Richard Wynne, our beleaguered State Labor Government Member of Parliament, feeling his political mortality and searching for some environmental credibility in the absence of any useful environment policies invited his constituents to a ‘City West Water’ shower head exchange on a suburban street corner in Clifton Hill. A number of YCAN friends and supporters showed up in response to this invitation to remind him of the climate and environment issues the ALP wants Australians to forget. This was YCANs first action as part of the combined ‘Replace Hazelwood’ campaign. Wynne and his staffers were extremely unhappy to see us and enthusiastic responses from passing drivers to the ‘Honk for Urgent Climate Action’ sign visibly irritated the shower head exchange team making it all the more worthwhile for those of us on the other side of the street. Thanks to all who participated and especial thanks to Mic Rosenbrock for the terrific video.
Yesterday’s National Climate Emergency Rally saw thousands of Australians take to the streets to demand the Rudd Government recognise climate change for the emergency it is, take the Carbon Pollution Rewards Scheme back to the drawing board, and take much stronger action to create green jobs and a switch to 100% renewable energy by 2020.
Rallies were held in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart and Wollongong.
The Victorian government has approved a 160-megawatt wind farm to be built on farmland at Mt Mercer, about 30 kilometres south of Ballarat. It is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 73,000 homes.
“The Mt Mercer wind farm will be a win for the environment, a win for jobs and a win for sustainable development in rural and regional Victoria,” Justin Madden (planning minister) said.”We expect this project alone to save more than 390,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.”