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Win! AGL drops demerger plans

UPDATE: In late September 2022 AGL announced it would bring forward the closure of its dirtiest coal power station - Loy Yang A in Victoria's Latrobe Valley - by 10 years! This is another positive step in the right direction and is thanks to the hard work of health workers and allies pressuring Australia's largest climate polluter.

May 2022: Today marks a huge watershed movement in the long-running campaign to shift Australia’s biggest climate polluter AGL to replace its coal-burning power stations with renewable energy by 2030 - a campaign that hundreds of healthcare workers, organisations and community members have played a critical role in and one in which you should feel proud.

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New analysis shows early Loy Yang A closure would save lives

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Over a thousand lives would be saved by bringing forward the closure of Victoria’s biggest source of air pollution, Loy Yang A, according to estimates produced by Healthy Futures, an organisation of healthcare workers, students and community members campaigning around the benefits of clean air.

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Taking Action in Troubling Times

Dr Charlotte Brack is one of the many concerned health workers and allies that are pledging to boycott AGL until it commits to transitioning to clean energy this decade. Find out Dr Brack's story and share your own.

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AGL's new climate statement - is it any good?

Last week Australia's biggest climate polluter AGL announced a new "climate statement" and it was truly atrocious. Despite AGL claiming it’s committed to helping fight climate change, it squandered this opportunity to make any meaningful impact. 

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Media Release: Climate Die-in of Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers stage die-in at AGL office to protest pollution

(Melbourne) January 31, 2022

Gippsland health professionals have travelled to Melbourne this morning to join a theatrical health protest outside AGL’s head office to call on the energy giant to reduce its harmful coal pollution, warning that the health impacts of climate change could dwarf the impacts of Covid-19.

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Exposed: Coal power station 'falling apart'

Fairfax Media released an investigation over the weekend exposing a litany of failures at one of AGL’s coal-burning power stations [1]. The investigation was prompted by our Freedom of Information request which uncovered an internal report exposing risky conditions at AGL’s Bayswater power station in NSW. These conditions have been backed up by a whistleblower working at Bayswater who revealed parts of the power station were falling apart and management turned a blind eye to problems that could risk public health.

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Air Pollution Woes

Australia falls short

Did you know that coal-burning power stations in Australia are allowed to emit more air pollution than those in China, the United States or Europe? Unlike in Australia, countries in those regions require most coal-burning power stations to install basic pollution controls that cut toxic pollutants by more than 85 percent. While we think we’re the lucky country, when it comes to air pollution regulation, Australian communities are underserved.

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AGL Feels the Heat!

It has been a huge few weeks in our campaign to pressure Australia's largest polluter, AGL, to protect our health and our climate. The actions and support of healthcare professionals, students and community members like you are having an impact - thank you to all those who have been involved so far.

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AGL split criticized

On March 22nd we visited AGL’s office in Melbourne to deliver an open letter from over 200 healthcare workers and 13 health organisations calling on AGL to replace their coal fired power stations with renewable energy by 2030. We were refused entry to the building by police, and footage of this was aired on 9 News that evening. AGL, embarrassed, then contacted us to apologise and ask us for a meeting.

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