Climate Action Moreland goes national
It was late January when Climate Action Moreland decided that this year we were going to embrace the Hazelwood campaign, and push ourselves into an activity that we’d never tried before – doorknocking house to house. In this double election year, we knew this was the time to take our message out there, to the streets and the people of Brunswick (watch the video here).
And not only has our campaign been successful in Brunswick, but it’s now spread throughout Melbourne and Australia. Inspired by the depth of community support for our campaign in Brunswick, climate action groups around the country are using our doorknocking techniques in their local areas, groups like Climate Action Newtown and Parramatta Climate Action Now in Sydney, as well as our neighbours Darebin Climate Action Now, Yarra Climate Action Now, and Inner West Climate Change Community.
And there’s mounting evidence that our campaign is working. There’s no doubt that the State government is feeling the pressure over Hazelwood, and on July 17 this campaign is set to take flight and go national, with a National Day of Action on Hazelwood. The State governmet may have control over Hazelwood’s coal supply, but buying out Hazelwood owner International Power is the Federal government’s responsibility. If we’re to close Hazelwood it will take national as well as pressure from Victoria.
If we win this one, it will be a fantastic victory. Hazelwood provides 23% of Victoria’s electricity, and when we safely transition, it will be irrefutable evidence that we can move away from coal without the sky falling in. But we need you to keep the pressure up. We’re committed to doorknocking once a month until the election, as well as stalls, public meetings, and lobbying to ensure that the voice of the people of Moreland on this key issue is heard.
Please contact us on 0408 583 694 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the next door-knocking session. Saturday 7 August, meet at CERES cafe at 1pm.