Since 2011, Friends of the Earth's Coal & Gasfield Free Vic campaign has worked with communities across Victoria to protect farmland and water from risky onshore gasfields.
A total of 75 communities undertook an in-depth community-wide survey around the question of whether that community wanted to declare themselves ‘coal and gasfield-free’. This groundswell saw both the Victorian Labor government and Liberal/National party opposition supported the passage of legislation to enshrine in law a permanent ban on unconventional gas exploration and extraction.
Over this time we played a key role building consensus around the need for state government policies to grow renewable energy.
Our Yes 2 Renewables campaign saw the Victorian Renewable Energy Target go from concept to reality, with the Andrews government committing to Victorian Renewable Energy Targets of 25 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025 will see 5,400 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity built.
WILL YOU HELP DEFEND THIS PROGRESS FROM A NEW THREAT?
Federal Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has been attacking the Victorian Renewable Energy Target for month and now he's escalating his call to rip up Victoria's nation-leading gas ban.
We've fought side-by-side with communities for too long to get this far. We're fired up to defend these key policies. Sign up below for action alerts and help us respond to developments.