What if we could protect our forests forever?

Standing among the tall trees of Victoria’s magnificent forests, it’s easy to feel awe.

Part of the life-giving Great Dividing Range, these forests are the lungs of our land. They catch and filter cool, clean water for our homes and cities. They’re a refuge for our threatened wildlife and a playground for our communities.

But these forests – and wildlife like the critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possums who depend on them – are being destroyed by logging. And our national environment laws aren’t strong enough to protect them.

We need strong new environmental laws. And we need to protect Victoria’s forests now.

It can be done. And the Andrews Government can start by creating the Great Forest National Park, which will connect and protect 355,000 hectares of tall mountain ash forests in the Central Highlands of Victoria.

Will you send a quick email to Premier Daniel Andrews today and join the thousands of other Victorians who want to make the Great Forest National Park a reality?

 Great Dividing Range Victoria - Toolangi NP

Creating the Great Forest National Park will help save the critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum. It will safeguard the purity of our water catchments, decrease the intensity of devastating bushfires and give everyone a wonderful natural playground just an hour from the city.

We love our unique forests and want to see them protected. It’s why we’ve taken a seat at the historic Forest Industry Taskforce alongside other environment, union and industry groups, who are coming together to find a way forward for Victoria’s forests.

Together we can create the Great Forest National Park and protect our forests and wildlife for generations to come.


Help Indigenous rangers protect our north

From the Kimberley to Cape York, Indigenous rangers work day-in, day-out to protect the tropical rainforests, ancient savanna and unique wildlife of Australia.

With traditional knowledge, including fire management, native wildlife protection and the control of feral animals and noxious weeds, Indigenous rangers keep Australia’s delicate ecosystems thriving.

The Indigenous Ranger Program is the unsung success story of the beautiful north, but there’s a problem. There’s a lot of work to do, but not enough rangers. And for those Indigenous rangers working, they don't know if they'll have a job beyond a few years.

You can help. On 5th February public submissions to the Federal Budget close. If we create a surge of support, we can encourage Treasurer Scott Morrison to secure a future for our rangers. Will you make a quick submission to call for funding for Indigenous rangers?

Ranger Roderick Doughboy at Laura Sandstone Escarpments

Ranger Roderick Doughboy at the Laura Sandstone Escarpments (photo Kerry Trapnell)

'I was born and bred here; it means a lot to put back into the community. Being able to work here has made my life. Coming back to my grassroots, I am proud of what I have done.’ — Raukkan Natural Resource Management Ranger and Elder talking to countryneedspeople.org.au.
This is a small ask in the budget, but it will have a big impact on communities. Normally this sort of funding doesn’t get much attention. That’s why your voice now, along with thousands of others from the ACF community, can give it the spotlight it deserves.

Indigenous rangers do so much more than protect our precious ecosystems. They work with pride – for their country and culture – and instill that pride in their families and communities.

They enable Elders to share culture and knowledge with Indigenous youth. They motivate kids to stay in school. They help improve the health and wellbeing of people in their communities.

But unlike rangers who work in the national parks system in other parts of Australia, the government hasn't committed to paying Indigenous rangers in the long-term.

Will you ask Scott Morrison today to double the number of Indigenous rangers and commit to a ten-year funding plan?

Learn more about the campaign to support the Indigenous Ranger Program, which shows there are opportunities for remote Aboriginal communities that enable them – and country – to thrive.

With government funding and support in this year’s Federal Budget, Indigenous rangers can continue to keep Australia’s remote national parks healthy for generations to come.


Thanks for EVERYTHING!

2015, what a legendary year. A year you made possible.

When world leaders headed to Paris for the UN climate summit you joined millions of people across the globe for the biggest climate march the world has ever seen.

Now, for the first time in history, the world is united to end the dirty fuel era and create a brighter future in which life can thrive.

Check out this video of Kelly, our CEO, and Victoria, our climate campaign manager, from Paris:

The Paris negotiations and People's Climate Marches were amazing, but we have more work to do. Will you donate today to keep the momentum growing?

When our government made a reckless decision to approve one of the biggest coal mines in the world – Adani's Carmichael Coal Mine – you stepped up so we could take the government to court.

In November, ACF launched a Federal Court case to stop the mine and protect the Great Barrier Reef. The hearing will be in 2016.

You might have seen news about the result of Coast and Country’s case in the Queensland Land Court, that puts state approval in the hands of the Palaszczuk Government.

Adani needs state and federal government approvals to build the Carmichael Coal Mine. That’s why in 2016 more than ever we need to escalate the pressure on our state and federal representatives to stand for people not polluters.

When politicians threatened to strip environment groups like ACF of our charitable status and gut the law – silencing communities so big polluting companies can mine, frack and dredge without opposition – you made donations, wrote submissions, called and sent thousands of personal letters to your local MPs. Now we’re preparing to deliver a 50,000 strong petition to Senators in February.

When Australia's biggest polluting companies damaged our climate, sweet talked our politicians and tried to sabotage our clean energy future, you spread the word to call them out and expose their behaviour.

When we launched our long term Great Dividing Range campaign, you shared your stories and stood with us to protect, restore and connect our heartland.

When mining threatened Jack Wongili Green’s community and country in the Gulf of Carpentaria, he worked tirelessly to care for the land and campaign for Indigenous rights. The winner of ACF’s 2015 Peter Rawlinson Award should be a household name.

Next year is set to be even more legendary. So gift yourself, your family and friends an ACF 2016 diary and start each day with beautiful images of the places and wildlife we love.

Thank you for making our 50th year awesome.

Thanks for writing letters, meeting MPs, volunteering, donating, signing petitions, doorknocking, retweeting, marching, emailing, painting placards and planting seeds.

Have a rest. Recharge and reflect. Read our magazine, habitat. Breathe the scent of eucalypts, feel the sand between your toes and listen to the magpies carolling in the new year.

Best wishes,

The ACF team

P.S. Stay cool it's going to be a hot summer!

Photos: Oceanwide Images, Dale Cochrane, Ali Sanderson, Karl Goodsell and Dan Giselsson


The end of the fossil fuel era

We made history.

Yesterday tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Paris to celebrate an agreement that will end the fossil fuel era and turbo-charge the clean energy revolution.

While these talks are not an end point, they are a tipping point.

We should remember this moment as the moment humanity united to eliminate pollution and create a safer climate for life on Earth.

And know that it couldn’t have been achieved without your efforts and the efforts of communities around the world who care about a better future for all living things.

You wrote letters and signed petitions, you called and met with local MPs, you turned out at events and demonstrations and you made leaders take notice with the biggest climate march the world has ever seen. You never gave up.

The Paris agreement is not perfect but it’s a huge step forward.

It commits to keeping the world well below 2 degrees hotter with an aim of 1.5 degrees, which would give vulnerable communities hope and the places we love, like the Reef, a chance to thrive.

It makes sure efforts to cut pollution can only get more ambitious over time – something we desperately need in Australia.And it ensures that financial contributions will escalate to help the world’s poorest countries, like our neighbours in the Pacific, cut pollution and cope with the impacts of global warming.

This is an incredible vision. But it will remain a vision until we turn it into action.

Australia talked big in Paris but their rhetoric is far from the reality back home.

The Turnbull Government has just approved one of the biggest coal mines in the world – Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine. If it goes ahead, pollution from that single mine would almost entirely wipe out Australia’s pollution reduction commitments in Paris.

Our pollution targets were ranked amongst the worst in the industrialised world and put us on track for a world that is 3-4 degrees hotter.

The government still plans to dismantle renewable energy initiatives like the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

And Prime Minister Turnbull has made no new contribution to climate finance, instead re-gifting funds from an already diminished international aid budget.

Already the pressure on our government is mounting to turn this agreement into action back home. Now, we need to escalate our efforts to make sure Paris is a moment for our future, not a moment in the past.

In 2016, we’ll work with you to stop Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. And as we head into a federal election, we’ll push all political parties to stop subsidising dirty fuels, and instead create a clean energy transformation.

The Paris agreement has made this job easier as it sets big goals to live up to. With 200 countries agreeing to act together – an astounding diplomatic effort – the naysayers are looking pretty marginal now.

Nelson Mandela said, “It seems impossible until it is done.” The agreement is done.

So let’s fire up for what comes next.

Kelly

P.S. For some good analysis on the agreement check out The Guardian and the ABC.


This is what people power looks like

Wow. Just, wow.

In the last week of November, more than 140,000 people came together in 55 towns and cities right across our sunburnt country.

On the eve of the Paris climate negotiations, as world leaders gathered in Paris, we gathered in unprecedented numbers. We broke records. In every capital city, more people came to People’s Climate Marches than ever before.

Over that weekend, your power, your energy, your spirit beamed across the world’s media. What a beautiful sight.

You inspired people everywhere to get involved. And nearly a million people, at more than 2300 events in 175 countries, did.

To all of you who donated to make the weekend possible – thank you. And to those who couldn’t come but were there in spirit – thank you. To those who marched – we love you.

Together, we showed our political representatives, this is what people power looks like.

A rally on its own doesn’t change the world. We all know that.

People do. And together, we will.

Watch the video. Enjoy the photos. This is what people power looks like

This is yours. You created it. Thank you – and let's go!

From here on in, we’re all in.


We're taking the government to court

Right now, I’m at Brisbane’s Federal Court lodging a case to challenge the government’s irresponsible approval of the Carmichael coal mine.

We said we’ll do everything we can to stop this mine and protect the people, wildlife and places we love. That’s why we’re challenging Federal Environment Minister Hunt’s decision in court.

If it goes ahead it will be one of the biggest coal mines in the world. Burning the mine’s coal will create billions of tonnes of pollution, make climate change worse and irreversibly damage the Great Barrier Reef.

The Turnbull government’s decision undermines global efforts to cut pollution right before world leaders come together for the UN climate summit in Paris. At this tipping point, we should ban new coal, not build it.

Will you donate $20 to help our legal challenge to stop this mine once and for all?

Here’s why we’ve got a case.

Minister Hunt acknowledged that climate change is the biggest threat to the Reef. Yet he did not properly consider the impacts on the Reef caused by pollution from burning the mine’s coal.

It’s senseless. Scientists warn climate change will kill masses of coral this summer and warmer waters could bleach the Reef beyond recognition in just a few decades.

It takes courage to take on the government and the coal industry. But we've got plenty of that and the law on our side.

We all have a responsibility to hold the government to account for failing to uphold the law and protect our beautiful Reef.

Just $20 from you will help us reach our goal of $40,000 for legal fees to stop this mine – and protect our Reef.

In breaking news Friday, US President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline – proposed to pump tar sands from Canada. Communities ran an incredible campaign – and won!

Bill McKibben said President Obama is the "first world leader to shut down a big project on climate grounds. That's huge.” We think Prime Minister Turnbull should take note.

Every day, people across Australia and across the world are moving themselves away from the dirty coal era and into a bright future powered by clean energy.

Together, let’s stand for clean air and water, a healthy Reef and a future powered by sun, wind and waves.


People's Climate March – with bells on!

Grab a paintbrush, instrument or soapbox and make some People’s Climate March buzz!

On the last weekend of November, let’s fill our cities with a sea of colourful homemade costumes, puppets, banners and flags. Come dressed as a sun, a wind turbine or a superhero for the future. Carry a placard or banner calling for the world you want to see.

Think about what represents you – is it your favourite sport, your job, your culture, your hobby, your family? Get creative to show the world what you are marching for! Carry a family photo, wear your uniform, come in a suit or scrubs, high vis or high heels. Let's show the world the diversity we represent.

Want to get your creative juices flowing?

Come to a People’s Climate March crafternoon! Each weekend before the march, people across Australia are hosting crafternoons for their friends and communities to make props, banners, costumes, puppets and placards.

 

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Breaking news: Greg Hunt re-approves Carmichael Coal Mine

Just moments ago, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt made a decision that will have a huge impact on life on Earth.

He approved Adani's giant Carmichael Coal Mine - a move that blows apart global efforts to cut pollution and threatens life locally and globally.

It's reckless and irresponsible and shows a blatant disregard for the community.

But most of all it's senseless to prop up a dirty, dying industry while the rest of Australia and the world races to a bright future powered by clean energy.

We'll be doing everything we can to stop this mine and hold the government to account. And we'll be bringing people together for the biggest rally the world has ever seen ahead of November's global climate meeting. Will you stand with us?

If you're already coming, tell your friends and family. We're stronger when we stand together!

Where our federal government is failing, Australian states, cities and towns are embracing industries that support life, not destroy it.

South Australia and the ACT are leading the country on clean energy. Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide are racing to cut pollution.

Even regional towns like Lismore are racing ahead with a goal of 100 percent clean energy in 10 years.

Poll after poll shows Australians want clean air and water, a healthy Reef and a future powered by sun, wind and waves.

And countries around the world, from China, to the Netherlands to the USA all the way to Costa Rica are taking great leaps to leave the dirty energy of the past behind and embrace the clean energy of the future.

Minister Hunt should never have approved this mine. It's clear our environment laws are not strong enough to protect our air, water and wildlife from big polluters.

If it goes ahead, this one mine will add more pollution to global warming than the whole of New Zealand, drain billions of litres of precious groundwater, irreversibly damage our Reef and drive threatened wildlife like the Southern Black-throated Finch further towards extinction.

Don't be disheartened. We can stop this. Community power is achieving incredible things.

Minister Hunt's decision is so outrageous it will only drive more public support for cutting pollution and building a new generation of environment laws that properly protect our air, water, wildlife and the places we love.

Soon we'll power all of our cities and homes with 100 percent clean energy from the sun, wind and waves. Strong laws will protect life, our air will be cleaner and we'll restore land and water damaged by old mines.

We'll scrutinise this approval and do everything we can to make sure this disastrous mine is never built. We'll dance, sing and march in the streets to call for cuts to pollution. And we'll escalate our campaign for a new generation of environment laws.

When our government fails in its duty of care, it's up to all of us to hold them to account. Together, let's create the kind of world that embraces life, not destroys it.

We are marching because we know we can change the world when we work together. We want our politicians to listen to our communities and help us build a brighter and fairer future for all. Will you stand with us?


People's Climate March posters!

Help spread the word about the People’s Climate March in your community!

Visit the People's Climate March website for lots of beautiful free posters, as well as flyers and posters for city marches.

 

Put a poster:

  • in the front window of your house
  • ask your local cafe or shop to stick them up
  • pin them up on a public noticeboard in your local library or community meeting space

Note: in some council areas, postering is littering – so avoid public property, trees or posts.

Click on each poster to download the poster for your city.

Visit the People's Climate March website for lots more poster designs, as well as flyers and posters for city marches.


Will you come to the biggest climate march the world has ever seen?

As world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations climate summit, we, the people, will gather across Australia and march alongside people in hundreds of major cities around the world.

We will stand together as a happy, united, diverse and powerful community to show our political leaders our commitment to the better future we know is possible.

Creating that better future will see you and I working together with our communities, unions, religious leaders, business groups, Indigenous communities, health workers, explorers, dreamers and doers. From here on in, we're all in.

On the weekend of 27-29 November, bring your friends and neighbours to your nearest People's Climate March.

RSVP for your closest city!

Melbourne: 5.30pm, Friday 27 November 2015 – State Library

Cairns: 8am, Saturday 28 November, location TBC

Brisbane: 9.30am, Saturday 28 November, Queen's Park

Darwin: 4pm, Saturday 28 November, location TBC

Adelaide: 11am, Sunday 29 November 2015, location TBC

Canberra: 12pm, Sunday 29 November 2015, Federation Mall

Sydney: 1pm, Sunday 29 November 2015, location TBC

Hobart: 1pm, Sunday 29 November 2015, Parliament Lawns

Perth: 1pm, Sunday 29 November 2015, location TBC

Will you RSVP to show your support? Invite your friends!

We are marching because we know we can change the world when we work together.

We want our politicians to listen to our communities and help us build a brighter and fairer future for all.

This moment is the beginning of our future. Will you stand with us?

This changes everything: the film

In the lead up to the rally, we’re organising the premiere screening of the film, This Changes Everything. Like to come to the film?

Shot across five continents and nine countries, the film asks, what if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Featuring powerful portraits of communities on the front lines and Naomi Klein’s narration, the film is an urgent and hopeful wakeup call.

Where: Towns and cities across Australia

When: October and November, in the lead up to the People's Climate March

Book tickets: www.tugg.com/titles/this-changes-everything-aus