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Ballina Environment Society Secretary Sarah King has delivered a letter to the Australian Parliament in Canberra on behalf of fifteen Northern Rivers organisations demanding bolder action on climate change. PIC supplied

Ballina Environment Society Secretary Sarah King has delivered a letter to the Australian Parliament in Canberra on behalf of fifteen Northern Rivers organisations demanding bolder action on climate change.

The BES said last week the open letter to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was based on one drafted by First Nations and Australian and Pacific Faith Leaders,

The group said the moves showed local organisations were ‘taking a leadership role in the pledge for bold climate action’.

‘Our organisations have been working independently in the local community for years, but the impending climate catastrophe has bought us together to focus on a united goal,’ the BES stated in a media release.

Local environment groups demand end to coal and gas

Coal mining project in the NSW Hunter Valley by endcoal.org/ Max Phillips

‘We are working to ensure that all federal, state and local government policies will use science consensus regarding man- made global warming as a central tenant,’ the BES said, ‘with the aim of preserving our beloved Australian lifestyle.

The BES said the groups had six demands, ‘respectfully’ demanding ‘that Australia:

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


  1. 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.’

Push to change policy

Lismore’s Knitting Nannas Against Gas. The Knitting Nannas have signed the Ballina Environment Society’s open letter to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese demanding an end to coal and gas project amongst other demands leading up to the United Nation’s 27th Climate Summit. Photo Tree Faerie.

The BEC said the following groups had signed the open letter:

Ballina Environment Society; Byron Environment Centre; Caldera Environment Centre; Extinction Rebellion Northern Rivers; Green and Clean Dunecare; I AM University; Knitting Nannas; Kyogle Environment Group; Lennox Head Landcare; Lismore Environment Centre; Potency Pty Ltd; Revive Northern Rivers; Sister for Reconciliations; The Wildlife Twins; and Water Northern Rivers Alliance.

Last month the BEC said its community had been ‘experiencing climate change as a new normal’.

The group said the experience was ‘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’.

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  1. On points 1. and 2. PM CoAlbo won’t have any of it.
    The ALP is ( the same as the LNP ) captured by the Fossil Fuel Industry.
    All those Fossil Fuel Industry $’s thousands in donations doesn’t happen for no reason.

    On point 6. the ALP hasn’t embraced what the science / UN IPCC says needs doing – 75% emissions reduction by 2030; Net Zero emissions by 2035 and NO NEW FF adventures – to meet the Paris Agreement limiting global warming to below 2 degrees, ideally to 1.5 degrees.

    • In a perfect world, World leaders would embrace the science on Global warming and immediately stop burning fossil fuel, but we are about as far from that utopia as the Greens are from forming majority Govt., who was elected with 77 seats, and who ended up with 4? The Labor Party is making good headway on all the crap we inherited from the Coalition, I’ll take good headway over NO headway any day. You and your Greens mates may be happy to see Labor loose the next election and the return of a Coalition Govt, it usually gives the Greens more to whinge about, but we are certainly NOT going to be pressured by the Greens again to make irresponsible decisions that lead to loosing Govt.

  2. What hope do we have when the people saying we need to halt climate change do things like travelling all the way to Canberra to say this?

    • Shane, we do have hope, that there are climate and environment protectors.
      Be thankful and encourage them.
      Continual demonising of environment protectors is getting tiresome.

      As has been pointed out previously, using existing technology is entirely logical as the process of getting out of fossil fuel and into renewables is underway.
      It is the way change has always happened, it’s not that hard to understand.

  3. So we are hot on the trail to envo-chaos and huge energy price increases that has been blazed by California and Europe?
    I understand all the emotion and impatience, but a transition over fuels is necessary to stop economic disaster for Australia.
    I see Albo is currently reining-in his left-wing ‘stop all development’ extremists.
    Bravo – a sensible policy from a sensible leader.


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