Northern Rivers residents are being urged to ditch energy retailers that support the coal seam gas industry.
The Lock the Gate group has joined forces with Getup, the online advocacy organization, to promote a ‘Better Power’ campaign to the region.
They will be talking to people in key communities of the northern rivers about how switching their energy retailer could help them shift their money away from big, polluting companies that invest in CSG.
The campaign was being launched this morning in Lismore.
Lock the Gate northern rivers regional coordinator Elly Bird said many people did not realise that the three big energy retailers, Origin, AGL and EnergyAustralia, all invested in coal seam gas.
‘Switching away from those companies and moving to ones that invest in renewables is a great way to put your money where your mouth is,’ Ms Bird said.
‘We know people think CSG is a bad idea, and this is something direct they can do to act on their concerns.’
The campaign will urge people to switch to Powershop, which was named the greenest energy retailer in Australia by Greenpeace and the Total Environment Centre last year.
Powershop is backed by a 100 per cent renewable energy generator and has a commitment to never invest in coal seam gas.
Local residents and businesses have already started signing up to make the switch, joining more than 11,000 households and companies in New South Wales and Victoria.
Northern Rivers resident Nan Nicholson said switching to Powershop was simple to do and had given her peace of mind about her energy choice.
‘I’ve just switched my energy provider to Powershop, it’s been a very simple process, they took care of everything. It’s something quick and easy that I can do and I feel good knowing that I’m not indirectly supporting CSG,’ she said.
GetUp’s Better Power campaign manager Lily Dempster said the campaign was about taking the fight against CSG directly to the companies involved.
‘People right across New South Wales have made their voices heard about coal seam gas. They don’t want it in their communities, and this campaign is all about supporting them in their stand,’ said Ms Dempster.
‘In the Northern Rivers, the community sent an unmistakeable message direct to their politicians at the NSW election in March, and now they have a chance to send the same message to their energy companies.
‘The big energy companies are pouring money into fossil fuels and CSG. We want to help people take their money out of the pockets of polluters and redirect it to a company where it can make a difference.’
For more information on the Better Power campaign, go to www.getup.org.au/better-power