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What's the Dirt on BHP?

Right now, we have a window of opportunity to force Australia’s biggest polluting companies to pull their weight on climate action…

Will the Albanese government choose to Safeguard Our Climate, or protect polluter profits?

Join us for a fun street action where we'll hold BHP accountable for their historic contribution to climate change, and put the challenge to them to shift their stance and support a strengthened Climate Safeguard Mechanism from the federal government.

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The Albanese Government was elected with a mandate to reform and strengthen Australia’s ‘Climate Safeguard Mechanism’ to deliver deep emissions cuts from large industrial polluters this decade.

The Dirty Dozen Polluters, Australia's largest coal and gas companies, are expected to lobby the federal government to let them dodge real climate action and get away with avoiding strong emissions cuts.

The community's voice is urgently needed as a counterweight to the Dirty Dozen Polluters' lobbying. The Albanese government needs to see that the community is sick and tired of these companies being let off the hook when it comes to their responsibilities to act on the climate crisis.

Join our friends from Higgins & Darebin Climate Action Networks, and Lighter Footprints, and rock up at the BHP HQ to shine a light on the company as one of the Dirty Dozen Polluters.

 

This action will take place on Wurundjeri country. Sovereignty was never ceded, this always was and always will be Aboriginal land. There can be no true climate justice without First Nations justice.

WHEN
February 28, 2023 at 12:00pm
WHERE
BHP Limited
171 Collins St
Wurundjeri Country
Melbourne , VIC 3000
Australia
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Weekly Flyering at BHP

Right now, we have a window of opportunity to force Australia’s biggest polluting companies to pull their weight on climate action…

Will the Albanese government choose to Safeguard Our Climate, or protect polluter profits?

Join us for one of our weekly flyering sessions out the front of BHP. We'll demonstrate to BHP that we're watching them and the rest of the Dirty Dozen polluters closely, as the Albanese government prepares to impose stronger emissions cuts on their operations.

Context

The Albanese Government was elected with a mandate to reform and strengthen Australia’s ‘Climate Safeguard Mechanism’ to deliver deep emissions cuts from large industrial polluters this decade.

The Dirty Dozen Polluters, Australia's largest coal and gas companies, are expected to lobby the federal government to let them dodge real climate action and get away with avoiding strong emissions cuts.

The community's voice is urgently needed as a counterweight to the Dirty Dozen Polluters' lobbying. The Albanese government needs to see that the community is sick and tired of these companies being let off the hook when it comes to their responsibilities to act on the climate crisis.

Join us and our friends from other Melbourne/Narrm-based climate action groups, and flyer outside BHP to shine a light on the company as one of the Dirty Dozen Polluters.

How the action will work

When you arrive, we'll have flyers for you to hand out to people passing by and workers heading into the BHP office. The aim is to communicate with workers and the public about BHP's position as one of the Dirty Dozen polluters, and the need for the Albanese government to crack down on these polluters by imposing strong emissions reduction targets on them under a strengthened Climate Safeguard Mechanism.

If you aren't able to make it on a Tuesday, but would like to flyer some other time, please let us know and we'll arrange to get the materials to you.

 

This action will take place on Wurundjeri country. Sovereignty was never ceded, this always was and always will be Aboriginal land. There can be no true climate justice without First Nations justice.

 

WHEN
February 07, 2023 at 12:00pm
WHERE
BHP Limited
171 Collins St
Wurundjeri Country
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia
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Street Rally: The Legacy of Shell

Right now, we have a window of opportunity to force Australia’s biggest polluting companies, including Shell, to pull their weight on climate action…

But will the Albanese government choose to Safeguard Our Climate, or protect polluter profits?

Join us for a street rally to hear about Shell's global history of environmental damage and dodging responsibility, and see if we can coax a Shell representative to come out of the building and tell us... Will they salvage their legacy and support a strengthened Climate Safeguard Mechanism?

Context

The Albanese government was elected with a mandate to reform and strengthen Australia’s ‘Climate Safeguard Mechanism’ to deliver deep emissions cuts from large industrial polluters this decade.

Shell has a global history of trying to dodge its responsibilities to communities, our climate and environment.

It is also one of the Dirty Dozen Polluters, Australia's largest coal and gas companies, which are expected to lobby the federal government to let them dodge real climate action and get away with avoiding strong emissions cuts.

The community's voice is urgently needed as a counterweight to the Dirty Dozen Polluters' lobbying. The Albanese government needs to see that the community is sick and tired of these companies being let off the hook when it comes to their responsibilities to act on the climate crisis.

Join us and our friends from climate action groups around Melbourne/Narrm to shine a light on Shell as one of the Dirty Dozen Polluters.

 

This action will take place on Wurundjeri country. Sovereignty was never ceded, this always was and always will be Aboriginal land. There can be no true climate justice without First Nations justice.

 

WHEN
March 03, 2023 at 3:00pm
WHERE
Shell Australia HQ
360 Collins St
Melbourne , VIC 3000
Australia
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Crafternoon: The true history of the Dirty Dozen

Join us at the Friends of the Earth space to get your craft on!

Channel your creativity to help expose one of the Dirty Dozen Polluters: Australia's largest coal and gas polluting companies, who are expected to lobby the federal government to let them dodge real climate action and get away with avoiding making the strong emissions cuts we need to see this decade.

Why are we doing this?

At the end of last year, community members visited the offices of the Dirty Dozen polluters to deliver a letter which called on them to support a strengthened Climate Safeguard Mechanism: the policy that the Albanese government is currently reforming and is our big chance to crack down on the big polluters' emissions.

During our visit to on of these companies (which one? to be revealed...) we discovered that they have a huge display in their lobby proudly showcasing historic artefacts that gloss over their polluting history.

We feel the need to refresh the company's memory and fill in the gaps on their memorabilia wall with some props that represent the damage and destruction they have caused to our climate and communities.

Whether you have an interest in art, creative skills to contribute in making or just keen to give prop making a go, we invite you to help us build the memorabilia for a special hamper that we'll deliver which represents the company's true history.

We will provide snacks, drinks and music to assist you in your creative flow.

 

This action will take place on Wurundjeri country. Sovereignty was never ceded, this always was and always will be Aboriginal land. There can be no true climate justice without First Nations justice.

WHEN
February 14, 2023 at 3:00pm
WHERE
Friends of the Earth
312 Smith St
Wurundjeri Country
Collingwood, VIC 3065
Australia
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Info Night: Safeguarding Our Climate against the Dirty Dozen

Right now, we have a window of opportunity to force Australia’s biggest polluting companies to pull their weight on climate action…

Will the Albanese government choose to Safeguard Our Climate, or protect polluter profits?

 

Join Friends of the Earth's Act on Climate collective for an info session on our campaign to rein in the Dirty Dozen Polluters. 

 

We’ll get you up to speed on…

  • What on earth is the Climate Safeguard Mechanism?
  • Who are the Dirty Dozen Polluters?
  • What new dodgy dealing are they up to?
  • And, most importantly, how can you help ensure the Albanese government safeguards our climate instead of the big polluters’ profits?

 

The community needs to come out in force and call on the Albanese govt to enforce deep emissions cuts on the Dirty Dozen polluters... or we risk them being allowed to get away with using unlimited ‘offsets’ to make fake emissions cuts rather than real ones.

 

Come learn how you can get involved in this campaign and help ensure our biggest industrial polluters pull their weight on emissions reductions.

No prior knowledge or experience needed. Just a passion for environmental justice and community action.

 

Food and Drink: We'll provide some snacks for everyone.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

STAYING COVID SAFE: We recommend that people wear masks if they cannot socially distance. Masks and hand sanitiser will be available for attendees.

Friends of the Earth acknowledge that this event will take place on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people. Sovereignty was never ceded, and fighting for First Nations justice must always be a core part of climate justice work.

 

WHEN
February 09, 2023 at 6:30pm
WHERE
Black Spark Cultural Centre
126a Gladstone Ave
Northcote, VIC 3070
Australia
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Narracan Election Live Blog: Where do Candidates Stand on Climate, Energy & Health?

The Narracan supplementary-election is fast approaching, with voting to conclcuding on Saturday 28th January, 2023. It's an important opportunity for the Narracan electorate in Gippsland to get to know and understand where each candidate stands on climate change, energy and health.

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Meet with your Labor MP to safeguard our climate

The Dirty Dozen - Australia's largest coal and gas polluting companies -  are expected to lobby the federal government aggressively for loopholes to dodge real climate action. Especially now that the details of the Climate Safeguard Mechanism have been released. 

Federal minister for climate and energy, Chris Bowen, has announced the Albanese government's proposed reforms to the 'Climate Safeguard Mechanism'. The Mechanism is meant to impose emissions reduction targets on Australia's biggest polluting companies.

But there's a big problem: the reforms proposed would allow for the unfettered use of offsets - allowing fossil fuel companies to continue business as usual and emitting huge amounts of pollution this decade.

Climate scientists have made it clear we need to make the deepest emissions cuts before 2030 to have a hope of maintaining a safe climate. 

The community's voice is urgently needed as a counterweight to the Dirty Dozen Polluters' lobbying.

Meet with your federal Labor MP and tell them to safeguard our climate, not polluter profits. 

Sign up if you're keen to meet your federal Labor MP, and we'll be in touch with next steps and resources soon.

 

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Dirty Dozen Polluters: Pull your weight on climate

Australia is now facing a climate crisis. The last eight years have been the hottest on record. And in that time, communities have been hit hard by climate-fuelled bushfires, extreme weather, and floods. 

Communities have been doing a heavy lift when it comes to tackling the climate crisis.

Now we’re asking the Dirty Dozen companies to pull their weight.

The Albanese Government was elected with a mandate to reform and strengthen Australia’s ‘Climate Safeguard Mechanism’ to deliver deep emissions cuts from large industrial polluters this decade. 


We are therefore asking the large fossil fuel industrial polluters to publicly commit to:

- Support at least a 43 percent reduction in total emissions (from 2005 levels) from facilities covered under the Climate Safeguard Mechanism by 2030.

- Deliver real reductions in climate emissions and rule out the unfettered use of ‘offsets’.

- Seek no special deals for new coal, oil, and gas projects or for so-called ‘Emissions-Intensive & Trade-Exposed’ industries.

 

Failure of major fossil fuel companies to do their fair share in meeting Australia’s 2030 target will put more of the burden onto community members and other sectors of the economy, such as transport, farming, and small to medium businesses.

Failure would leave our communities exposed to intensifying climate impacts.

 

Will you sign up to hold the Dirty Dozen companies to account on climate?

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Victorian Liberals: Match Labor's 2035 Climate Targets!

As the Victorian state election approaches, parties and candidates are announcing the Emissions Reduction Target they want to see set for 2035 in Victoria... 

What 2035 Emissions Reduction Target will the Victorian Liberals commit to?

The Victorian Greens and several climate-focused independent candidates have committed to a target of net-zero emissions by 2035: a science-based target which aligns with the goal of keeping global warming below 1.5C.

The Andrews Labor government has announced that if returned to power in November at the Victorian State Election, it will set targets for Victoria of:

  • 95% renewable energy by 2035
  • 75-80% emissions reduction by 2035
  • Move the state target of net-zero emissions forward from 2050 to 2045

The question now for the Victorian Liberal Party is whether it commits to matching, or exceeding, these game-changing climate and energy commitments ahead of the election.

Will you call on Matthew Guy and the Victorian Liberals to match (or beat!) these 2035 targets?

The Victorian Liberals finally began to make up for their lag in climate policy ambition this year when party leader Matthew Guy and Shadow Minister for Climate Change James Newbury committed to uphold the state’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Target of 45-50%. 

The Victorian Liberals’ affirmation that the net-zero by 2050 goal is no longer up for debate, and support of the current 2030 climate targets, are welcome steps, especially when put in contrast with their federal counterparts.

But when it comes to the Victorian Liberals’ track record on climate and energy policy in Victoria, recent history is still remembered by communities around the state. The last time the Liberals were in power in Victoria, they put in regressive anti wind energy laws, ruled out an orderly closure of the Hazelwood coal-fired power station, and as recently as 2018, pledged to scrap Victoria’s Emissions Reduction Targets and Renewable Energy Target. 

Additionally, the Victorian Liberals’ current energy policy to open up new gas reserves is out of step with climate science and would see Victorians continue to be exposed to the health risks and cost-of-living pressures associated with fossil gas usage.

The Liberals have substantial work to do to build trust with communities on their climate commitments and scale up their ambition to align their policies with the goal of keeping global warming below 1.5C. 

A commitment to match, or exceed, the Labor government's new climate targets from the Victorian Liberals would be welcomed by the families, small businesses and communities around the state who are already dealing with the costs of intensifying climate impacts.

Add your name to call on the Victorian Liberals to increase their climate policy ambition before the election.

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Act on Climate Update - September 2022

Here is the Act on Climate crew's update on what we've been up to in September, what's coming up, and ways you can get involved!

With less than two months to go until the state election, we need plenty of hands on deck to put climate justice on the agenda of all candidates. 

Want to get in amongst the plans we've got coming up to do just that?

RSVP for an upcoming collective meeting if you're keen to get in on the action - no experience required, just passion for climate justice.

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