Many thanks to all of you who completed our recent survey about the proposed Adani mine in Queensland. The results were remarkable.
1. Lyne Electorate: Climate Change Australia combined with the Mid North Coast Stop Adani campaign and the Mid Coast Knitting Nannas to generate the survey for Lyne Electorate and we collated our collective results.
Of the responses we received:
- 100% oppose a $1 billion loan of public money for Adani's proposed coal mine
- 98% oppose the building of the Adani coal mine altogether
- 98% want Lyne MP, Dr. David Gillespie, to take a stand to stop Adani's proposed coalmine
- 100% agree that it's time to make the transition to renewable energy
30 people rallied in front of Dr Gillespie's office in Taree last week to present the findings.
Luke Hartsuyker no-show:
On 28th June, a small group of hardy CCA members responded to CCA’s call to stage a flash action with very little notice on a very cold & wet day. The action was aimed at Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker, who was due to be in Port Macquarie. This is not the first action we have taken with the MP and we will continue to consider peaceful protests against what his government is doing to destroy our environment. Unfortunately, Mr Hartsuyker got wind of our action on the 28th and didn’t show. But here’s a photo of those who answered our call:
Our Stop Adani campaign saw us taking to the streets not as protesters but as protectors - of values and ideals like the Great Barrier Reef, the rights of farmers and Indigenous Australians, the need for a transition to a clean energy economy, and to protect existing jobs that will be lost if this mine goes ahead.
As the Breakthrough Alliance says, the world faces a national climate emergency. which calls for bi-partisan action. But what do we get? We get the Finkel Review which puts politics ahead of action. Now we know why the government never committed to a legislated RET beyond 2020 - because they now want a so-called ‘clean energy target’ for any power supply that has lower emissions, not NO emissions which is actually what is needed: no more new emissions and start reducing existing emissions.
In early 2016, after the hottest months since global records began, Australia's chief scientist, Alan Finkel, warned that we are losing the battle against climate change. Yet given the chance to fix this, he has failed (see further articles, below.) What we now have is the unedifying spectacle of Federal coalition members tying themselves in knots trying to find a way, any way, of building a new coal-fired power station.
In 2010 Malcolm Turnbull launched a plan for 100% renewable stationary energy and in his speech he said, ‘We can move, as we must move if we are to effectively combat climate change, to a situation where all, or almost all of our energy, comes from zero or very near zero emission sources’.
Let’s hope he can salvage something from the on-going mess that is Australia’s climate and energy policy.