We are a group of South Gippsland residents interested in how the region might transition to a low- or no-carbon economy and society whilst also addressing issues of inequality and social exclusion. We see the necessary move to decarbonise as an opportunity for not only mitigating the effects of climate change, but for creating a fairer society that serves the interests of all, irrespective of wealth, gender, skin colour and who you know.
As a process to be worked out as we go along, all the inner workings will be on display. The idea being that everyone knows what everyone knows. Granted, we are, at the outset, concerned with formulating a response to climate change for our region. But beyond that there are no vested interests; there's no money to be earned, no property deals to be closed.
We're setting out on this trip because we see our current polluting and warming economy as inseparable from the divide between the haves and the have nots. We stand with the latter, and recognise that any approach to the climate emergency that leaves that divide in place just kicks the can further down the road. As the slogan goes, we have nothing to lose, and a planet to win.
Southern Gippsland spans Bunurong and Gunai-Kurnai country. We acknowledge that this land is unceded and pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging. A just transition is one that allows for First Nations sovereignty.
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