Six Degrees is a campaign collective of Friends of the Earth Brisbane (FoE), which is committed to addressing the root causes of climate change and phasing out the coal industry in Queensland. This includes not only open cut coal mining, but also underground coal gasification and coal seam gas mining. They are made up of a diverse group of researchers, community organizers and students. Their campaign is grounded in the belief that broad-based community action is necessary to exert the political pressure needed to break the bond between the coal industry and the State Government.
Brief business history
The Six Degrees campaign collective formed in early 2008 to address Queensland’s number one contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions – coal. They saw the need for a stronger link to be made between the localised campaigns against the expansion of the coal industry in Queensland and the broader climate movement.
1. oppose the development of any new coal mines in Queensland or the expansion of existing coal mines;
2. oppose the expansion of coal handling infrastructure;
3. support the measured and timely phasing out of Queensland’s involvement in export trade of coal;
4. support the implementation of a just transition away from the coal industry and towards renewables;
5. reject the promotion and public funding of so-called "clean coal" by politicians and coal lobbyists as it is unable to deliver the necessary greenhouse gas emission reductions in time to avoid catastrophic changes to the earth’s climate, in addition to being expensive, risky and limited by availability of appropriate burial sites;
6. oppose the production of oil or other liquid fuel from coal.