Big news. After years of political paralysis, yesterday the Australian Labor Party announced commitments to:
Power Australia with 50% clean and renewable energy by 2030 by cutting pollution, driving new investment in renewables and creating jobs. They also said no to domestic nuclear power and storing the world’s radioactive waste.
Strengthen the laws that protect life by refusing to hand over approval powers for environmentally damaging projects to under-resourced and conflicted state governments.
Restore life to our threatened wildlife by implementing threatened species recovery plans and limiting habitat loss – one of the greatest threats to our unique wildlife.
These are big steps and we commend the ALP. But if life is to thrive for generations to come, far greater commitments are needed, not just from the ALP but from all political parties.
The ALP’s announcement shows – if enough of us speak out, politicians do listen. They’re paying attention to the thousands of letters and emails you write, your meetings with local MPs, the rallies you join, and your countless conversations about the future you want.
Together, let’s keep breathing life into our democracy.
Thanks for all your heart and for never giving up.
Director of Campaigns
Australian Conservation Foundation
PS – ACF is non-partisan. We hold all political parties to account for their duty of care for our environment. We’ll call it when policies are going to damage the environment and we give credit where credit is due.