ACF is making 2019 the climate election year: WE ARE AIMING FOR ONE MILLION CONVERSATIONS WITH VOTERS BEFORE ELECTION DAY.
THIS YEAR KICKED OFF with heatwave records being smashed right across the country, deepening the scale of the drought across eastern Australia, pushing the Murray-Darling Basin to the brink of collapse and even causing our outdated, inefficient and unreliable coal fired power stations to overheat and shut down.
It should be a wake up call to our federal politicians. We want them to hear loud and clear when voters head to the polls next month that Australians demand an end to the political bickering and expect leadership on climate change from whichever party wins this federal election.
In December, the next federal government will head to Chile for the critical international climate negotiations, where Australia will be called upon to lift its pollution reduction targets and move from being a laggard to a leader on climate action.
That's why this IS the climate election.
During elections, more than at any other time, politicians listen to the views of the public, especially in marginal electorates--those small number of seats that decide elections because they are the ones that change hands with whichever party wins government.
Our message to political parties is clear--end digging and burning coal, stop the polluting Adani mine and rapidly make the shift to 100 per cent clean energy.
People are more concerned about climate change than ever, so ACF is playing a lead role to channel community opinion into a strong, unified voice for change, backed up with powerful actions that persuade political parties to deliver our demands.
That's why, along with our friends at AYCC, GetUp! and others, we have set ourselves a target of having one million conversations with voters before election day, via door knocking and phone calling parties. You'll also see ACF working with our local community groups to host community and candidate forums, asking people to put up placards on their front fences, ask tough questions of candidates at media events and run advertising campaigns.
Our goal? Getting as many Australians as possible to say, "I am a climate voter" and commit their vote.
We've only got a month until election day--Join us!
By ACF Climate & Energy Program Manager, Gavan McFadzean
You can be a part of making this the climate election! To pledge to be a climate voter, host a calling party or join a conversation event near you visit www.acf.org.au/election
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|Date:||Apr 1, 2019|
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