Newsletter: Climate Change – Bush fires – Emission Targets
Climate Change – Bush fires – Emission Targets have all been in the news but all for the wrong reasons.
It’s time we take action, work together and turn things around.
I was in the South pacific recently and saw first-hand the impact of global warming, evidence of seas rising – erosion of islands, root crops such as Taro harder to grow due to the rise of salinity in the soil…
In Australia we talk about reducing emission, in the South Pacific they are talking about how to survive..
I have returned with fire in my belly to do something that will make a difference. On my own I feel overwhelmed but I believe together as a community we could make a real difference… so I invite you to become involved in Climate Action Moreland, meet like-minded people and put your ideas into action…
To start off there are a few things already organised: Dates for the diary …
A report commissioned by WWF Australia released on 28 October 2013 warned that Australia has nearly blown its carbon budget already. On 30th October the Climate Change Authority released it’s draft report which recommended Australia strengthen its minimum 2020 target and identified two options for further consideration: a 15% cut by 2020, followed by 35-50% cuts by 2030; or a 25% cut by 2020, followed by 40-50% cuts by 2030. Read the Climate Institute statement on this report.
Next CAM Meeting: Monday 11th November
Monday 11th November – the monthly CAM meeting at the at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel 681 Sydney Rd Brunswick VIC 3056
6 for dinner (not mandatory )and networking with the meeting starting 6.30 pm. We meet in the meeting room just ask for CAM at the bar.
Things that have been raised to discuss:
- How to improve the communication amongst members
- Actions what do we want to focus on ?
- Updates of Moreland Community Forum relating to the East west Tunnel project
- Environment Victoria and Tax the Sun petitions – street stall ?
- Protest Meeting No East West Tunnel Expand public transport
East West Tunnel Meeting: Tuesday 12th November
Tuesday 12th November – City of Moreland Public Information Meeting on the East West Tunnel.
Estonian Club, 43 Melville Road, Brunswick West.
Time still to be confirmed –
National Climate Rally Day: Sunday 17th November
Sunday 17th November 11:00 am – Treasury Place Melbourne 3000
Climate Rally – Australians want a Stronger Action On Climate Change.
WEAR HOT SUMMER COLOURS. Think red, orange, yellow – shirts, clothes, signs, banners, facepaint, hats, umbrellas and any other creative ideas. Together we will turn up the heat on climate action! Also bring water, hat and sunscreen. See Getup for other locations around Australia, or the AYCC website.
Look out for the Climate Action Moreland Banner
Protest Meeting No East West Tunnel: Thursday 28 November
Thursday 28 November, 6.30pm Protest Meeting No East West Tunnel Expand public transport
Venue: Temple Park Senior Citizens Centre, 24 Gray St, Brunswick West
This meeting has been called to launch a grassroots campaign group in Moreland against the East West tunnel. CAM has been asked by Sue Bolton if they will endorse this event — I said yes in principle but want your thoughts before confirming – so please contact me if you wish to discuss or oppose endorsement .. SallyRose 0431 445 930 4th Nov so flyers can be developed etc.
Initiated by Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance Moreland councillor
Possible endorsing organisations: Brunswick Residents Network; Climate Action Moreland; Sustainable Fawkner; Sustainable Coburg; Royal Park Association; Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek; PTUA; SLIMS; RATS, VITAL
Introduction by Sue Bolton
Possible speakers: Kay Oddie, Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek; A CAM member (Climate Action Moreland) ARE YOU INTERESTED ? please contact SallyRose 0431 445 930
Other Actions: Fossil Fuel Divestment
Other actions you may want to be part of:
Fossil Fuel Divestment
Do you have your money in one of the four big banks-ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB or Westpac?
Have you heard of Fossil Fuel Divestment?
On 26th October, at the ANZ branch in Melbourne’s Bourke St Mall, dozens of customers came out to close their accounts in protest over ANZ’s role as a leading lender to the coal and gas industries. This is part of our “put your bank on notice” campaign that has been running for the past six months.
Earlier the organization called Market Forces revealed that ANZ and the rest of the big four banks have been lending billions of dollars to dirty coal and gas export projects – many of them inside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Hundreds of Australians – you might even be one of them – have put their bank on notice, saying that unless loans to coal and gas projects stop, they’ll be taking their money elsewhere.
Hope to see you at one or ALL of the events …