Join the global march for climate

Join hundreds and thousands of people rallying around the globe this weekend (Sep 20-21) to call for action on climate change, a world with good jobs, healthy communities, clear air and clean water.

We've drummed up four posters that you can download and print in full colour, or black and white.

Find out where your closest rally is here: http://peoplesclimate.org/australia/

MELBOURNE 
When: 11am, Sunday 21 September 2014
Where: Meet at State Library, march to Treasury Gardens
* Staff from our head office will be meeting at 10:45am at the 'architectural fragment' on the corner of Swanston Street and La Trobe Street with a bunch of these colourful placards to give to ACF members. Meet us there!

SYDNEY 
When: 12pm, Sunday 21 September 2014
Where: Bicentennial Park, Glebe

ADELAIDE 
When: 11am, Saturday 20 September 2014
Where: Rundle Park (Corner of East and North Terraces)

PERTH 
When: 1pm, Sunday 21 September 
Where: Russell Square

CANBERRA 
When: 10.30am, Sunday 21 September
Where: ANU University, Chifley Meadows (outside the library, near Union Court)

BRISBANE
When: 11am, Sunday 21 September
Where: Queen’s Park

15 of Tony Abbott's most epic environmental fails

Killing the price on pollution, trying to delist World Heritage rainforest, approving coal ports in the Great Barrier Reef, destroying the renewables industry — we've almost lost count of the crazy decisions our new prime minister made in his first year of office.

It's been a very rough year for Australia's special places but these have got to be Tony's top 15 most epic environmental fails...

1. Every year the Australian Government spends billions of taxpayer dollars on fossil fuel subsidies

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Around the mindblowing $10 billion mark. That's a lot more than it contributes to public education.

2. Don't forget his slashing of nature protection funding

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In its first Budget the Abbott government cut $483.8 million from nature protection (with a total hit of $29.2 billion to the environment). This un-koala-fied decision has devastating impact on Australia's iconic wildlife.

3. There was the time he tried to delist ancient Tasmanian World Heritage forests

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It took a whole seven minutes for the UN’s World Heritage Committee to reject the government’s request to delist 74,000 hectares of spectacular Tasmanian forests. Nope.

 

Keep up the good fight,

Paul Sinclair
Director of Environmental Campaigns
 

Understating our environment? Not on our watch!

Right now the Australian Senate is debating the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) Amendment Bill in parliament – the Abbott Government's attempt to wind back environment laws and hand over its powers of approval to states.

The government is trying to implement the agenda of the big business and mining lobby who want to mine more, dredge deeper, and frack faster, with less oversight. 

State governments are not resourced to enforce national laws. Their laws and regulations don't meet the standards required. They can’t be trusted to protect land, water and water with mining royalties on the table.

Within months, if these handovers proceed, Australia’s special places could be exposed to an unprecedented level of threat.  

Yesterday community leaders from all over Australia – real people from real places under threat from the government’s plans – visited Parliament House

In a series of meetings, they gave Senators six good reasons not to weaken environment laws:

  1. Dennis Vice, a Coonawarra winegrower, doesn’t want invasive gas mining in threatening aquifers.
     
  2. Tony Brown, a Whitsunday tourism operator and Tony Fontes, a Great Barrier dive instructor, don’t want their community’s livelihood trashed along with the World Heritage values of the Reef.
     
  3. Dr Anne Poelina, a Nyikina Traditional Custodian doesn’t want a dirty coal mine in a pristine Kimberley river floodplain to destroy her people’s Mardoowarra, or living water.  
     
  4. Tracey Anton, a Gippsland health worker doesn’t want her community exposed to health impacts from coal seam gas – or more accidents like the 45-day Hazelwood coal mine fire that left her elderly clients distressed and needing oxygen.
     
  5. Phil Laird, whose family farmed Maules Creek for six generations, and National Coordinator of Lock the Gate alliance, doesn’t want a new coal mine will sucking three billion litres of water per year from his local river.
     
  6. Peter Watts, an Arabunna man, doesn’t want an ill-equipped state government deciding to expand the Olympic Dam uranium mine on his traditional lands. 

It is far from perfect, but the EPBC Act is Australia’s key environment protection law. It needs to be stronger not weaker.

Stay tuned and will let you know as soon as the vote goes through.