23 March 2011 – In Perth they rallied to support climate action. In Canberra 10,500 petitions were presented to Climate Change Minister Greg Combet supporting the same. And GetUp, the grass roots organisation has a rolling campaign of action to counter anti climate change politicians and shock jocks.
Against a nasty backdrop of a poster saying “Juliar, Bob Brown’s Bitch” Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on Wednesday addressed around 3000 people in Canberra, “mostly bussed from Sydney at the urging of a commercial radio announcer” the ABC website said.
In Perth, chief executive of the Sustainable Energy Association Ray Wills took time out of the three day conference his group has under way to report that “leading WA environment, youth and sustainability organisations rallied to call for urgent climate action and implementation of a national price on carbon pollution.
“The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia supports the call for urgent action and supports multiple measures to decarbonise our economy and stabilise the climate, including establishing a carbon price,” Professor Wills said.
“A carbon price will provide certainty to the market, allowing businesses to make investment decisions on the best low-emissions and no-emissions technologies. As the nation with the world’s best renewable energy resources, all Australian governments need to become even more ambitious in the support for renewable energy generation.”
The GetUp website outlined its campaign:
- events like the 8000 strong family rally in Melbourne to dwarf rallies against climate action. This costs real money: insurance and first-aid, staging, sound systems, power-generators, placards, posters etc.
- investigative research to expose the vested corporate interests and dirty money that’s funding the campaign against climate action;
- rapid-response radio and TV ads to counter fear with facts – particularly in the Independents’ electorates, which are being targeted for ad scare-campaigns against climate action; and
- cutting-edge online tools to help you effectively advocate for climate action: connecting to talk-back radio, calling politicians and writing to voters in battleground electorates.
The Energising South East Asia Conference and Exhibition, held 23-26 March 2011, at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, was opened by Minister for Energy in Western Australia Peter Collier with more than 500 conference delegates. “Thousands more” expected to visit the 140 exhibitors over the four days of the expo as both trade and public visitors come to see how the world will generate energy in the 21st Century, Professor Wills said.
Keynote speakers include Professor Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University, and a member of the board of Infrastructure Australia, speaking on the role of sustainable energy in a smart, resilient city and Tony Wilkins, manager environment and climate change for News Limited on ” “One Degree – News Limited journey to carbon neutral.”
The conference runs from 23-26 March and is being held at the South East Asia Conference and Exhibition. Details: www.energisingsea.com.au