Student aims for brighter future
A TWEED high school student is pushing to make the world a better place with solar energy.
Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School Year 11 student Poppi Meeves is a Big Solar campaigner.
"I've been campaigning to get the government to invest in renewable energy.
"I've been going around gathering signatures and asking people if they're aware of Big Solar and large scale solar power plants we want our leaders to invest in."
Poppi did not know about Big Solar until she attended its Murwillumbah launch on March 14, which was attended by more than 100 people.
The campaign is pushing for 2000MW of solar power, funded by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, to replace that produced by soon to be retired coal-fired power plants.
The Big Solar Tweed Coast launch is on today at the Wommin Bay Rd Cudgen Leagues Club from 6.30pm.
Poppi said 100% of fellow students she asked supported the campaign and had heard word from the wider Tweed Renewables Alliance group that 89% of Tweed shire residents canvassed supported it.
"I've got several pages of signatures myself and I've asked people to send messages to (Richmond MP) Justine Elliot.
"We're handing in the petition at the end of April.
"I've had a few people who asked 'what is Big Solar,' who didn't understand how it would be done, where the plants would be located and when they would be installed.
"One answer is they'll be scattered all over the country in isolated areas."
The young eco-warrior sees "no other (environmentally friendly) solution" than solar for generating power responsibly.
"We've looked at coal seam gas, which is just a disaster.
"I think the government has tried to hoodwink people by saying it's environmentally friendly.
"When you fracture the earth of course there's a potential for the gas to pollute our water supply."
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