Australia: Breaking 8/6 – Big Win In the Court For Greenpeace.

Wow. This is big. We won.  

Together, we defeated Australia’s biggest climate polluter in the courts!  

I’ve just stepped out of the Federal Court in Sydney where the Honourable Justice Burley has handed down his landmark ruling on the AGL v Greenpeace legal battle – in our favour!   Sitting there in the court listening to the Judge clearly lay out why our campaign materials targeting AGL were fair and legal, I felt overwhelmingly proud and optimistic about the impact we can have together when we take on big challenges.  

And there is no bigger challenge than taking on a $5.1 billion climate-polluting giant.   Today is an incredible and important outcome. We’ll double down on the main game again tomorrow – forcing AGL to ditch their filthy coal-burning power stations for renewables.

But for now, take a moment to soak in the win and share the good news – because this moment is for you.  
This judgement is a victory for free speech, for people power, and for people like us who want to stand up to big polluting corporations to keep them accountable.   It sets a powerful precedent about how the fair dealing exception in the copyright act is applied. The court found that “copyright protects the owner’s interest in the artistic work, it does not provide a mechanism for protecting a copyright owner’s reputation…it is not the use of the AGL logo in the campaign that causes damage, but rather the…message” – that AGL is Australia’s biggest climate polluter.  
It sets a powerful precedent that will help protect charities, advocacy organisations, comedians and the general public from expensive and crippling litigation from big polluting corporations.   We just couldn’t have done this without you. And I know that together, we can win this bigger fight for action on climate change. Together, we can force AGL to become the genuine renewable energy leader they spruik themselves to be.  

Even if we lost our court battle today, we would have won.  

AGL’s decision to flex its legal might has had one major consequence. Across the world, over 900 news stories have been published about the case. And almost every one of them includes some variation of the phrase “AGL, Australia’s biggest climate polluter.”   For a company so desperate to hide behind its false green credentials, it’s hard to see this as anything other than an enormous own goal.  

Right now, our campaign is in an incredible place. The momentum is all ours. Meanwhile, AGL is in turmoil.    AGL’s CEO abruptly resigned just weeks ago. Thanks to the flood of cheap renewable energy, power prices have plummeted, sending the share price and value of the big coal players like AGL through the floor.   Major and respected international bodies like the United Nations and the International Energy Agency are calling for AGL’s coal-burning power stations to be shut down by 2030.  

And now they’ve just lost a major court battle, drawing even more attention to their terrible climate record in the process.   Something has to give.

The conditions are ripe for positive change. I know that together, we can do this.   Let’s make the most of this amazing court win and turn it into a major victory for the climate and future generations.  

Thank you!     Glenn, on behalf of the team at Greenpeace Australia Pacific

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