Write to your MP to help Solar Our Schools!
The Federal government is looking at how it can create jobs and help us get the economy moving after the COVID-19 shutdown - and we have a great project they can get behind: solar and batteries for every school and early learning centre that does not yet have them (about half of them nation-wide!).
It's a perfect way to create jobs right across the country - as well as cutting our carbon emissions and saving the schools a lot of money too!
We'd love you to write to your local politicians and ask them to get behind Solar Our Schools and take it to the PM for us.
TAKE ACTION: WRITE TO YOUR POLITICIANS TO ASK THEM TO SUPPORT SOLAR OUR SCHOOLS
Below is a template letter, easy to copy to your own email, that we'd love you to send to your local Federal Member of Parliament. While you're there you could also send it to the Senators for your state too!
Please edit and personalise this letter before you send it - if MPs get lots of the exact same letter they put them in the "Ignore" folder!
Your letter will be most effective if you:
- tell them you are a voter in their electorate - this is important to them!
- tweak it to make it personal - eg. describe your family, or talk about your local school or child care.
- ask for a reply so that the letter has to go through a process of getting responded to.
- send it via email - but for extra impact, post the letter on paper and even include a photo of your child or a drawing from them!
Find your Federal MP's and Senators' addresses here (use the search box at the bottom of the page). You have one MP for your electorate and several Senators for your state or territory - please write to them all!
Please tell us who you send it to, and any responses! You can let us know via our Facebook group or email us at email@example.com. Thank you!
Dear MP (or Senator),
I live in your electorate and I’m writing to ask you to ensure that the economic stimulus in response to COVID-19 be focused on creating local, clean energy jobs.
In particular, I would like the government to fund solar panels and batteries for all schools, child care centres and preschools in Australia. Private schools and early childhood centres should be means-tested so that only the lower-income ones get support.
I think this is a perfect way to create jobs, support an important industry and help cut Australia's carbon emissions at the same time.
Research by Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) shows that if every school and early childhood centre that does not yet have solar were to get solar and batteries, at least 6,870 renewable energy jobs would be created in all regions of Australia.
As well, having solar and batteries will slash school energy bills which frees up more funds for learning resources. The BZE research shows that solar and batteries would save large schools $114,000 in energy bills per year and small schools $12,700 per year. That's a lot of money that could be spent on more teachers, books or classrooms!
And the planet would benefit too! A program of solar and batteries for all schools and early childhood centres who don't currently have solar would save at least 1.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
This program is a win-win-win for schools, families and our children's future.
I would like to see the Federal government fund this program in the October budget. We need your help to make this happen - will you take this to your party and to the parliament and seek Cabinet support for this program?
I look forward to hearing from you.