It has been an epic year. We've been supporting communities on the frontline of climate impacts; putting climate blockers such on the backfoot; boosting the climate movement in all its forms; and meeting with as many Victorian Labor politicians as possible...
Why the latter?
Because Premier Dan Andrews and the Labor government will soon set Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30.
It's the first time a state government will set short- and medium-term targets across the whole economy. And, given PM Scott Morrison's refusal to tackle the climate crisis, it's an opportunity that we can't miss.
With climate impacts occurring much faster that predicted, the litmus test for the Andrews government is whether the Emissions Reduction Targets help keep global warming below 1.5°C.
Science-based targets will continue Victoria's renewable energy rollout and put the state on the map for the jobs-rich offshore wind industry. It will require greater investment in public transport and greater protection for forests and the natural world.
While we've urged well over a dozen MPs to lead the drive for less than 1.5°C, we need your help to reach the rest of them.
Friends of the Earth and Environment Victoria supporters are joining forces for a week of action commencing on Monday December 9.
We need you to visit the electorate office of your local Victorian Labor MP to ask them a simple question:
Will they support science-based Emissions Reduction Targets that keep global warming below 1.5°C?
Then we want you to let us know where they stand by grabbing a photo with the MP (or a selfie outside their office) with a 'yes', 'no', or question mark on our campaign placard.
We'll be publishing the photos over our social media channels to build the pressure and encourage the government to base their decision on science, not the demands of the fossil fuel industry. Email pics to firstname.lastname@example.org + email@example.com
WEEK OF ACTION RESOURCES (DEC 9-16):
- Find your lower and upper house MPs here.
- Check out this MP meeting guide.
- Click here for the campaign placard.
- And here for a 'sorry we missed you' note.
We're facing a climate crisis. The polar ice caps are melting, the Great Barrier Reef is bleaching, and Australia is burning. Victoria must show greater leadership on climate while the Morrison government refuses to act.
The actions we take here in Victoria will make a difference.
WEEK OF ACTION UPDATE - EVENTS NEAR YOU:
Friends of the Earth and Environment Victoria supporters are fired up and ready for action...
Please click here for the Facebook event. Find an event near you, invite your family and friends, and get involved. It's time to make the case for Victorian leadership on climate!
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