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 Youth to G20 leaders: Don’t take coal lobby’s “laughable” claims seriously

Youth to G20 leaders: Don’t take coal lobby’s “laughable” claims seriously

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Youth to G20 leaders: Don’t take coal lobby’s “laughable” claims seriously

Youth organisations representing more than 100 nations, including 19 of the G20 economies, will tomorrow release an open letter calling on world leaders to not allow the coal lobby to unduly influence the outcome of the G20 summit with their “laughable” claims.

Members of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) will deliver the youth organisations’ message with volunteers, bike billboards and flyers outside the Brisbane Global Cafe, where Peabody Energy’s Chief Operating Officer will give a keynote address thousands of delegates. They have also released a video exposing the coal lobby’s most outlandish claims.

The action comes in response to a PR campaign targeting G20 leaders led by Peabody Energy, arguing that coal can be “clean” and lift people out of poverty. But youth organisations say that the coal lobby’s “agenda represents a threat to young people and future generations, and we urge you to listen to our message over that of vested interests.”

According to Kirsty Albion, AYCC National Co-Director, “We hope that as young people from across the world, we can help G20 leaders recognise Peabody Energy’s PR campaign for what it is: a laughable and desperate exercise from an outdated industry.

“Renewable energy is already turning the lights on for millions of people across the world, and delivers economic development, healthier communities, and addresses climate change.”

Full text of youth letter to G20 leaders: http://aycc.org.au/g20

AYCC video - “Sh*t the coal lobby says”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFgbvCNqSx4

Media Contact: Kirsty Albion, 0425 138 806, kirsty@aycc.org.au

 

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