I RECENTLY met and walked with a most remarkable woman.
June Norman and a small band of friends arrived in Wangaratta on foot on their way from Melbourne to Canberra.
June last year walked from Cairns to Canberra to demonstrate her deep concern at the mounting threats to the Barrier Reef.
Its eco-system is under siege from an unprecedented expansion of the coal industry.
What are Victorians contributing to climate change? And what are we doing about it?
The answer to the first question is a lot, the answer to the second question is not much.
Victoria is one of the largest per-capita emitters of greenhouse gases, with 50per cent of Victoria’s emissions coming from the burning of dirty brown coal.
With an election only weeks away, Victorians need to ask themselves a few questions.
Is the Liberal-National Coalition governing Victoria in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry?
Is our federal Liberal government dominated by climate science deniers? Is it fully committed to supporting a meaningful renewable energy target?
Or are our state and federal governments working together to abandon the Renewable Energy Target or water it down?
June is spreading a powerful message that wind and solar power is the future and that coal is yesterday’s technology.
Let’s get on with the job of shutting down those out-dated power plants that are putting the living planet, as we know it, at risk.
For those who would like to walk a small part of the way with June, the itinerary can be found at climatewalk.org.au.
— CASSANDRA POLLOCK,
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