Climate Action Newtown – Media Release 27 March, 2009
Protesters stormed Anthony Albanese’s office in Marrickville today in opposition to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).
Local community members wielding banners with “Switch off the CPRS. Switch on Renewables”, rallied outside the MP’s office at 9am this morning to voice their outrage at the terms of the government’s proposed emissions trading scheme. The protests are part of a national day of action against the Scheme which proposes a dismally low emissions reduction target, rewards big polluters and will not solve the climate crisis.
The protest took place on 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. “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,” said Ingrid Dernee, St Peters resident and member of Climate Action Newtown.
“The scheme takes a ‘business as usual’ approach that continues to reward big polluters like coal and aluminium. It will not shift these industries from their unsustainable practices and commits us to a continued dependence on fossil fuels. It will lock us into a trajectory for dangerous climate change with severe, irreversible impacts on human life, the economy and the planet,” continued Ingrid.
Tim Luckett, a father from Summer Hill, 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 Action Newtown 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 sector-by-sector just transition plans for affected workers and communities that will create green jobs.
Other climate action groups targeted Tanya Plibersek, Peter Garrett and Maxine McKew across Sydney today. Politicians can expect the pressure to build in the lead up to international negotiations in Copenhagen scheduled for December.
What: Protest opposing the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme
When: Friday 27th March, 9am
Where: Office of Anthony Albanese’s office – 334 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville
Organised by: Climate Action Newtown
For more information contact Moira Williams 0420 504 411