Act on Climate is a team of citizens who are concerned about climate change and want to take action on it at a grassroots level.

We are a diverse bunch from all walks of life; from the inner city to rural areas, young and old, and from many professions, who see the impacts of climate change in our lives already in different ways.

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Communities look to Vic govt for climate leadership as Morrison fails to hit reset button at Biden Climate Summit


Friends of the Earth say that communities are looking to the Victorian government to show greater leadership on climate after Prime Minister Scott Morrison failed to hit the reset button at President Joe Biden's World Leaders Climate Summit.

The high-powered summit
which saw the United States announce an increased target to reduce emissions by 50-52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030was seen as an opportunity for the Morrison government to make a course correction on climate and energy policy. 

"Prime Minister Scott Morrison had a chance to leave behind the Coalition's ideological opposition to tackling the climate crisis, but he failed to show leadership when it mattered," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth climate spokesperson. 

"The increased ambition we're seeing from the United States and other counties shows that momentum is building to take the climate crisis seriously."

"While a heavier lift is needed to align current Emissions Reduction Targets with climate science, these announcements are a welcome step forward and give communities hope." 

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Act on Climate update: Still waiting for Victoria's Climate Targets


As you know, Friends of the Earth and the Act on Climate collective have been campaigning for Victoria to set science-based Climate Targets since 2017.

The state government was required to set the targets for 2025 and '30 in March 2020... It's now April 2021 and we're still waiting for an announcement. It's time to raise the heat on the issue to break the stalemate. 

Here’s a quick update on our efforts over the last month and upcoming actions to secure them...



TAKE ACTION: WHERE ARE VICTORIA'S CLIMATE TARGETS?

The United States will announce its 2030 Emissions Reduction Target at President Joe Biden's World Leaders Climate Summit on Thursday 22 April... When will the Andrews Labor government announce Victoria's targets?

We need your help to break the stalemate and secure the announcement. Ambitious targets will continue the rollout of renewable energy, drive greater investment in Public Transport, require greater protection of native forests, and more. 

We've pulled together an online action that allows you to email your local member of Parliament to ask a simple question: Where are Victoria's climate targets? We believe that mass participation in this action will shake things up. 

CLICK HERE to email your local MP today.

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Friends of the Earth: Yallourn coal closure “too little too late" on climate


Today, EnergyAustralia, the owner of the coal-burning Yallourn power plant in Victoria, announced that the facility will close in mid 2028.

Friends of the Earth say the proposed 2028 closure date for Australia's most polluting power plant is "too little too late" on climate:  

"The best available science tells us that countries such Australia must reach zero emissions as soon as possible," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth’s campaigns coordinator.

"In the context of the climate emergency, EnergyAustralia's proposed 2028 closure date is too little too late."

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Act on Climate update: Sending a powerful message on climate & jobs


With time running out to influence the state government's decision on Victoria's climate targets, we've hit the ground running in 2021. And we'll keep up the fight until they're announced. 

Here’s a quick update on our efforts over the last month and upcoming actions...



NEW REPORT SHOWS SCIENCE-BASED CLIMATE TARGETS = JOBS:

In mid-February, we secured prominent coverage in The Age to premiere University of Melbourne modelling on Victoria's climate targets.

The story revealed that the Victorian Labor government has beaten its Emissions Reduction Target of 20 percent (below 2005 levels) by 2020 with greenhouse gases falling to their lowest level in over 30 years.

The University of Melbourne's modelling, commissioned by Friends of the Earth, shows an emissions cut of 75 percent by 2030 is achievable and would create over 50,000 jobs. (You can find the report, here).

Friends of the Earth stress the need for the government to take a science-based approach to tackling the climate emergency, commit to a 1.5°C carbon budget, and link ambitious targets to the state's economic future. 

CLICK HERE to read The Age article

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Report Launch, Gippsland: Uni of Melb modelling shows Vic govt can deliver science-based climate targets


Friends of the Earth have launched a new report on the job-creation potential of Victorian climate policies at the Gippsland office of Australia's first proposed offshore wind farm, the Star of the South.  
The new report contains University of Melbourne modelling that shows the Victorian government could help create over 50,000 jobs by setting science-based Emissions Reduction Targets.

The report, which outlines a strategy to achieve an emissions cut of 75 percent over the next decade, comes as the Andrews government makes its final decision on state Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30.

"Premier Dan Andrews will soon make a decision on Victoria's Emissions Reduction Targets. This decision is not just about climate. It's about jobs," said Leigh Ewbank of Friends of the Earth. 

Dr. Dylan McConnell of the University of Melbourne, lead researcher of the modelling, noted Victoria's improved emissions reduction performance:

"Victoria's emissions have fallen 35 percent since 2011 and with the right policy settings that trajectory can continue," said Dr. McConnell. 

"We weren't sure that Victoria could deliver reductions consistent with Paris Agreement commitments, but after this modelling exercise we're now confident the Andrews government can deliver science-based Emissions Reduction Targets." 
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Report Launch, Portland: Vic govt can lock in jobs with ambitious climate targets & strong local content measures


Friends of the Earth has launched a new report on the job-creation potential of Victorian climate policies at Australia's largest wind turbine tower maker, Keppel Prince in Portland.  

The new report contains University of Melbourne modelling that shows the Victorian government could help create over 50,000 jobs by setting science-based Emissions Reduction Targets.

The report, which outlines a strategy to achieve an emissions cut of 75 percent over the next decade, comes as the Andrews government makes its final decision on state Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30.

"Premier Dan Andrews will soon make a decision on Victoria's Emissions Reduction Targets. This decision is not just about climate. It's about jobs," said Leigh Ewbank of Friends of the Earth. 

Keppel Prince Executive Director, Steve Garner, noted Friends of the Earth's long-standing support for Portland's wind workers at a press conference this morning: 

"The relationship between Friends of the Earth and Keppel Prince has always been about climate and jobs," said Garner, "and we look forward to that relationship strengthening even further into the future."

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Act on Climate update: Unfinished business on climate


We're back for 2021. And after so much time indoors last year, we're returning to the campaign trail with renewed energy.

This year is shaping up as a turning point for global efforts to tackle the climate crisis. The United States is back in the game and countries will be lifting their ambition at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow.
 
Here in Victoria, the Andrews government is starting the year with unfinished business on climate. It is yet to set or announce the long-awaited Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30—a decision that will determine the pace of Victoria's transition to a clean economy and ability to attract new industries and secure jobs.

It's fair to say we're fired up to secure Victoria's climate targets, so here’s a quick update on our efforts over the last month and upcoming actions...


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Vic Greens put climate on the Parliament's agenda in first sitting week


The Victorian Parliament is back for 2021a year that's shaping up as a turning point for global efforts to tackle the climate crisis.
United States President Joe Biden has injected momentum into the push for stronger action.

The newly sworn in President signed a slew of executive orders to recommit the United States to the Paris Agreement, cancel the Keystone KL pipeline (to transport crude oil from highly-polluting tar sands), and procure 645,000 electric vehicles, among other initiatives.   

The renewed commitment of the United States has raised hopes about what can be accomplished at the next international climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November. COP26 is the first meeting where countries are expected to lift the level of ambition for cutting emissions. 
 
Here in Victoria, the Andrews government is starting the year with unfinished business on climate. It is yet to set or announce the long-awaited Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30—a decision that will determine the pace of Victoria's transition to a clean economy and ability to attract new industries and secure jobs. 

On Wednesday 3 February, Greens member for Brunswick, Tim Read, put this and more the agenda in a 'grievance speech' about the state's response to the climate crisis:   

I grieve for our planet’s climate and the damage that will now inevitably result from global heating in years to come.


Our state can and must move much faster to try to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

In November 2019, a group of climate scientists published in the journal Nature, an alarming report of how close we are to several climate tipping points which will irreversibly accelerate global heating.

Arctic permafrost is beginning to thaw and release carbon dioxide and methane, which in turn will increase global temperatures. Climate change is accelerating climate change.

Some tipping points are probably already be feeding each other. Melting sea ice in the Arctic may be slowing a key Atlantic current, causing drought in the Amazon, turning one of the planet’s most important carbon sinks into a carbon source.

An author of that report, Prof Will Steffen from ANU, is on the Climate Targets Panel which last week announced Australia must cut emissions by at least 74 percent by 2030 and reach zero by 2035, just to stand a chance of limiting global heating to 1.5C. Even this is considered optimistic by other scientists who argue that past emissions will get us to 1.5C by 2030.

The Victorian government is almost a year overdue in announcing its own targets, and we now know how ambitious they must be.

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Momentum builds for ambitious climate targets after Andrews govt delivers a record cut in electricity emissions

Victoria’s latest greenhouse gas performance data has been released. And it shows that momentum is building for bold and ambitious Emissions Reduction Targets. 

In just one year, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target has delivered a record 17 percent emissions cut in the electricity sector. 

Our rapid analysis of the data shows that Victoria is now is on a trajectory to achieve a 37 percent emissions reduction by 2025 and 52 percent reduction by 2030.

This finding has implications for the Andrews government's imminent decision on the interim Emissions Reduction Targets. 

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Act on Climate update: Momentum builds for Vic climate leadership

When it comes to action on climate, November 2020 will be remembered as an EPIC month. The community and the state government is building momentum for Victorian climate leadership. And PM Scott Morrison is starting to crack under the pressure.   

Here’s a quick update on our efforts over the last month and upcoming actions...


100 LAPS ENDURANCE FEAT SENDS GOVT A POWERFUL MESSAGE ON CLIMATE:

On Thursday 26 November, Act on Climate cycled 100 laps of Parliament House to put the community's call for Victorian climate leadership on the Andrews govt's radar. And that's exactly what we achieved.

The 100km endurance feat helped us secure a meeting with a delegation of Labor government MPs. Thanks to Meng Heang Tak, Chris Brayne, Kat Theophanous, Gary Maas, and Katie Hall for meeting with the relay team and promising to deliver our key message to Premier Dan Andrews:

"When it comes to Emissions Reduction Targets, Victoria needs a climate champion, not a climate coward."

Thanks also to Ministers Jill Hennessy, Ben Carroll, Jaclyn Symes, and Cabinet Secretary Mary-Anne Thomas for saying g'day, and Greens member Tim Read MP for joining us for a lap. 

The endurance feat also raised over $6,000 to help keep Act on Climate on the campaign trail in 2021. A massive thank you to the relay team and all those who generously donated to the cause.

CLICK HERE to watch a video as we kicked off the relay.

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