It’s another federal election campaign, and once again, climate change is a hot topic. One group, Australian Parents for Climate Action (AP4CA) is calling on politicians to step up and pledge support to its Solar Our Schools initiative.
AP4CA is a non-profit group seeking climate action from our governments both federal, state and local, to ensure that future generations have a better planet to live on. The great thing about this action is that AP4CA is a non-partisan group with no ties to political parties. They’re simply calling on all government representatives and candidates to do the right thing for the planet.
Most of all, the group is calling on parents across the country to start pressuring politicians to help schools go solar. They’re even providing some tools to make it easy.
Getting in touch with candidates
AP4CA has plenty of resources to help parents get in touch with their local members and aspirational candidates. One of particular note is a tool that identifies local candidates in your area and sends an email on your behalf, seeking a commitment to solar funding for schools. Email text and recipients can be edited, however, AP4CA is encouraging parents to give all local candidates an opportunity to get on board.
The group also acknowledges that the National Solar Schools Program (NSSP) has already resulted in some 4,897 solar systems being installed in schools, but this program ended in 2013. There are still many schools without solar, and plenty of schools that may benefit from improved technology such as solar batteries or larger systems more suited to their needs.
What can this achieve?
The major campaign, known as Solar Our Schools involves grants for solar panels and batteries to be installed in schools and early learning centres across Australia. Importantly, privately funded and for-profit childhood learning centres would be means-tested as part of the grants process. However, more than just creating a healthier planet, this campaign is about jobs.
Based on figures from Beyond Zero Emissions, AP4CA suggests the push could create up to 7,000 renewable energy jobs across Australia. More than that, it would allow for 4,000 more teaching jobs in Australian schools and learning centres thanks to savings on electricity costs.
Renewable energy is going to be a big issue in this year’s federal election. But closer to home, if you want to make the switch to solar, contact the experts at Ahlec Solar today!