Your ability to raise your voice about issues you care about is under threat. The federal government wants to change laws that will silence charities, and make it all but impossible to continue our important work.
Particularly at risk is the right of charities to advocate for their issues – and organisations working on environmental and climate-based issues are especially targeted. When the financial stakes are high, as they are for the fossil fuel industry, it seems that democracy is expendable. That’s why 350.org Australia is taking a leading role in an alliance across the sector calling on the federal government to keep their #HandsOffOurCharities.
We are #Repower, a movement of Australians working together to power our country with energy from the sun and wind. Together we’re taking on the big polluting companies and demanding our elected representatives step up and lead a fair transition from dirty fuels like coal and gas to clean, renewable energy as quickly as possible.
Real climate leadership comes from the grassroots up. On September 8, we planned thousands of rallies in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that puts people and justice before profit. No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all.
We’re already moving towards a future without fossil fuels – but it’s time to accelerate our response. As a part of 350 Australia’s push to make sure that climate change will be front and centre of every election going forward, our founder, Bill McKibben, came back to Australia at the end of April and early May in 2018 as part of a global effort to accelerate climate action.
Despite more than two decades of talking, our climate is at a crisis point because our leaders have allowed themselves to be captured by the fossil fuel industry. If our politicians are serious about climate change, then they need to stop taking money from and giving money to the big polluters.
At over 450 events in 60 countries, people around the world declared that it’s wrong to wreck the climate — and it’s wrong to profit from wrecking it.
From the Pacific Islands to South Africa, from the United States to Germany, we stood up to demand that our governments, universities and financial and religious institutions stop investing in the rogue industries that are destroying our planet. It was a massive turning point in the divestment movement with people across six continents fighting to de-legitimize the fossil fuel industry.
This campaign united a powerful movement of farmers, Traditional Owners, doctors, environmental groups, religious leaders and many others — to stop the construction of the huge Maules Creek Coal Mine in the endangered Leard State Forest.