On Saturday 2nd July, the people voted to decide our next government. We still don’t know the result but one thing we do know, is that YOU ARE AMAZING.
In just 8 weeks, the ACF community achieved incredible things. And we want to thank you.
Here are some incredible numbers to blow your mind!
56,860 of you signed the pledge to vote for a candidate who will cut pollution, support clean energy and protect our reefs, rivers, forests and wildlife. We delivered your pledges to candidates before the election so they know that representing you means standing up for our environment.
You hand made 3000 origami fish that we delivered to election candidates with your pledges to tell them to put the reef before coal this election. We even received fish from Japan, Sweden and Singapore!
On World Environment Day and in the lead up to the election, you came together with your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to put the environment on the agenda in your local communities.
You stuck placards on your fences, posters in shops and stickers on bikes, declaring your love for the reef, clean energy and your grandchildren. You held stalls and community meetings and asked people to sign the pledge. You folded origami fish and baked cupcakes. You made human signs and held candidate forums. You met with your local candidates and asked them to sign ACF’s candidate pledge. You rocked it!
You made over 4400 phone calls and knocked on more than 4200 doors in 5 key electorates. You had thousands of meaningful conversations on the phone, at people’s doorsteps, at market stalls and on the street. You collected pledges and made sure those communities knew exactly where their candidates stand on protecting our air, water and wildlife.
Your generous donations made this whole campaign possible. And with your help we reached over 1.9 million people with our scorecard and candidate report cards through newspaper ads in The Adelaide Advertiser, the Progress Leader in Kooyong and City North News in Brisbane, with mobile billboards in key electorates and through digital and social media advertising.
You put our candidate report cards on mobile billboards to show local communities which of their candidates took the ACF pledge. We drove them around 4 key electorates – Kooyong, Brisbane, Ryan and Deakin – in the lead up to the election.
You emailed, called and met with your local candidates and had 35 candidates across 9 parties and independents sign the candidate pledge.
“If elected I will represent people by acting to: cut pollution, support clean energy and protect nature.”
On election day, 86 of you handed out candidate report cards in 6 key electorates so those communities knew which of their local candidates will stand for our air, water and wildlife.
And, we found Dory at a polling booth in Hawthorn!
Candidates know that representing you means standing for cutting pollution, supporting clean energy and protecting the places we love like the reef because they received 56,860 voter pledges and 3000 origami fish pledges from you.
Polling showed support for strong action on climate change was at its highest level since 2008, with the strongest support from undecided voters.
The Greens and the ALP released strong environmental policies early in the game. Minor parties like the Nick Xenophon Team and Glenn Lazarus Team improved their policies in the lead up to the election.
And in the time between our first and last scorecard, the parties we rated announced 60 new policy commitments for the environment that improved their scores. This doesn’t happen by chance. It happens because you push the parties to do better.
Because you emailed, called and met with your local candidates – 35 candidates across 9 parties and independents signed ACF’s candidate pledge. This includes Senators and Members of Parliament that could have a great deal of influence on our new government, like newly elected Nick Xenophon Team MP, Rebekha Sharkie.
And while the Coalition rated well below a pass on our election scorecard for their environmental policies – there is no doubt they know where the community stands.
But most important of all – together, we grew community power all over the country, especially in places with a lot of influence on our politicians.
None of this would have happened without people like you standing up, speaking up and acting for a world where forests, rivers, people and wildlife thrive.
So, thank you.
This election isn’t an end point. We’re building people power that can go the distance. Our community is growing stronger every day and what our new government does next is up to us.
What’s the collective noun for legends? A movement. Thank you for all that you do.
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