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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

Melbourne turns out to demand climate action in #globalclimatestrike

According to the Student strike organisers, well over 330,000 people attended the climate strike across Australia, more than double the March 2019 turnout.

Melbourne saw 100,000 people in the Tereasury Gardens and march along a 1.2 kilometre route through the CBD.

Sydney had 80,000 people in the Sydney Domain. There were also 30,000 people in Brisbane, 20,000 people in Adelaide, 20,000 people in Hobart, 15,000 people in Canberra, and 10,000 people in Perth. There were actions by Students & workers in over 115 Australian cities & towns.

Globally, over 4 million globally participate in world’s largest climate mobilisation. This included 250,000 people marching in new York City, where Greta Thunberg addressed the enormous crowd.

The essential demands of the Student Strike for Climate in Australia were: no new fossil fuels including stopping Adani mine, 100 percent renewables by 2030, and money for just transitions & jobs.
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September 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

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

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