We are already seeing more intense and frequent heatwaves, heavy rainfall and flooding, the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, extreme fire weather and more bushfires. These changes are the result of the build-up of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in our atmosphere. This is largely due to our heavy reliance on burning fossil fuels (petrol, gas and coal) for energy use – especially for electricity generation and transport. Our best hope of securing our future is to move into emergency mode to make the changes we need to make quickly.
You can get involved and help us get to zero emissions by 2030 through:
1. Writing a letter to your local MP (click here for a template), supporting Darebin Council’s call for the Victorian and Federal Governments to also declare a climate emergency and achieve zero emissions by 2030 through policy reform that:
Achieves 100% renewable energy by 2030 and then quickly doubles renewable energy supply - to meet all Australia’s energy needs and foster new jobs and new industry.
Reforms planning laws and building standards to mandate that all new construction and major renovations and extensions on existing buildings deliver net zero emissions outcomes by 2023 including the removal of all mandated requirements to connect to gas.
Requires all products and packaging sold in Australia to be made from fully recycled materials by default.
Requires all roads and footpaths to be made with fully recycled materials.
Invests in the infrastructure to support the just transition to all electric cars, buses and trucks by 2025 and support local manufacturing of all types of road transport vehicles.
If you live in Darebin, send your letter to the Federal Member for Cooper, Ged Kearney, at this address Ged.Kearney.MP@aph.gov.au
If you’re south of Bell Street, then your State MP is Kat Theophanous, in Northcote. Email her at Kat.Theophanous@parliament.vic.gov.au
If you’re north of Bell Street and on the West side of Darebin Creek (eg Preston and Reservoir), your’re in Preston and your State MP is Robin Scott. Contact him here firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re east of the creek (Kingsbury or MacLeod) you’re in the Bundoora seat and your MP is Colin Brooks email@example.com
If you live outside Darebin, enter your postcode on the AEC site to find your MP here and on the VEC site to find your State MP here.
2. Join a local group in taking action against climate change. If you need more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org