New South Wales was once a world leader on climate action, but a new Climate Council report shows it is now far behind, spewing more greenhouse gas pollution into the atmosphere than any other state or territory. The Climate Council report – Ageing and Unprepared: Energy in New South Wales – examines the state’s ongoing dependence on coal and gas power stations and its tardy transition to renewable energy.
You demanded climate action and today, NSW Labor listened. If elected, they’ve pledged to make huge investments in renewable energy. This is great news in the race to switch from climate-wrecking coal to clean energy, and it shows that climate action is well and truly on the agenda this NSW election.
With polling day drawing closer, we need to ramp up the pressure on Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s coal-loving Liberals. They must match Labor and commit to action for our climate now.
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.
It was calm seas on board Greenpeace’s flagship, the MY Rainbow Warrior, as we hosted a gathering of friends from the environmental movement in Port Melbourne in November. The below excerpt is from a speech given by the Executive Officer of the Reichstein Foundation and member of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, John Spierings, on the night. Greenpeace is grateful to John for agreeing to share his remarks about courage, hope and using your power, in the true spirit of the Warrior.