Australia is on the way to becoming a cleaner, more secure, and more energy independent nation. At the United Nations COP28 in December, Australia, along with every country on earth, pledged to triple renewables and double energy efficiency by 2030—essential to meeting the overall goal of preventing dangerous climate breakdown.
To achieve that goal, we need an energy network of wind and solar farms connected to fully renewable industries that will help meet our power needs for the next 100 years and beyond. Government climate industry policy and support must ensure the growing renewables sector is creating good union jobs, employing local workers and apprentices, and delivering tangible benefits to the communities in which projects are located. Australia has a choice to make, we can seize this tremendous opportunity to benefit workers, households, and communities–or miss the boat and get left behind.
This weekend will see rallies and community events across the country —from the Hunter and the Illawarra, to Gladstone, QLD and Portland and Gippsland, VIC— to make that support loud and clear. The “YES to Renewables” rallies will bring together workers, families, unions, environmental groups, business leaders, and climate experts to stand up in favour of—more clean investment, more jobs, more household savings, and a safer future for all Australians.
Communities are overwhelmingly saying yes to renewables because people understand the seriousness of climate change and know the importance of local good jobs. Outside commentators are pushing misinformation to further their own political ambitions, rather than listening to the voices of communities and workers who see this as a once in lifetime opportunity to revitalize our economy and create a new generation of good secure renewable energy jobs.
Decarbonising our economy could create hundreds of thousands of good jobs, healthier communities, and a renewed national prosperity, while safeguarding Australians from spiralling climate crises. Renewables have proven time and again that they’re the cheapest form of energy. More renewables on the grid means lower power bills—incredibly important during this cost-of-living crisis.
For members who are able to attend rallies will be held in NSW at:
Newcastle (NSW) action:
What: ‘Our communities, our jobs, our future’ – Newcastle climate rally supporting responsible development of Hunter offshore wind
When: Sunday 4 February 2024, 11am to 1pm
Where: Train Sheds, Foreshore Park, 32 Wharf Rd, Newcastle East, NSW 2300
Contact on the ground: Leigh Shears (Hunter Workers) 0401 798 002
Wollongong (NSW) action
What: Illawarra family fun day to say YES to renewables!
When: Sunday 4 February 2024, 11am to 2pm
Where: Osborne Park, 1 Cliff Road, Wollongong NSW 2500
Contact on the ground: Gavan McFadzean (ACF) 0414 754 023