Petition for No More Bad Investments in SA
To the Parliament of South Australia
We petition you to enact legislation to ban all new investment in projects that contribute to global warming. Bans should apply immediately where safe alternatives are already available.
Climate impacts are already killing people and destroying ecosystems. Every new climate-damaging project you approve puts us all in even greater peril and makes recovery even harder. You are failing in your duty of care if you encourage or allow new projects that increase the risk of disastrous climate impacts. It is madness for us to allow governments to get away with putting us at risk. We deserve better.
As a first step, this ‘no more bad investment’ legislation should ban all new coal, oil, and gas projects within South Australia. No new gas-fired power stations. No new gas exploration or extraction projects. No drilling for oil in the Bight. No coal gasification.
The resultant market certainty would mean renewable energy and energy efficiency alternatives would rush to meet demand with little or no financial incentive from government.
Numerous companies are already vying to build solar thermal with storage, grid-level storage via batteries or pumped hydro, and more solar and wind power to operate in conjunction with that storage. Similarly, innovations in all the other climate-damaging sectors of the economy will emerge once there is legislative certainty.
There is no need to put our people and ecosystems at greater risk by allowing investment in climate-damaging projects. We can power our state without sacrificing our future.
Please sign this petition regardless of whether you live in South Australia or not. Anything the SA government does that affects climate will affect everyone in all parts of Australia, and indeed anywhere in the world.
Conservation Council SA (https://www.conservationsa.org.au/)
CACE – Community Action in the Climate Emergency (http://www.caceonline.org)
Environmental Justice Australia (http://www.envirojustice.org.au/)
See the NMBI Action Kit if you’d like to help make this a campaign issue in the leadup to the SA state elections in March 2018.
This petition to the SA state parliament focuses on just one component of the Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilisation program called for in our petition to all levels of government in Australia. State governments have the power to ban specific types of projects within their own state, so successful campaigns to have state/territory governments ban climate-damaging projects would achieve one of the aims of the nation-wide climate emergency mobilisation campaign.
If you’ve not yet done so, please consider also signing the climate emergency declaration petition to all levels of government at cedamia.org/sign.
Collect hard copy signatures
Download the above sheets as a pdf file, print, and ask people to sign at stalls, markets, public events, or anywhere really!