griff will be the deciders, as the Coalition will vote for the Bill, with One Nation, the Greens and Labor voting against it. On important issues like this one, Senators should hear from people across the country, not just people in their home State, and in at least one case welcome the input.
Victorian Climate Targets
The Victorian Government has now announced its long-awaited climate targets for the next decade. The State is targeting a 28-33% reduction in Victorian greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and a 45-50% reduction by 2030. These targets bring Victoria into line with the the global ratcheting up of ambition in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November, and are comparable to the recently announced US targets of a 50-52% reduction by 2030.
In sharp contrast, the Federal Government is continuing to cling to its existing 2030 target of 26-28% emissions reductions, and refuses to set a target date for net zero emissions. Victoria adopted a net zero target of 2050 in 2017.
The adoption of these targets by the Victorian Government is clearly an important positive step , but they represent the lower end of what is needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. While recognising the Government’s genuine action on emissions, we need to tell decision makers that more is needed and that we need to beat these targets.
Environment Victoria is coordinating a campaign congratulating State Labor MPs on what has been done, but urging them to to go further. Get on board and contact your local Labor MP (or one nearby if you are not in a Labor seat). Details can be found here.
School Strike for Climate 21 May
On 21 May school students around Australia will be striking for the climate. The strikers will be sending a powerful message to the Morrison Government that if they care about the future, they must stop throwing money at the fossil fuel industry and abandon their plan for a ‘gas-led recovery’. Everyone is welcome to attend the strike rallies which will be held in all the capital cities. In Melbourne, strikers will gather at the Treasury Gardens at 1:00 pm. Set the date aside and support the school strikers on 21 May! You can find full details here.
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