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GetUp! rally to support carbon price

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The research on climate change and its risks I have been undertaking for the past twenty years have convinced me that the risks of not taking action are far worse than the risks inherent in any sensible action. The current proposal before the Federal Government’s Multi-Party Climate Change Committee is if anything, too modest and certainly does not pose any long-term harm to the Australian economy. Any reform will carry some difficulty in its transitional phase and adding a carbon price to the economy is no different. The sooner that transition is managed, the sooner we get get on with developing an economy that accounts for the externalities of future damages.

The benefits of avoided damages are under-estimated by conventional economic modelling. There is a discernible anthropogenic signal in recent fires and floods, which are already costing billions of dollars. These have not been incorporated into the modelling undertaken by the Garnaut team or by Treasury. This implies strongly that future costs are also under-estimated. The carbon price has yet to be settled on but is likely to be in the vicinity of A$20-$25 per tonne CO2.

GetUp! is organising a rally in Melbourne next Saturday March 12 to counter the manufactured outrage of opponents to climate policy and the scare campaign currently being run. Details over the fold in the form of a letter from Simon Sheik, GetUp! director.

Dear Friends,

The fear campaign against a price on pollution has become so absurd that talkback radio hosts are claiming that a price on pollution means the end of our economy and life as we know it. Independent MPs are even receiving death threats.

Now, these same radio hosts have joined with climate deniers and far-right politicians to organise anti-climate action rallies as part of Tony Abbott’s “people’s revolt”. They start on Saturday outside Julia Gillard’s electorate office in Melbourne. We must make sure that on the other side of town, our movement comes together to present the positive, mainstream views that hard-line ‘shock jocks’ prefer to ignore.

If we’re successful, the media won’t be able report on the anti-carbon price rallies without also reporting that more people turned out to express support for a price on pollution.

Can you join us?

Where: Treasury Place, Melbourne. (Outside Julia Gillard’s Melbourne Office)
When: This Saturday (March 12) at 11am

Right wing shock jock Chris Smith said last week on MTR radio: “I’ll do my best on a daily basis to spread the word”. We don’t have a radio network to promote our rally, but GetUp members have proved before that, when it counts, we’re willing to publicly show how much we care about clean energy & climate action.

I was in Canberra last week and almost every politician and journalist I met with talked to me about the anti-climate action rallies. They’re spooked. I assured them that the campaign for climate action was just as strong — and now, we need to demonstrate this.

That’s why it’s so important we join together for a few hours this Saturday March 12 — not to have a louder, angrier rally, but to show the difference in both size and tone. While they’re shouting their angry slogans and misinformation, on the other side of Melbourne we’ll hold a positive, family-friendly gathering to stand up for our vision for clean energy and preserving a safe climate for our kids.

With your help, we’ll prove there are more of us than there are of them and in doing so we’ll make a powerful statement.

See you this Saturday.

Simon Sheikh
National Director
for the GetUp team

P.S. We’re counting on more then just your presence. We counting on your creativity (as you make a clever homemade banner if you can) and your persuasiveness (as you charm your friends into joining you).


Written by Roger Jones

March 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm

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