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Solar Our Schools: State of Play

Since July 2020, we have united more than 11,000 parents behind Solar Our Schools - asking the Federal Government to fund solar and batteries for every school and early childhood centre in Australia.

We are now calling on individual states and territories to progress a state and federal partnership on Solar Our Schools.

So far, State Governments have made wildly differing levels of progress towards putting solar and batteries on public schools, with absolutely no support for solar and batteries on independent schools or early childhood centres.

We need your help! Write to your State Education Ministers asking them to work in partnership with the Federal Government, to support funding Solar Our Schools and remove barriers to its implementation.

Click on your location to write a letter to your State's Education Minister: NSW Vic Qld SA WA Tas NT ACT

What else can you do to progress Solar Our Schools?

Sign and share the Open Letter.

Sign up as a Solar Our Schools Champion to get involved at a state and local level.

Donate to the campaign to Solar Our Schools.

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Infographic sources:

Federal: http://www.industry.gov.au/Energy/EnergyEfficiency/Documents/NSSP-Evaluation-Report-Final.pdf, p13

NSW: https://nsw.liberal.org.au/Shared-Content/News/2020/POWERING-OUR-PUBLIC-SCHOOLS-INTO-THE-FUTURE/ and https://www.solarmyschool.org.au/

Vic: https://reneweconomy.com.au/victoria-seeks-600mw-wind-and-solar-to-power-hospitals-schools-and-trains-20495/

Qld: https://qed.qld.gov.au/programs-initiatives/det/building-education/major-projects-and-initiatives/advancing-clean-energy-schools-program 

SA: South Australian Department of Education

WA: https://reneweconomy.com.au/w-a-to-spend-66m-on-solar-and-batteries-for-schools-communities-and-social-housing-92719/ 

https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/09/McGowan-Government-launches-solar-schools-program-for-regions.aspx#:~:text=Education%20and%20Training%20Minister%20Sue,public%20schools%20throughout%20Western%20Australia.

Tas: Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance Inc.

NT: http://newsroom.nt.gov.au/mediaRelease/31965

ACT: https://www.anao.gov.au/work/performance-audit/management-national-solar-schools-program

 

Image: Map Australia Divided In States from Vector.me


Make the climate safe: tell your politician you support strong action

A kangaroo mum and joey in after a bushfire. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur
We must demand urgent action to secure a safe and liveable future for our children.

 

A small group of politicians are stalling climate action to protect coal and gas profits. We need local representatives that speak for us.

More than 67% of voters believe the federal government needs to be doing more to address climate change. It’s time our the Members of Parliament that represent us turn words into action.

We need to send a strong signal: we care about making the climate safe for our kids.

A federal election could be called at any moment. Right now, MPs and local candidates are listening to what voters care about - that means us.

Add your voice now and empower parents in your electorate to take your support directly to your election candidates.

It's up to us to create the change. Our kids are depending on us. We can’t sit this one out.

 

 

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Petition: I want my politician to commit to a strong climate plan for 2030

Add your voice now and we will deliver your support directly to your federal election candidates

 

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Great conversations: engaging people in climate action

How do you overcome the awkward, have great climate conversations and transform your community to take more action on climate?

Welcome to our recording of this free online training, to help empower yourself.

You’ll learn 5 top tips for effective climate conversations – to build your confidence and knowledge in having conversations from Climate for Change’s Ajaya Haikerwal.  And have an exclusive opportunity to hear about upcoming key political opportunities to make the next year a huge one for climate action.

 

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Poll after poll shows the vast majority of the Australian community want climate action urgently.

But many people who are concerned about climate change – people we all know, like friends, family and colleagues – do not act on climate change, they may even find it hard to engage in conversations about it. Why is that? Find out and empower yourself to have effective conversations that will help shift the inactive into action. Only then will we gain the momentum needed to shift the dial on this issue. 

DURING THE WEBINAR WE EXPLORE:

  • 5 top tips for effective climate conversations – build your confidence and knowledge in having conversations through these handy frameworks with Climate for Change’s Partnership Manager Ajaya Haikerwal. 
  • Plus have time to connect with amazing community members from across the movement – and work together to identify which people in your life you will have conversations with this year
  • The why and who of climate action – hear the inside scoop from ACF’s Climate Change Program Manager Gavan McFadzean on:
    • The key political opportunities we have to make 2021/22 a huge year for climate action
    • Why people who are concerned about climate are so politically relevant, and important for us to motivate them to act.
  • Federal election plans – movement partners Australian Parents 4 Climate Action, CANA Network Support Team, Climate for Change, Doctors for the Environment Australia and Australian Conservation Foundation will all share their plans for the federal election with you.
We can’t wait to work together on using our voices to motivate others to act. 

This webinar was co-hosted by a team of Climate Action Network Australia (CANA) partners: Australian Parents 4 Climate Action, CANA Network Support Team, Climate for Change, Doctors for the Environment Australia, Australian Conservation Foundation


Australian parents: Stop fossil fuels from polluting our education

The Australian curriculum must be protected from fossil fuel lobby groups seeking to rewrite facts in our children’s education, says Australian Parents for Climate Action (AP4CA).

 

A review of the national curriculum is currently open for  public consultation  and has received a submission from Australia’s chief fossil fuels lobby group, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

 

AP4CA, which represents over 14,000 parents and carers, welcomes revisions proposed by The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to the National School Curriculum’s existing sustainability cross-curriculum priority, which highlight the impact of human behavior on climate change and the potential for human innovation to ensure a safe climate for future generations. 



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Sign the petition: Protect our kids from climate harm

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Australian kids just made history:

The Federal Court of Australia has enshrined more climate protection for our children into law.

On July 8, Judge Bromberg confirmed that the Federal Environment Minister has a duty of care to avoid causing personal injury and death to Australian children from carbon emissions when approving a coal extension project (Sharma v Minister for the Environment). 

But that protection for our children is now under threat.

The Federal Government has signaled its intention to appeal the declaration and to avoid its duty of care to protect Aussie kids from injury or death from climate change. 

Eight kids won this declaration for all Australian children alive today. Now they need our support.

We must defend the rights of children not to suffer injury or death from climate change as a result of any government intent on approving new fossil fuel projects. If Australian families show their support, we can demonstrate the public mandate is for the government to support this declaration and not to waste public funds in fighting it.

Demand the Federal Environment Minister support the rights of children to be protected from climate harm and to wholeheartedly apply this lawful duty of care in all decisions made by the Environment Minister.

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To the Hon Sussan Ley MP,

We urge you to support the recent Federal Court declaration that the Environment Minister has a duty to avoid causing personal injury and death to Australian children from carbon emissions when approving coal extension projects. 

You have the power and the duty of care to protect our children against the catastrophic harms of climate change fuelled by fossil fuel projects. And we urge you to apply this duty of care in all of the decisions made by the Environment Minister and enshrine this duty of care into law.

Signed, Australian mums, dads, grandparents, carers, and family members.

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Parents head to the climate strike – to fight for their kids’ future

21 May 2021

 

Thousands of parents and grandparents around Australia are being schooled by student Climate Strikers, at colourful local events calling for climate action.

Suzie Brown, mother and National Director of Australian Parents for Climate Action said: “Australian parents are joining their kids to take the day off work and school to attend the Climate Strikes today. The School Strike 4 Climate leaders are still teenagers, but they are showing Australian adults what leadership on climate change looks like.”

“As parents we have to be there in solidarity with our kids who, let’s face it, are going to be the ones to really bear the brunt of more droughts, storms and fires if we don’t act on the dire science warnings about climate change,” said Brown.

 

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Transforming Climate Grief

 

Australian Parents for Climate Action, with support from School Strike 4 Climate, hosted an Expert Panel Q&A

"Transforming Climate Grief" on Monday 10 May 2021 at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

with special guests Author Jonica Newby, Climate Striker Jasmine Bowtell, and Psychologist Susie Burke.

This special online Zoom event has now been packaged for future enjoyment.

ABOUT:

We know that many Australian parents are suffering from climate grief and anxiety - and we want to empower you to know how to parent in the face of climate grief, and to transform your grief into action. So we've invited three experts to provide practical tools, personal experience and good advice on how to deal with our fear and sadness about the impact of climate change on our world and our kids' future in a constructive way. More details about our Special Guest Speakers below.

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Featuring:

JONICA NEWBY

How do we find courage when climate change overwhelms us? "Beyond Climate Grief" is a personal story by award-winning science reporter Jonica Newby exploring how to navigate the emotional turmoil of climate change. Jonica is a science reporter, author, TV presenter and director best known for her two decades on ABC TV’s popular weekly science program, Catalyst. She has twice won the Eureka Award, Australia’s most prestigious science journalism prize, and is a recipient of a World TV Award. Originally trained as a veterinarian, her first book was The Animal Attraction.

JASMINE BOWTELL

Jasmine has been wanting to vote since she was 16 — and is excited to be able to exercise this right at the next election! She lives in Zali Stegall’s electorate, and whilst she says Zali has done so much for the Northern Beaches area, Jasmine and her community are still facing a proposed gas plant across the beaches from Manly to Newcastle.

"Gas isn’t the future and this proposal isn’t okay: our water systems will be polluted, tourist industries will be ruined, and it will impact the livelihood of so many people. I live 15 minutes away from Manly and it is one of my favourite places in the world — I cannot sit back and watch my childhood be shovelled away by a government invested in dirty fossil fuels like gas.

I'm both passionate about equality and the environment and I won't stop striking until someone speaks up and owns up to the action we want! If we pressurize the government I hope we can make transformative change. I'm also a big feminist and I believe that we all should be able to live a life free from oppression and imbalance. I'm 17 and I'm in my final year of school balancing it all, but I will always make sure the future is bright and that I inspire as many people as possible. 

I joined the climate movement in 2020 and I've been hooked since, I love it soo much and I have a raging passion for life and social justice. One day I would love to be in a parliament and show that women are strong and powerful and that we don't need men to tell us our worth."

DR SUSIE BURKE

Dr Susie Burke is an environmental psychologist and she's on a mission to enhance community wellbeing and promote action on climate change through her consultancy work with environmental and community agencies, and in her private practice as a psychologist.

Her work examines how climate change impacts on people’s mental health, and how people across the country are coming to terms with the climate emergency and engaging with the problems and solutions.

Dr Burke specialises in pro-environmental behaviour, coping with climate change, talking with children about the environment, preparing for natural disasters, and psychosocial recovery in the aftermath of disasters. And she's also a parent of a school striker!


Meet your local action group!

The Australian Parents for Climate Action (AP4CA) local group network is a critical source of power to effect change and protect our children’s future. We have local AP4CA groups across all Australian states and territories, check out the locations below.

They're welcoming and supportive, and we would love to meet you online or in person! If you are a parent, carer, family member or anyone who cares about kids, to advocate for urgent action on climate. Get involved!

Our Parent Groups are action-oriented, locally connected and all over the country. We plan family-friendly, non-partisan activities that engage communities, engage politicians in climate solutions, and amplify positive stories.

Why join a local group of parents who care about a safe climate?

  • Connect with families in your local community
  • Empower and educate your community with positive solutions
  • Win local and national campaigns
  • Develop constructive relationships with key decision makers
  • Amplify positive stories through local and social media
  • Build and strengthen a strong climate movement across the country

If there is no local group near you, please email us to see if we can connect you with local parents who want to take action on climate. Or perhaps you'd like to start a group in your local area? We'd love to support you.


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Join us in fighting for climate solutions!

We are 15,000 + concerned parents like you who want our government and big business to take more action on climate.

Together we advocate for positive solutions, aiming for a safer future for our children.

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