November 22, 2019

State Energy Ministers have opportunity to lead: Perth locals to demand action on climate at COAG meeting

Friday, November 22, 2019
What: A gathering of Perth citizens outside the COAG energy ministers meeting demanding action on climate change while Australia burns
Where: Duxton Hotel entrance, 1 St Georges Terrace, Perth
When: 22 November, 8am
Photo opportunity: Dozens of people carrying images of bushfires and colourful banners chanting and making lots of noise as energy minister enter the building.

Federal Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister, Angus Taylor, and state and territory energy ministers, will be met outside the COAG energy ministers meeting by a gathering of Perth locals demanding action on climate change.

While Australia burns through unprecedented bushfires, exacerbated by climate change, the protest will highlight that the Federal Government has no policy on energy or climate change, and refuses to even talk about it.

“Australia is facing catastrophic extreme weather events – but our Government continues to have its head in the sand when it comes to climate change. For those affected by drought and bushfire we hear about ‘thoughts and prayers’, but nothing about a credible plan to reduce our emissions in line with what the science of climate change demands. With no leadership from Canberra, it is time for the states to step up, because our federal government is clearly run by the coal and gas lobby,” stated Anthony Collins, spokesperson for 350 Perth.

“The Morrison government, cheered on by the Minerals Council and the coal lobby is doing everything in its power to undermine action on climate change and hold back investment in renewable energy. From propping up ancient coal fired power stations, to cutting renewable energy spending – it’s time for states and territories to lead where Scott Morrison is failing.” stated Lucy Manne, CEO of 350 Australia.

“The solution is clear. At this moment of profound crisis, we should be investing in the solutions that will build a renewable-powered future. We have some of the best wind and solar resources in the world, and large-scale batteries coming online, and these are the initiatives that our politicians should be delivering from today’s meeting.” concluded Lucy Manne.

For interviews:
Anthony Collins, 350 Perth on 0404 753 404