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Shouldn’t we just work to change the government?

Shouldn’t we just work to change the government? To hell with non-partisanship!

Answer

As frustrating as the lack of action is, ours is a long-term strategy. This election is important. But so is every day and every parliament that comes after. We need a strategy that improves the climate policies of every government - for the duration of our children’s lives, not just this one. So, if Australian Parents for Climate Action ditches the trust we’ve built through genuine non-partisanship by supporting or opposing parties or politicians, we lose the chance to engage decision makers on climate in the future. There are many other organisations in the climate movement who are better placed to agitate. Our unique role is to unite all sides of politics around a common agenda for a better climate future. That’s part of our power - we get a seat at the table, when many other groups are excluded. What happens in one location is communicated through political circles (very quickly) and may affect Australian Parents for Climate Action supporters’ relationships with other decision makers. So, we choose to be genuinely non-partisan, because our kids’ climate is too important to leave to party politics. And it’s working - already more than 100 candidates have signed our pledge to support Solar Our Schools. This is a tremendous platform we can build on.

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