February 1st Is HUGE!

on Jan 23, 2012 ; Category: Uncategorized

February 1st is a huge day for Victorians concerned about climate change.

In 2007, the Howard Government awarded HRL – the proposed new coal fired power station for Victoria – a grant of $100 million. But 5 years later, HRL has failed to meet any conditions of this grant, and it is now under review. Recent media reports indicate it may be revoked, making it unlikely that HRL would ever be built.

This would be a massive win for us, and that’s why we’re joining with other groups to holding the biggest HRL rally yet. Together we can send a powerful reminder to the government about the strength of our opposition to HRL, and a big turn out could be decisive in turning the decision in our favour.

  • Where: Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne CBD
  • When: 12.30PM, Wednesday February 1st
  • Featuring: Special guest speakers Adam Bandt MP and Kelvin Thompson MP
  • Bring: Signs & Placards telling the government you want renewable energy & NO NEW COAL!
  • Share!: Be sure to click ‘attending’ on our facebook event and invite all your friends!

For a year we have fought this project, doing everything from locking on in treasury place, holding rallies, performing media stunts (including helping on the largest banner drops in Australian history), and collecting signatures on our massive joint petition with Greenpeace and Environment Victoria that netted almost 13,000 signatures.

More importantly, however, it would be a massive win for the planet. The International Energy Agency tells us that building new coal infrastucture will lock in dangerous global warming. A victory against HRL, then, is a victory against precisely the kind of greed and short-sigtedness that would do just that.

Please join us, then, and put February 1st in your diary as a day when we will draw a line in the sand and say No New Coal in Victoria!

PS Volunteers, we need you!

Can you help us by putting up some of these awesome movie spoof posters we’ve come up with for the rally? If you have some time and are willing to help make this rally a success, please contact Maude at mfarrugia@riseup.net to organize a time and an area to help at. Alternatively, you can print out your own and put them up just by clicking here: HRL Rally Poster PDF