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.
Did you know that the fossil fuel industry has teamed up with the Government to attack environmental groups? Well the AYCC is on their hit list of groups under attack. Our loud, effective and successful campaigns are rattling those that want to keep us quiet. But we’re not running scared, we’re wearing this as a badge of honour.
"Nice to know that taxpayers are underwriting the efforts of children and their handlers to attack our key exports.”
This month, in an article titled “March of the Climate Cult Kiddies” about the AYCC, a conservative fanatic attacked young people’s work to solve the climate crisis by attacking your right to make a tax-deductible donation to the AYCC.
He didn’t come up with this on his own. A few weeks ago, the Minerals Council named the AYCC in a “top 10” hit list of tax-deductible environmental charities in the Courier Mail.
Why are they suddenly so interested in our budgets? Because the extreme right have teamed up with the mining industry to silence dissent in a Parliamentary Inquiry targeting environmental groups’ charity tax status.
Our loud, effective and successful campaigns are rattling those that want to keep us quiet. But we’re not running scared, we’re wearing this as a badge of honour.
Alex Hawke MP, the chair of this inquiry, reckons: “Tax deductible donations to environmental organisations are not being used for the purpose intended and expected.”
We want to show Alex Hawke and his friends in the fossil fuel industry that you know exactly what you’re supporting: a youth-led movement that runs effective campaigns to move Australia to 100% renewable energy, to keep coal and gas in the ground, and to pressure governments to reduce pollution in line with the science.
You know we train 1500 young people every year to run campaigns in their communities:
You know that we support Indigenous young people to stand up for country, culture and climate:
You know that we stand with communities that want to move beyond fossil fuels to renewables, like our Repower Port Augusta campaign:
You know that we run hard-hitting campaigns that win, like getting Lend Lease to withdraw from building Abbot Point:
This Inquiry is not only attacking us. They’re attacking AYCC donors, volunteers, and supporters like you. But we won’t back down - will we?
This whole Inquiry reminds me of a quote from Ghandi that is important to remember in these challenging times:
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
They’re fighting us, so we know we’re one step away from winning. But we need your help to stand up to them - show the Minerals Council and this Inquiry that the power of the people is greater than the people with the power.
Don't have enough cash to donate? Sign up to volunteer with the AYCC today and be part of the movement that has got the fossil fuel industry shaking in their boots: aycc.org.au/volunteer