A message from our President:
Welcome to the first edition of CCA News for 2018.
2017 was a significant year in our ongoing fight to move away from fossil fuels and transition to clean energy. Millions of dollars were divested from fossil fuels, and major banks moved away from coal and the proposed Adani coal mine. In NSW, the proposed Rocky Hill mine near Gloucester was knocked back by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) and AGL confirmed it would close the Liddell coal power plant. But emissions are still too high and need to come down fast. So, this year should be just as big as 2017 as we take on Australia's biggest polluters for a fossil-free future.
The CCA Committee looks forward to working with you all to help us move to a safe climate and energy security for all
Want to help stop the biggest coal mine in Australia’s history?
The #StopAdani documentary Guarding the Galilee told the story of the threat this proposed mine poses to the Great Barrier Reef, our water, our climate, our environment and the rights of traditional owners. A second documentary, looking at the diversity and power of the #StopAdani movement and what it will take to win this campaign, currently is being filmed. But help is needed to fund it.
If you’re able to donate, please click here: http://www.stopadani.com/film_funder
If you use Facebook, here is the link to the #StopAdani Facebook page
Cooking the books on climate change policy:
Whilst the Federal Government continues to promote coal as a solution to energy security issues and downplay renewable energy, the reality on the ground at the state level, public opinion, and across the business sector in Australia, is very different. South Australia is progressing towards its 50% renewable by 2025 target and has a net zero emissions by 2050 goal, as do Victoria and New South Wales, and Queensland has a 50% renewable target for 2030. Read more at the SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/cooking-the-books-on-climate-change-policy-20171229-h0ba0h.html
Vale Paul Martin:
We were saddened to hear of the death of committed environmentalist and active CCA member, Paul Martin late last year. He will be missed.
Paul at a divestment rally in front of Port Macquarie CommBank
Position vacant at the Nature Conservation Council of NSW:
CCA is a member organisation of NCC. Currently NCC are seeking an experienced campaigner to drive the next phase of their campaign to stop the rampant clearing of native trees across NSW. Interested? For more information about the position please visit the NCC website.
Renters and low-income households feel the heat more than others:
Solar Citizens' digital campaigner Stephanie Gray had an opinion piece published in the SMH this week, raising the issue that heat affects low-income households more. You can read her story here:
Renewables generated triple the power of coal in the UK 2017:
British wind farms generated more electricity than coal plants on more than 75% of days in 2017. And overall, renewables provided more power than coal plants on 315 days in 2017, figures up to 12 December showed. You can read more at the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/28/renewables-power-coal-2017-uk-figures?CMP=share_btn_link