Step-In to Step it Up on Climate Change

Community action to switch off the CPRS and switch on renewables in 2009

Locals protest against emissions trading scheme at Plibersek’s office March 30, 2009

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Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle

Media Release 27 March, 2009

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Community Climate Action Groups today “stepped in” to over 30 corporate and MPs’ offices across the country to oppose the Federal Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).

Protesters from Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle rallied outside Tanya Plibersek’s office in Surry Hills wielding banners saying “Switch off the CPRS. Switch on Renewables”.

They handed out ‘pollution permits’ to the public. Priced at $45 per tonne these permits are virtually free to the carbon corporates. Major carbon emitters qualify for 90% discounts and heavy polluters score cash backs.

“This so called Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme takes a ‘business as usual’ approach that rewards big polluters like coal and aluminium. It will not shift these industries from their unsustainable practices. It continues our dependence on fossil fuels. It will lock us into a dangerous climate change trajectory with severe, irreversible impacts on human life, the economy and the planet,” said Gayle Adams, Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle member. “It is nothing more than a scam – a Carbon Polluters Rescue Scam.”
Gayle continued, “Today is the eve of Earth Hour when millions of Australians will turn off their lights in a show of support for strong action on climate change. But we need to do much more than turn off our lights if we are to tackle climate change. The planet is warming at an accelerating rate and if we don’t act now we will face irreversible consequences”.
Leichhardt mother, Lucy Macken, was worried by the short-sightedness of the government, which has chosen to listen to the powerful coal lobby while ignoring the community on the most important issue of our generation. “They simply don’t get the seriousness of the situation. We are part of a growing national community movement demanding a safe climate future for our kids.”

Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle, along with 150 climate action groups across Australia, are calling for direct Federal Government investment in renewable energy to achieve 100% renewables by 2020, a moratorium on coal and just sector-by-sector transition plans to green jobs.

The protests are part of a national day of action against the Scheme, the dismally low emissions reduction target, rewards to big polluters and failure to solve the climate crisis.
In Sydney climate action groups targeted Anthony Albanese, Peter Garrett and Maxine McKew. Politicians can expect the pressure to build in the lead up to international December negotiations in Copenhagen.

What: Protest opposing the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme
When: Friday 27th March, 12:09 – 1:00 pm
Where: Office of Tanya Plibersek – 422 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Organised by: Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle

For more information contact Gayle Adams 0404 196 988

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