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Local GP Dr Fiona McCormick gave an update on the latest climate science, and the urgency with which climate action needs to be taken. Dr Paul Taylor showed how Australia could be entirely powered by renewable energy within 10 years.

The Big Solar campaign is a national grassroots initiative. Around Australia local community groups are aiming to poll 10,000 Australians to gauge and build support for Big Solar, in order to ensure that the Clean Energy Finance Corporation funds 2000MW of renewable-energy projects such solar-thermal power plants.

The audience got a chance at conducting the Big Solar Poll, which the Tweed Renewables Alliance is planning to conduct throughout the Tweed Shire until the end of April, taking the results to local federal MP Justine Elliot in early May.

Dr Fiona McCormick said that investing in renewable energy is the solution to the climate crisis but what has been lacking is the political will to encourage and support this investment. We should remind our politicians that political will is also a renewable resource!

Dr Paul Taylor said that everywhere we turn we use electricity, mostly made from coal. To preserve our future we need to build renewable electricity into the national grid now.

And Big Solar spokesperson Eddie Roberts called on our local community to take part in the Big Solar Poll, so that we can send a strong message to Justine Elliot that our community wants Big Solar, not gas.

Yasir Assam, Midginbil

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