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Is Moreland prepared for a mega-drought?

Drought stress on wetlands

New research from the University of Queensland suggests that Mega-droughts – droughts that last two decades or longer – are tipped to increase thanks to climate change.

Professor Hamish McGowan, the leading author of the new study, said the findings suggested climate change would lead to increased water scarcity, reduced winter snow cover, more frequent bushfires and wind erosion. The research looked at geological records from the Eemian Period – 129,000 to 116,000 years ago – when temperature were similar to or slightly higher than today.

Mega droughts will change how we use water, and also have implications for food security both locally and nationally.
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October 31, 2020 at 11:08 am 1 comment

Election results for Moreland Council 2020 and candidate priorities 2021-24

The election results for City of Moreland Council have been announced. Some old Councillors re-elected, some new Councillors.

The new Council will be made up of: 4 Greens, 3 Labor, 4 Independents. Five of the eleven Councillors are women maintaining a good gender split. But the results in North West Ward have been brought into doubt due to what appears to be intentional postal vote tampering. (See news reports at The ABC and The Age). The VEC announced on Nov 3 referral of the matter to Victoria Police and the Local Government Inspectorate, and the results to be referred to VCAT to determine further action.

With visits to our website starting to rise in mid September, October provided our highest site visits on record since our website was established in 2009, and nearly double the number of visits compared to the 2016 Council election campaign. Moreland residents were eager to find out where candidates stood on climate and sustainability, especially during this time when we are all under stress due to the pandemic.
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October 30, 2020 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

Cities Power Partnership Climate Awards 2020

Climate Awards 2020

No, Moreland Council didn’t win, indeed wasn’t even listed as a finalist, in the Climate Council Cities Power Partnership Climate Awards 2020.

These awards were presented by the ABC Fight for Planet A presenter Craig Reucassel in a webinar on Thursday night, 29 October 2020. They showcased the depth and breadth of Councils across Australia taking climate action in many different ways, through many different projects, even during this time of pandemic. Taking action for the Climate emergency.
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October 29, 2020 at 10:18 pm Leave a comment

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.
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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 2 comments

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

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