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Addressing urban heat and burn risk in Playgrounds

High burn risk from playground materials with urban heat

“Unshaded synthetic turf is not a safe material to use in playgrounds in hot climates”, claim urban heat researchers based in Sydney in a new peer reviewed study.

Public playgrounds are important for our children to play and exercise. Increasing temperatures with climate change poses a health risk and, in particular, a burn risk to children due to surfaces heating up during hot weather, according to new research.

Researchers Sebastian Pfautsch, Agnieszka Wujeska-Klause, Judi Walters based in University of Western Sydney released the peer reviewed study: Outdoor playgrounds and climate change: Importance of surface materials and shade to extend play time and prevent burn injuries, published in the September 2022 issue of Building and Environment.

The research focussed on impact of urban heat on playground surfaces, and potential for burn injuries. Synthetic turf and other rubber/plastic surfaces were considered as part of this research. It has implications for urban heat of synthetic turf and other rubber and plastics surfaces and prevention of burn injuries, especially to children. This research should also help to inform Moreland Council investigation into Making Sports Playing surfaces sustainable.

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September 2, 2022 at 11:29 pm Leave a comment

Making Sports Playing surfaces sustainable

Clifton Park synthetic turf pitch surface temperature

Moreland Council has ordered a report in the first stage of development of a policy on open space surfaces, and sports fields in particular. The report needs to consider in particular “consideration to our stance on the Climate Emergency, Integrated Water Management, Urban Heat Island Effect and our goal of zero waste by 2030.

At last Council is moving to incorporate triple bottom line principles of environmental, social and financial decision making as mandated under the Local Government Act with regards to sports surfaces decision making.

Brunswick Voice has an article on the debate in Council chambers on 10 August: Climate debate heats up over synthetic turf.

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August 29, 2022 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

Time to Lift energy standards in the National Construction Code

Climate Action Moreland joined an alliance of more than 100 property, community, health and environmental organisations that issued a forceful call to the country’s Building Ministers to lift the energy efficiency of new homes built in Australia.

This is particularly important in Moreland considering new residential property development both in high rise and infill development to support a growing population density.

The powerful joint statement, released two weeks ahead of a National Building Ministers meeting, urges the Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers to use the meeting to confirm amendments to the National Construction Code.

The proposed changes would increase the minimum energy efficiency requirements for new homes from a 6 to 7-star energy rating and have the potential to slash the average household energy bill by up to $576 a year, according to the Federal Government’s own analysis.

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August 11, 2022 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Moreland Council orders report to consider Fossil Fuel Ad Ban

At Council meeting on 13 July Councillors voted in progressing a Fossil ad ban. Council called for a report on how Council can prohibit advertising on Council-owned property for companies involved in the production or supply of Fossil Fuels.

Yarra Council has also initiated a Fossil Ad Ban.

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July 15, 2022 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

Julien Vincent of Market Forces wins Goldman Environmental Prize

We have just learned that Julien Vincent from local NGO Market Forces has won one of the 6 Goldman environmental prizes for 2022. Market Forces has been an important force in campaigning to redirect the billions of investment dollars by banks, insurance companies and superannuation funds away from fossil fuels.

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May 26, 2022 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Candidates answer more climate questions in #willsvotes

The people of Wills submitted so many questions and we could only get to a fraction of them during the candidates forum. We then selected a further six questions that had been submitted and sent them to all of the candidates that attended the forum.

Only Leah Horsfall and Sarah Jefford have responded so far – we hope to hear from the other candidates who attended the forum soon (Peter Khalil, Sue Bolton, and Emma Black). You might like to contact them and ask them to respond.

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May 10, 2022 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Comparing Party policies on climate against Consistency with Paris Agreement 1.5C Goal in #Willsvotes and Victorian Senate

Kids protest outside Peter Khalil’s Wills electorate office on Sydney Road, urge Vote Climate

Climate Action Moreland has done an assessment of the published climate, environment and energy policies of the Political parties and candidates standing in the Wills electorate for 2022 and whether they are consistent with the science of climate change and the speed of transition required, and meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement.

We acknowledge climate policy is only one lens to view these Political Parties, but given it is a climate emergency we think it is a pretty important lens. About three quarters of Wills voters think climate action is a high priority. We also organised with Coburg Uniting Church and Neighbours United for Climate Action a Meet the candidates forum on 26 April, with a live recording. Climate risk is already affecting properties and insurance premiums around Australia, including in Moreland.

Our analysis on ranking the parties has been supported by the assessment of Climate Analytics, a leading international climate science and policy analysis NGO..

General Summary ranking of Party Policies against Paris Agreement 1.5C Goal for Wills

Consistency with Paris Agreement 1.5C Goal……….Party…………
Ambitous. Consistent with Paris Agreement 1.5C Goal. Specific range of policies. 75% 2030 target, 100% by 2035.
Greens will Phase out thermal coal export by 2030.
AJP commit to Global Methane pledge, developed climate, agriculture and animals policy highlighting necessity for methane emissions reduction.
The Greens
Animal Justice Party
Ambituous. May be consistent with PA goal but policies and targets tend to be general. AJP has a developed climate, agriculture and animals policy highlighting necessity for methane emissions reduction.Victorian Socialists,
Socialist Alliance
Some Ambition & some good well developed policies especially on Renewables, rewiring the grid, employment, EV adoption, but insufficient to meet PA goal. 43% 2030 target. Supports Gas expansion. Qualified support for new coal. Supports CCS. No commitment to sign Global methane Pledge.Australian Labor Party
Limited targets and policies, but highly insufficient to meet PA goal. 26-28% 2030 target. Supports gas and coal expansion, CCS.
Rejected signing Global Methane Pledge
Liberal Party
No Ambition, no action, likely to worsen climate crisisUnited Australia Party
Australian Federation Party
Denies and questions climate science. Step on the pedal for fossil fuelsPauline Hanson One Nation
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May 2, 2022 at 1:59 am 6 comments

Global #ClimateStrike March 25 2022 Photo Gallery

SS4C- Global Climate Strike

Support our kids – Global #ClimateStrike 

On Friday 25th March, school students all around Australia and the world are taking action to demand political action on the climate crisis. Please support our kids by coming along to the rally at 12 noon, Old Treasury Building, Spring St. Melbourne.

See the photo gallery below (Photos courtesy John Englart – High resolution photos available on Flickr).

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March 24, 2022 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

Sustainability and climate in 2022 Federal election in Wills electorate #willsvotes

Wills Meet the Candidate Forums:

7pm – 8.30pm Tuesday 26 April. Coburg Uniting Church Hall, 19 Victoria Street, Coburg.
Climate Action Moreland, Neighbours United for Climate Action, and the Coburg Uniting Church organised a climate-centred candidates’ forum. The Forum was livestreamed and recorded. Registrations for in-person attendance was via Humantix. Doors openned at 6.30pm and Soulistas Choir provided pre-forum entertainment. Election Day is confirmed as 21 May 2022. 9 candidates have nominated for Wills.

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March 15, 2022 at 9:05 pm 4 comments

Call to end toxic mercury containing fluorescent lighting, also saving greenhouse gas emissions

Source: Clean Lighting Coalition highlighting mercury pollution

Climate Action Moreland has joined more than 200 organisations globally in signing a letter to remove 3.5 Gigatons of CO2 emissions between 2025 and 2050 by ending toxic lighting. The letter is targeted at Heads of Delegations to COP4.2 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. It would also avoid 232 metric tons of mercury pollution from leaking into the environment between 2025-2050, both from the lamps themselves and from avoided burning of coal in power plants.

The open letter asks that the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-4) – Second segment – must deliver on its mission to Make Mercury History and phase-out toxic mercury-containing fluorescent lighting.  The meeting is on March 21, 2022.

Australia signed the Minnamata Convention on 10 October 2013, and ratified the convention on 7 December 2021. Read more at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment on Australia and the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

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March 13, 2022 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

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