Guess – which ten companies are Australia's biggest polluters?
Here’s a hint: They’re a handful of giants who got super rich digging up or burning oil, gas and coal.
These companies are polluting our air, our water, our ecosystems and our communities. There’s only a handful of them, making a quick buck while they still can. And even worse – some are actively lobbying against cutting pollution.
Though they admit global warming is a problem, they really want to keep things as they are. They’re holding our communities back from transitioning to clean energy. They have a lot to lose.
But so do we.
I launched our Australia’s top 10 climate polluters report on Lateline last night. It's all over the media. It was the most popular story on ABC News Online. It's in the Guardian, the Australian, ABC Radio National, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, Brisbane Times, WA Today, Daily Mail, the New Daily Mail and more.
Everyone should know about this. Will you spread the word?
My team tells me our media and social media can reach well over a million people this week. That’s one million people who can judge whether the behaviour of the big polluters -- and the politicians who do their bidding -- is still socially acceptable.
Will you name the worst 10 biggest polluters on Facebook?
Tweet this: Who are the #biggestpolluters? EXPOSED: 10 big companies polluting our air & water, lobbying against clean energy www.action.org.au
These ten polluting giants are responsible for nearly a third of our nation's greenhouse pollution. And most of this pollution comes from how they produce and use energy, often with inefficient coal-fired power plants that are old rust buckets well past their use-by dates.
We’ve decided to name these companies to encourage them to rapidly reduce their pollution, and to drive home where Australia’s pollution is coming from.
The government needs a plan to retire the most polluting and out-dated coal plants, and replace them with clean energy. But instead, they ditched a law that made polluters pay for their pollution. And right now, they are trying to gut the Renewable Energy Target.
We’re campaigning to protect the Renewable Energy Target, as it’s a key way to force these polluting giants to reduce their pollution. And we’re campaigning for a strong pollution reduction target for the meeting of global leaders in Paris.
We want a government that listens to the people, not a handful of polluting giants.
It’s not an easy road we’re heading down. We’re on the road less travelled – and it’s long and bumpy.
What will make all the difference, is if we travel together.
PS: Read the report over here!