Big gas is fuelling the climate crisis more than any other industry in Western Australia.
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence to support reducing emissions – and quickly – WA is rapidly expanding its most polluting industry.
Our strategy is directed at stopping the biggest WA gas plans: Woodside’s Burrup Hub mega gas project including Scarborough, the North West Shelf Extension and Browse.
If the North West Shelf Extension receives government approval, WA will be processing and exporting gas for the next 50 years! The extension risks the exploitation of the Browse gas field. The Browse gas basin lies directly under Scott Reef, one of Australia’s most ecologically significant marine environments and home to many threatened species. The North West Shelf Project extension also poses risks via sourcing feed-gas from fracking the Kimberley region, a vast area of natural beauty populated by unique and vulnerable flora and fauna.
It’s possible to move WA beyond gas to become a renewable energy superpower.
However, at a time where we need to rapidly decarbonise, the WA gas industry wants to keep expanding its operations into the 2070s, at odds with WA’s commitment to reach net-zero by 2050.
West Aussies are already suffering the effects of the climate crisis.
WA has always experienced some extreme weather, but what we’re seeing now is far more frequent and intense than we’ve seen before. Hotter heatwaves, bigger bushfires, changes in rainfall, droughts, floods and more damaging cyclones – these are all becoming more common.
Every fraction of a degree of warming matters and can be measured in lives, species and ecosystems. The survival of our iconic natural places – like Ningaloo Reef and the Northern Jarrah Forest – depends on us acting now.
If WA was a country, it would be the third biggest exporter of gas in the world.
No matter where it is burned, these exports are fuelling climate change across the globe. That means more fires, floods, storms, and droughts.
These impacts are felt the most by communities that have contributed the least to climate change, in WA, and across the world, including our neighbours like Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Pacific Island nations. It is our responsibility to hold WA’s gas industry to account for the climate damage and injustice it is causing here and overseas.
Gas is methane – a fossil fuel.
Gas makes the emissions crisis worse, not better.
Methane is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.
It does not make sense to develop further gas when renewable energy is cheaper and cleaner.