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Fossil Fuels

People and nature rely on a safe climate. Australia has the power to make a real impact on preventing dangerous climate change.
Continuing to burn fossil fuels at the current rate will lead to catastrophic climate change.  The International Energy Agency recently warned that unless we act now, we could face warming of up to 6 degrees by the end of the century. We know we need to keep warming well below dangerous 2 degree levels, and the Climate Council tells us we have a total remaining global emission budget of around 600 billion tonnes if we are to do that. 
 
Australia is one of the world’s largest coal exporters and is positioning itself to become the largest global exporter of fossil fuels, with large-scale coal, gas and oil projects proposed from one end of the country to the other. If exploited, Australia has potential fossil fuel resources that could release up to one-half of the 600 billion tonne global emission budget.
 
We know resource companies are threatening our climate, our water supply and our most beautiful natural places. If we want a fair shot at a safe future, we must stop the irresponsible extraction of fossil fuels.
 
Our fossil fuels campaign seeks to keep globally significant reserves of oil, gas and coal in the ground by halting new large projects proposed in marine and terrestrial wilderness areas throughout Australia. 
 
This campaign will work as part of a powerful and broad alliance to ensure dangerous climate change is avoided - with the added outcome of protecting Australia’s precious wilderness areas from industrialisation. 
 
The Fossil Fuels Campaign focuses on a number of key places where fossil fuels are located:
  • Pilliga Forest - threatened by Santos’ coal seam gas (CSG) project
  • Channel Country rivers - threatened by Santos’ shale gas project
  • Leard Forest and Maules Creek - threatened by a huge new coal mine
  • Arckaringa Painted Desert - threatened by massive unconventional coal and shale oil projects
  • Great Australian Bight - threatened by new deepwater oil fields
  • Kimberley and Fitzroy River - threatened by new coal, oil, and shale gas projects
 
At the moment, there is limited conservation effort to stop these new fossil fuel projects in Australia. Join us in our fight to protect nature – Australia and the world need us to halt climate change.
 
Read our submission that exposes fatal flaws in the EIS document produced by Rey to mine coal in the Kimberley.
 
What you can do
 
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