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Candidates for Moreland Council sign Climate Emergency Declaration

Many climate activists are now calling on the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency and initiate a society-wide mobilisation. For more detail, see the Climate Emergency Declaration website

We have asked candidates running for Moreland Council if they will sign the Climate Emergency Declaration.  Thanks to the following candidates who have responded:

North East Ward: Sue Bolton; Natalie Abboud; Imogen Jubb
North West Ward: Dale Martin
South Ward: Dean O’Callaghan; Ray Pastoors (signed online); Jessica Dorney; Mark Riley; Samantha Ratnam
See the results.

 

Election day is Saturday 22 October 2016. Here are the responses candidates sent to our climate survey:

We also recommend reading the following booklet by one of our members, David Spratt: Climate Reality Check (PDF)

21 prominent Australians signed this ad in June 2016 calling for a climate emergency declaration

21 prominent Australians signed this ad in June 2016 calling for a climate emergency declaration (Click to read the ad)

 

October 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm 3 comments

Australian Climate Justice movement: Pacific Perspectives

by Nic Maclellan

For much of the Australian climate movement, international solidarity  has focused on travelling to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COPs), or financing delegates from indigenous communities and the Asia-Pacific region to participate in global summits.

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Photo from Pacific Island Climate Action Network

I want to suggest that there are other practical ways that we can work with our counterparts in the Pacific islands region, without just focusing on the COPs.

With the Paris Agreement creating the framework for action for the next decade, I suspect that there will be increasing focus by Pacific Island Countries (PICs) on implementation, and on forcing OECD countries to meet their pledges. This will see increased pressure on Australia through the Pacific Islands Forum.
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February 19, 2016 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

Australia is still a climate fossil

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.

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Fossil of the day trophy

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).

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Picture by John Englart from awards ceremony. (Yellow text added)


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December 11, 2015 at 10:59 am 1 comment

Moreland cyclists at the Peoples’ Climate March

Greg Platt reports on the cyclists’ feeder event at the People’s Climate March

The Moreland Bicycle User Group met at the Brunswick Mechanics’ Institute to ride into the People’s Climate Rally on 27 November. Because it had been advertised as a feeder event by the PCM web site, the BUG was joined by people from across the north of Melbourne, from country Victoria and even a cyclist in town from Tasmania. Twenty cyclists set out at 4:45 pm and numbers increased as more joined on the way in. After collecting some of the lone cyclists from within the crowd, we had group of about 50 of us to form the rear of the march as we made our way through town. A good time was had by all.

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Photo by Peter Campbell of some of the many cyclists at the People’s Climate March

December 11, 2015 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

Spread the word: People’s Climate March, Fri Nov 27

Update on People’s Climate March, Fri Nov 27 at 5.30pm
Please Spread the Word! 

Invite friends using the Facebook event or forward this page.

People’s Climate March – Melbourne, Friday November 27 at 5.30pm. State Library of Victoria.

Sign up for the march so organisers can tell the media how many people are coming and send you important updates.

Come at 3.30pm for the rally to Stop the forced closure of Aboriginal communities.
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November 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Meditation Action for the Planet

by Pauline Galvin

A group of people interested in the overlap of spiritual practice and environmental action who meet in Moreland are putting on Meditation Actions in the lead up the the People’s Climate March.

The group who came together as a study group working with One Earth Sanga (One Earth Community) and the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group are holding 30 minute nightly walking and sitting meditations outside the State Library from Friday 20th November to Thursday 26th November.

The actions are open for anyone to join in and “Slow down for the Planet”. The action is to remind us to slow down and connect back into what is important in life, slow down global warming, slow down consumption and slow down exploitation of Earth’s finite resources. The action also intends to raise awareness of the upcoming Peoples Climate March on Friday the 27th November. See Facebook event.

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November 20, 2015 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Climate marches banned in France: We must march for them

John Englart, our reporter for the Paris climate talks, reports that the French government has banned climate marches planned for November 29 and December 12.

The government is citing security concerns following the November 13 mass shootings and bombings that killed 129 people.

Read John’s report here.

This banning makes it even more vital that people across the world send a  clear message. Our leaders must take strong immediate action to slash carbon emissions. Join us at the Melbourne People’s Climate March on Friday November 27 at 5.30pm outside the State Library. Facebook event here.

CLIMATE JUSTICE CLIMATE PEACE

John also writes:

Can I suggest that those of you not in Paris do a cardboard cut out of a person and write ‪#‎jesuisParis‬ on it and take it along to the protest as your plus one. Use it to add other climate slogans as you desire. Let your placards speak for Paris as the French State are attempting to silence the citizens of Paris mobilising during the climate conference.

The French organisation Coalition Climate 21 has issued a media release. A web translation is as follows:

NOVEMBER 29 AND DECEMBER 12 PROTESTS PROHIBITED IN PARIS

PRESS RELEASE
Paris, November 18, 2015

The Prefecture of Police of Paris has just informed us that due to the tragic events that took place on November 13, the World March for the climate of 29 November and 12 December mobilizations planned are banned in Paris.

We regret that no alternative has been found to allow our mobilizations. However, we are more determined than ever to make our voices heard on issues of climate justice.

“We realize the gravity of the situation. More than ever we will mobilize and gather creatively. No COP21 without mobilizing civil society ” said Juliette Rousseau, coordinator of the Coalition climate 21.

Indeed, on 28 and 29 November weekend, on the eve of the opening of the COP 21, millions of people will march for climate justice:

  • 2173 events are being prepared in over 150 countries
  • 57 marches are planned worldwide
  • Dozens of marches in the regions of France have been announced

On 29 November and 12 December in Paris, we will find an alternative form of citizen mobilization, to show that COP 21 will not be done only with the negotiators.

Citizens Climate Summit to be held on 5 and 6 December in Montreuil (Seine Saint-Denis) and the Action Zone Climate, to be held from December 7 to 11 at Paris-CENTQUATRE should be maintained. These mobilizations will be two great opportunities to demonstrate that we have the solutions and alternatives to climate change and that civil society is determined to fight against the climate crisis.

21 Climate Coalition recalled that COP 21 is not an end in itself and that we citizens of the world are building a movement that will be strengthened after this summit and beyond.

November 19, 2015 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Moreland climate activists join protest over Carmichael Coal Mine

By Bron Plarre

When the Minister for Environment, Greg Hunt, re-approved the Carmichael Coal Mega-Mine in the Galilee Basin Queensland, CAM members together with all manner of climate activist groups took to Hunt’s office in Hastings on October 16 to voice their outrage.

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The Climate Guardians on the day after Hunt’s announcement.

The Climate Guardians co-convenor Dr Liz Conor said: “to be actually expanding the Australian coal export industry now is beyond irresponsible, it’s staggeringly negligent.”

Two weeks later, on October 30, Direct Action Melbourne (DAM) made the point that coal mining of such magnitude is unconscionable and completely incompatible with protecting our ever more degraded ecology and food producing land, let alone with the embodied carbon emissions associated with a project of that size – 40km long open cut mine producing 60 million tonnes per year.

DAM members role-played fat-cat wealthy billionaires, coal miners, fishes of the reef. They locked-on in Hunt’s office for most of the day, triggering federal police attendance, and renamed Hunt Minister AGAINST the Environment and Minister for COAL.

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DSC_0056Face-off: Billionaires versus the Reef

November 12, 2015 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

Race to Coburg night market – December 4

The Public Transport Users Association wants more sustainable transport options in our city that are frequent, reliable and connected.  Because we know that when we have a great public transport network, people will use it.

Race to Coburg Night Market

The PTUA are creating local events to engage people in their communities and campaign for better transport options. This year they have already run the Race to Richmond Town Hall and the Race to Preston Market. Now it’s Moreland’s turn. The PTUA is teaming up with Moreland Council and holding a race in conjunction with the Coburg Night Market on the 4th December kicking off at 5pm.

On that day, participants take public transport from home, work, school or where ever they might normally be on the day leaving at roughly the same time (5pm) and then all converge on the Coburg night market.  The winner will be the participant that has the fasted average speed for their journey.

Check out the event and register at http://www.publictransportnottraffic.org/moreland-race

For more information, contact Eleisha Mullane eleisha.mullane@ptua.org.au 0418 288 110

November 12, 2015 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Bicycle riders of Moreland – join the ride for a safe climate!

Are you a cyclist in Moreland? Would you like to cycle to the People’s Climate March on November 27? Moreland Bicycle User Group has endorsed the march and will be riding in as a body. All cyclists are welcome to join in.

Meet at: Brunswick Mechanics’ Institute, cnr Sydney Rd and Glenlyon Rd, Brunswick at 4:30 p.m. Fri 27 November.

For more information, contact Nic Dolby on 0400 682 729.

November 12, 2015 at 9:30 am 3 comments

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