Well here we are .. very close to a new federal election. And although it is often boring, repetetive and just plain painful to listen to our politicians promise the world , we now have a great opportunity to ask our political candidates to DO SOMETHING about global warming.
I have received a fantastic email from Denise Boyd at the Australian Conservation Foundation asking us all to write something on Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott’s facebook pages asking them to promise us they will support the introduction of solar energy to power our lifestyles. I have copied the email below. Please have a read and press on the links and write a brief message on each of their walls letting them know how important it is that they ,as potential leaders of our country, make a commitment to reducing our carbon emmissions, and looking after our environment for our childrens sake.
Now, on the topic of the election, now is also the time to think very carefully about who we want to vote for.
Does Tony Abbott even believe global warming is real. ? Was he not totally opposed to Kevin Rudds Emmisssions trading Scheme Plan ?
And when will Julia Gillard do something about the urgent environmental issue? Or will she just get a panel of 150 people together to tell us in a couple of years time that we don’t want to do anything about it ?
I think it is a case of the devil you know. But who knows … follow the links below and see if we can all get some action from our future leaders in the run up to the election.
Here is the email…..
Thanks to all of you who wrote to the editor of your newspaper paper last week. We’ve really enjoyed seeing the letters appearing in print and thanks to those of you who took the extra time to let us know about your own letters.
In a surprising twist this week, Premier John Brumby has made Victoria the front runner in the race for clean energy, a country mile ahead of his Canberra colleagues.
Mr Brumby has promised to cut pollution by 20% and source 5% of Victoria’s electricity from large-scale solar power by 2020, showing up the poor policies of the major parties contesting the Federal election.
While Mr Brumby’s targets fall short of what the science demands, they’re on the path to kick-starting a large-scale solar power industry. And in the world’s sunniest continent, that’s what we all want!
We’ve got a narrow window to influence announcements before August 21, and that’s where you come in.
Tony Abbott has told us he’s the direct action man, but we’re still waiting for direct action that will unleash big solar. Julia Gillard has talked the talk on renewables, while putting her hand into the same bucket of fundsfor announcement after announcement.
So how about it?
Tell the Federal leaders to “Better Brumby on big solar.” Write on Julia’s Facebook wall and Tony’s Facebook wall and tell them to lift their game. You’ll have to “like” them to comment, but you then can “unlike” them at the bottom of the left hand column if you wish.
You’ve been doing a great job buying GreenPower and putting solar panels on your roofs. Now we need them to step up. A new national 5 per cent large-scale solar target would result in around 30 solar power stations being built, making clean energy bigger, faster.
Think about it. If everyone on this list with a Facebook account posts a message, we will reach literally hundreds of thousands of Australians through your friend feeds.
If you’re a Queenslander or a Territorian, why fall behind Victoria? Write on Julia’s Facebook wall and Tony’s Facebook wall and let’s take up Brumby’s challenge to make solar bigger and cheaper, faster.
PS. Our atmosphere isn’t waiting for more consultation. Another lengthy report released today in the USA from hundreds of scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and dozens of data sets confirms we’re in the hottest decade on record. Last month Pakistan hit 53.7C, Asia’s hottest temperature on record. And more than 2,000 Russians have drowned since June, many of them drunk, as they swim in rivers and fountains to escape the heat.
PPS. Do you live in Brisbane? Come to a special briefing for ACF supporters next Tuesday 3rd August at 6pm – click here for more details
PPPS. Walk Against Warming is on August 15 in every state. Stay tuned!