Petition for No More Bad Investments in Victoria
To the Parliament of Victoria
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 that is approved puts us all in even greater peril and makes recovery even harder. It is a failure of a parliamentarian’s duty of care to encourage or allow new projects that increase the risk of disastrous climate impacts. We all deserve better.
As a first step, this ‘no more bad investment’ legislation should ban all new coal, oil, and gas projects and all new native forest logging projects within Victoria. No new fossil fuel exploration or extraction projects. No new fossil fuel infrastructure projects. No new destruction of native forests or other high-value natural carbon sinks.
The resultant market certainty would facilitate the rapid roll-out of climate-safe alternatives in sectors such as the electricity sector where safe alternatives are already available, and underpin efforts to develop affordable climate-safe alternatives in sectors where an immediate ban is not yet practical.
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 Victoria or not. Anything the Victorian government does that affects climate will affect everyone in all parts of Australia, and indeed anywhere in the world.
Australian Forests and Climate Alliance (http://www.forestsandclimate.org.au/)
Environment Victoria (https://environmentvictoria.org.au)
CACE – Community Action in the Climate Emergency (http://www.caceonline.org)
CORENA – Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia (https://corenafund.org.au/)
Environmental Justice Australia (http://www.envirojustice.org.au/)
Environment East Gippsland (http://www.eastgippsland.net.au)
YCAN- Yarra Climate Action Now (http://ycan.org.au/)
See the Vic NMBI Action Kit if you’d like to help make this a campaign issue in the leadup to the 2018 Victorian state elections.
This petition to the Victorian 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.
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