New coal-fired power stations face community campaign

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Local climate action group Safe Climate has planned a campaign calling on the Western Australian government to reverse approval for five new and refurbished coal-fired power stations.

The campaign will include: an ambitious goal to get 10,000 signatures on a petition opposing the new coal developments before the end of the year; a poster design campaign; and a rally in December.

Safe Climate is also discussing possible civil disobedience actions.

The campaign will be launched at an October 10 action, as part of the 350.org 10/10/10 Global Work Party day of action.

Safe Climate activist Kamala Emanuel told Green Left Weekly: “Safe Climate formed in the wake of last year’s climate summit to campaign for 100% renewable energy within 10 years.”

“Stopping these new power stations is the front line of working for a safe climate future — if we can’t stop these now, it’s difficult to see how we can achieve more far-reaching goals.

“One of the aims with the petition campaign — which is ambitious given our relatively small number of activists — is to try to reach out to the large numbers on our supporter list and to others who care about the climate to give them a very specific and helpful role they can play in the campaign.

“And of course the petition campaign is leading up to a big rally in December.”

[Safe Climate can be contacted via http://www.safeclimate.org.au or Ph 0417 319 662.]

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