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Write a letter to your candidates, or post comments and questions on their Social Media pages to show them that Canberra cares about climate change.

Letter Writing

You may want to write a letter or email your candidates directly. 350.org Canberra Logo Conservation Council ACT LogoClick on the links below and use our online tool to write a letter to candidates in your electorate.

If you need to find your electorate, the ACT Electoral Commission website has the information for you. Below is the sample  letter that you can personalise.

 

Dear Candidate,

Canberra is leading the world on action and taking the politics out of climate change. We are one of the only places in the world to have cross-partisan support for strong climate action.

The ACT Government has stronger targets than anywhere else in Australia, and most of the world, including:

  • 100% renewable energy by 2020
  • 40% reduction in emissions (on 1990 levels) by 2020
  • zero net emissions by 2050
  • divestment from fossil fuel companies

These targets, or stronger, are supported by all the major political parties (Greens, Labor, Liberals), and Canberra citizens alike – in 2016 90% of Canberrans agree that climate change is a problem, and 80% believe the ACT Government needs to act urgently.

The ACT Government has already acted to achieve the 2020 targets. Earlier this year, as part of Action Plan 2, Environment Minister Simon Corbell signed the contracts for 100% renewable electricity. This secures a 40% emissions reduction by 2020 for the ACT.

We celebrate that Canberra is well along the path to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. We need to do this for the planet, ourselves and a safe climate future for all. We commend the world leading targets of the ACT and the cross partisan support for them.

But reports suggest they are still not enough (1, 2, 3, 4).

We need bolder targets that align with the science of climate change. We also need to have a plan for how to achieve these targets. We need action, not words.

If anywhere can do it, Canberra can.

As a candidate in the ACT Election 2016, I’m asking you:

  • Do you support bold action on climate change that aligns with the science?
  • Will you take the politics out of climate change and work with all parties to get Canberra to zero net emissions ASAP?
  • What would you do within 100 days of forming Government to set the path for delivering strong action on climate change and meeting the targets you’ve set?
  • How will you ensure creative community driven consultation in 2017 to develop a plan for how we get to zero emissions ASAP?
  • Will you amend legislation to include regular reviews of our targets with community consultation?
  • Will you commit to a timetable for complete divestment of ACT Govt investments from fossil fuel projects / companies (as the ACT Government has already committed to fossil fuel divestment)? What timeframe would you propose?

As someone who aspires to be a leader in the ACT, you have the opportunity to develop bolder climate action for Canberra. I care deeply about this issues – it will impact on my vote and continue to inspire me to act in our community. 

I expect and will welcome action from you.

 

Social Media Questions

Congratulate your candidates for supporting the strong climate targets of the ACT and ask them to support bolder action that aligns with climate science. You may want to ask some of the following questions on social media. You can find your candidates through these links – ACT GreensACT LaborCanberra Liberals – or by searching their names on social media. And don’t forget to use the hashtags! #ACTonclimate #actpol #auspol

  • Do you support bold action on climate change that aligns with the science?
  • Will you take the politics out of climate change and work with all parties to get Canberra to zero net emissions ASAP?
  • What would you do within 100 days of forming Government to set the path for delivering strong action on climate change and meeting the targets you’ve set?
  • How will you ensure creative community driven consultation in 2017 to develop a plan for how we get to zero emissions ASAP?
  • Will you amend legislation to include regular reviews of our targets with community consultation?
  • Will you commit to a timetable for complete divestment of ACT Govt investments from fossil fuel projects / companies (as the ACT Government has already committed to fossil fuel divestment)? What timeframe would you propose?

Authorised by C. McPhail for 350.org Canberra.

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