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Fast, Fair and Forever: a campaign to build Federal political support to phase out fossil fuels

Fast, Fair and Forever: a campaign to build Federal political support to phase out fossil fuels

To transform Australia into a world leader on climate change we need a plan to phase out fossil fuels that is fast, fair and forever. Fossil fuels must remai...

australia > NATIONWIDE > Metro and regional
22/11/2023 > 01/06/2025

FIELD OF INTEREST

  • Environment conservation and climate change

TARGET POPULATION

  • General population

PROJECT SUMMARY

To transform Australia into a world leader on climate change we need a plan to phase out fossil fuels that is fast, fair and forever. Fossil fuels must remain underground and be replaced by clean energy – and the political influence of the fossil fuel industry must be buried too. To create this Federal political change, 350 Australia is planning a long-term campaign that will focus on community organising in target electorates, communities impacted by the climate crisis and shifting the public narrative.

There are only two Federal elections between now and 2030 – the date by which Australia needs to have phased out coal entirely. Our Federal parliament in the next two terms will make choices that either open up new gas basins and coal projects, or put Australia on the path to a fast and fair transition from fossil fuel exports to clean energy.

The current political environment is the best opportunity in a decade to build political support for this transformation. In the next 18 months the Government will be negotiating with the Senate over the EPBC environment laws that have the power to stop fossil fuel projects being approved, and negotiating with Pacific governments in the lead up to potentially co-hosting the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties in 2026. At the same time, climate impacts will continue to accelerate.

There is a critical role for us to resource long-term community organising across the continent to turn this political opportunity into the enduring shift needed on the politics of coal and gas exports. We’ll do this by organising with communities in electorates that have a high level of climate concern, are experiencing climate impacts, are vulnerable to electoral pressure, and where MPs have the capacity to push the Government to adopt stronger policies on fossil fuels.

PROJECT OUTCOMES

In the lead up to the next election, we will build a powerful movement that connects the impacts of climate change with the fossil fuel companies that are driving them, and demand action from our Federal politicians.

By June 2025:
- Our federal climate and environment laws can stop new coal and gas projects.
- New gas projects do not receive Federal Government approvals or financial support.
- Key decision makers and influencers in Parliament are championing keeping fossil fuels in the ground.
- The gas industry has a reduced social licence to operate.

350 Australia is a grassroots network with a vision for a fairer world where communities can thrive and we are all safe from the impacts of climate change.

We have a track record of building and wielding people power to achieve transformative change. Our impact has included:
• Leading the global effort to divest over $14 trillion away from fossil fuels
• Resourcing the Our Islands Our Home campaign, which saw eight Torres Strait Islanders win a historic UN human rights case against the Australian government
• Successfully calling for our biggest bank, CommBank, to rule out funding new oil and gas projects.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

TOTAL BUDGET: $170,262
FUNDING
Funding sourceAmount
The Sunrise Project - matching donation (confirmed)$75,000
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$95,262
EXPENSES
Expense itemAmount
Additional staffing - 12 months $112,262
Storytelling tour$25,000
Grassroots tactics and actions$5,000
Canberra lobby trip with frontline communities$8,000
Advertising$5,000
Leaders Training$15,000

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