Energy & Climate

It’s time for the Sunshine State to cash in on our natural renewable energy resources

617 signatures
5,000 needed

What is it going to take for our governments and decision-makers to cash in on the growth in renewable energy from our abundant, clean and free sunshine and wind? ...Our voices, for one.

Politicians and decision-makers of our SUNSHINE STATE, we urge you to:

  • Make the Queensland target for 50% renewable energy law by 2030;
  • Support large-scale clean energy projects across our state and renewables technology, for better energy security;
  • Help people who work in affected industries and their communities prepare for jobs for the future;
  • Provide a plan to help workers and communities prepare for when  Queensland’s coal and gas fired power stations close.

With coal use declining globally, renewables have powered continued economic growth and become the most affordable energy source in 2016.

Renewables generate twice the number of jobs of fossil fuels. In fact, did you know strong renewable policies in Queensland could unlock 90,000 jobs by 2030?

Clean renewable energy is not only environmentally responsible, but, with battery storage can improve our energy reliability and security, and reduce our dependence on foreign fossil fuels.

So why are fossil fuels still receiving twice the subsidies of renewables? We need government action NOW to level the playing field and equalise subsidies to allow renewables to compete fairly in the market.

The renewables industry needs the stability and consistency of supportive laws to thrive – for more rural and regional jobs and a fair price for solar.

We need to cut red tape which unnecessarily prevents solar on private properties and we need to intensify investment in storage and renewable technology.

Stand with us and together let’s tell the pollies it’s time to make the positive switch to renewables today. We’ve got enough sunshine and voices to make it happen!

Supporters

“The battery power bank in S.A. has been a success. We should include this in our plans too.”

Pieter 2018-10-01 19:29:15 +1000

“Joanne Birtus”

Joanne 2018-10-01 11:17:31 +1000

“In addition to being better for the environment overall, expanding solar energy programs in central Queensland has the potential to reinvigorate rural communities by creating employment using 21st century, facilitatng related and complementary industries and making the areas more attractive to live. The experience of rural and regional living helps people appreciate the beauty and priceless value of our natural environment.
Thriving rural communities can also mitigate challenges associated with coastal urban sprawl as Australia’s population increases.”

Joy 2018-10-01 11:06:40 +1000

“We have enough knowledge gained from historical events and technological advances to know that there are better ways. The sooner that sustainable alternatives are introduced, the less cleaning up we have ahead of us. And we already have plenty of cleaning up to do as it is.”

Danielle 2018-09-30 17:13:51 +1000

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Linda 2018-09-13 14:29:52 +1000

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Dana 2018-09-13 14:10:52 +1000

“Stop Adani, STOP THEM NOW!”

Arthur 2018-09-13 12:15:26 +1000

“This is a no brainer in Queensland. The government has encouraged rooftop solar but it now needs to go further.”

Barry 2018-08-29 07:00:18 +1000

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Karena 2018-08-09 09:29:07 +1000

“As a senior retired marine biologist I fully support the work of Environmental Defenders Office. We can no longer trust our politicians to do the right thing so we need to act. I support the actions of EDOto hold our pollies accountable. Dennis fr Dr Tafe Safaris”

Dennis 2018-04-22 19:23:09 +1000

“Jay Weatherall of SA has been an admirable leader in renewables policies and they will reap the benefits in economic sustainability whilst Qld struggles. Why not also get in with Elon Musk and get our state to where it should be? No more delays – no more coal.”

Liz 2018-02-10 10:44:48 +1000

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Lise 2018-02-01 21:04:16 +1000

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Bill 2018-01-09 20:57:08 +1000

“We are not alone in requesting politicians to take action.

“The reality is that climate change is happening and we must plan for the future and new kinds of employment.
Several global institutions pledged to cut financing of fossil-fuel projects at a summit in Paris, backing French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for the private sector to do more to combat greenhouse-gas emissions after President Donald Trump said the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. "(Wall Street Journal, 12 Dec 2017)”

Diana 2017-12-15 05:18:19 +1000

“Fossil fuel subsidies are anachronistic, unneeded and unhelpful. Both in terms of jobs, and, more importantly, for preventing catastrophic climate change, we urgently need to transition to renewable energy generation. This will happen inevitably without government support, but the state should take measures to hasten this necessary transition.”

Oscar 2017-11-22 17:36:15 +1000

“Qld has the potential to produce the largest resource of solar energy and we urge our state government to provide incentives, to fund communities interested in increasing their assets and reducing net emissions.”

Annie 2017-10-13 02:38:17 +1000

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Jolee 2017-09-06 14:59:21 +1000

“Increase solar heating (water and process heating for industry and agriculture)! The technologies are cheaper than fossil fuel without needing subsidies, carbon tax or any public money expense. Just let it be implemented!”

Dorin 2017-08-02 11:25:36 +1000

“I want all levels of government to work together to make clean renewable energy and storage a priority. Governments should be working for the citizens of Australia – to make a stable environment for investment in renewals to go ahead with confidence. Why not make the development of these industries a priority in rural Australia, instead of continuing to back fossil fuels, which are an environmental disaster?”

Helen 2017-08-02 11:23:48 +1000