Australia’s Energy [R]evolution arrives on board the Esperanza

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Sydney - Greenpeace’s largest and fastest vessel, the Esperanza, will arrive in Sydney this morning, beginning a two-month, 2300 km-long voyage along Australia’s east coast to call for urgent action on climate change. Greenpeace Australia Pacific chief executive Steve Shallhorn said the epic ship tour came at the most crucial time in Australia’s fight against climate change with the Federal Government commiting to reveal its plan of action before the end of the year.

“The Energy [R]evolution ship tour will make sure Prime Minister Kevin Rudd sticks to his election promise to tackle climate change and ensure that this country does its fair share in this global fight,” Mr Shallhorn said.
The 72-metre long vessel will be stopping at major eastern seaboard ports - including Newcastle  and Brisbane - over the next two months where Greenpeace campaigners will champion key solutions to climate change.

“We are asking all Australians to become energy revolutionaries and demand that Mr Rudd commit to phasing out dirty coal and building a clean, affordable and reliable energy future,” Mr Shallhorn said.

Earlier this month, Greenpeace released a groundbreaking report, Energy [R]evolution Australia, which showed that by 2020, 40 per cent of this country’s electricity could be provided by renewable sources such as wind, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, ocean and geothermal.

“The report proves that dirty coal-fired power - our largest source of greenhouse pollution - can be phased out entirely by 2030,” Mr Shallhorn said.

“All that is missing is the political will.

“With the time we have to avoid catastrophic climate change rapidly running out, there can be no more excuses for inaction. 

“Mr Rudd must break the shackles that the coal industry has on Australia and instead genuinely commit to renewable energy.

“He can start by doubling the target for the amount of renewable energy in Australia by 2020.”


The Esperanza will also be open for free tours from 10am to 4pm this Saturday and Sunday. For more
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