The federal government gutted the Renewable Energy Target (RET), which has directly caused the loss of several thousand jobs in the renewable energy sector.
We need to keep the political pressure on and demand the RET be restored to a level that will drive the development of new renewable energy in Australia.
There is also a way we can help the transition to renewables. By purchasing green power (energy from renewable sources like wind, solar and hydro) we are helping create a strong economic environment that will drive further investment in clean energy.
Friends of the Earth was proud to help organise yesterday's Unions and Communities TPP Roundtable, hosted by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) at the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) National Congress 2015.
The Roundtable included doctors, nurses, farmers, unionists, academics, lawyers, environmental groups, community groups and faith groups who have been campaigning around the TPP since 2010.
Check here for details on the Victorian government's Inquiry into Unconventional gas.
Public hearings are now underway, and we have three more weeks to influence the Inquiry as the interim report is due out on September 1.
Please check here for ideas on taking action.
Friends of the Earth media release. May 27, 2015
In an extraordinary move, The Nationals have voted against a Greens Amendment to the Onshore Unconventional Gas Inquiry .
When the Terms of Reference (TOR) were debated in Parliament last night, The Greens suggested a range of amendments to the TOR:
- looking into the benefits of a permanent ban on unconventional gas in Victoria
- looking into the capacity of regulators to manage the industry effectively
- considering the costs of any clean up after a contamination event
The Greens also proposed to extend the dates of the Inquiry by three months.
Bright aerial spraying.
This forum will be an opportunity for residents to hear about the impacts of aerial spraying of the herbicides Clopyralid, Glyphosate and Metsulfuron Methyl in the plantations around Bright and surrounding townships.
Saturday May 16, 4.30pm
Friends of the Earth welcomes the Andrew government's commitment to reinstating a Victorian Renewable Energy Target.
The organisation, representing thousands of Victorians, join the call for Prime Minister Abbott to remove roadblocks to state leadership on renewable energy.
"The Abbott government is playing politics over the fate of the Renewable Energy Target (RET). Its actions have seen investment collapse by 90 per cent and 2,500 job losses,” says Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth’s renewable energy spokesperson.
May 12, 2015
Renewable energy plan needed to create new jobs.
Alcoa Australia have announced closure of the Anglesea coal mine and power plant on Aug 31 in response to a strong community campaign by Surf Coast Air Action.
Friends of the Earth have been a proud supporter of the Anglesea community in their fight for closing the polluting power plant and protecting public health.