Vigil to Replace Hazelwood – Jane Garrett MLA

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Our third state MP we are visiting to raise the necessity and importance of closing Hazelwood and a community transition plan is Jane Garrett MLA, member for Brunswick.

People in Moreland Call on Jane Garrett MLA to Act Now.

Climate Action Moreland urges local MPs to support strong action now to close Australia’s dirtiest power station, Hazelwood.

When: Thursday, May 28at 8:00am – 9:00am
Where: Park St and Nicholson St, East Brunswick (bike path)
At the end we will be walking up to Jane Garrett’s office to hand over a formal letter.
Register to attend on Facebook

If your cycling to school or work, chat with us for a while or hang around and come with us to deliver the letter to her office.

Our climate is getting more extreme and unpredictable, with more intense heat waves, more menacing bush fires, and more disastrous and costly weather events such as Superstorm Sandy in north-east USA and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Climate change activists will visit Jane Garrett MLA for Brunswick, from 8am, Thursday 28 May where constituents will deliver her a letter calling for urgent replacement of the world’s third dirtiest power station.

CAM has welcomed the moves by the the Victorian Government to relax the laws on wind farm developments and the fact that it will re-open the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry. CAM has also been encouraged by recent proposals to examine Victoria’s future with regard to energy efficiency, climate change and renewable energy.

During the unprecedented Black Saturday bushfire period, there were 180 extra heat-stress-related deaths in Victoria, an average of more than two deaths for each electorate in Victoria.

This is just one way climate change is affecting constituents right now, with many more severe impacts that will affect Victoria’s rainfall and food-growing capacity, worsen bush fires and inundate coastal areas.

The need to move quickly to replace dirty coal with clean renewable energy and jobs was highlighted in a new report from Oxford University’s Stranded Assets Programme, which identified the most-polluting, least-efficient and oldest “sub-critical” coal-fired power stations.

The report found 89% of Australia’s coal power station fleet is sub-critical, “by far the most carbon-intensive sub-critical fleet in the world.

One quarter of Australia’s coal plants need to close within five years if Australians are to play an equitable part in keeping with government pledges.

“The previous ALP state government showed promise in this matter”, said Gemma Williams, “We hope this current government will show strong leadership now.”

In 2010, then Labor premier John Brumby, in explaining his policy for a phased close-down of Hazelwood, told ABC radio listeners: ‘either you believe in closing Hazelwood or you don’t, and I do.’

Labor’s 2010 climate change legislation provided the reserve power to regulate emissions from existing brown coal-fired generators.

This legislation was undermined by the Baillieu government, and now is the time to restore the government’s capacity to regulate emissions.

CAM is urging the development of a strong jobs package and an economic transition plan for the Latrobe Valley because the move from coal to clean wind and solar renewable energy is now both urgent and inevitable.

Climate Action Moreland will be taking these message to electors and other state MPs in Moreland:
+ Urgent action is required now to replace coal
+ Hazelwood can be shut without affecting power supplies, and
+ Coal is a major health hazard to Victorians

May 20, 2015 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

Reviewing Moreland’s Zero Carbon Evolution Plan

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We are approaching the first year end of Moreland Council’s Zero Carbon Moreland plan to cut community emissions by 22 per cent by 2020. What achievements have been made? Does the plan need tweaking? Is the target sufficient?

We received an invitation to attend an event by Moreland City Council and the Moreland Energy Foundation and we are extending this invite to you our readers.

Here are the details:

When: 4pm – 7pm Wednesday 3 June 2015
Where: at the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre, 6/306-312 Albert Street, Brunswick
RSVP by 29 May to: civicevents@moreland.vic.gov.au

» » Join us in celebrating our Local Climate Leaders
» » Discuss the key issues at the Community Q&A Panel session
» » Meet other local people taking action on climate change

Agenda
4.00-5.00pm Celebration of Local Climate Leaders
Addresses by:
Hon Lily D’Ambrosio
Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources
Mayor Cr Meghan Hopper
5.00-5.30pm Refreshments and networking
5.30-7.00pm Community Q&A panel

Special Guests
Hon Lily D’Ambrosio
(Victorian Minister for
Energy and Resources)

May 20, 2015 at 11:28 pm Leave a comment

Raise The Heat At Coburg CommBank to #savethereef

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Our friends at 350.org are engaged in a divestment campaign to move money out of the big banks that are financing fossil fuel industry. The Commonwealth Bank is preparing to finance and provide loan guarantees to the Indian company Adani to develop the Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. This requires a train line to be built to the coast and a major upgrade to the Abbot Point port facilities.

Upgrading Abbot Point port facilities endangers the Great Barrier Reef through the dredging required, and the huge increase in shipping that will occurr once the infrastructure is in place.

Adani Power Ltd already has a net debt reaching US$7.4 billion in April and the Carmichael mine and associated infrastructure risks being stranded assets and a poor investment. Energy and Finance analyst Tim Buckley said on May 13 “At the end of the day, risking another $10 billion to try to make good on a poorly timed initial $1 billion investment is looking increasingly unlikely in the face of the halving of thermal seaborne since 2010.”

If you are a Commonwealth Bank customer who lives in Moreland, and especially Coburg, you can assist by divesting your money. Check out the Market Forces Guide: How to switch Banks and make it Count.

A locally organised public event is being organised: Raise The Heat At Coburg CommBank as part of the national week of actions from 19-23 May.

Where: Coburg Commbank, 488 Sydney Road, Coburg, 3058, Australia
When: 10am Friday, 22 May 2015

“We are planning Divestment Day Rally Sydney Road on Friday May 22 at 10am when we will gather, cheer on people who have chosen to close their accounts. We will be spending the next few weeks talking to as many people as possible and building support, so there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved.”

There are a few Rules: “I commit to take part in Raise the Heat and; uphold the values of non-violent direct action and not take part in activities that cause fear, intimidation or property damage; respect all CommBank managers, branch staff, customers and other members of the community.”

More information and to register for the event.

A successful little rally outside Coburg Commonwealth Bank, thanks to Siman Eastman for organising it.


If you can’t make it along to Commbank at Coburg on Friday, there is an event in the city on Saturday.

Where: Clam Purse, Corner Elizabeth Street & Bourke Street
When: 10am Saturday 23 May 2015
Facebook Event
Register at 350.org

Right now, Indian mining giant Adani is calling upon The Commonwealth Bank to help them finance the Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the first step in unlocking nine mega coal mines in Australia’s Galilee Basin. If built, these developments would cook the climate and trash the Great Barrier Reef.

It’s time to step things up and put CommBank’s reputation on the line — join us at the Swanston St branch in Melbourne to show CommBank you care! We’ll be meeting at 10 AM at the Public Purse (cnr Elizabeth and Bourke) for a short briefing before marching to the branch together.

This is a divestment day and peaceful rally – those ready to move their money from CBA, as well as customers who want to let their bank know they will leave if this risky investment does go ahead.

Former divestors and other supporters welcome – let’s show Commbank how strong community opposition to development on the reef is!

Court case reveals potential damage from Adani mine

The Queensland EDO has been running a case in the Queensland Land Court in regard to the Adani Carmichael mine. The case revealed a large discrepancy in the number of jobs the mine would create. A complaint has now been lodged with the ASX over the misleading information in the mine business case.

According to the Queensland EDO:


The case objects to Adani’s $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin on economic, environmental and ecological grounds – including that it would harm the endangered Black Throated Finch.
Throughout the past five weeks, EDO Qld has shown the importance of an independent Land Court public objection process to scrutinise major mines.

Through our expert witnesses and even Adani’s own witnesses our client has shown:
1. Adani grossly overstated to the public the number of jobs, and royalties the mine would have for Queensland;
2. The mine, rail and port as well as the burning of coal will cause damage to the Great Barrier Reef from climate change and ocean acidification;
3. The mine will destroy the core population of endangered Black Throated Finch and may impact on Waxy Cabbage Palms;
4. The mine will threaten the base flow of the Carmichael River and may threaten the ancient springs estimated to be one million years old; and
5. The project is extremely risky and unlikely to be financially viable.

We have already exposed that Adani grossly exaggerates the number of jobs and royalties to benefit Queensland and made it clear that economic claims by the mining industry should be treated with the greatest scepticism. Further, this case shows the importance of public objection rights for all mining proposals.

“Its sheer scale means that its interference with the environment is correspondingly significant,” said barrister Saul Holt QC, for Land Services of Coast and Country.


Clearly time to divest from Commbank

May 20, 2015 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

Vigil to Replace Hazelwood – Frank McGuire MLA Broadmeadows

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Cold afternoon to be holding a vigil in Broady! But we were there. I passed on my letter and the recent study on the impacts of coal in Victoria to the office worker In Frank Maguire MP’s electoral office. Unfortunately it is a busy time for Frank Maguire, so I requested an appointment be made at a later date to discuss in person the issues raised re closing Hazelwood. We cut short standing around outside and went into the shopping centre and had a debrief over a coffee before coming home. We also distributed a few black balloons to enthusiastic kids.

John Englart

Climate Action Moreland urges local MPs to support strong action now to close Australia’s dirtiest power station, Hazelwood.
Our climate is getting hotter and more extreme, with more intense heat waves, more menacing bush fires, and more costly extreme events such as Superstorm Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Local climate change activists will approach Frank Maguire, MLA for Broadmeadows, this Thursday when constituents will deliver a letter calling for the urgent closure of the world’s third dirtiest power station.

Community Vigil – Climate Action Moreland
Where: Electoral Office of Frank Maguire,
Shop G42, Broadmeadows shopping centre (south side), next to Commonwealth Bank, in the car park opposite the Council chambers
When: Thursday at 4:30am – 5:30am
Register: on Facebook event

BREAKING: We have just learned that ALCOA has decided to close the Anglesea coal power station and mine on 31 August 2015. This is good news as there has been an active community campaign in Anglesea and across the state to shut the power station ever since the Port Henry aluminium smelter was shut down. The power it generates for the grid is superfluos and it has extremely high sulphur dioxide emissions, with the coal mine being a huge fire risk over summer and during heat wave events.

Hazelwood Power station is also superfluos to meeting grid demand, being highly inefficient. The Mine fire in 2014 highlighted the health danger of the mine to the local community, with at least 11 excess deaths in the region associated with the polluting smoke from the fire.

Here in the northern suburbs heatwaves, and bushfires on the urban rural boundary, are issues that our state government needs to grapple with for adaptation measures, emergency planning, and mitigation for conditions in 10 or 20 years time.

During the unprecedented 2009 Black Saturday bushfire period, there were 374 extra heat-stress-related deaths in Victoria, an average of more than 4.25 deaths for each Legislative Assembly electorate in Victoria.

The need to move quickly to replace dirty coal with clean renewable energy and jobs was highlighted in a new report from Oxford University’s Stranded Assets Programme, which identified the most-polluting, least-efficient and oldest “sub-critical” coal-fired power stations. (See Climate Council June 2014 report: Australia’s Electricity Sector: Ageing, Inefficient and Unprepared)
The report found 89% of Australia’s coal power station fleet is sub-critical, “by far” the most carbon-intensive sub-critical fleet in the world.

One quarter of Australia’s coal plants need to close within five years if Australians are to play an equitable part in keeping with government pledges.

The previous ALP state government showed promise in this matter”, said Gemma Williams, “We hope this current government will show strong leadership now.”

In 2010, then Labor premier John Brumby, in explaining his policy for a phased close-down of Hazelwood, told ABC radio listeners: “either you believe in closing Hazelwood or you don’t, and I do.”

Labor’s 2010 climate change legislation provided the reserve power to regulate emissions from existing brown coal-fired generators.

This legislation was undermined by the Baillieu government, and now is the time to restore the government’s capacity to regulate emissions.

We urge the development of a strong jobs package and an economic transition plan for the Latrobe Valley because the move from coal to clean wind and solar renewable energy is now both urgent and inevitable.

Climate Action Moreland will be taking these message to electors and other state MPs in Moreland:
Urgent action is required now to replace coal
Hazelwood can be shut without affecting power supplies, and
Coal is a major health hazard to Victorians.

Further Vigils

We will follow up our vigil outside Frank Maguire’s electoral office for the seat of Broadmeadows with further vigils for the State MLAs that represent our municipality here in Moreland: Jane Garrett, MP for Brunswick.

Community Vigil – Climate Action Moreland
Thursday, May 28 from 8.00 – 9.00am
Jane Garrett, Brunswick
Action on the corner of Nicholson St and Park St bike path, then deliver letter to her office at
Suite 1, 31 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East (near corner of Brunswick Rd and Nicholson Street)

May 12, 2015 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

Vigil to Replace Hazelwood – Lizzie Blandthorn MLA Pascoe Vale

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Climate Action Moreland urges local MPs to support strong action now to close Australia’s dirtiest power station, Hazelwood.

Our climate is getting hotter and more extreme, with more intense heat waves, more menacing bush fires, and more costly extreme events such as Superstorm Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Local climate change activists will approach Lizzie Blandthorn, MLA for Pascoe Vale, this Thursday when constituents will deliver a letter calling for the urgent closure of the world’s third dirtiest power station.

Community Vigil – Climate Action Moreland
Where: Electoral Office of Lizzie Blandthorn,
416a Bell Street, Pascoe Vale
When: Thursday at 7:30am – 8:30am
Register: on Facebook event

During the unprecedented 2009 Black Saturday bushfire period, there were 374 extra heat-stress-related deaths in Victoria, an average of more than 4.25 deaths for each Legislative Assembly electorate in Victoria.

The need to move quickly to replace dirty coal with clean renewable energy and jobs was highlighted in a new report from Oxford University’s Stranded Assets Programme, which identified the most-polluting, least-efficient and oldest “sub-critical” coal-fired power stations. (See Climate Council June 2014 report: Australia’s Electricity Sector: Ageing, Inefficient and Unprepared)

The report found 89% of Australia’s coal power station fleet is sub-critical, “by far” the most carbon-intensive sub-critical fleet in the world.

One quarter of Australia’s coal plants need to close within five years if Australians are to play an equitable part in keeping with government pledges.

The previous ALP state government showed promise in this matter”, said Gemma Williams, “We hope this current government will show strong leadership now.”

In 2010, then Labor premier John Brumby, in explaining his policy for a phased close-down of Hazelwood, told ABC radio listeners: “either you believe in closing Hazelwood or you don’t, and I do.”

Labor’s 2010 climate change legislation provided the reserve power to regulate emissions from existing brown coal-fired generators.

This legislation was undermined by the Baillieu government, and now is the time to restore the government’s capacity to regulate emissions.

We urge the development of a strong jobs package and an economic transition plan for the Latrobe Valley because the move from coal to clean wind and solar renewable energy is now both urgent and inevitable.

Climate Action Moreland will be taking these message to electors and other state MPs in Moreland:

  • Urgent action is required now to replace coal
  • Hazelwood can be shut without affecting power supplies, and
  • Coal is a major health hazard to Victorians.

Further Vigils

We will follow up our vigil outside Lizzie Blandthorn’s electoral office for the seat of Pascoe Vale with further vigils for the two other State MLAs that represent our municipality here in Moreland: Frank Maguire, MP for Broadmeadows and Jane Garrett, MP for Brunswick.

Community Vigil – Climate Action Moreland
Thursday, May 14 from 4.30-5.30pm
Frank McGuire, Broadmeadows
Meet at Broadmeadows Shopping Centre, Shop G42, Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows

Community Vigil – Climate Action Moreland
Thursday, May 28 from 8.00 – 9.00am
Jane Garrett, Brunswick
Action on the corner of Nicholson St and Park St bike path, then deliver letter to her office at
Suite 1, 31 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East (near corner of Brunswick Rd and Nicholson Street)

April 27, 2015 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

Climate Action Moreland advocates strong science based post 2020 climate targets

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Climate Action Moreland advocates Australia should go back to the climate science on what we should do in terms of greenhouse gas emission reduction targets to take to the Paris UNFCCC climate negotiations in December 2015.

In 2007 Australia formally signed on to the Kyoto Protocol. The agreement negotiated that year, called the ‘Bali Roadmap’, adopted in a footnote the IPCC 4th Assessment report strong greenhouse gas reduction targets for Industrialised countries of 25 to 40 per cent reduction on 1990 levels by 2020. We think we should adopt this as a benchmark, that we agreed to in 2007. This would require shifting Australia’s 2020 target from 5 per cent on 2000 levels to 25 per cent reduction on 1990 levels. This then would place Australian climate action in accord with what the best scientific advice demands as our fair share.

For 2025 we should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent reduction on 1990 levels. Norway has already committed to this target.

For 2030 we should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent reduction on 1990 levels. Switzerland has already committed to this target. While Australia is responsible for about 1 per cent of global emissions at 18.3 tonnes per capita, Switzerland by comparison is responsible for 0.1% of global greenhouse gas emissions with 6.4 tonnes per capita.ii Europe submitted it’s target as 40 per cent reduction in emissions on 1990 levels by 2030.

We should aim to be carbon neutral by 2050, after which Australia should try to be carbon negative through soil carbon farming initiatives, afforestation, development of blue carbon sinks, and technological filtering the air of carbon dioxide. This is in accord with the negotiations that took place at Lima in December 2014, that articulated that “an aim of zero net emissions by 2050″.

Our targets for 2020 and 2025 are higher than the Climate Change Authority over the next decade as they reflect the scientific recommendation for much larger carbon reduction earlier. The Authority put forward in March 2014 that Australia’s 2020 target should be 19 per cent reduction on 2000 levels. In their latest review for post 2020 they argue:

“a 30 per cent reduction by 2025 remains reasonable and achievable even if Australia does not strengthen its 2020 target beyond the minimum 5 per cent reduction. If Australia is able to do more than 5 per cent by 2020, this would allow a more gradual acceleration of effort beyond 2020….a 2030 range of 40 to 60 per cent below 2000 levels, and a long-term emissions budget to 2050. These goals would help Australia make a fair contribution to global climate action to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees.”

The targets by the Climate Change Authority are based on comparable international action, and the belief that we have a carbon budget which we can expend in the transition, and has been advocated as part of the IPCC 5th assessment report. But the global carbon budget does not reflect some of the unknowns such as the permafrost feedback and other possible climate feedback mechanisms that would reduce this budget.

The Climate Action Moreland targets reflect the argument that for a 90 per cent chance of staying under 2 degrees Celsius the global carbon budget is already used up. This is explained in David Spratt’s latest report: Recount. It’s time to do the math again.

From David Spratt (2015) Recount. Time to do the Math Again

From David Spratt (2015) Recount. Time to do the Math Again

Global and Australian decarbonisation by 2050 is feasible.

Higher targets for Australia may not be easy to achieve, but we won’t know until we start.

Work on deep decarbonisation has been done at Monash University and by Climateworks, published 2014, and explained at the Conversation (Australia can get to zero carbon emissions, and grow the economy) to show that:

“Not only can we reach net zero emissions by 2050, this can be achieved without major structural changes to the economy, and minimal impact on Australians’ lifestyles.”

A 2013 report by Ecofys (PDF) investigated whether global carbon neutrality was possible to achieve by mid century and concluded it was technically and physically feasible as long as we rapidly escalate decarbonisation.

In the words of Nelson Mandela “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Read our full submission to the Australian Government UNFCCC climate targets taskforce as a PDF for downloading: 20150424-CAM-submission-Australia-post-2020-targets or below. Note that the blue headings are directly taken from the White paper issued by Prime Minister and Cabinet which they requested specifically answered. The text below also corrects some spelling and typographical errors discovered after formal submission:

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April 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm 1 comment

Meeting with Moreland Councillors to discuss Zero Carbon Moreland plan

Zero-carbon-Moreland-coverAs many of you may be aware City of Moreland’s strategy for reducing emissions in the municipality by 22 per cent by 2020 was launched last year – See my report of the launch.

Councillors Lenka Thompson and Samantha Ratnam invite residents to their Ward meeting on Tuesday the 21st April 2015 7pm at Coburg Library meeting room (corner Victoria and Louisa Streets) to discuss Council’s plan to make the Moreland community carbon neutral through the Zero Carbon Evolution strategy.

When: 7pm, Tuesday 21 April 2015
Where: Coburg Library Meeting Room, Corner Victoria and Louisa Streets, Coburg.

Come along to hear Paul Murfitt, CEO from The Moreland Energy Foundation, and discuss how we can work together to combat climate change. Some members of Climate Action Moreland will also be attending too.

You can download and read City of Moreland’s plan: Zero Carbon Evolution (PDF).

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