Breaking bad!

From 350.org:

BREAKING: The Albanese Government has caved to the mining lobby and are scrapping their commitments to environment law reform. This could ruin our shot at fixing the laws that continue to approve fossil fuels in a climate crisis. Use your voice now to raise the alarm with the Minister’s office.

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Swiss court rules in favour of human rights on climate

Europe’s top human rights court has ruled the Swiss government had violated the human rights of its citizens by failing to do enough to combat climate change. The landmark case was brought by 2000 Swiss women and the decision will set a precedent for future climate lawsuits around the world, including (hopefully) Australia!

Meanwhile, in Australia, Torres Strait Islanders won their latest UN case  about their human rights in the face of rising sea levels. However, here in Australia their legal action with the Australian Government is ongoing. We'll have a new issue briefing on this soon.

  

 


Have your say! Demand a stop to gas drilling and production in the Otways

The public comment period for the proposed offshore gas project in the Otway Basin (Victoria) has been extended to 20 May 2024. If you haven't put in a submission already you can do it here.

It's easier than you think to comment and every submission counts! You don't have to be an expert - 2-3 paragraphs of your thoughts is enough.

The project was proposed in 2021 to alleviate Victoria's apparent gas shortage. Beach Energy discovered a gas reserve about 2km below the sea floor just 450 metres outside the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park. This project is incredibly short-sighted as the resulting emissions will contribute to the climate crisis while degrading one of Australia’s most prized marine national parks, endangering marine life and potentially ruining local tourism and fishing industries. 

If you need some ideas to get you started check out the issue briefing on the MPEG webpage.


Climate Resilience Inquiry: Make a Submission

 

An Inquiry into Climate Resilience is now underway by the Victorian Government, with public submissions being accepted until 1 May 2024.

It will look into the preparedness of communities facing climate disasters across the state. This is an opportunity for you to share your experiences, stories, concerns and ideas for climate adaptation. Do you think Victoria is prepared for incoming climate impacts? What do you think the state needs to do to prepare?

If you need some help, Friends of the Earth has prepared a submission guide here.

 


Update on the offshore gas bill before parliament

The pressure you have been putting on the Government / Resources Minister King is working! Now is the time to really ramp this up. The government has redrafted amendments so the Environment Minister will be included in decision making and regulatory checks and balances on offshore gas and oil projects.
However, there are still concerns that if the bill is passed in its current form it would significantly undermine consultation with First Nations communities and Traditional Owners.
Please keep the pressure up (meetings, emails, phone calls and letter writing) on the ALP (particularly those ALP back-benchers who are climate / environment friendly) and Minister King's Office and reinforce the need to listen to and properly consult with Traditional Owners on development proposals, and express your concerns.
Here's an example you can adapt if you need help getting started.

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Next Zoom MP Engagement Zoom session - 17 April

Our next zoom action session will be on Wednesday 17 April at 7.30pm (AEDT).

Join us online to put effective pressure on our Federal and State MPs by writing emails about current climate issues and planning calls and visits to them. If you're new to this activity there'll be plenty of help and all the resources you need to take effective action. 

Whether you're a newbie, or have joined us before, everyone is welcome!

 

Parents for Climate's Solar Our Learning campaign

At the March Zoom MPEG, Mike Pulsford, Campaign Manager for Parents for Climate spoke about their “Solar Our Learning” campaign, which visited Canberra last week to ask the federal government for solar panels on all schools, kindergartens and childcare centres across the country. P4C’s research shows if every school was powered by renewable energy, at least one coal-fired power station could be closed and there would be lower energy costs for all schools. 

Mike is asking for help to promote the “Solar our Learning” campaign in your interactions with schools and MPs.

P4C also have an organisational open letter asking governments to support schools and childcares to install solar. Can your organisation sign the letter?


Let the PM know you support his Net Zero Economy Authority

On Friday 22 March, the PM spoke in Newcastle about decarbonising and electrifying the economy, partly in response to the US IRA legislation and the UK's proposed Green Deal. Tell him you support this policy direction. If you need help getting started, here is an email example.


Labor flips on offshore gas bill

Labor has announced changes to the offshore gas bill that would have effectively removed powers from the Environment Minister for approvals or knockbacks to new projects. This backflip is thanks to pressure climate organisations and constituents like you on your Labor MPs. About a dozen Labor MPs spoke up in Caucus and pushed for changes to the bill. The Greens and Independents also lobbied for changes to be made. This is great news but there's still work to be done. There needs to be further amendment of the bill to preserve consultation with First Nations peoples who have custodianship of the lands and seas where offshore developments are proposed. You can read more here and here.



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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, whose sovereignty was never ceded. We acknowledge that Indigenous peoples around the world are at the forefront of climate change, both in experiencing its effects and leading solutions for change. We pay our sincerest respects to all Elders, past and present.