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The Ballina Environment Society [BES] is calling on other groups across the Northern Rivers to join an open letter to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese demanding stronger climate action.

The BES says it wants commitment to a ‘safer and fairer future’ for all and has echoed federal Labor’s mantra during this year’s election campaign period that ‘no one should be left behind’.

‘No town, State or Country can ignore the effects of climate change and now is the time to act to protect our communities and our children’s future,’ the BES wrote in a media release.

‘Our community has been experiencing climate change as a new normal,’ the group said, ‘however, this is just a glimpse of what could happen to the region if we don’t make meaningful changes to policies and procedures at the federal level’.

The BES said bold federal leadership was needed to avoid severe levels of disruption.

‘There is no economy in a collapsed environment,’ the BES said.

The letter to Mr Albanese as written by the BES is as follows:

Dear Prime Minister Albanese,

We are grateful for your Government’s efforts to take the climate crisis seriously.

Yet Australia is a wealthy country that profits from exports that are exacerbating the crisis.

We hear the cries of anguish from those most vulnerable in our local and global communities who are losing their lives, livelihoods and homes through climate-fuelled disasters.

We humbly and respectfully request that Australia:

  • Stops approving new coal and gas projects
  • Ends public subsidies for coal and gas projects
  • Fully respects First Nations peoples’ rights to protect Country
  • Re-starts contributions to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund
  • Assists extractive industry workers to transition and prosper in new jobs in sustainable


  • Initiates creating a global Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty agreement at COP 27

that responds to ensuring global compliance with achieving the IPCC temperature restrictions to 1.5 and 2 degree temperature increases.

The current level of warming is not safe. This moment in history calls for an urgent, courageous, visionary response, especially from those in power. Australian leadership in this response, as part of the Federal Governments’ commitment to the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is particularly vital for the vulnerable First Nation communities and ecosystems that they, and their cultural heritage and traditions, rely on.

Yours faithfully,

How to sign

The BES later said it already had some organisations signing the letter ‘behind the scenes’.

Organisations wanting to sign the open letter need to email [email protected] to confirm their intention.

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  1. Just some housekeeping on the write up above – the articles references to the “BEC” should actually be the “BES”.
    The Byron Environment Centre, BEC, has been involved with the Ballina Environment Society, BES, on this action, and contributed some copy to the “Request” dot points, but the initiative comes from the BES, and references to the BEC above should be read as BES, Ballina Environment Society. The Nimbin, Lismore, Kyogle and Caldera Environment Centres have been contacted to sign.
    The Ballina Environment Society has created this initiative, to follow on from the recent letter to the PM from more than 100 religious’ leaders from Australia and the Pacific, who have urged federal Labor to block approvals for new coal and gas projects and end taxpayer subsidies to fossil fuel companies.

  2. Get your community to do something about the fact that it, a small community, has an airport – and stop speaking for only one race of people to be able to access jobs to protect the natural environment.

  3. Thanks for the information John, that acronym has been corrected, obviously too used to writing about the Byron Environment Centre!


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