Australia has no strong laws regulating polluting vehicles -- and Toyota wants it to stay that way.
The Australian government has plans to get out of the slow lane and go green. But the Toyota-led car lobby is pulling on the handbrake with big media splashes, government briefings and roadshows to keep the country's car regulations weak.
Sign the petition: tell Toyota to stop its dirty lobbying for fossil fuels.
Toyota had the chance to be a leader in the green car market, but it fell asleep at the wheel. Instead it’s become the world’s no.1 carmaker lobbying against ambitious climate and clean air laws.
Twenty six years ago Toyota’s Prius hybrid was a game changer in reducing car pollution. In 2021 499 out of every 500 vehicles Toyota sold were powered by fossil fuels.
The PR strategy for Australia’s car lobby, steered by Toyota, is to publicly “be seen as a thought leader and trusted voice on reducing emissions” whilst behind the scenes stopping any new fuel efficiency standards, so Australia’s regulations remain some of the weakest in the world.
It’s greenwashing 101 and Toyota can’t get away with it.
Tell Toyota to go green and stop fueling the climate crisis.
The impacts of climate change are starting to hit harder. And the roadblocks to achieving a climate-safe world are corporations like Toyota that continue to put short term profits before people and a liveable planet.
Together with a coalition of dedicated groups, Ekō members helped expose Toyota’s dirty lobbying in Europe and convince EU lawmakers to ban new petrol and diesel cars.
Let’s do it again in Australia.
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