Aug 16, 2009 - 4:00pm
Welfare, union, environment, and research organisations today launched a major national grass roots *clean energy jobs campaign aimed at ensuring future CPRS or other negotiations strengthened climate action and clean energy policies.
"Our campaign is now going local to put some clean energy forged steel into the backbone of negotiators from all parties,"
said John Connor, campaign spokesperson. On Sunday the groups launched a national multi-media campaign calling on "dinosaurs" in politics and business to stop blocking urgent climate and clean energy action.
"After this week of Parliament it is dinosaurs 1, clean energy economy 0.
"Our politicians need to turn this around not only next week by strengthening and passing renewable energy legislation, but also in coming months by ensuring CPRS negotiations strengthen, not weaken, climate and clean energy action."
The campaign will now roll out around the country and include actions and educational events in regional and inner city areas.
"The ‘dinosaurs’ are being put on notice – we’re coming to a town near you!" said Mr Connor.
"Any changes to the CPRS need to face two key tests – will they help make Australia competitive in the emerging global clean energy economy and will they be cooperative in achieving an effective global climate agreement in Copenhagen in December."
*The Clean Energy Jobs campaign is an initiative of the Southern Cross Climate Coalition (SCCC), comprising The Climate Institute, ACTU, Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Council Of Social Service and supported WWF.
The SCCC has published a 10 point plan for climate solutions and clean energy jobs - see