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."
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...
Friends of the Earth welcome Andrews govt funding for climate impacts on the coast, now for deep emissions cuts
Friends of the Earth welcome the Andrews government's announcement of $11 million to help communities respond to climate impacts on Victoria's coastline.
The state government's swift response comes after rising sea levels and intensifying storm surges in recent weeks have damaged infrastructure in Apollo Bay and Inverloch. Beach access points, walking paths, and roads have been affected.
"Coastal communities need all the help they can get when it comes to the challenges posed by climate change," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth climate spokesperson.
"Funding from the Andrews government will help communities with immediate responses to the damage caused by rising sea levels and intensifying storm surges."
"Greater funding will be needed to cope with the impacts of climate change on our coastline," added Ewbank.
"When will the Federal government provide funding for communities on the frontline of climate impact?"
Friends of the Earth say that community members are looking to the state government to show greater leadership on climate change while the Morrison government refuses to act.
The newly-formed Bass Coast Climate Action Network and Friends of the Earth have joined forces to host a community forum on local climate change impacts.
With dramatic coastal erosion in Inverloch, extreme weather in Cape Paterson making headlines and a recent visit by Climate Minister Lily D'Ambrosio, the event organisers say they want their community to be fully informed about what’s happening here in the context of national and global trends.Read more