Switch off Coal, Switch on Renewables for Earth Hour
Saturday, 28th March 2009.
‘Switch off Coal and Switch on Renewables’ is the very clear message being sent to state and federal Governments this Earth Hour by community climate activists who have occupied Hazelwood Power Station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley today.
Spokesperson for the group Louise Morris said, “We are facing a climate emergency and if we are serious about tackling climate change, the first step is to Switch off Coal and Switch onto Renewables.
“Hazelwood’s carbon pollution emissions, at 17 million tonnes annually, are equivalent to about 5% of Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions – the same amount as Kevin Rudd’s emission reduction target for 2020. “
“By shutting down Hazelwood this year, we could achieve this 5% target immediately, and then adopt proper emission reduction targets as the climate science demands. Its time to get down to the real business of transitioning Australia away from polluting fossil fuels and switching onto renewable energy,” said Ms Morris.
“Governments are happy to provide token support for climate change by switching off their lights for an hour, once a year, but if they are serious on climate change it’s clear Hazelwood needs to be decommissioned this year.
“This Earth Hour we need to acknowledge it is time to do so much more than just switch off our lights for an hour. We need to switch off our reliance on dirty coal and switch onto job rich renewable energy sources.”
Every hour needs to be Earth Hour. If we are to avoid catastrophic climate change and have a job rich renewable energy future we need to act now. This is not a technical or economic problem we just need the political will to switch off coal and switch onto renewable energy.” Concluded Louise Morris.