There are two issues we want to bring to your attention.
Firstly, we would like to invite you to a Zoom letter-writing workshop to W R Berkley, one of the Lloyd’s insurers who have not ruled out supporting Adani’s Carmichael Mine. This is part of #StopAdani’s “adopt an insurer” campaign to encourage insurers to walk away from the project. We will be giving you the details of who in W R Berkley we are concentrating on so you can write an email to them during the session.
We will be meeting 7pm on the 22 September and would love you to join us.
The second issue is the government’s announcement that there will be a gas-led recovery out of COVID-19, just as we feared. Gas is just as polluting as coal, there is a world-wide glut at the moment and it will not reduce power prices – renewables are far cheaper. It will also lock Australia into decades of reliance on gas with the risk of it being a stranded asset that we, the taxpayers, will have to pay for, while the rest of the world moves to renewables. The government’s budget will be announced next month so it’s crucial we let our politicians know we most strongly oppose this plan.
Here are four things you can do.
1. Call your federal MP and tell them why you oppose this plan. There are some tips in the following link to help you.
2. Phone Josh Frydenberg’s Canberra office on 6277 7340 and leave a message using the talking points in the attached link.
3. The Federal Government is trying to push through legislation that will divert money from the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), which has been funding renewable energy projects for the last decade, to prop up gas projects. There is a Senate committee looking at this proposal and they want to hear from the Australian public. You can make a quick and easy submission to say you don’t want this to happen. The following link has information and tips. Closing date is 23 September.
4. Sign the petition asking the government not to go ahead with this plan.
We also encourage you to pass this on to friends, family and acquaintances who are also concerned about climate change and the need to move urgently to renewables.