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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.
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.
Come on, let's make some noise!
Here is some expert tips on writing a punchy and personal letter to the editor:
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
- Grab a copy of your local paper or read it online to get a feel for the letters section – how many are printed, average length, types of topics covered, tone.
MAKE IT PUNCHY
- Be considered and critical where necessary, but avoid ranting. You are trying to convince people, not shut them out.
- Keep your letter short and succinct: 150-250 words is a good guide. Less is more.
WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT SOLAR OUR SCHOOLS
Focus on the positives – Solar Our Schools is great for:
- Jobs and post-COVID economy
- Saving schools money in electricity bills
- Schools being able to re-allocate money saved from power bills into more teachers or educational resources
- Millions of tonnes per year carbon emission reduction
- While some schools/states have made progress with respect to solar, Solar Our Schools calls for every school and early childhood centre to receive solar and batteries – renewable power for all, not just a few.
- You could mention that you have signed the Open Letter to the Prime Minister to Solar Our Schools and you would like other people in your community to sign the open letter too.
- Or you could mention how you've made a Pre-Budget Submission to the federal government so they will (hopefully!) include Solar Our Schools in the next budget. You care what your taxes are spent on!
MAKE IT LOCAL
Make it relevant to the readership – why should other locals care about the points you are making?
- Do schools in your area desperately need solar?
- Are classrooms too hot, and the best way to cool them would be air-conditioners powered by solar?
- Is there something else about Solar Our Schools or AP4CA that you think would interest your local Member of Parliament?
MAKE IT PERSONAL
Mention your perspective as a parent:
- What kind of world would you like to see your children grow up in?
- What do you worry about as a parent when it comes to climate change?
- What does Solar Our Schools mean to you and your family personally?
- Sign your name rather than just your school/organisation.
SUBMITTING YOUR LETTER
- The paper (or online version) will provide contact details – a general editorial email address, contact details for the editor or instructions on how to submit a ‘letter to the editor’.
- Be sure to follow any specific instructions about your letter (format/word length/content).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
28 JANUARY 2021
AUSTRALIAN PARENTS for Climate Action has renewed calls for the Federal Government to prioritise funding for solar panels on every school and early childhood education centre in Australia, ahead of the deadline for public submissions for the next Federal Budget.Read more
We call on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Solar Our Schools by funding solar and batteries for every school and early childhood centre in Australia (with means-tested grants for privately-owned schools and for-profit early learning centres).
Solar Our Schools will:
- Create at least 6,870 renewable energy jobs in all regions of Australia.
- Slash school energy bills which frees up more funds for learning resources - save large schools $114,000 in energy bills per year and small schools $12,700 per year (Beyond Zero Emissions).
- Save millions of tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
Prime Minister Morrison, it's the perfect way to stimulate our economy.