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Climate Emergency candidates for MorelandVotes 2020

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Climate Emergency placard

This is a list of candidates who have acknowledged with a photo that we are in a climate Emergency.

Moreland Council formerly acknowledged and declared a climate emergency in September 2018 and since then have been incorporating a climate emergency framework into Council policies.

Candidates may download the Climate Emergency declaration, print it out, sign and take an image to send to us to include on this page. We’ll even accept home drawn signs acknowleding the climate emergency. We really aren’t fussed about the neatness of the sign its the action and commitment that is important.

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October 2, 2020 at 11:23 pm Leave a comment

Supporting September 25 Global climate strike while in pandemic lockdown

Climate strike protest in Moreland during Pandemic lockdown

How to support the Global climate strike on Friday September 25 here in Moreland?

We are still in stage 4 pandemic lockdown in Melbourne, only able to leave home for 4 valid reasons, including exercise within a 5 kilometre radius of our home.

School Strike 4 Climate highlighted that 600+ Climate events taking place around Australia on September 25 in the biggest-ever national action against gas.

Neighbours United for Climate Action (Facebook) organised a location near Coburg Lake with stuffed animals and signs and urged people on their allowed exercise time to visit the site and take photos and post to social media.

 
 
 
Brunswick MP, Tim Read, organised a zoom meeting with Tim Forcey on The Problem With Gas Series: What Governments Should Be Doing. Tim Forcey is an energy expert with 35 years experience who initiated the My Efficient Electric Home Facebook group with over 20,000 members.

 
 
 

Read an email by John Englart, Convenor of Climate Action Moreland, to Wills MP Peter Khalil on advocating for funding our future not gas.

Here are some images from a visit to the “We are all Stuffed” animals location near Coburg Lake, while on isolation exercise:

September 26, 2020 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Submission: Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline in Victoria

Matted Flax Lily in Moreland

After the 2019/2020 Summer bushfires we should all be concerned about the loss of biodiversity, the decline in ecosystems. The health of our environment supports the health of human society. Climate change is one of several human related factors driving ecosystem decline. Here is our submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline in Victoria.

Climate Action Moreland Submission on Ecosystem Decline in Victoria (PDF)

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September 1, 2020 at 11:26 pm Leave a comment

Australian Local Government community Emissions profiles launched

Moreland community emissions profile 2018/2019

While Australia is dealing with a continuing pandemic with record new cases in Victoria, a zoom conference held by the Climate Action Network Australia launched a new website tool documenting the community emissions profile in each Local Government Area across Australia, including Moreland.
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July 27, 2020 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

Submission: Moreland Nature Plan needs to recognise existential threat to biodiversity

Kangaroos in Northern Memorial Park

Moreland Council has had a commitment to developing a biodiversity Strategy since at least 2004, but this strategy has been consistently overlooked. We have a Climate Emergency. But we also have an ecological and biodiversity emergency. Both crises are related and need to be addressed together.

Moreland acknowledged we have a climate emergency. Now we need the proposed Nature Plan, which we have waited 16 years for, to reflect the global science on the existential threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. This is important even in highly built up areas such as Moreland, which still harbours over 900 sepecies, at least 36 of them being threatened species.
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June 26, 2020 at 12:46 pm 1 comment

Submission: Australia’s Technology Roadmap not enough to address the Climate Emergency

Climate Action Moreland submission on the Draft Australia Technology Roadmap. This is the document that Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor has been pushing. The document itself provides a survey of different technologies that can be used in address climate change. But it is insufficient. The decision processes that approve expansion of emissions (such as in new coal mines or gas extraction), or maintain present high pollution levels in existing sectorial processes needs also to be considered. Strategic Technology Roadmap is only one tool that should be used to driving climate action ambition to tackle the climate crisis. We have a climate emergency.

CAMoreland Technology Roadmap Submission (PDF)
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June 22, 2020 at 12:59 pm 1 comment

Moreland Council adopts coal filter as part of social sustainability criteria in procurement policy

Moreland Council adopts filter for new coal as part of Procurement Policy

Success tonight on StopAdani. Moreland Council, in its annual review of Council Procurement Policy, passed an amendment to the Council Officer resolution as a part of the social sustainability criteria.

The amendment put forward by Cr Sue Bolton adds:
“Excluding from future contracts, tenders or business dealings any companies involved in developing new coal mines.”
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June 11, 2020 at 12:41 am Leave a comment

Brunswick MP opposes Victorian Labor Government vote to lift gas ban

Dr Tim Read and Dr Samantha Ratanam – Don’t mention the Climate Emergency

We saw the real vandals in Victorian state parliament on June 3, 2020 in worsening the climate crisis – members of the Labor Party, Liberal Party and Nationals who all voted to lift the moratorium on onshore gas exploration and extraction. They all justified their actions saying gas is a transition fuel, but due to the underestimation of fugiture emissions and methane’s much greater global warming potential over 20 year time frame, it is far worse than coal. The Labor Party have no plans to transition residential, commercial or industrial customers away from gas.

“At some point opening up fossil fuel reserves so we can pump more carbon into the atmosphere will start to look like vandalism, and I believe we have reached that point now.” said Dr Tim Read, the Greens MP for Brunswick.

” And if it feels like vandalism now, what will it feel like in a decade when global heating is worse, when we have seen more climate change here and around the world and the damage it has caused?”
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June 8, 2020 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

Study finds 445 smoke related deaths from Australia’s climate fuelled Bushfire season

Bushfire smoke in Sydney, 18 December 2019

On January 1st 2020 Economics Professor John Quiggin estimated there would be hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths attributed to the deadly bushfire smoke that affected up to 80 per cent of Australia’s population, including in major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, during the climate fuelled 2019-2020 bushfire season.

A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in March 2020 estimated the excess health burden during 19 weeks continuous fire activity in the states most severely affected by bushfire smoke. It found that at least 445 deaths could be attriibuted to the bushfire smoke and the PM2.5 air pollution particulates, and over 4,000 hospitalisations.
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June 4, 2020 at 10:52 pm Leave a comment

Heat-related deaths under-estimated as temperatures and extreme heat events increase

Moreland’s social heat vulnerability

Researchers at the Australian National University say that heat related deaths have been greatly underestimated. In the 11 years between January 2006 and October 2017 an estimated 36,765 deaths in Australia can be attributed to heat-related causes.

As we know climate change is increasing average temperatures and the frequency and intensity of extreme heat events in Australia.
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May 26, 2020 at 11:43 pm Leave a comment

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