The tide is turning . . .

 



Nearly twelve years ago, there was a sense that climate change was finally being considered. Local groups were starting up everywhere (CCBR was one of the first); the Howard Government, at the last minute, finally ratified the Kyoto Protocol, but lost government anyway to Kevin Rudd.

After a promising start, pressure to act became disssipated until the price on carbon was abolished by the 2013 Abbott government, and 'business as usual' forces took over. But now the science is clearer than ever, ordinary people are experiencing more and more extraordinary weather: and solutions (or, at least steps) are more readily available.

In Australia, it's clear that government still resists facing the urgency of action necessary. Can we ride this out with old technology and values, or do we need to act as scientists advocate, and in line with many other countries and administrations? The 2019 elections: NSW and Federal, are the time for us choose.

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POSTCARD A POLLIE

Send a card or a letter to the premier - or the relevant minister - and double your chances by sending them to the leader of the opposition and shadow ministers: they might very well be the next ones in government.

What will you write? Try one of these ideas - or something else that you think is important. 

POLICY ASKS

Coal

 Refuse approvals for new thermal coal mines as coal is now in terminal decline.

  • Plan for a just and orderly transition for coal communities, considering both miners and power station workers, and fast enough to be consistent with Australia's international obligations on emissions. Provide retraining and support replacement industries.

  • Strengthen and enforce rehabilitation of mine sites both during operation and at closure.

  • Oppose coal and CSG projects such as mining under Sydney Water Catchment, Whitehaven's Vickery mine in the Gunnedah Basin, Bylong Valley in the Hunter region, and Santos CSG project near Narrabri.

Electricity

  • Set a target to move to 100% renewable energy.

  • Encourage large scale renewable alternatives, e.g. concentrated solar thermal.

  • Provide interest-free loans to low income households for efficiency upgrades, solar PV and battery storage.

  • Encourage electricity demand management in response to changing patterns of generation and consumption.

  • Support development of pumped hydro schemes, within environmental constraints.

Transport

  • Integrate transport policy and infrastructure planning, e.g. by ensuring at least 50% of all transport infrastructure spending is directed to public and active transport.

  • Encourage shift to electric vehicles for both private and public use, together with the shift in electricity generation to renewable sources.

  • Encourage car share and ride share rather than purchase of vehicles for one-driver use.

  • Use taxes to influence transport choices, e.g. congestion tax for Sydney, carbon pricing for shipping.

  • Advocate for strong federal vehicle emissions standards, such as those in Europe and California, for both particulate and greenhouse gas emissions.

Land and water

  • Protect our underground water basins from extraction and pollution.

  • Protect our Sydney Water Catchment from longwall mining.

  • Police land clearing, and reverse the "Biodiversity" legislation which enables it.

  • Restore river health, including by limiting cotton and rice production.

  • Promote regenerative farming through grants and education.


Who could you send it to? Any or all of these for a start . . .

POLITICIANS' ADDRESSES

Premier
The Hon Gladys Berejiklian
Parliament House
Macquarie St
SYDNEY 2000
Or via Contact Us on https://www.nsw.gov.au/contact-us

Leader of opposition
The Hon Michael Daley MP
Parliament House
Macquarie St
SYDNEY 2000
Email: leader.opposition@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Minister for Energy and Utilities
The Hon Don Harwin MLC
Parliament House
Macquarie St
SYDNEY 2000
Or via Contact Us on https://www.nsw.gov.au/contact-us

Minister for the Environment
The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP
GPO Box 5341
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Or via Contact Us on https://www.nsw.gov.au/contact-us

Shadow Minister for the Environment
The Hon Penny Sharpe MLC
Parliament House
Macquarie St
SYDNEY 2000
penny.sharpe@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change
The Hon Adam Searle MLC
Parliament House
Macquarie St
SYDNEY 2000
adam.searle@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Greens Renewable Energy Spokesperson
The Hon Tamara Smith MP
Parliament House
Macquarie St
SYDNEY 2000
ballina@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Greens Environment Spokesperson
The Hon Cate Faehrmann MLC
Parliament House
Macquarie St
SYDNEY 2000
CateFaehrmann@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Mr Jamie Parker, MP
112A Glebe Point Road
GLEBE
NSW 2037

Ms Elly Howse
Candidate for Balmain
PO Box 98
BALMAIN
NSW 2041