Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Tell the PM

A recent study showed that 90% of Australians believe Australia should produce 25 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Not surprising, considering it would deliver 16,600 jobs and $33 billion in new investment - as well as helping save the planet.

If you are one of the 90%, why not email the Prime Minister and/or the Opposition Leader, and encourage them to get on with this. The ACF have even set up a template email that you can copy. Or you could write your own, if you're feeling creative.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Forgive Us Our Eco-Sins

Recently at a Greenpeace fair, a British priest heard "eco-confessions" in a bid to raise awareness of the need for an examination of conscience on environmental issues.

Donned in green robes, Fr Anthony Sutch said "It is not blasphemous, it is not joking about the Catholic church and sacramental confession. It will be serious about how we live and the effect of how we live."

"The Catholic church is very concerned about green issues. It comes from scripture that we should care for our planet. We are becoming more and more aware of the damage we are doing."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

90% In Favour

In a survey done by Newspoll, 9 out of 10 Australians agreed Australia should “aim to produce 25 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2020”.

“Australians want to green-up our energy. With a federal election looming it’s now up to the major Australian political parties to show they are committed to a strong mandatory renewable energy target.” (Don Henry, ACF)

A report by ACF, Greenpeace and the Climate Action Network, A Bright Future, found a 25 per cent renewable energy target along with energy efficiency measures would generate $33 billion in new investment and deliver 16,600 new jobs – many of them in rural and regional Australia.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

APEC targets

OK, so we all know that the APEC meeting is on this week. With the leaders of the Asia Pacific Nations gathered together, one of the topics for discussion is climate change.

While the probable outcome is some airy-fairy consensus of "let's try to reduce greenhouse gases", it would be better to actually make a firm resolution of how much reduction and how soon this would be.

So our friends at have launched a petition that will be given to the APEC conference on Friday.