Step-In to Step it Up on Climate Change

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

About October 13, 2008

Join the national day of action against the CPRS

Switch off the CPRS: switch on renewables

When the government announced their dismal 5-15% emission reductions targets dozens of community groups took to the offices of dozen of federal parliamentarians in disgust.

On the first parliament day of 2009, over 2,000 people encircled parliament house to call for immediate greenhouse emissions reductions.

Now, it’s time to tell the government that its carbon pollution reduction scheme is a crazy plan that rewards big polluters and does nothing to protect our planet. It’s time to demand real action on climate change—better emissions-reduction targets, a move away from fossil fuels and a switch to 100% renewable energy.

On 27 March 2009 people concerned about climate change around the country will be taking action at the office of their local federal Labor politician to tell them we need to reduce greenhouse emissions, not pay polluters.

When: 27th March 2009

Why: Because we stand at a crossroads in history.

The facts are undeniable. Global climate change, caused by human activities, is happening. We’re facing a manifold and deepening crisis to which the government’s CPRS is a half-baked response. Nothing is more important than a safe climate future, and we have very little time to turn this polluting policy around.

What: Sit-ins at the office of federal Labor politicians and at the offices of corporate polluters.

How do I find out more?

Download a kit from this website. See below for contacts in each state to register your protest, or find out where protests are happening.

In Victoria, several protests are already organised and more are in preparation.

Come along to a meeting Thursday 19 March 6:30pm – 8pm at the Melbourne Climate Action Centre, level 5 new building, Trades Hall, Cnr. Victoria & Lygon Streets, Carlton South to help organise.  Contact Louise on — at —

In NSW: Protests are happening at MPs’ and corporate offices.

Come along to a meeting on 7th March, 9:30-2pm at UTS to be part of organising. To find out about where protests are happening, or get involved, contact Wenny Theresia: wthereia — at — phone 92792466.

In Qld: To find out about protests planned in Queensland, contact Dominic Ale dominicale — at — phone 0431 638 772 and Clare Towler clare.towler — at — phone 0412 055600.

In SA: Rally on 27th March at 4pm, 100 King William St, Adelaide. Workshop to prepare for the rally on the afternoon of 1st March. Forum on the CPRS on 3rd March, 6:30pm, Room 102, Napier Building, Uni of Adelaide.

Come along to the next meeting of the CLEAN network on 11th March 6pm, 171 Sturt St, Adelaide. Contact Paul for more information.

In the ACT: Rally 8am, Friday 27th March at the Federal Department of Climate Change, 2 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City. Contact Leigh 0421282825 for more information

Elsewhere: Contact Wenny Theresia to get in touch with local contacts.

Click here for a fact sheet about the problems with the CPRS.

We have less than a year to turn our Government around. Let’s make it count together.


5 Responses to “About”

  1. informer Says:

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Tate, Nick (SEN)
    Sent: Tuesday, 18 November 2008 4:19 PM
    To: SEN-Senators; SEN-SenStaff
    Cc: Griffiths, Andrea (SEN)
    Subject: FW: Alert on Climate Change Step it up Campaign in December [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

    Dear Senator,

    The Protective Security Coordination Centre in the Attorney-General’s Department has received advice on a climate change related information kit which has been launched ahead of a concerted action campaign in December – “A Kit to Step-in to Your Federal Member’s Office”. The kit is attached. The web address is You will see that this gives precise guidance to potential protesters. Below my signature block is the introductory message on the website.

    The PSCC has asked that I circulate this for the information of all senators and their staff so that they are aware of the likely nature and timing of action. Electorate offices appear to be the main target. There are likely also to be associated correspondence campaigns as well as requests for meetings and so this may impact on your Parliament House suites as well.

    Please contact me if you require further information.


    Nick Tate

  2. georgie huxtable Says:

    want ot be involved as much as I can to stop this insanity.

  3. Paul Spencer Says:

    It’s going to take a lot of pressure on our politicians to match what they get from the lobbyists of a few big mining companies. We can’t afford to not care or to be resigned to careless and heartless decisions.

    At a time when such horrendous decisions are frighteningly easy for governments to make, no other attitude is as irresponsible as not having an opinion.

  4. Ex Officio del Ambiente UQ Says:

    Hey holly,

    What is FoE or any other mob doing to counteract everpresent lobbying by heavy industry on government for all manner of ‘assistance’ under the CPRS>>>???

    Seems free permits are well out the door already…. once the White Paper comes out… v. little chance of changing policy.

    No matter how high/low the target is, if heavy polluters are ‘shielded’ from the emissions price – little chance of structural adjustment being effective in bringing forward renewables….

  5. In WA, the new Coalition for a Safe Climate has formed directly as a result of the Climate Summit. We will be organising an action outside Gary Gray’s office on Fri 27 March as part of this national campaign.

    For more info, phone Kamala 0417 319 662.

    (There also is a website for the coalition which is in the process of construction at:

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