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Australia-wide campaign on action on Climate Change

climate action groups around the country, .. launched a national 100% renewables campaign on May 2.……..For more details visit

Climate groups campaign for 100% renewables, Green Left Weekly,  June 5, 2010 By Simon Butler The Rudd ALP government was elected on a promise to take serious action on climate change. Yet it hasn’t acted and Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions — already the developed world’s worst per person — are on the rise again…..

But the global warming policy vacuum of the two big parties hasn’t fazed dozens of climate action groups around the country, who launched a national 100% renewables campaign on May 2.

The campaign’s message is simple: an urgent transition to 100% renewable energy is possible and making the switch will create new, job-rich industries and help secure a safe climate for future generations.

The goal of the campaign is to build a groundswell of community support to pressure politicians to act.
Support for the campaign is building. Dozens of climate action groups are taking part nationwide.

A May 5 article in the Australian indicated the campaign had already spooked at least five ALP MPs. The MPs said they felt “vulnerable” after they were “bombarded by outraged younger voters in their electorates” because of the party’s climate policy…..Throughout June, climate action groups will conduct a nationwide community survey to gather information about community support for renewable energy and encourage more people to get involved in the campaign.

The results will then be published to show the level of community support for a clean energy transition.
As a first step towards the transition, the 100% renewables campaign calls for the federal government to agree to a national clean energy bonus scheme, or feed-in tariff.

They say a clean energy bonus could help spur investment in large-scale renewable energy projects (such as wind, solar thermal, wave and geothermal power plants) while also making community wind and solar projects, and rooftop solar photovoltaic cells, more affordable.

At the same time, the campaign wants government subsidies to the fossil fuel industry to be redirected to renewable energy infrastructure.

Winning a clean energy bonus is the first goal, but climate activists say many other measures will be needed to re-power Australia with 100% renewable energy……[For more details visit] Climate groups campaign for 100% renewables | Green Left Weekly

June 7, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, energy | , , , , ,

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