Top sports stars and artists have backed an attempt to abandon gas in favor of clean, green electricity for Australian homes.
Australian cricket test captain Pat Cummins is among the nine stars who named the electrification plan of Australian engineer and inventor Dr. Solo Griffith The Big Switch.
Each of the stars read a section for a new version of the audiobook, which provides guidance for Australia on reducing emissions while saving on electricity bills.
“I admire climate change solutions because I care about my children’s future, and I believe that here in Australia, many of the answers to the questions are here before us,” Mr Cummins said.
He was joined by cricket colleague Rachel Haynes, AFL aces Tom Hickey and Nicolas Barr, rugby champion Alicia Lucas, professional surfer Ace Buchanan, actor Yael Stone and former Green leader Christine Milne.
The book offers steps, including taking advantage of Australia’s abundant solar energy, by replacing gas stoves, gas hot water, gas heating and cars with internal combustion engines with electric versions such as induction hobs, electric vehicle heating and electric.
Dr. Griffith, an inventor and innovation guru, was born in Sydney and became a Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur, U.S. government electrification advisor and NASA project partner.
In 2021, he founded the Rewiring Australia advocacy group, an initial study that found that spending $ 12 billion over five years on electrifying Australian homes and vehicles would provide $ 300 billion in household savings by 2035.
The group hopes this year to identify the cities and suburbs most committed to gas, and help them realize their ambitions to develop a pilot program and the world’s first example of full electrification.
“The decarbonisation of our homes and suburbs is not rocketry. We have all the technology. All it really takes is some practical Australian knowledge and a little lubrication to get the job done, ”Dr. Griffith said.
“We need to seize this opportunity now. Anyone who wins Saturday night’s election should start tackling the problem on Monday morning, but they should also see a win. “
Orange is the New Black star Yael Stone has been passionate about reducing emissions in his life and has also used his public profile to bring about change.
“In 2019, I changed everything in my life to be able to work harder towards positive, proactive climate change solutions, and Saul’s books were important in that,” she said.
“I am very lucky to be able to read his words. Climate change is a big bold challenge, and The Big Switch offers us a big bold solution. ”