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Brunswick MP calls for #springst politicians to attend #globalClimatestrike

Our Brunswick MP, Dr Tim Read has urged all members of state parliament to join school students and the many thousands of other people for the Global Climate Strike on Friday September 20.

We look forward especially to seeing those MPs who have signed the climate emergency declaration in attendance at the rally. This includes Dr Tim Read (Brunswick), Lizzie Blandthorn (Pascoe Vale), Lily D’Ambrosio (Mill Park), Dr Samantha Ratnam and Fiona Patten (Northern Metro Region)

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September 18, 2019 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

Moreland Council votes to support Global Climate Strike

No Planet B – Climate Emergency

On Wednesday night Councillors at Moreland Council adopted a resolution of supporting the Global Climate Strike on September 20. A further motion extended support to the local Moreland Extinction Rebellion group. Climate Action Moreland started promoting the global climate strike event in Melbourne in May 2019.

Moreland Council was one of the leading Councils in Australia, and globally, to declare a climate emergency (unanimously) in September 2018.
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September 12, 2019 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

Submission: Retaining trees as heritage and to moderate heat in Gandolfo Gardens with Skyrail construction

Urban forest canopy in a highly urbanised area such as around Moreland Station provides vital environmental services. These include habitat for urban wildlife, particularly birds, air filtering pollutants, absorbing excesses rain runoff reducing urban flooding, and providing shade under the established tree canopy which reduces localised temperatures during extreme heat events.

The urban heat island effect is very prominent along the Upfield Corridor and tree canopy provides one of the best methods for local reduction in temperatures during extreme heat events. The trees in Gandolfo Gardens, part of the larger Moreland Reserves either side of the station, contribute substantially to community well being. While most of the present trees were planted during the 1970s and 1980s, there are several trees likely to be well over a hundred years old and part of the original community tree planting in 1911. The local community, lead by the Coburg Progress Association faought hard for the establishment of these reserves and the gardens and trees therein.

Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) will remove 4 sequential level crossings to build an elevated rail line starting from Tinning street and ending before O’Hea street in a $460 million construction project. At Moreland Road the proposal is to build a new elevated station north of the present heritage listed station.

This will entail the destruction of 113 trees within the Moreland Station Reserves, with inadequate reasons given for why the new station could not be built south of Moreland Road, over the road, or on the north side next to Moreland Road. LXRP fail to provide possible alternative construction methodologies to minimise the number of trees to be removed.
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September 12, 2019 at 1:25 pm 1 comment

Submission to Climate Change Authority – policies necessary to achieve Australia’s commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement

Climate Action Tracker June 2019 assessment.

Climate Action Moreland prepared the following submission (PDF) to the Climate Change Authority focussing on three sectors: agriculture, energy (electricity) , and transport. These are key areas for Australia to implement climate policy to achieve reduction in emissions to meet Australia’s commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement. We appreciate the Climate Change Authority collating this information, even though the present conservative government largely ignores the independent advice of this Authority.

Under the Paris Agreement Australia needs to submit a new Nationally Determined Contribution document that outlines all targets and policies to achieve our targets, by early 2020. No backtracking is acceptable (this is written into the agreement as well) This is the ratchet (ambition) mechanism of the Paris Agreement. On current commitments the world is heading for an average temperature rise of between 2.4 degrees to 3.8 degrees Celsius by 2100, as calculated by the Climate Action Tracker website. Australia’s effort is rated as ‘Insufficient’.

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August 27, 2019 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

Screening of ‘2040’ film at Brunswick Town Hall

Moreland Screening of 2040 film

Climate change is a dangerous threat to earth’s people, plants and animals.

WHAT’S YOUR 2040?

Moreland Council has a goal and vision for a zero carbon Moreland by 2040. Everyone needs to get involved to help make this vision a reality!

You’re invited to this special screening of the innovative film 2040 by award winning filmmaker Damon Gameau at the Brunswick Town Hall.

When: Sunday 8 September, 2019. 2pm for 3pm film start
Where: Brunswick Town Hall, Sydney Road.

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August 19, 2019 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Moreland Council’s eat less meat climate debate #MeatlessMonday

Climate impact of people reducing meat consumption – Nature

Sometimes climate action can rear it’s head in unexpected places. Like the Corporate catering contract for Moreland Council events and meetings discussed at Council’s August 14th Council meeting in 2019.

There was an amendment to the pre meeting circulated Officer recommended motion, that caterers prepare all vegetarian/vegan food for events on Mondays, as a small contribution to the Meatless Mondays campaign to call attention to the high embedded emissions in meat, and start by having a meat free day on Monday at Council catered events.
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August 18, 2019 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

Climate Push for bike lane trial on Sydney Road Brunswick

Sydney Road Option 3 bicycle lanes (Source: VicRoads)

Moreland Council will be submitting a submission to the Department of Transport for a 6 month separated bike lane trial on Sydney Road between Glenlyon Road and Brunswick Road. An important reason driving this is the need to ramp up the use of sustainable transport on Sydney road to address transport emissions, to encourage mode shift away from car use to public transport and active transport in the City of Moreland.

At the August Moreland Council meeting Council debated proposals for the VicRoads Sydney Road Improvement project and the officer recommendation for a submission to the Department of Transport advocating Option 3 with separated bike paths and increased space for pedestrians.
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August 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

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