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Just Transition: An Idea Whose Time has Finally Come?

Following the recent federal election, which suggested that the electorate is becoming more polarised about coal, everybody seems to be talking about “just transition”. Colin Long, the Just Transition Officer at Trades Hall, told us he has been inundated with calls. The National Union of Workers kicked off with a statement. The ABC is talking about it. Environment Victoria has released a blogpost, and has made it a focus of their Beyond Coal campaign. And some in Labor are talking about a Green New Deal.

Climate Action Moreland has long argued for just transition to be a key demand of the climate movement. But we need to do more. We can start by fleshing out what this means and how we should incorporate it into our campaigns.

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June 16, 2019 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

LaTrobe Valley Coal Power pollution poses health threat – World Environment Day

Mercury pollution emissions from Australian coal power stations compared. Source: The Age

June 5 is world environment day and here we publish a question on pollutants from the coal fired power stations in the La Trobe Valley, asked by Brunswick Greens MP Tim Read in March.

Why aren’t these toxic pollutants such as mercury and Sulphur Dioxide more highly regulated and restricted? The technology exists to capture these and other pollutants, but the state government so far hasn’t ensured that the companies responsible fit the filtering technologies which are widely used overseas.

The EPA is currently drafting licence amendments and the licence review process report for the coal power stations. Increased limits, real time monitoring and regulation of pollution needs to be an important part of new licenses for the three energy companies: AGL Energy, Energy Australia, and Alinta.

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June 5, 2019 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Liberals win razor thin majority despite surge in voter support for climate action

Here at Climate Action Moreland we were expecting a Shorten Labor government to be elected on May 18. Even though Labor climate policy was very problematic in many areas, the targets were more ambitious (though not nearly enough). We were as shocked by the result of the re-election of a Morrison Government with a slim majority, which was out of step with public opinion polls.

Climate change was one of the big issues of the campaign, with wide concern expressed. This can be seen in The Australia Institute polling which showed that action for climate change was a strong concern, including support for climate emergency action. Read David Spratt’s blog: Support for action surges, majority say we face climate emergency.

The Votecompass survey, encompassing well over half a million citizens found that support had grown to 81 per cent for greater climate action.
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May 26, 2019 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Premier refuses to answer question on Victorian coal phaseout plan

Ellen Sandell asking about coal phaseout plan

The Premier Daniel Andrews failed to answer a direct question on Wednesday, the last sitting day this year for state parliament, on a transition plan to close Victoria’s dirty coal plants and stop coal mining and burning in Victoria for good, asked on behalf of School strike for climate kids.

Greens MP Ellen Sandell (Melbourne) asked the Premier, on behalf of all the students striking for climate justice, when he would urgently release his coal transition plan. She also highlighted that the Andrews government has extended the licence for the dirtiest coal station in Australia, Yallourn.

Premier, while your government has done some really good things on renewables, you are suspiciously silent when it comes to coal. My question is: will you hear the call of these brave young people and urgently release a plan to close Victoria’s dirty coal plants and stop coal mining and burning in Victoria for good?

Instead of answering the question, the Premier diverted his answer into the Victorian Renewable Energy Target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030 (The kids are demanding 100 percent by 2030), the lack of Federal leadership and in particular raising the old history in another parliament of Greens senators opposition to the CPRS scheme.
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December 20, 2018 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

Pressure on Bill Shorten over Adani with Sit-Down protest scheduled

March for our future #stopAdani 8/12/2018

With Adani announcing they are proceeding with building the Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in Queensland last week, snap protests were called in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and Cairns for Saturday 8th December that attracted thousands. In Melbourne the intersection of Flinders Street and Swanston street was occupied in a sit-down protest for over half an hour.

Stop Adani and climate action groups have called for a sit-down protest at Bill Shorten’s office in Hall street, Moonee Ponds on Wednesday 12 December at 8 AM – 11 AM (Facebook Event)
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December 9, 2018 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Photo Gallery: March for our Future #stopAdani

March for our future #stopAdani 8/12/2018

Snap protests for climate action and to stop Adani were called in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns for Saturday 8th December that attracted thousands of people.

The climate movement has been invigorated by the recent student strikes for climate action on Friday November 30, the occupation of Parliament House foyer, and the urgency of the recent IPCC 1.5C science report. We have a climate emergency.
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December 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm 1 comment

UK and Canada pushing coal closure Alliance at UN climate Conference COP23

Anglesea coal mine

The United Kingdom and Canada have formed an alliance to champion phase out of unabated coal at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn – COP23 – in November 2017. After hearing the latest energy policy announcement from Prime Minister Turnbull on the National Energy Guarantee, I doubt that Australia will be up to the task of joining this alliance. We are falling further behind the new climate leaders.

Canada’s Minister for Environment and Climate change Catherine McKenna and her UK counterpart, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry, issued a joint statement on 11 October, following a successful meeting:

“Today, we announce that Canada and the United Kingdom (U.K.) will champion a global alliance on the transition from unabated coal-fired electricityat next month’s United Nations climate change meetings in Bonn, Germany. From cleaner air, to public health, to sustainability, the benefits of moving towards low or non-emitting sources of power are clear.
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October 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm 1 comment

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