Our spanish translator Amparo sends through this encouraging news on community action against dangerous climate change:
More good news for Anvil Hill
The New South Wales government has confirmed that it won't appeal the Land and Environment Court's landmark ruling of last year http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/news-and-events/news/Climate-change/Anvil-Hill-polluter).The ruling means that environmental assessments must include the greenhouse gas emissions that result from the burning of New South Wales coal overseas.
This is great news. It's a strong step forward for the campaign and firmly establishes the principle that we cant ignore greenhouse emissions from our dirty coal just because it disappears overseas. Every tonne of coal we export comes back to us as climate change.
Vote for clean energy if you live in New South Wales http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/issues/climate-change/take-action/vote/NSW
Occupy Newcastle in February!
Let's send a clear message to the New South Wales election hopefuls. Join the People's Occupation of the World's Biggest Coal Port on 10 February, at Newcastle harbour. This peaceful mass action will be a land vigil and a colourful harbour flotilla, organised by Newcastle climate action group, Rising Tide.
When: 1pm, 10 February, 2007
Where: Horseshoe Beach, Newcastle
More info and RSVP:
Hazelwood activists to appear in court
Fifteen Greenpeace activists will appear in a Victorian court this week charged with trespass.
In August, 2005, activists occupied a loader in the brown coal pit at Victoria's Hazelwood coal plant. They chained themselves to a dredger and released a huge "1st prize" ribbon, awarding Hazelwood the dubious title of the developed world's most polluting power station.
Read more about the court case
Read about the August 2005 action
Campbell backs down over Bald Hills
Federal Environment Minister, Ian Campbell, has finally approved the $220 million Bald Hills wind farm, reversing a controversial decision in which he claimed the project would pose a danger to the rare orange-bellied parrot. Senator Campbell said the wind farm had federal approval subject to key changes to the turbine layout and strict conditions to protect the parrot and other threatened species.
Antony Newbold, the director of Wind Power Pty Ltd, which has applied for the Bald Hills project, hailed Senator Campbell's decision as a victory for his company "but, more importantly, a victory for the Australian and Victorian people".
"This decision reinforces the importance of renewable energy and the importance of this project, which has taken two years longer than it should have to be approved."
Read our FAQs on wind farms in Australia http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/issues/climate-change/climate-change-resources/faqs#climateChange_q13
Happy Switched On New Year!
Renewable energy made tremendous strides globally in 2006. From the
passage of Schwarzenegger's million solar roofs legislation in California
to a solar cell breaking the 40 per cent efficiency barrier to a record
year for wind power in the US, Canada and UK, it all looks good for even
more good news for clean energy in 2007.
Read the top global clean energy stories of 2006 at the Renewable Energy
Take action links:
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Do your bit to save energy. Download the Switched On guide.
Thanks for helping Australia switch on to clean energy solutions. Catherine, Mark, Louise, Ben, Kieran and Julien Energy and Climate team, Greenpeace Australia Pacific
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