Advocating for Climate Action

Jonathan WrightNews

In 2020, our regular networking event, Green Drinks is being transformed into Climate Action Drinks in alternating months as we respond to the Climate Emergency. With the start of a new decade and after our unprecedented bushfires, we must raise our voices and demand stronger action to address climate crisis.
In February, over forty concerned citizens gathered to learn about the current campaigning opportunities at local, State and Federal Government levels. Five subgroups have formed over Geelong and the Bellarine to meet and support each other in their advocacy efforts. 
  • At the federal level, Independent MP, Zali Steggall will introduce the Climate Change Bill to Parliament later this year.  This Bill emulates what the UK did in 2008 and many other countries by legislating targets. It could break the deadlock of the wasted decade. But mass public support will be essential. Currently her petition has over 70,000 signatures but it needs lots more. Have you signed it yet? If not, do so today here. Encourage family, friends and work mates to sign too! 
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  • At the state level, the Andrews government will shortly legislate its Emissions ReductionTarget for 2030. Over 70 percent of Victoria’s electricity currently comes from burning brown coal, which is one of the most polluting ways of generating electricity. We are urging the State Government to set a strong evidence-based target (a minimum of 67% reduction in emissions on 2005 levels) in line with having a strong chance of limiting warming to 1.5C.  More information from Environment Victoria here.
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  • At the local level, the City of Greater Geelong (COGG) has released its Sustainability Framework and agrees that Climate Change is a global emergency. We will be advocating for more ambitious defined goals and more support for residents. We urge you to add your views to their Have Your Say engagement which closes on 11 April.

Given the need for social distancing our next Climate Action Drinks on Wed April 29 will be a webinar. More info here.  We hope you can join us and BYO drink.

If you’d like more further information about our #ClimateAction campaign, then get in contact with our Coordinator, Sal Fisher on sal@geelongsustainability.org.au.

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