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.
The last three months we’ve been collecting signatures for our Open Letter. Lots of signatures. Ten thousand signatures. That's ten thousand Australians who've put their name to our ambitious plan to avert a climate change.
The last three months we’ve been collecting signatures for our Open Letter. Lots of signatures. Ten thousand signatures. That's ten thousand Australians who've put their name to our ambitious plan to avert a climate change. Ten thousand Australians that want to see our country make big cuts in pollution, invest serious money in renewables, and ween our country off our addiction to 19th century fuels like coal and gas. This little letter, calling on our lawmakers and leaders to do more on climate, has snowballed into something huge.
This is a pivotal moment for climate policy. Our lawmakers are about to make enormous decision about renewables. They'll be voting on the fate our Clean Energy Finance Corporation, reviewing our Renewable Energy Target, and considering all kinds of other laws and regulations. Now, more than ever, we need to show our politicians and the rest of the country how many of us care about climate change, about renewables, about our future. It's time to take our Roadmap off the web and right to the coalface. Pun intended.
Over the next month, we’ll be holding delivery events for our Roadmap Open Letter all across the country. In every electorate, we’re helping volunteers meet their politicians, present them with a copy of our Open Letter with signatures from their neighbourhood, and tell them face-to-face how important renewables are to us. We'll make sure that every Federal MP knows about this campaign, knows ten thousand Australians have signed on, and know climate change is a game-changing issue for their constituents.
These actions make a difference. Showing our MPs that climate change is a mainstream issue – not just something for hard-core environmentalists – can be enough to make them reconsider how they'll vote on climate laws. We've already had the Independent MP Andrew Wilkie adopt the Roadmap as his climate policy, and the campaign has put climate change back on the map in other electorates. A big show of community support now could be enough to protect our renewables industry from the scrap heap.
But it can't happen without you. If we're going to reach every politician, make our voices heard in every neighbourhood, we need you to be at our delivery events or to organise one if there isn't one already. We need you to be the voice at that meeting with your politician. To attend or hold you own event head over to our Roadmap page.