Say Yes launches next wave of people power campaign Media Release

Jul 11, 2011 - 12:00am

The Say Yes campaign has launched the next wave of its positive people-powered campaign, calling on Australia’s political leaders to get on with the job of cutting carbon pollution. We say yes to this important first step in cutting carbon pollution. Now let's get on with the job," said Don Henry, CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

The next stage of the Say Yes campaign will focus on activating the groups' three million supporters.

From 1 August there will be a fortnight of local events, conversations and activities, including doorknocking, public forums, letterboxing and street stalls. The campaign will also feature national advertising, starting with print ads in major newspapers tomorrow.

"We'll be engaging in conversations and activities in every corner of Australia. We believe in people power, that’s why we’re asking our 3 million supporters to talk to their neighbours and workmates in their local communities," Mr Henry said.

"We have seen tens of thousands of Australians already involved in the Say Yes campaign. They don't buy the scare campaigns and they don’t believe in the negativity and misinformation being pushed by a narrow group of self interested big polluters," said Simon Sheikh, National Director of GetUp.

"Saying 'No' to action on climate change means more pollution pumped into our air, less money for clean, renewable energy projects, more risk to our natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and more political squabbling. It’s time to say yes," said Dermot O’Gorman, CEO of WWF Australia.

"It's time to rise above the self interest of big polluters and do something that will protect our economy, our environment, our health and our kids' future,” said Ellen Sandell, National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

"The package announced yesterday is an important step in getting on with the job of cutting pollution, increasing investments in clean technologies like wind and solar, and doing something about climate change. Together, we are calling on all parliamentarians to support it," said Linda Selvey, CEO of Greenpeace.

"We’ll be saying yes to supporting workers, protecting jobs whilst creating new opportunities as we move to a clean energy economy," said ACTU President Ged Kearney.

The Climate Institute is part of a broad and historic partnership of leading civil society organisations representing youth, workers, the environment and the community. The groups have come under the 'Say Yes' banner for this critical year of action. For more information visit, www.sayyesaustralia.org.au

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