Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Code Red! It’s an EMERGENCY!
Bathurst Community Climate Action Network (BCCAN) action to be held at Hon. Bob Debus’ Bathurst Office Friday March 27.
Bathurst Community Climate Action Network (BCCAN) members and supporters will be gathering on the doorstep of Member for Macquarie, Bob Debus, on Friday at 10.30am.
Dressed in red to signify emergency, they will hand in a letter urging him to stand up in parliament and take a stand for strong, effective measures against climate change. They will also hand out information leaflets and mock “pollution permits” to passers-by to raise awareness of the shortcomings of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) legislation that is now before federal parliament.
The federal government has announced a target of a five per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, rising to a 15 per cent reduction if there is an international agreement at this level. The government’s vehicle for this reduction is an emissions trading scheme to be codified in the CPRS legislation.
“We are asking our local federal member to go out on a limb and tell the government that the proposed legislation actually threatens the possibility of reaching even the low five per cent target,” BCCAN President John Kellett said. “This is because of the vast concessions made to the fossil fuel lobby and other big carbon polluters. What we need instead is a higher initial target and a massive investment in renewable energy.
“The government is handing out money willy-nilly to stimulate the economy. Let’s invest in a more targeted fashion, in energy solutions for the future.”
The full text of the Open Letter to Bob Debus, Federal Member for Macquarie, will be available after 10.30am on Friday. (Bob Debus may be in Canberra on the day, in which case the letter will be handed to a staffer.) Bob Debus’ Bathurst office is at 3/217 Howick Street between George and Rankin Streets, accessed via the lane next to Goodyear.
• Friday’s action comes the day before Earth Hour, where everyone is urged to switch off the lights for an hour from 8.30pm on Saturday night to support action on climate change. The Rahamim Ecological Learning Community, an initiative of the Sisters of Mercy, has invited people to share Earth Hour at St Joseph’s Mount, 34 Busby Street, Bathurst, on Saturday night from 8pm to 9.30pm.
FOR COMMENT CONTACT JOHN KELLET ON 6331 8917 or 0402 049 770