For the love of Gloucester
5:03 PM (1 hour ago)
This morning we were planning to send you a message about the next stage of the Gloucester gas fight…and then we had to rewrite the entire thing. Because they WON! Energy giant AGL has dropped its coal seam gas project in the face of years of persistent, dignified and powerful campaigning from the Gloucester community and their supporters.*
The Gloucester community is preparing a massive celebration of this victory and their community next weekend and we’re all invited:
‘For the Love of Gloucester Festival’
When: Friday 12th Feb – Sunday 14th
Where: Gloucester – 3 hours from Sydney and 1.5 from Newcastle
What: Great country music, marches and actions, workshops and discussion, delicious local food and produce and so much more.
The Gloucester campaign, like so many across the country, was a fight to protect a community, precious water and rolling farmland from hundreds of toxically fracked gas wells and to save the climate from yet another carbon polluting fossil fuel project.
The Groundswell Gloucester team stood up to AGL at every turn and built an undeniably strong case for the project to be rejected. AGL was left with no choice but take the hit and walk away from the project. The Gloucester community has put the call out for people from right across NSW to join them over the Valentine’s weekend to celebrate their love for Gloucester.
Are you up for a fun weekend learning from some of NSW’s best gas campaigners?
Despite the greenwash across AGL’s marketing, they still remain Australia’s biggest climate polluter by far. AGL’s power plants belch carbon pollution across NSW and Victoria, they had a hand in a weakening the Renewable Energy Target and, despite their talk, they lack a plan for getting out of the dirty energy business.
For the Love of Gloucester will celebrate everything that is important about regional communities, clean water and energy. By joining with Gloucester next weekend we’ll strengthen their very clear message to AGL – coal seam gas has no place in this community nor any community in Australia!
Watch this space over the coming weeks for the launch of an AGL campaign that 350.org will be taking on in 2016!
Hope to see you at the Festival,
Josh for 350 Australia
*AGL pulls out of CSG plan in Gloucester as NSW and Queensland projects are abandoned, ABC Online, February 4th.
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