Media Releases | 11th May, 2018

Over 100 Victorians demand action on renewables at launch of Environment Victoria’s biggest state election campaign yet

Environment Victoria was joined last night by over 100 clean energy advocates and supporters, who braved the elements to help launch the biggest state election campaign focused on the environment in Victoria’s history.

In the lead-up to the election Environment Victoria is pushing all political parties to deliver the Victorian Renewable Energy Target, create the Great Forest National Park and act to cut greenhouse pollution and cut energy waste.

“Between now and the state election, we’ll be working with Victorians across the state to make sure they’re using their voices and their votes to help secure Victoria’s clean energy future and protect our environment,” said Environment Victoria CEO Mark Wakeham.

“For the next 6 months Environment Victoria, our volunteers and supporters will be taking to the streets, hitting the phones, and rolling out hard-hitting advertising campaigns to put clean energy at the top of the agenda. This will be our best-funded and biggest campaign of our 50-year history because this election is so important for our future.

“The future is clean energy, but Victoria has some of the oldest and dirtiest energy infrastructure in the world – coal-burning power stations. This election, Victorians can use their vote to build a better future with clean energy.

“Victoria can be a national leader for renewable energy and cutting greenhouse pollution. We’re starting to make progress, but polling in the key seats that will determine the outcome of the election shows that Victorians want a government that will accelerate our clean energy transition in the next term of Parliament.

“Every solar panel, wind turbine or insulation batt that is installed creates jobs, lowers power bills and cuts greenhouse pollution.

“We’re already building three massive solar and wind charged batteries in regional Victoria, and as long as the Victorian Renewable Energy Target remains law we have 9000 clean energy jobs in the pipeline. But these achievements and more are up for grabs this election.

“With Victorians facing cost of living pressures and being gouged by big retail power companies, we need a state government prepared to support Victorian families and double down on renewable energy,” said Mr Wakeham.

Photography by Julian Meehan.

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Mark Wakeham, Environment Victoria CEO
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