School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) has called a #ClimateStrike
for May 21. Melbourne Uni staff and students will turn out in force to join the rally in the city. Workers and students are mobilising to demand that the Morrison Government #FundOurFutureNotGas
1. Resource Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country.
2. Fund the creation of jobs that fast track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover.
3. Fund Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.
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We acknowledge that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.
The Climate Emergency has accelerated under the pandemic, with floods and bushfires ravaging the east coast. Despite this, Scott Morrison and the Liberals plan to pour billions into new gas projects around the country, trampling over unceded Aboriginal land and locking in decades of disastrous carbon emissions.
We cannot rely on this government and the market to implement a fair and just transition to renewables. Two major renewables projects (the Port Augusta solar thermal plant in SA and the Portland wind turbine factory in Victoria) have fallen through because the government refused to fund them when private investors pulled out.
We need to stop the Climate Emergency with a Climate Powered Recovery. That means forcing the government to directly invest in building 100% renewable energy by 2030, with planned shutdowns of existing fossil fuel plants. If we are to make this target in time, public investment in a mass rollout is the only way.
Our new renewable energy system must be publicly owned and operated by unionised labour, to preserve jobs, conditions and cost of living. We must guarantee that no worker loses out as a result of this transition. We cannot have a repeat of the rushed transition at Hazelwood, which left hundreds of coal plant workers jobless and with no alternative work.
We must tax the rich to pay for the transition. Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, doubled her wealth to $29 billion under the pandemic. Scott Morrison has just committed $90 billion to a new fleet of attack submarines. This money should be poured into renewables, public transit and sustainability research.
First Nations voices and rights must be at the forefront of the just transition. There should be no new developments without permission from Traditional Owners, so that travesties like the destruction of Wiradjuri artefacts by solar company METKA EGN are not repeated. The Government must commit to funding Indigenous land management programmes. We stand with the Indigenous resistance to new fossil projects at Narrabri, Beetaloo and elsewhere.
Help us spread this climate strike across our campus so we can give the school strikers a massive show of support on May 21. Get involved with the Enviro Collective and invite your friends, classmates, club mates, housemates, students, tutors and lecturers to strike on the day.