My name is Billy and I am a volunteer with the AYCC in Victoria. I first heard about the AYCC through a friend during a discussion we were having about potential volunteer opportunities. She recommended them highly, and with climate change being something I already had an interest in, I was soon signing my first petitions and then expressed an interest to volunteer.
This morning the Labor Party announced its ‘Climate Change Action Plan’ in a significant step forward that puts the pressure on Malcolm Turnbull to tell us what he will do to transition Australia to 100% renewable power. Keep reading for a rundown of some of the key points and what they mean but first, here’s what you can do:
It’s National Enrol to Vote Day tomorrow - make sure you’re enrolled to vote for climate action here and sign up to help us out tomorrow enrolling young people to vote on campuses across the country.
Spread the word on social media calling on Malcolm Turnbull to tell us how he would transition Australia away from the polluting power we have to the clean, renewable power we want and need.
So, here’s the rundown of Labor's new policy and how it stacks up with what we need:
Renewable energy ✔️
The Labor Party will power Australia with 50% renewable electricity by 2030 and they’ll do it with things like a $206 million funding round for solar thermal and community power agencies to support the uptake of community-owned renewable energy. This is a significant step forward, and Malcolm Turnbull still hasn’t told us what goal he will set for renewable energy. The AYCC wants 100% renewables by 2030 so we need to keep the pressure on to get both parties to step up what they’re going to do.
The commitment to a funding round for solar thermal creates a huge opportunity for the Port Augusta community to go solar thermal, something we’ve worked alongside the community for for the last five years. It’s time to make it happen! ☀️☀️☀️
Replacing our polluting coal and gas stations ✔️
Australia’s power stations are old and polluting - we need them to be replaced but we need to do it in a way that supports workers and communities to transition. The Labor Party have announced they will hold an inquiry into closing Australia’s coal stations and support communities with a just transition. It’s critical this happens and that Australia gets a plan to close our polluting power stations with renewable energy, we’re still waiting to hear what the Turnbull Government will do.
Keeping polluting fuels in the ground and stopping fossil fuel handouts 🙅
Neither the Labor Party nor the Government have committed to stopping all new fossil fuel projects but today the Labor Party took an important first step in ruling out any taxpayer funding for Adani's Carmichael coal mine. These announcements today have come because of people like you, together we can keep the fossil fuels in the ground by keeping up the pressure for the next few months.
Reducing climate pollution across Australia 😑
The Labor Party have announced they would reduce Australia’s climate pollution by 45% on 2005 levels by 2030. This is a clear step forward from the Government’s target, nearly doubling it, but it does not go far enough to doing Australia’s fair share to limit warming to 1.5 degrees to prevent the worst impacts of global warming.
Today’s a significant step forward, but together we've got to keep up the fight to make sure our future comes out on top this election. SHARE this post or sign up for National Enrol to Vote Day today.
Let’s do it!
P.S. Tomorrow is National Enrol to Vote Day and we need your help to enrol as many young people as possible so they can have their say this Federal Election. Young people can change the outcome of elections, but only if we vote - WATCH this video and sign up for a short shift of conversations near you: aycc.org.au/enrol_shifts