The 195 countries who are signatories of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change reached a global agreement in Paris.
But what does the Paris agreement actually mean?
What should the local climate movement be focussing on now?
What do we need to do to ensure our politicians and leaders take the actions necessitated by the agreement and the implied science?
Which way forward for the climate movement?
When: Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30 PM
Where: Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston Street, Melbourne (opposite RMIT)
Suggested donation at door: $3 (or $5 solidarity).
Cheap vegetarian meal available from 6pm
Includes an eyewitness report from local citizen journalist, recently returned from Paris.
John Englart (climate activist, citizen observer at Paris summit),
Andrea Bunting (Climate Action Moreland, Socialist Alliance),
David Spratt (climate activist, co-author of Climate Code Red).
* Read John Englart’s report back to Climate Action Moreland
* Climate Action Moreland members John Englart and Andrea Bunting discussed the Paris conference, the Paris Agreement, and the civil society protests in Paris as part of the Green left radio Breakfast show on 22nd January.
Listen to the 20 minute audio excerpt on COP21
* North West FM 98.9 Environmentality radio show Febuary 5th 2016 – Interview with John Englart
* Building the Climate Movement: David Spratt and David McKnight on Building common cause for social movement events
Our member John Englart popped into the studio of North West FM 98.9 on Friday for the Environmentality radio program. He discussed his experience at the Paris climate change conference, the implications for the climate movement, and the current cuts to climate research staff at the CSIRO.
Climate Action Moreland member John Englart attended the UN climate conference in Paris, COP21, as an accredited NGO observer delegate for Climate Action Moreland as part of the Climate Action Network Australia delegation. On 18th January he gave a report back to our first monthly meeting of 2016. This article is based on his presentation at our meeting.
We went into Paris knowing there was already a substantial emissions gap /
temperature gap with national climate plans (INDCs) estimated to reduce temperature increase to 2.7C to 3.5C by 2100. This range is valid if all climate plans are implemented fully, many are conditional on finance or other support being met.
Climate Action Moreland members John Englart and Andrea Bunting discussed the Paris conference, the Paris Agreement, and the civil society protests in Paris as part of the Green left radio Breakfast show on 22nd January (Full Show).
This is the 20 minute discussion excerpt on COP21 from the show:
Confirmation from NASA, NOAA and UK Met Office that 2015 was the hottest year yet recorded. But 2016 is likely to exceed this record. Ocean heat uptake and warming sea surface temperatures continue apace. For Australia, 2015 was a fifth warmest year on record according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
For us here in Moreland and Melbourne it is likely to increase the probability of extreme heat events and heatwaves in both intensity and duration, and increase the chance of extreme rainfall events.
As a warmer atmosphere increases moisture carrying capacity, extreme rainfall events when they occurr, are also more likely to produce flash flooding. This can be particularly problematic in heavily built up urban areas like Moreland where runoff from torrential rain is exacerbated by all the roofs, pavements and roads causing urban flash flooding. Many of our stormwater drains were engineered in the 19th and early 20th century and were not engineered for the volume of water that can now occurr in extreme rainfall events.
We hope you have adapted to the heatwaves this summer in Melbourne. The change in the frequency, duration and intensity of Extreme heat events has been shown to be clearly linked to climate change and human carbon pollution.
It was gratifying to see the heat health threat has been amplified during recent emergency services briefings such as on Tuesday 12 January.
This clearly needed to happen as heat stress and heat related mortality is a substantial issue that has been poorly adressed in the past.
The Fossil of the Day awards are given each day at the UN climate talks. They are a great way for climate activists to expose who has done their best that day to spoil the climate talks.
At the 2014 climate talks, Australia won so many Fossil of the Day awards, that they were dubbed the Fossil of the Year (or the Colossal Fossil). And the same in 2013! Believe me, this is not an award that we should be winning.
This year, Australia is doing better. It took us 10 days to pick up a Fossil of the Day award (shared with Argentina).