From Paul Sinclair at the Australian Conservation Foundation ~~~~
ACF had a simple story to tell before the federal election. Australia needs an economy that supports life – not pollutes it. We need clean energy, a safe climate, and a strong future for the indigenous people and ecosystems of Northern Australia.
Welcome to thousands of new supporters who jumped in during the election campaign. And for those with us for months, years, and decades, thank you.
Our national media didn’t get around to covering the environment during the election. Disappointing. Even so, we reached hundreds of thousands of Australians online.
It was no surprise that the Coalition won enough seats in the House of Representatives to form Government. But no one took bets on the Australian Sports Party or the Motoring Enthusiasts grabbing comfy Senate seats for the next six years. Seven independent senators might get elected.
The Senate is critical because it has the power to protect or repeal laws to reduce pollution or safeguard our environment. We’ll need your help telling the story of our economy and our environment to the new Senators and local representatives over coming months.
Across the environment movement groups are joining forces on climate and environmental laws. On big issues – like the Coalition’s plan to roll back World Heritage protection for Tasmania’s forests – industry, union and environment groups are working together. These are good signs.
I have a post-it note on my desk with a quote from Nelson Mandela scrawled on it,
“Time and again, conflicts are resolved through shifts that were unimaginable at the start”.
Now is the time to reach out and form new alliances, creating new stories of the kind of world we want to live in.
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Dr Paul Sinclair
Director of Environmental Campaigns