Door Knocking in Campbell’s Creek for Renewable Energy
Posted on 30 May 2011 by e-news
Saturday the 28thof May: National Door knock to Unlock Clean Energy.
It’s a cool & overcast afternoon in Campbell’s Creek & 10 MASG members are out door knocking as part of the National Door knock to Unlock Clean Energy, part of the 100% Renewable Energy Campaign.
We could be at home, catching up on chores, hanging out with the kids, pulling out the weeds…..a million other things, but like hundreds of others we are volunteering with the 100% renewable energy campaign in cities & towns right across Australia, and we are out talking to people in their homes about renewable energy, about what this country could be like and most importantly, listening to what they think our political leaders should be doing.
We have asked people if they want more support for renewable energy, if they want to see a price put on pollution, if they want to see community owned wind & solar in our area: and the resounding response was yes, yes, yes.
This is just some of the quotes from what the people of Campbell’s Creek told us this afternoon.
This is their words when asked what THEY would like to tell our elected representatives when we gave them the results of our survey:
Listen to the people for God’s sake; listen to the person, that’s what you’re elected for.
Wake-up to yourselves!
Get real, this is life or death…we need a higher rate of carbon tax, not something too piffly
Go ahead with Renewables. God gave us a brain, it’s up to us to use it, there has been enough talk. (Mary 92 years old)
For God’s sake get your act together. Too much pussyfooting around, just get on with it.
Provide more incentives for retrofitting and solar hot water
If solar was reliable enough and affordable I would support it
Cleaner energy is a good idea, but it must not impact on the poor
It’s the way of the future, take action now
Have a crack at it, change happens
More funding for Renewables
Take it to parliament and give it a go
Push it and go ahead, stop pandering to the lowest common denominator
Keep up with the promise to assist solar and wind
We need to act now. We need to be proactive in our decision making
Don’t put all your eggs into the dirty coal basket- it’s vital to have a mixture of energy sources
Get on and do it
Get off your butt and do more
Invest in renewable energy will be dollars positive
Listen to the people and be accountable- we should do more for renewable energy
We need to start moving to address climate change now and not deny it. Start doing it!
This weekend the Multi Party Climate Change Committee was meeting in Canberra. Over the next four weeks they will decide whether the revenue raised from taxing Australia’s 1000 biggest polluting companies will be used to build a renewable energy future….or go back to line the pockets of the big polluters.
So as I’m typing in all the results of our door knocking conversations I’m looking forward to these results joining with the thousands and thousands of other surveys undertaken by groups from right across Australia.
I’m looking forward to seeing those results tabled in Parliament.
I’m looking forward to presenting the results of today’s survey and asking our local MP, Steve Gibbon, to stand up for us and demand that his Government uses a substantial amount of the revenue from the pollution price drive new investment in renewable energy.
And I know that Mary & her neighbours in Campbell’s Creek, and the hundreds of others we have spoken to in the Mount Alexander Shire over the last few months, are looking forward to hearing back from Steve Gibbons. They want to know what he is going to do to ensure that his Government represents the people & not the polluters.