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Six Degrees

About Six De6rees

  • Six Degrees is campaign initiative of Friends of the Earth in Queensland, targeting Queensland’s dependence on the coal industry.
  • Queensland is the largest coal exporting state in the largest coal exporting country in the world.
  • Our campaign recognises that the greatest impediment to meaningful action on climate change in Queensland is our embedded political and economic addiction to coal – the most polluting and hazardous of all the fossil fuels.

Six Degrees has two related campaign objectives:

  • Sustained public opposition to the expansion of the coal export industry in Queensland through state-sponsored infrastructure.
  • A systematic and equity-focused economic diversification and structural adjustment strategy for regions and communities to transition away from coal reliance towards a clean energy future.

Upcoming Events

Queensland Coal Communities: Report Launch

In November 2008 Six Degrees undertook a scoping tour of coal affected communities in Queensland. The purpose of the tour was for Six Degrees to gain a better understanding of the impacts of the coal industry, both good and bad, on Queensland and gauge the attitudes of affected communities on climate change and the expansion of the coal industry. We listened to the concerns of citizens on the street by day and held public meetings in the evenings.

The report is a snapshot of regional attitudes to the coal industry which will provide an insight for those with an interest in a just transition for Queensland to a sustainable future not based on coal.

Report author, Dr John Mackenzie, and participants of the listening tour will present and answer questions on the report findings and the subsequent alliances built with the variety of coal communities across the state.

  • Date: Friday, May 1, 2009
  • Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Location: Griffith University Eco Centre, Nathan Campus, Griffith, University, Brisbane

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