Making history to push Australia beyond coal and gas
The 2018 Beyond Coal and Gas Jamboree (BCAGJ) brought together more than 340 people from a communities across Australia who are committed to build a movement that will move Australia beyond polluting fossil fuels into a future that puts people and the planet first, powered by clean energy.
From Borroloola to Broome and Bowen to Boggabri, we converged on the Sunshine Coast for the Jamboree. Over three intense days, we shared hard-won lessons from our various campaigns, and forged strong networks to collaborate in the work to come.
More than half of the participants were at their first Beyond Coal and Gas gathering.
More than 75 workshops were scheduled over the three days, with powerhouse speakers presenting in plenaries. Across these sessions, we made friends, made plans, and identified the concrete next steps for their campaigns.
We reflected on the lessons learned in recent years where our campaigns have made real progress (e.g. Gloucester community v Metgasco; Victoria’s gas ban; winning the NAIF veto on $1B for Adani; solar thermal for Port Augusta), as well as the lessons to be drawn from some of our setbacks.
We heard from campaigners leading the push Beyond Coal in the US, the fight against Adani within India, and Pacific Climate Warriors’ struggle to see the world take immediate action on climate change to safeguard their homes and livelihoods.
Facing up to the challenge of climate change is hard. Gatherings like Beyond Coal and Gas are an invaluable chance for our movements to come together, connect with one another and get re-inspired to do this work. With new friendships, alliances, skills and connections forged at BCAGJ 2018, we head out into the world together to achieve the impossible and continue our fight to push Australia beyond coal and gas.
We acknowledge the traditional Country of the Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Peoples of the coastal plains and hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast, and recognise that these have always been places of cultural, spiritual, social and economic significance. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and pay respect to Elders – past, present and emerging.