The Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET), now written into law as the Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Bill 2017, passed the upper house in State Parliament on October 20. Elsewhere, other states such as the ACT and California have previously introduced renewable energy targets (RET) in their legislation. How does Victoria's legislation compare? Let's first look at Victoria vis a vis the ACT, and then California.
Building a cross-party network to support the opening of Australia's borders to climate migrants from Pacific Islands
As part of its Climate Frontlines campaign, Friends of the Earth is proposing to mobilise Australian politicians around the promotion of solutions and safe pathways for climate migrants from the Pacific Island states.
Climate change poses an enormous threat to human security in the 21st century, with the most devastating impact predicted to be displacement and forced human migration.
Environmental migration is not a new phenomenon. Humans have moved to adapt to the seasons, to find new resources, because of drought, soil erosion, or major natural catastrophies. But because of climate change, there are some new aspects about this migration, not only the scale at which they are expected to be experienced, but also the origin of the natural hazards that force people to flee their homes.
A fund raiser for the Carteret Islands Auction. Online only, from 6 til 23 December. Three talented artists from Fish Lane Studios in South Brisbane have donated stunning work to be auctioned to help raise funds to support the relocation of the Carteret Islanders from their Atolls to the dry land on Bougainville.
Media release 13 December 2017 Environmental group Friends of the Earth has labelled ‘misleading’ and ‘irresponsible’, coalition and gas industry responses to today’s Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) updated report into the state of the nation’s gas market. In September the ACCC warned of a gas shortfall in the East Coast market, forcing the federal government in October to reach an agreement with major gas producers to ensure they would offer ‘sufficient gas to the domestic market’ on ‘reasonable terms.’
A Pacific participant’s perspective on the People’s Climate Summit at the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Friends of the Earth Brisbane Climate Frontlines invites you to this special event on December 8. Come and join this important conversation with our presenter, Stella Miria-Robinson, on the impact of climate change around the world, climate justice and just transition, who was recently at the COP in Bonn.
After attacking renewable energy for months in the media, the Turnbull government seems intent on taking Australia backwards on climate change action. Their latest thought bubble the 'National Energy Guarantee' or NEG appears designed to cripple renewable energy and lock in subsidies for polluting coal and gas companies - something the community can and will never accept. If you live in Hobart, please join us this friday 24 November to show your support for renewable energy and the need for a rapid transition away from fossil fuels.
Friends of the Earth has won the Environmental Justice category in this year's Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards for conducting a campaign to build community resistance to the potential threat of fracking.