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Energy Efficiency mandatory standards a no-brainer

Climate Action Moreland member had a letter published in the Age on Saturday emphasising the importance of reducing energy usage through energy efficiency programs, including introduction of mandatory standards.

Andrea Bunting: Letters to the Editor, The Age

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October 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

Stop Adani people sign in Princes Park October 7

Reef not Coal Stop Adani protest


Okay Morelanders, time to present yourselves for the #StopAdani cause at Princes Park in Carlton.

The #StopAdani movement is uniting in a big day of action on Saturday, October 7. Join us in Princes Park!

WHEN
October 07, 2017 at 12pm – 3pm
WHERE
Princes Park – Lawn 5
Royal Parade
Melbourne, Victoria 3054
Australia

It’s just a quick trip on the No 19 tram down Sydney Road and get off at Princes Park. Or come by bike down the Upfield Bikepath, or along the inner city rail reserve from the east or Capital City Trail from the west to Princes Park.
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September 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Phaseout all fossil fuels – Climate Action Moreland signs Lofoten Declaration

Anglesea coal mine

The Lofoten Declaration argues that Climate Leadership Requires a Managed Decline of Fossil Fuel Production. Climate Action Moreland has endorsed this important declaration that has been signed by many Non Government Organisation around the world, large and small.

We think it is time Australia started the managed reduction of our fossil fuel production and incorporated just transition principles, particularly for the export trade.

At the launch of the declaration in early September 2017 Truls Gulowsen of Greenpeace Norway said, “The world already has access to more oil, coal, and gas than we can afford to burn if we hope to stay within the Paris climate goals. It is imperative that we stop exploring and expanding into new reserves, and instead start thinking about how we are going to have a just transition away from our dangerous dependence on fossil fuels.”

Australian greenhouse gas emissions are estimated at 1.3 per cent of global emissions, but if you factor export coal (estimated at 3.3 percent of global emissions) and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), we produce over 5 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions when these fossil fuels are burnt. (See Christoff 2012)
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September 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

Darebin Council adopts climate emergency plan

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In August our neighbouring municipality of Darebin unanimously adopted a Climate Emergency Plan, after a period of community consultation.
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September 6, 2017 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

Australia wins inaugural Pacific Fossil Award for hypocrisy on coal and climate action

In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Conference, COP23, in Bonn Germany in November, the Australian ambassador for climate is touring Pacific Island nations touting Australia’s climate action credentials.

Pacific Civil society have called out the ambassador Patrick Suckling, and Australia’s climate policies, with a new award that highlights Australia’s ongoing promotion of fossil fuels.

The inaugural ‘Pacific Fossil Award’, was given to Australia for repeated efforts to convince Pacific island countries that Australia is serious about tackling climate change, even while making the problem worse by expanding coal exports, and promoting the use of coal abroad.
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September 6, 2017 at 12:02 am Leave a comment

Labor wins Reef climate change motion, but remained silent on Adani and coal

Vote on Adani in HoR: Cathy McGowan, Adam Bandt, Andrew Wilkie vote to #stopAdani. Photo via @WilkieMP

The Liberal National Party government lost a motion in the House of Representatives of our Federal Parliament yesterday. Amid all this crisis over dual citizenship and section 44 of the constitution that has now embroiled Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, the Government were unable to muster the numbers and lost 61 votes against to 69 votes in favour. Read the full story at Climate Home.

The motion was on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill 2017. The passage of the Bill provided an opportunity for amendments from both Labor and the Greens.

While Labor’s amendment highlighted the government’s failure to protect the Great Barrier reef from Climate Change, it was silent on the threat of the Adani coal project opening up the Galilee Basin (Read David Holmes on Australia’s climate bomb: the senselessness of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine), and other new mines such as Glencore’s Wandoan mine in the Surat basin that has just been approved by the Queensland Labor Government.
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August 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

Commbank rules out funding Adani Carmichael coal mine

Commonwealth Bank announces will not fund Adani

In a statement today the Commonwealth Bank effectively ruled out funding for the giant Adani Carmichael coal mine. This is a win for the broad campaign to stop Adani.

A Commonwealth Bank spokesperson said, “We have been asked about our role in funding the Adani Carmichael mine. Whilst in general we do not comment on specific clients, we can confirm that we are not amongst the banks who have been, or will be, asked to consider this financing,” according to an Australian Financial Review report.

Perhaps Climate Action Moreland’s little action at the Glenroy Branch tipped the scales?
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August 11, 2017 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

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