Media Release: Emergency Climate Rally

No new coal and gas. 43% emissions cut by 2030 is not enough!

A protest this Sunday 7 August, organised by over thirty environment, union and community groups is calling for an immediate stop to the huge expansion of fossil fuel mining planned across Australia. The rally is demanding First Nations justice, 100% publicly owned renewable energy by 2030, an end to anti-protest laws and the logging of native forests.  

The action comes on the back of communities hit by droughts, massive bushfires and floods. These extreme weather events are caused by the mining of fossil fuels and carbon-intensive production in the agriculture, transport, infrastructure and military sectors. Global warming is here and we need to act now.

Climate scientists are clear that we need to stop warming at 1.5 degrees and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. So the federal government’s target of 43% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 is clearly not enough. Moreover, with 114 new coal and gas projects in the planning process, most of them seeking to continue mining for 20 years or more, the paltry 43% is unlikely to be reached.

The Climate Clock is ticking and without serious climate action in the next 7 years we will lose our opportunity to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees – the level at which future generations would inherit a liveable planet.  

Speakers:   Ian Brown: a Gomeroi representative; from the campaign against the Santos coal seam gas project in the Pilliga near Narrabri,       Ethan; School Strike 4 Climate, Tomorrow Movement,  Rilka; a Blockade Australia activist,  NSW Greens MP, Abigail Boyd, Veronica Koman, Amnesty International Australia,  Paul Keating, Maritime Union Australia Sydney branch secretary,  Dr Rada Germanos, Protect Our Water Alliance.

The demands of the rally: No new fossil fuel projects, including Kurri Kurri, Narrabri, Beetaloo and Burrup Hub; Stop the power companies profiteering: 100% publicly owned renewable energy by 2030;  Climate jobs and a just transition from fossil fuels now;  First Nations justice: Stop Santos’ attack on Gomeroi Native Title; Defend the right to Protest: stop police repression of climate protesters; Protect ecosystems and stop logging native forests.

Hosted by Water4Rivers, Fireproof Australia, Sydney Knitting Nannas & Friends, NSW Nature Conservation Council, Protect Our Water Alliance, Amnesty International Australia, Stop Adani Sydney, Maritime Union Australia Sydney, NSW Greens, Socialist Alliance, Extinction Rebellion Drummers, No Incinerator for Western Sydney, Wage Peace/Disrupt Wars, Sydney Extinction Rebellion, Stop Coal Seam Gas Sydney, Justice Action, Bob Brown Foundation, Black Flag, Sydney Industrial Workers of the World, Rank and File Action (Sydney University), Uni Students for Climate Justice, Kids Against Gas, Australian Mothers Against Gas, Western Sydney Direct Action, NSW GasBan, North West Protection Advocacy, Latin America Social Forum, No more incinerators Matraville, Workers for Climate Action, National Tertiary Education Union Sydney University branch.

Information: 0403 517 266 (Rachel) 0403 568 696 (Lil) 0432 680 150 (Marie)

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