Victorians from regions right across the state are getting together to show how widespread the support for climate action is in the lead up to the federal election.
UPDATE: Join us on Sunday 7 May to ride for a fast, fair transition! We'll be delivering our open letter to federal candidates to show them the Latrobe Valley wants climate action.
To demonstrate the momentum that’s building locally in support of climate action and a transition plan for workers and their families, we will be riding bikes and e-scooters from the Loy Yang lookout to Victory park, where we will finish our ride and present our open letter to candidates who have been invited from both the Gippsland and Monash electorates.
In Gippsland, community members are reaching out to local businesses, community groups, schools, sporting clubs and other groups – asking them to sign onto the open letter for faster and fairer Victorian climate action.
Fill in the form below to sign on and show your support.
To our federal MPs and prospective candidates,
Here in Gippsland, our region is already facing the reality of a changing climate, including devastating bushfires and drought, severe weather events, biodiversity decline, sea level rise and erosion along our beautiful coastline.
Gippsland is also home to Victoria’s three coal fired power stations and large mines and we have an important role to transition our community and economy away from coal in a fast and fair way, avoiding the worst climate damage while working with communities, to lead their own solutions to adapt and thrive.
We believe that the future of our region can be bright, and Gippsland can be at the forefront of climate solutions like renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and industrial innovation. We want our region to embrace the opportunities that come with a low-carbon economy.
Our children will inherit the consequences of the decisions we make today, and we need leaders at all levels – global, national, state and local – to step up and make deep and urgent cuts to the pollution that is overheating our planet.
States have set a great foundation. Here in Victoria, large-scale clean energy has created 3584 jobs and attracted $5 billion in investment. Now Victorian wind, solar and hydro is generating enough energy to power almost 3 million homes.
But we must act with even greater speed and urgency. The shift from dirty fuels to clean energy is the biggest economic change since the industrial revolution, and by embracing this change we will reap the benefits.
Every Victorian community has a stake in moving our state beyond polluting fuels and protecting our rivers and natural world.
We call on our federal political representatives and candidates to back this vision in our region and commit to concrete action including:
Metung Science Forum
Luke van der Meulen
Anne and John Schmidli
Jeff Craig Sewell
David Wombat Lyons
Shelby de Piazza
Reconciliation East Gippsland
Phillip Island Scout Group
Jane Darling Sloyan
Marion May Campbell
Shelby de Piazza
Dr Jo Wainer AM