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4 March action: tell Premier Dan it’s time to build renewables, replace Hazelwood

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Build renewable energy – Replace Hazelwood
Taking a strong message to Victorian cabinet ministers in the leadup to the May 2016 Victorian State budget
Event: 7.45-9.00am Friday 4 March at cnr Nicholson and Park Sts, North Fitzroy,
plus statement delivery to Jane Garrett, Minister for Emergency Services, 31 Nicholson St, East Brunswick
Register on Facebook Event

On the morning of Friday 4 March, Climate Action Moreland friends and supporters will be taking a strong message to local member and cabinet minister Jane Garrett. It is the first of ten such actions focussing on senior state government ministers telling them its time to act on climate change, energy sources and coal.

It’s time for the Victorian government to fund an ambitious program to build renewable energy and commence the closure of Australia’s dirtiest coal-power stations in the May 2016 State budget, consistent with the Premier’s ambition for Victoria to be the leader in climate policy.
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February 23, 2016 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

Vigil to Replace Hazelwood – Jane Garrett MLA

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Our visit to Jane Garrett MLA, member for Brunswick, was our third state MP we have visited that represents the Moreland Municipality, to raise the necessity and importance of closing Hazelwood and a community transition plan.

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.

We had about 30 people turn up to our vigil at the intersection of Nicholson St and the Capital City Trail bikepath.

“Great support this morning from cyclists as we bring awareness to the urgency of closing Hazelwood, before visiting our local MP Jane Garrett on our quest to ‪#‎replacehazewood‬.” said Bronwyn Plarre.

Indeed, many cyclists took a leaflet and some volunteered to be photographed with a sign. Preaching to the converted? maybe. But many of these cyclists are Jane Garrett’s constituents, concerned about climate change and the necessity for closing coal emissions and transitioning to renewable energy.

The Victorian Labor Government has moved positively on energy efficiency and boosting renewable energy. But it also needs to be making economic transition plans to phase out coal emissions, starting with Hazelwood. Here are photos from the day:


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

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

Why is Australia’s dirtiest Power station still operating? Hazelwood.

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We need urgent action to address climate change and replace coal

Burning coal, prinicpally in coal-fired power stations, is the single largest contributor to global warming. We need a rapid end to fossil fuel use to preserve a safe climate and healthy future. Hazelwood power station in the Latrobe Valley is Australia’s dirtiest power generator, and the third dirtiest in the world.

Hazelwood can be shut without affecting power supplies

Hazelwood is not needed for power generation and closing it will not affect the security of our electricity supplies. Dirty coal power stations such as Hazelwood are a major disincentive to investment in new, large-scale renewable energy. The Australian energy market regulator says there is excess electricity generating capacity and Hazelwood can be closed without affecting energy security.

Coal is a major health hazard

The 2014 Morwell mine fire was a major health hazard. The Hazelwood owners are profiting from a facility that is causing damage to local residents and our future climate. The Latrobe Valley needs jobs. Many jobs will be created through the decommissioning of Hazelwood and in mine rehabilitation.

It produces over 18 million tonnes of carbon pollution and uses 27 billion litres of water every year, and is Australia’s single largest source of dioxin pollution.

A steady stream of jobs can be created in the LaTrobe Valley: decommissioning and mine rehabilitation will require a significant workforce for many years.

So why is Hazelwood still open?

In 1992 the SECV announced that Hazelwood will be retired in 2005, to follow older plants at Newport and Yallourn. But in 2005 the Brack’s Government extends the life of Hazelwood power station. (See Hazelwood power station – A brief history)

The Victorian Labor government promised in July 2010 to start closing Hazelwood. However, the Baillieu/ Napthine government promoted coal and attacked renewable energy. We now have a new Labor government. Labor must make good on its promise to close down Hazelwood.

Make your voice heard

Tell Enengy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio time’s up for Hazelwood.

• Ring on 9465 9033
• Email: lily.d’ambrosio@parliament.vic.gov.au
• tweet #replacehazelwood @LilyDAmbrosioMP
• Join Climate Action Moreland

We need strong community support and strong, loud voices. Join us!

Replace Hazelwood with clean renewable energy

March 18, 2015 at 11:14 pm 1 comment

Make 2015 the year the world finally gets serious about Climate Action

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Welcome to the February 2015 edition of the Climate Action Moreland Newsletter.

Let’s help make 2015 the year that the world finally gets serious about Climate Action

This is an important year. The UN Climate Change Conference in Paris hopes to finally achieve a legally binding universal agreement on climate change. We can all do our bit to ensure that Australia takes up the challenge!

There are lots of activities happening over the next month. (See our calendar.) This is a great time to get involved, get active and get your friends motivated too!
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February 13, 2015 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

Media Release: Candidates thrash out implications of Climate policies at Coburg

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A lively state election candidate’s climate forum at the Coburg Town Hall on Monday evening (17th of November) saw Moreland-based State election candidates discuss and argue the implications of wide range of climate impacts and their interaction with other policies. Candidates clashed on topics around buying back energy assets, and the impact of Moreland’s contentious development policies like the recently approved Coburg strategy on Climate change.

The forum, organised by Climate Action Moreland (CAM) and endorsed by five other environmental groups*, was attended by ten candidates who openly shared their views on climate change and their proposed policies for action to reduce human impacts on climate change.

Lower House candidates in the seats of Brunswick, Pascoe Vale and Broadmeadows as well as Upper House candidates in the Northern Metropolitan region were invited to the forum. Candidates attending included independent candidate Peter Allan and representatives from The Australian Greens, the Animal Justice Party, the Sex Party, Socialist Alliance, Save the Planet, Voice from the West, and the Liberal Party. There was lively discussion between all the candidates about renewable energy targets, public transport, cycling infrastructure, agricultural practices, urban planning and energy efficiency.

Despite five Labour candidates being invited, the Labor party chose not to provide representation to explain their climate change policies, or apparent lack thereof. CAM members strongly believe that Labor missed an opportunity to join in and speak to their constituents from across three electorates. Labor currently holds the lower house seats in Brunswick, Pascoe Vale and Broadmeadows. While Broadmeadows and Pascoe Vale are safe Labor seats, Brunswick is a marginal Labor / Green seat, yet Labor continues to remain silent on their environment and climate change policies.

Groups in neighbouring suburbs who have organised candidates forums have noted the non-attendance of Labor and Liberal candidates at environment focused forums. Both major parties shunned a recent climate forum in Northcote and the Uniting Church’s forum in Pascoe Vale.

“It’s a shame in an election that’s had very little attention on environmental issues, that the Labor party missed an opportunity to put themselves on the record. We had a forum that ran the gamut from the Liberal party to Socialist Alliance, and Labor chose not to be part of that conversation” lamented Michael Stanley from Climate Action Moreland.

CAM were impressed with the turn-out at the forum and felt that the candidates in attendance provided valuable insight into their climate change policies, but were disappointed that the Labor candidates chose not attend. CAM believes that residents of Moreland are very concerned about climate change, as it is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and that action to reduce human impacts on the environment needs to be at the forefront of political policy.

Climate campaigner and Climate Action Moreland member Andrea Bunting stated: “I believe Australians are ashamed about our country’s current stance on climate change. Candidates who refuse to discuss climate policies do so at their own peril.”


Notes: * The Forum was endorsed by Australian Youth Climate Council, Moreland Bicycle Users Group,  350.org, Moreland Community Against the Tunnel.

Embedded videos of 8 candidate party presentations are available from youtube and at:
https://climateactionmoreland.org/2014/11/19/candidate-video-presentations-from-climate-forum/

Photos of this election forum are available for use from John Englart’s Flickr Site – all with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) license.

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November 19, 2014 at 8:43 pm 3 comments

November 2014 Newsletter – climate and the state election

Welcome to the November 2014 edition of the Climate Action Moreland Newsletter.

Climate Action Moreland Election forum on 17 November. Quiz your candidates on climate policies

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By popular demand! Candidates running in the state seats of Brunswick, Pascoe Vale and Broadmeadows are all invited.

Where: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
When: Monday 17 November 7 to 9pm
Kid friendly:
Of course! (It’s their future, after all)
Facebook event: Click here
Other sponsors:  Moreland Bicycle Users Group, Moreland Community Against the East-West Tunnel, Australian Youth Climate Coalition and 350.org Melbourne
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November 2, 2014 at 11:59 pm 1 comment

Progress on Moreland Council Divestment

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We are very excited to share the news that a draft divestment motion is presently being circulated amongst the councillors. It’s critical at this point in time that they know there is community support for the initiative. We have three councillors who have publicly declared support for divestment (L Thompson, S Bolton & S Ratnam). We need six votes to pass – but we want all the councillors to embrace and back the motion.

Our petition is nearing 1000 signatures but showing there’s even greater enthusiasm is important – we need your help to get this historic motion over the line! For those in Moreland, if you could take the time to contact your Councillors to let them know you support divestment, it could be the difference. For those outside Moreland please write to the councillors as well – most of you signed this petition when you were in Moreland to shop, party or visit friends/family, so you are part of our community. You can inform the councillors of your support in a variety of ways.

Use the sample text provided below or your own inspiration to write them an email.

Call/text the councillors directly

Post on the Councillor’s public facebook pages (for those that have them – see below)

Send them a tweet supporting divestment (for those on twitter – see below)

In our discussions with councillors so far, none have ruled out supporting a divestment motion – it’s important we keep all our comments positive and give councillors the encouragement they need.

Here are the contact details of the Councillors – please let them know you support divestment and they should – you can also let the three who have publicly supported divestment know that they have your support.
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August 30, 2014 at 2:27 am 2 comments

Helping the City of Moreland divest from Fossil Fuels

A petition from over 800 Moreland residents has progessively been presented to Moreland council urging the Council to take it’s money out of financing fossil fuel developments.  We presented the latest round at tonight’s meeting.
Climate Action Moreland Volunteer SallyRose on the right with 350 and Climate Action Moreland volunteers presenting latest round of signatures to Moreland Council

Climate Action Moreland Volunteer SallyRose on the right with 350 and Climate Action Moreland volunteers presenting latest round of signatures to Moreland Council

Climate Action Moreland and 350.org have been engaged and fighting the good fight to clean up Moreland council’s finances this year.  We thought we’d take this opportunity to let you all know where we stand at the moment.

What you’ve helped achieve so far

  • Moreland Council received 498 signatures at the April Council Meeting asking for divestment of Moreland’s finances from Fossil Fuels
  • At the May Council Meeting Moreland councilors approved a motion to audit council investments (term deposits mostly) to help give visibility to how ratepayer’s money is financing dirty energy projects
  • At their June meeting the council modified the awarding of their financial services contract to state that if the Commonwealth bank had not divested from Fossil Fuels by the end of their initial three year term, they would not be eligible for any extensions the contract offers. The contract would be automatically re-tendered to allow banks who don’t invest in fossil fuels a shot.  To our knowledge, this is the first time an Australian local council has put a bank on notice that their fossil fuel financing is putting their continuing business relationship on the line.
  • Tonight at the July Council meeting we presented another 332 signatures to council to let them know that while we welcome their engagement on the issue there’s still a way to go.
None of this would have been possible without the support in the community and the hundreds of people who have signed the petition and supported this campaign.  But there’s still plenty to do.
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Volunteers getting out there, chatting to residents and gathering petition signatures at Glenroy

What we’ve got planned ahead

  • The big event we have planned for August is a Community Climate Action Forum – where Climate Action Moreland and 350.org will be talking about ways that people can get involved in the grassroots efforts going on everywhere to help do things to combat climate change now.  One topic you can be assured will be covered is the effort to get council to divest from fossil fuels.  Details are below.
  • We’ll keep engaging with council to figure out the logistics of cleaning up their finances – we want to help council build a plan that lets them move all their money out of dirty energy investments.
  • We’ll keep getting out and engaging the community to get more people to sign up to cleaning up Moreland’s finances

Community Climate Action Forum

Can you come along to the Community Climate Action Forum? Here’s the details
When: Thursday 7 August at 7PM
Where: Coburg Concert Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg 
There’s a facebook event here – https://www.facebook.com/events/678219255546437/ to register interest in attending. Feel free to let us know you’re coming and invite other climate-minded people along!

 

Kind Regards and Thank you for your support
Michael Stanley on Behalf of Climate Action Moreland and 350.org

350.org Moreland Campaign Volunteer

July 10, 2014 at 1:56 am Leave a comment

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