Quit Coal was a collective of Friends of the Earth (FoE) Melbourne that was active until 2017. They used a range of tactics to campaign against new and existing coal and gas projects in Victoria, pushing for a socially just transition to clean, fair and affordable energy for all.
Our previous Coal & Gasfield Free Victoria campaign was launched in 2012 and was able to achieve one of the most significant environmental victories in Victoria’s history. Using a neighbour-to-neighbour community organising model we worked closely with more than 75 regional communities who declared themselves ‘coal and/or gasfield free’. By 2017, we had built enough collective power to push every single member of Victoria’s parliament to vote for legislation to permanently ban unconventional gas in Victoria.
Quit Coal’s work was to:
- FIGHT new & existing fossil fuel projects in Victoria, including new coal technologies like carbon capture and storage.
- CONNECT the dots between climate change, energy poverty and corruption, demanding that people need access to clean, fair and affordable energy.
- PUSH for our state government to create a publicly-owned, non-profit, 100% renewable energy retailer - giving people clean energy at cost price.
- PROVIDE solidarity and support to communities who are fighting onshore gas and fracking across Australia.
- PROTECT land & water through safeguarding our hard-won ban on onshore gas and fracking, with communities across the state.