Target: Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Australia
Goal: Praise the creation of new solar farms, which will double solar energy production in Australia.
Two of the largest solar plants in the Southern Hemisphere were recently opened in New South Wales, Australia. These plants double Australia’s current large-scale solar energy production capacity in a single day. Together, the two farms will cover 970 acres of land, provide 360,000 megawatt-hours of energy per year, and produce enough to power 50,000 homes. It is estimated that the creation of these plants will reduce carbon emissions by 301,560 tonnes annually.
With no nuclear power and very little hydro power, Australia relies mainly on coal for energy production. Coal-burning energy, which releases carbon dioxide (CO2) as well as particulates harmful to the health of humans and the environment, is considered to be the single largest contributor to global warming. Currently, the country has one of the highest per capita CO2 emission rates anywhere in the world.
Global warming has been called the single greatest threat to humankind and has the potential to change the global landscape permanently. Effects of climate change already being seen include extreme weather patterns, sea level rise, and ocean acidification. If left unchecked, the balance of entire ecosystems could be thrown off, resulting in mass extinctions of many species.
As well as opening two new solar plants, the government will provide $100 million in funding to a winning proposal in a solar energy innovation competition. Both of these initiatives were created as part of Australia’s Renewable Power Initiative, which aims to generate 23 percent of the country’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2020. Sign the petition below to praise Australia’s progress toward clean energy goals.
Dear Minister Hunt,
Two new large-scale solar farms were recently opened in New South Wales, effectively doubling Australia’s capacity for solar energy production. These plants will power 50,000 homes annually and reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 301,560 tonnes annually. This, paired with a government initiative to provide $100 million in finding to solar power innovators, means that Australia is well on track to meeting clean energy goals.
Not only will these initiatives help preserve the health of Australia’s citizens, oceans, and wildlife but will benefit the global environment as a whole. We, the undersigned, applaud the opening of two new solar plants and urge you to continue working toward eliminating coal-burning energy.
[Your Name Here]
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