The government is not the country. Huge amounts of climate action can occur outside of what the Commonwealth government does. Cities, towns, states, territories, businesses, institutions of all kinds… all of these can take action.
My name is Oscar Alateras, I am a member of the School Strike 4 Climate movement and I have a message for each and every individual. In Australia, we have confirmed May 3rd as our next national immobilisation for climate action. We are calling it the National Day of Action.
Did you hear the news? The NSW Labor and Liberal Party have both announced new policies backing rooftop solar, hot on the heels of our cheeky stunt at NSW Parliament late last week, where we crashed NSW Labor’s big election fundraiser dinner to get our message across.
The parties of NSW have identified climate change and cost-of-living are key issues, and renewable energy allows them to address both of these. But with the major parties all racing to announce their policies to boost uptake of rooftop solar, how do their policies stack up?
NSW is lagging behind all the other states and territories in the transition to clean energy. NSW is a drought declared state, with catastrophic bushfires and extreme heat waves across the state. Regional towns are on the brink of running out of water, millions of fish are dying in the Murray Darling Basin and heatwaves are threatening lives. It's time for action, and we have a plan.
What does it take to get a whole town standing up for a good cause? 16-year-old Grace brought her Apollo Bay community together to take a stand against deepwater oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight.