Now or Never: Climate Election launched in Moruya

"Four Eurobodalla community groups have come together to promote climate action in the federal election. We will be out and about letting people know that our future is at stake," says Allan Rees of the group 350 Eurobodalla

350 Eurobodalla, SHASA (the Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance), The Coastwatchers Association and the Nature Coast Marine Group screened the film “Accelerate” followed by a forum on the Climate Election.

Rev Linda Chapman of St John’s Moruya, speaking for 350 Eurobodalla, said this is a critical time for Australia with an urgent need to take action on climate change. We should be having real conversations with people about climate change and what we can do.

Kathryn Maxwell of SHASA said, “SHASA has joined the Climate Election as our aim is to achieve a low carbon economy for the Eurobodalla and we now need a government to partner with to make this a reality.”

“As a community organisation with 20 active members we have achieved so much - 200 roof top solar systems through SHASA/MESA solar bulk buys, solar installs on a number of community organisations including Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club, Rally for Recovery, CWA Surfside, Anglicare facilities in Moruya and Narooma (Red Door Cafe and Monty's). “

“We need a partnership with government to increase renewable energy, see the install of electric car infrastructure across the Eurobodalla and have half of all new vehicles electric by 2030 - all necessary to achieve Australia's Paris Climate Commitments to keep temperature increase to a global average of 1.5 degrees.”

Derek Anderson of the Coastwatchers Association said "Environmental degradation has been occurring for far too long and no government so far has taken this seriously. This election is probably the last chance to convince the incoming government to prioritise the environment and climate change.”

“The Coastwatchers Association have been campaigning against land clearing and logging of native forests because these events are major contributors to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”

Jane Elek of the Nature Coast Marine Group explained the impact higher sea temperatures and a more acidic ocean is having on shellfish and other sea creatures. The south coast is experiencing a rapid increase in water temperature.

Allan Rees of 350 Eurobodalla said, “People who came along got behind the NOW sign to show our determination to accelerate climate action. It’s Now or Never for climate action.”

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