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Letter from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition

AYCC protest Labor Conference 2018

Dateline: Adelaide 2018 Labor Conference

AYCC billboard Labor Conference 2018
This BILLboard [was] doing blockies around the conference all week!
OVER THE PAST few days, relentless young people have been out in force at the Labor Party’s National Conference putting climate action and stopping Adani front and centre on the political agenda.

And boy, did we we achieve our goals — I am so bloody proud.

On Sunday, 800 people turned out to a loud and powerful rally calling on Labor to keep fossil fuels in the ground — making sure that on the day they were discussing climate and environment policy they knew our community would accept nothing less than a bold, visionary commitment to climate justice. We heard from unionists, high school students, First Nations people and faith leaders about the moral imperative for climate action.

Throughout the conference, volunteers have been having conversations and informal meetings with key Labor figures — strengthening relationships with allies in the party who want to #StopAdani, while showing those still on the fence the political pain this issue could cause them if they fail to act.

Our actions have made headline after headline through the conference — and our billboards, posters, ads and signs made sure the #StopAdani message was EVERYWHERE. We successfully framed the debate on climate and we’re closer than ever to the commitment we need from Labor to keep fossil fuels in the ground and supercharge our clean energy future.

Even in the midst of all this, we’ve kept on calling out the LNP for their out-of-touch, irresponsible inaction on climate change. Just this morning dozens of young people in Adelaide rallied outside a meeting of energy ministers to demand Resources Minister Matt Canavan be sacked for his dangerous, donation-fuelled love of coal that is holding us back from climate action.

Our youth movement for climate justice and the community pressure to #StopAdani is stronger than ever.

In hope — Kelly for the whole AYCC team.

MAIN IMAGE: An incredible turnout for climate action on Sunday. Thanks to Bill Doyle for this great shot of the crowd!

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