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.
Act on Climate is pleased to bring you an update from the Bass Coast Climate Action Network (BCCAN).
It's crucial to hear from communities on the front lines of climate change, including here in Australia where we're already seeing the effects of extreme weather events, summers getting hotter than ever, and sea levels rising - like on the Bass Coast, where there has been over thirty metres of coastal erosion.
Read on for BCCAN's November newsletter.
BASS COAST CLIMATE ACTION NEWSLETTER: NOVEMBER
SOUND FOR CLIMATE!
Sound For Climate is only two weeks away! Final preparations are falling in place as we speak.
Have a read about the artists coming to perform. This group of young musicians have loud voices and they’re ready to put on a show to support the fight for climate action.
Act on Climate will be bringing you the updates from local climate action groups.
It's crucial to hear from communities on the front lines of climate change, including here in Australia where we're already seeing the effects of sea levels rising, extreme weather events worsening, and summers getting hotter. The ongoing fires along the east coast serve to tragically demonstrate the severe impacts we're facing.
It's also important to hear from local communities because of the amazing spirit they bring to fighting for climate justice and the awesome successes they achieve!
This week we'll hear last month's updates from the outstanding Bass Coast Climate Action Network (BCCAN) in Victoria. Stay tuned for more local updates.
Australia's emissions have increased *again* on the Federal Coalition's watch.
The conservative government’s refusal to tackle the climate crisis leaves communities exposed to intensifying climate impacts, such as the record-breaking heat in East Gippsland on the last day of October.
Meanwhile in Victoria, the Andrews government has less than five months to set Victoria’s first interim Emissions Reduction Targets. Momentum is building for targets that are bold and ambitious.
Here’s a quick update on our efforts over the last month...Read more
Andrews govt provides emergency funds for Inverloch climate damage, now for ambitious targets to cut emissions
The Andrews government will provide $1.15 million in emergency funds to help arrest dramatic beach erosion occurring in Inverloch on the Bass Coast. The funding will go towards short-term projects such as the installation of a geotextile sandbag wall to help protect the Inverloch Surf Club.
Friends of the Earth say the emergency funding shows the Andrews government is increasingly aware of local climate impacts and prepared to act, but must show greater leadership when it comes to cutting emissions:
“The Federal Coalition’s refusal to tackle the climate crisis leaves Victorian communities exposed to intensifying impacts,” said Leigh Ewbank, Act on Climate coordinator.
“It’s clear the Andrews government is paying close attention to the frontlines of climate change in Victoria. It will take a commitment to science-based Emissions Reduction Targets to limit the long term damage.”
The Labor government’s funding announcement comes in response to a community campaign sounding the alarm about the local climate impacts.
Over 150 Victorians rallied outside the offices of EnergyAustralia on Monday 7 October showing their frustration with the company's public comments on state climate and energy policies.
Community members sent a clear message to EnergyAustralia, the owner of Australia's most polluting coal-burning power station: "Get on board with Victoria's efforts to tackle the climate crisis or get out the way."
The protest comes following the latest IPCC report which paints a disturbing picture of climate damage. Sea levels could be 110cm higher in 2100, and extreme events will hit the coast once a year by 2050. The report underscores the need to keep global warming below 1.5°C.
The action began with a speech from Bass Coast resident Mat Morgan. Mat has seen coastal erosion first hand with his local beach in Inverloch losing 43m of shoreline since 2012—putting the surf lifesaving and a local road at risk.
Campaigners from Friends of the Earth and Environment Victoria made the case for cutting pollution, investing in renewables, and taking bold and ambitious action on climate.
Once speaker noted that EnergyAustralia (formerly know as TRUenergy) received $266 million compensation when the national carbon price was introduced in 2012. It kept the kept the money despite the fact the carbon price was repealed. Friends of the Earth say this money should be returned to cut emissions and help communities cope with climate impacts.
The snap action was called in response to EnergyAustralia's recent actions that undermine Victoria's efforts to rollout renewable energy and tackle the climate crisis.
The Andrews government has six months to set Victoria’s first interim Emissions Reduction Targets.
We have a tight timeframe to influence the Andrews government’s decision, but we have momentum. The Emissions Reduction Targets have been our central focus in 2019, and we have plenty to show for it:
- Hundreds of supporters emailed key Cabinet ministers;
- a new ally in the Bass Coast Climate Action Network;
- over 2,500 submissions to the government;
- dozens of media stories including The Age and ABC News;
- a packed-out forum in Inverloch;
- over a dozen meetings with MPs and key advisors; and,
- hundreds of emails to the Premier since the Climate Strike.
Our campaign for Emissions Reduction Targets that keep global warming below 1.5°C comes amid an unprecedented display of community power on climate. Well over 150,000 people joined the September 20 Climate Strike led by school students.
Marches in Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Wonthaggi, and other towns demonstrate there’s widespread support for governments to rule out new fossil fuel projects, deliver 100 percent renewables, and ensure a fair and just transition for workers.
Here’s a quick update on our efforts over the last month...Read more
A Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into community action on climate change is now underway.
The Environment & Planning Committee is investigating the full range of community efforts to tackle the climate crisis to gain insights into the ways in which the government can support them.
The inquiry will have no trouble finding examples of leadership in Victoria. Communities have shown incredible resolve, ingenuity, and creativity for well over a decade.
In all corners of the state one can see inspiring examples of local activism: info nights, market stalls, radio shows, podcasts, community energy projects, citizen science, tree planting, art projects, community gardens, candidates' forums, policy work, and advocacy.
Here are seven ways the Victorian government (and opposition) can supercharge the community response...