Stand with ACF to hold the big polluters to account.

Protect your right to speak out for nature

Protect your right to speak out for nature. Community voice matters.

Tell your MP to protect your right to speak out for nature

This is extraordinary. Rattled by the Federal Court overturning approval of the Carmichael Coal Mine, the government plans to rush a bill through Parliament tomorrow to rip out the laws that allow Australians to challenge dangerous projects – like new coal mines – in court.

Our national nature protection laws were introduced by the Howard government to provide sensible checks and balances.

Yet our Prime Minister calls the Mackay Conservation Group’s legitimate legal challenge to the Carmichael Coal Mine sabotage. And Attorney-General George Brandis calls environment groups vigilantes.

The Australian Government wants to make it easier for big polluters to pollute and damage life, and harder for Australia to become powered by clean renewable energy. We want a society powered by clean energy that protects life and empowers communities.

Thankfully, many people and communities are willing to speak up for the places and wildlife they love and depend on.

The Place You Love alliance – who I stood with at an emergency press conference this morning – represents 1.5 million Australians.

We’re working together to mobilise supporters and you have a critical role to play as a part of this huge alliance. It’s time to up the ante. You’ve emailed Minister Hunt, and now we’re moving to a channel that’s much harder to ignore – phone calls.

Will you call your local Member of Parliament and tell them you care about protecting our land, water and wildlife? Say you want them to protect the communities’ legal right to challenge government decisions to approve massive coal projects that fuel global warming and damage life.

Tens of thousands of ACF supporters took action last week, so together, we can get the calls rolling in to Members of Parliament all across the country.

It’s just a small handful of politicians – fuelled by greedy coal lobby groups – who are trying to take away the voice of our communities.

Today’s action by the Abbott Government is part of the big polluters campaign to revoke environment groups’ charity status and remove your ability to give tax deductible donations and raise funds to challenge big polluters. The Abbott Government is using the language of terrorism to describe reasonable people working within the laws of our country.

The Guardian said the Abbott government war on green 'saboteurs' is Laurel and Hardy slapstick – but the consequences are severe.

National environmental law exists for a reason – to protect life, land, water and wildlife.

The truth is our national environment law, the EPBC Act, has prompted very little court action. While more than 5000 projects have been referred under this law, only 27 have been brought before the court for judicial review.

Governments should welcome public transparency and scrutiny of polluting and damaging industrial developments.

The Australian Government's extreme reaction to the Federal Court’s decision against the development of the Carmichael Coal Mine make it clear it’s time for a new generation of environmental laws. We need a healthy and robust nature protection framework that can’t be exploited by big polluters.

To find out more about the campaign, you can listen to my interview with ABC radio this morning.

Local people have the courage to protect the places, water and wildlife Australians love and depend on from the big polluters. And it’s up to us to keep this right alive.

Will you make an urgent phone call today to your representative in Parliament? Tell them you’re from their electorate and you want them to protect Australia’s environmental law.

Thanks for all you do!

Greg Hunt: minister for or against the environment?

It’s rare an opportunity arises to change the course of a nation.

But right now Federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, has that opportunity right before of him.

In the last week, a whopping 22,669 of you wrote to Minister Hunt asking him to reject Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine once and for all.

Now, we’re asking him to prove he’s the Minister for the Environment, not the Minister against the Environment, with targeted newspaper ads in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. 

Will you chip in $10 now to give Minister Hunt a wakeup call with his morning coffee tomorrow?

Minister Hunt’s approval of Adani’s giant coal mine makes a mockery of our national environmental laws. And his continued support for the mine, despite clear community opposition shows he is out of step with the Australian people.

The evidence is clear. The Carmichael Coal Mine would be a colossal mistake for our environment. 

Just $10 from you will help us reach our goal of $40,000 to place ads in the daily papers tomorrow.

Together, let’s ask Minister Hunt – are you the Minister for the environment or the Minister against the environment?

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Carpe that diem, folks

This morning, after months of dragging its heels, our government finally announced how much it’s willing to cut pollution over the next few decades. It’s the same old story. The big polluters. The government doublespeak. The empty promises.

Enough is enough.

You know how they say ‘If you see something, say something’?

Astronomer Carl Sagan urges “If you see something about the planet that you’d like to change, do something. You’ve been given the gift of being right here, right now. Make the most of it. Carpe that diem, folks.”

Friends, this is the moment. This is the time. Let's seize the day.

In the last weekend of November, will you help create the biggest mobilisation the world has ever seen? We're taking to the streets, in Australian capital cities and across the world, to demand action. 

Pollution reduction targets exist because most of the world agrees, to keep global warming at below 2 degrees, all countries must massively cut pollution and grow clean energy.

But right now, Australia is part of the problem, not the solution.

Our new pollution targets are woefully inadequte. While countries across the globe are leaping towards 100% clean energy, Australia is not even trying. We’re aiming to cut our pollution by just 26 to 28%. (The target's actually 19%, but the government’s trying to make it look better with some figure fudging).

Our government seems determined to keep our economy handcuffed to last century’s energy sources – coal and gas. Have they no faith in our ability to innovate, adapt and create a better future?

See something you want to change? Come to the People's Climate March.

Millions of Australians want change. Polling just yesterday showed that seventy per cent of us want our country to transition from coal to clean energy, and the vast majority of us are deeply worried our government is underestimating the importance of global warming.

We care deeply. But our government’s not listening.

Let's seize the day. We, the people, come from all walks of life. We will gather in capital cities across Australia to demand action. We will march alongside millions of people in hundreds of major cities around the world, at the same time as Australian politicians meet global leaders to negotiate how to really address global warming.

When: 27-29 November

Where: In capital cities across Australia

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Will you help make our movement so big, diverse and beautiful, we cannot be ignored?

We are marching because we know we can change the world when we work together.

Because we’re sick of empty talks and hollow promises.

Because we want our politicians to put our communities first.

Because we think the future is full of amazing opportunities.

Because we want to make the world a better place.

Will you come?