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CAMoreland signs on to Loss and Damages statement for COP25

Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan

COP25 is coming up (Dec 2-13, 2019) to be held now in Madrid, Spain, and one of the main items up for negotiation is loss and damage – when the impacts of climate change go beyond what it is possible to adapt to, with a particular focus on most vulnerable countries.

This is an issue that Pacific countries, particularly Vanuatu and Timor Leste, have been very vocal on. Unsurprisingly, Australia continues to be one of the worst countries on this issue.
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November 11, 2019 at 1:24 am Leave a comment

Moreland Council capital expenditure on climate projects and the Neighbourwoods Program

Solar PV installed on Fawkner Library

Perusing the Governance report in the Council agenda for the October 2019 Council meeting there was an item for capital works climate change expenditure of $990,000 but no detail what this expenditure was actually for.
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October 30, 2019 at 2:14 am Leave a comment

Protest at Coburg Tradelink Plumbing: a local link to Adani coal mine

Protesting Adani at Tradelink Coburg

On Saturday Climate Action Moreland participated in an action outside Tradelink Plumbing Supplies in Sussex Street, Coburg. It was one of at least 25 protests around Australia tyargeting Tradelink. Tradelink is owned by Fletcher Building, a New Zealand multinational which is seeking contracts to supply materials for construction of the Adani Carmichael coal mine.

We were encouraging customers to boycott the store in future. When we arrived we went inside and spoke briefly to the staff and gave them information on our protest, and urged them to pass our message up the line.
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October 21, 2019 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Moreland Council fails to take climate emergency seriously on procurement policy Adani amendment

Cr Kavanagh opposing a motion on changing procurement policy on Adani


The Labor and independant Councillors on Moreland Council let down the community on walking the talk on climate action over coal and the Adani Carmichael mine in this time of climate emergency.

There was a notice of motion to amend Council’s Procurement policy to exclude dealings with any company that enters into contractual work with Adani. In her introductory comments Cr Abboud highlighted that she was asked by Australian Conservation Foundation to put a notice of motion to Council for companies contracted to work on the Adani coal mine.

After a debate, the motion was defeated.
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October 9, 2019 at 11:47 pm Leave a comment

“We all need to become everyday climate warriors”: Award to Climate Action Moreland Convenor

John Englart with Mayor Cr Abboud and Cr Riley with Environmental Sustainability Award

John Englart, Convenor of Climate Action Moreland, received the annual Moreland Award for Environmental Sustainability at the Moreland Awards on 1st October, 2019 for his advocacy in climate action. More than 200 people attended the awards event at the Coburg Town Hall.

Previous to his award, John Englart’s name was mentioned during the evening ceremonies as part of three advisory groups: Sustainable Moreland Advisory Group, Moreland Transport Advisory Committee, Community Advisory Reference Group (on level crossing removal).

John has been a resident of Brunswick, Coburg North and Fawkner for 29 years, publishing on climate science and the need for action since 2004, and active in Climate Action Moreland since 2012. He has attended as an NGO Observer for Climate Action Network Australia the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Annual conferences in Paris in 2015 (COP21), Marrakech in 2016 (COP22), and Bonn in 2017 (COP23).

Here is John’s acceptance speech to the Awards night audience:
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October 2, 2019 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

Submission: Zero Carbon Moreland Action Plan 2020-2025

Moreland Zero Carbon action Plan 2020-2025

We welcome the work Council staff have put into the development of a Zero Carbon Moreland Action Plan 2020/21-3024/25, building upon the Moreland Zero Carbon 2040 Framework (Doc). This is a substantial and well thought out Framework plan.

We appreciate that we have already had an opportunity to substantially contribute in the plan preparation through the Brains Trust workshops.

The following points are offered to further improve the plan.

Executive Summary highlighted points:

  • Energy Transition: concern over timing of transition of aquatic centres from fossil gas
  • Sustainable Transport: Advocacy on Flying Less and aviation emissions
  • Sustainable Transport: Support for new Low Carbon mobility solutions
  • Sustainable Transport: Support for Hydrogen and low emissions Fuels
  • Sustainable Transport: Active Transport differentiation of walking and cycling needs
  • Waste and Consumption: Stronger and earlier advocacy on plant based diets
  • Waste and Consumption: Urban Community Food Production
  • Drawdown: Moreland’s Urban Forest
  • Drawdown: Advocacy for retention of high carbon forests in Melbourne hinterland
  • Drawdown: Cities for Forests
  • Drawdown: Investigate Opportunities for biochar
  • Measurement: Public reporting on per capita and total emissions for Moreland

John Englart
Convenor
Climate Action Moreland
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September 28, 2019 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

Climate, Rights and Human Survival – CAMoreland signs declaration

You’re burning our future, #climatestrike


With the UN Climate Summit in New York underway a collective of over 400 organisations have issued a declaration for the People’s Summit on Climate, Rights and Human Survival.

Climate Action Moreland has signed the declaration (PDF).
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September 23, 2019 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

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