Yes 2 Renewables is the Friends of the Earth’s renewable energy campaign.
Victoria now faces a choice between polluting fossil fuel and clean renewable energy. The former harms human health and warms the climate; the latter provides jobs, investment and energy security for communities.
While the majority of Victorians strongly support renewable energy, the Baillieu government has chosen to ignore the public’s preference. Rather than championing renewable energy, the Baillieu government’s energy policy keeps the state tied to a fossil fuelled future.
The Yes 2 Renewables campaign calls for a fair go for wind farms and policies that encourage the rollout of other renewable energy technologies—solar, wave, and geothermal.
A smart energy agenda will deliver Victorians:
- Jobs and investment
- Energy security
- Income for farmers
- Protection from electricity price rises
- Climate change solutions
Friends of the Earth is a membership-based organisation. You can join us here or support our work here. We are completely independent of corporate interests and need the support of individuals to keep campaigning. For more information about the campaign or to get involved, email leigh.ewbank [at] foe.org.au
Cam Walker is Friends of the Earth Australia’s campaigns coordinator. Cam has been active on environment and climate justice issues for more than 20 years. He has lectured Environmental Politics and Change Theory at RMIT University, and is currently working with communities on the issue of coal seam gas and new coal proposals. You can follow Cam’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/cam_walker
Leigh is FoE’s current Yes 2 Renewables community coordinator. Leigh has been engaged in climate and energy debates for years. In 2009, Leigh was a fellow at the California-based progressive think tank, the Breakthrough Institute. In Australia, Leigh has had his commentary on climate and energy politics published by the National Times, ABC’s The Drum, Crikey, and The Geelong Advertiser. More recently, Leigh has lectured the Urban Planning and Energy and Energy Policy and Management courses at RMIT University, Melbourne. You can follow Leigh’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/theRealEwbank
Ben was Yes 2 Renewables campaigner in 2011-12. Ben has a passion renewable energy technology and a track record supporting measures that reflect the scale and urgency of the climate emergency. Ben has a background as a fitter and turner (mechanical engineering trade). Ben now works with Australia’s leading climate change and energy think tank Beyond Zero Emissions. You can follow Ben’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/bencourtice