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We started the #ausvotes conversation in #Wills2016 on Climate change

Panorama: Pauline Galvin introduces the forum for Climate Action Moreland

Climate Action Moreland organised a forum on climate for voters in the electorate of Wills to meet the candidates. Eight candidates accepted and turned up, with an apology from Kevin Hong, the Liberal candidate. About 140 people attended, more than we were expecting. We had to put out more chairs.

The numbers present – and the crowd was greater than we were expecting – highlight that climate change is a serious concern to the people of Moreland, as well as wider Australia. We want our politicians to lead on this issue, and not be beholden to sectional corporate interests. We expect our Federal representative to fearlessly pursue this issue in their party room, in parliament and society.

We have had the fortune of retiring MP Kelvin Thompson being active on the issue, while perhaps not pushing quite as hard as we would have sometimes liked. With the Paris Agreement in place we need to lift our national targets and actions to implement a just transition to a zero carbon economy by mid century. Thar is just 35 years from now. Even better if we can do so sooner.

The damage and prognosis for the Great Barrier Reef means that there is little time to spare.

On the local level we need to be concerned about extreme weather events, particularly the health risk during heatwaves, and Council and State Government action to moderate extreme temperatures associated with the urban heat island effect.
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June 1, 2016 at 1:37 am 2 comments

Wills election climate change Forum: discussing the hot issue

Wills 2016 Election Climate Forum

Wills 2016 Election Climate Forum

Malcolm Turnbull has now called the election for Saturday July 2nd, 2016. It will be a double dissolution election with both the House of Representatives and the full senate being elected.

Climate Action Moreland has organised a candidates forum with a focus on climate change and sustainability. The candidates will outline their party policy on climate change, with a focus on policies for climate action and sustainability.

Where: Coburg Concert Hall in the Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg
When: Monday, 30 May 7.30pm-9pm
Register on Facebook Events page

Come and meet the Wills Candidates and discuss with them their party policies on climate action.
Candidates include:
Zane ALCORN – (Socialist Alliance)
Tristram CHELLEW – (Sex Party)
Will Fulgenzi – (Socialist Equality Party)
Camille KENNEDY-SYDOW – (Animal Justice Party)
Peter KHALIL – (Australian Labor Party)
Dean O’CALLAGHAN – (Independent/Save the Planet)
Samantha RATNAM – (Australian Greens)
Francesco Timpano – (Independent)
Kevin Hong – (Liberal Party of Australia) will not attend, registered an apology

More candidates as they are confirmed
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May 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm Leave a comment

Moreland Candidate Forums for #vicvotes State Election

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We think climate issues are important for the state election on November 29th for the citizens of Moreland. Here are the meet the candidate forums so far organised in Moreland covering the electorates of Brunswick, Pascoe Vale and Broadmeadows.

Attend them to meet the candidates, Don’t be shy, ask questions.

With the Federal Government effectively in denial on climate change, being shunned at the United Nations for our pitifully weak targets, and supporting expansion of coal exports. The Baillieu/Napthine State Government has also been backtracking on climate mitigation by: restricting wind farms, closing energy efficiency programs, reducing the solar feed-in tarriff to 8c per Kilowatt hour, allocating more brown coal licences, only a temporary ban on fracking and CSG to June 2015, building an $8 billion East West Link tollroad we described as climate madness, and no current State target to reduce carbon emissions.

The Liberals repealed the 20 per cent by 2020 target the Brumby Government set in 2012. Surveys have repeatedly found citizens of Victoria want action on climate change.

Our local Moreland Council are leading in tackling climate change by achieving carbon neutrality in 2012 and setting a community emissions reduction target of 22 per cent by 2020, setting in place a process to divest from fossil fuels, establishing heatwave strategy and urban planning, tree planting and trialing cool pavement technologies to combat the urban heat island effect.

A forum has already occurred at Coburg Farmers Market discussing agriculture and food security issues, but also including the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security. Labor and Liberal candidates chose to be unavailable or attend other events – a poor sign when food production and distribution and climate change are so important to discuss. See our report: Fair Food Forum at Coburg Farmers Market discusses agriculture and food security

We should demand equal climate action leadership from our state government representatives, Please attend. Listen. Ask Questions. Join the discussion.

Friday 7 November:
Pascoe Vale Candidates Forum. Coburg Uniting Church. 7.30pm. Facebook Event page
Pascoe Vale Candidates (so far):
Lizzie Blandthorn (Labor)
Liam Farrelly (Greens)
Sean Brocklehurst (Socialist Alliance)
Jacqueline Khoo (Liberal)

Tuesday 11 November:
Fawkner Candidates Forum for seat of Broadmeadows. 6.15pm-8pm at John Fawkner Secondary College, 51 Jukes Rd, Fawkner
Broadmeadows candidates (so far):
Frank McGuire (Labor)
Jaime de LOMA-OSORIO (Greens)
Mohamed Hassan (Voice for the West)
RSVP to the event: on eventbrite or Facebook

Friday 14 November:
Brunswick Candidates Forum. Brunswick Uniting Church. 7.30pm.
Brunswick Candidates (so far):
Jane Garrett (Labor)
Tim Read (Greens)
Dean O’Callaghan (Independant – Save the Planet)
Stella Kariofyllidis (People Power – No Smart Meters)
Giuseppe Vellotti (Liberal)
Ward Young (Animal Justice Party)
Babar Peters (Australian Christians)

Climate change and the Victorian Election: quiz your candidates

Monday 17 November
6.30 – 8.30pm
Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
Organised by Climate Action Moreland (CAM)
RSVP via Facebook page
Endorsed by Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Moreland Bicycle Users Group, 350.org (Melbourne), Moreland Community Against the East West Tunnel and MEFL

October 25, 2014 at 9:25 am 1 comment

Fair Food Forum at Coburg Farmers Market discusses agriculture and food security

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Climate Action Moreland members ventured to the Coburg Farmers Market on Saturday to shop, to chat with other Moreland residents about climate change, collect signatures on the Monster climate petition, and listen to candidates for the State Election in November 2014 speak at the Fair Food Forum.

Food security and agriculture are important subjects which we should all be aware of and asking our political representatives about.

Fair Food Week – 10 to 19 October – is organised by Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA). Michael Croft, AFSA President, described the occasion as “Fair Food Week encourages the general community to embrace local food production, purchase and consumption.”

All candidates for the seats of Brunswick and Pascoe Vale who had so far committed to stand were invited to speak, however the Liberal candidate for Brunswick cancelled the night before, Jane Garrett, Labor MP for Brunswick refused to attend, and Lizzie Blandthorn, Labor candidate for Pascoe Vale although originally agreeing to come then reneged and instead handed out red balloons and launched the Batman market near the Batman railway station.

But the forum went ahead with the Greens candidates Liam Farelly and Tim Read, Dean O’Callaghan from Save the Planet and Sean Brocklehurst from Socialist Alliance.

I am really astounded that both major parties refused to send anyone along to this forum. Food and agriculture is so important in our lives, and yet both the Liberal and Labor parties could not bother to provide some-one to represent their party and policies in this area. Climate change is already affecting agriculture from long and intense droughts, changes to rainfall patterns, more extreme weather events, and of course rising temperatures affecting crop yield and milk production.

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October 14, 2014 at 9:43 am 2 comments

Residents angry at Council cuts to climate mitigation budget

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A meeting of Moreland residents on Thursday evening called on Moreland Councillors to reinstate full budget funding for the Carbon Management Strategy and reverse a decision taken last month. The meeting also decided to protest Council’s budget decision at the next Council meeting in Glenroy on Wednesday 13th August.

The Empowering Moreland forum organised by Climate Action Moreland and 350Australia (Melbourne) attracted more than 100 people to venture out on a cold Melbourne winter night to discuss strategies for taking action on climate change both individually and collectively.

Details on the work of Climate Action Moreland was given in a presentation by Andrea Bunting from the group. This highlighted both the progess being made at the local level with Moreland Council in their commitment to action on climate change, although not without some recent blemish with a poorly thought decision on 9th July to cut $100,000 from the carbon management strategy budget. Climate Action Moreland and Sustainable Fawkner issued a statement requesting reversal of this decision.

There was a notable sound of anger and frustration at the budget cut when it was talked about in Andrea’s presentation. Andrea’s long talk was followed by a detailed presentation by John Knox and Isabella from 350.org Melbourne which focussed on the basic climate maths articulated in a 2012 Bill McKibben article in Rolling Stone, followed by divestment strategies to change corporate investment out of fossil fuels through challenging banks and superannuation funds to divest.

There is more than five times the amount of fossil fuel reserves that can be burnt for a reasonable chance of staying under 2 degrees C of warming. In fact, with release of greenhouse gases from melting permafrost there is almost certainly even less carbon budget for us to use. Moreland resident and climate author David Spratt argues we have already used up all of our allowable carbon budget.

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Either way, we have a huge carbon bubble which will engender stranded assets. And still we have Federal and State Governments approving fossil fuel developments like the Carmichael mine in the Galilee basin in Queensland, which is estimated could account for 4% of global emissions by 2050 adding 0.011-0.027C to global warming according to scientists. If all five proposed coal mine developments in the Galilee basin go ahead, this could amount to 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

But if the major banks can be persuaded not to finance the port and rail infrastructure of these projects, they will not go ahead. Already at current international coal prices they are uneconomic to develop. Adani, the primary developer of the Carmichael mine, was recently awarded “Stranded Asset” award for 3rd most unburnable coal in the world.

There is another divestment day coming up on October 18 to enable people to publicly demonstrate to their financial institutions personal divestment as a result of the unethical and unsustainable investment practices being engaged in.

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Residents want funding for Council solar PV systems reinstated

At the end of these presentations people from the floor were keen for some action or motion requesting council to reverse it’s 9th July decision to cut $100,000 from the $525,000 carbon management budget.

The budget was for purchase and installation of three projects totalling approximately 150 kW solar PV systems equating to $41,000 savings on utility bills and 250 t CO2e reduction, now being compromised by the loss of one of these projects (45 kW system) – probably the one for the Coburg Leisure Centre.

The first Motion was proposed by John Englart with an amendment from the floor accepted, seconded by Greg Platt:

“This Meeting of Moreland residents calls on Moreland Council to reinstate full budget funding for the Carbon Management Strategy this financial year with no reduction from other environmental budget areas.”

The second motion proposed a protest outside the next Council meeting at Glenroy.

“This meeting endorses a protest outside the next Council meeting at Glenroy over funding cuts to the Carbon Management Strategy.”

Both motions were put to the meeting by Master of Ceremonies Paul Murfitt from Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd and passed without dissent.

The meeting also heard briefly from Kirsten Wood on ‘Zero Carbon Evolution’, Moreland Council’s new climate action plan that maps out an ambitous plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the Moreland community. (See More information and download the documents from Council’s website)

The meeting was also treated by Judy Brett, a retired Professor of Politics, to a preview launch of the Monster Climate petition (See website once launched) being organised by the Victorian Women’s Trust – a monster paper petition that will be presented to Federal Parliament. The petition is in the groundbreaking tradition of the 1891 Victorian Women’s Suffrage Petition which contained over 30,000 signatures which demanded the right for women to vote in the colony of Victoria.

After all the formalities of the meeting there was opportunity for informal talking and networking over a hot cuppa tea and some fabulous cakes and vanilla slices generously donated by Ferguson Plarre Bakery.

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August 8, 2014 at 3:01 am 2 comments

Empowering Moreland – Community Climate Action Forum 7 August

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Local communities are leading the way in showing government how to take meaningful steps to address climate change. We see that in over 1.2 million households across Australia that have installed solar PV, and the many more who have installed solar hot water systems, or who have found ways to implement energy efficiency. Help to continue to drive the changes we need from a grassroots level:

When: 7pm Thursday 7 August 2014
Where: Coburg Concert Hall at the Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg
RSVP: Join our event page on Facebook to give us some idea of numbers attending
Resources: Empowering Moreland

Master of Ceremonies for the night will be Rod Quantock. Speakers from Climate Action Moreland and 350.org Further details still to be confirmed.

Bring your own ideas, bring your enthusiasm and bring a friend!

Here in Moreland we are actually pretty effective with climate education events and in forums to discuss climate policies such as the forum prior to the Federal Election September 2013.

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On the Federal level Carbon pricing has now been abolished. Much of the supportive framework for addressing climate mitigation such as funding clean energy and the Renewable Energy Target is under sustained attack by an ideologically driven Federal government that pays the faintest acknowledgement of climate science while running a wrecking ball through scientific research programs and climate science education. The evening is a chance to discuss climate change policy in the context of the upcoming State election on November 14.

Climate Action Moreland and 350.org have also been working together on a divestment campaign this year. The meeting will be an opportunity to officially launch the campaign for the City of Moreland to move ratepayer money away from banks which lend to fossil fuel projects – something all Moreland residents can get behind.

Moreland Council has also just approved funding for LED lighting upgrade and closed circuit TV security system for Brunswick taking this money out of footpaths, then transferred $100,000 from the $525,000 Carbon Management Strategy budget to maintain the footpath maintenance budget. We think this is a retrograde step that demeans and degrades the importance of Council’s long term policies and funding for carbon neutrality and climate mitigation.

Resources to download and print:

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Leaflet for printing: 20140807-CAM-leaflets

An event presented by Climate Action Moreland and 350.org Melbourne
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July 16, 2014 at 2:44 am 1 comment

Community Climate Action Plan at Greening Moreland Forum 30 November

20131130-Greening-Moreland-ForumThe Greening Moreland Forum brings together residents, community groups and businesses interested in sharing and networking on environmental and sustainability issues, greening Moreland.

Moreland Energy Foundation in conjunction with Moreland City Council are organising the forum.

It provides an opportunity to catch up with the many groups and individuals across the municipality working on sustainability issues from many different perspectives.

The event will also provide an opportunity for ideas and input into the creation of the Moreland Community Climate Action Plan being developed by Moreland Council.

An introductory session will use a 2 minute market process, allowing every person an opportunity in turn to speak uninterrupted and explain what they or their organisation are doing regarding environmental or sustainability activities, or areas they are interested in working in.

When: 9.45am to 1.00pm Saturday 30 November
Where: Coburg Town Hall – Concert Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg (Entry at the back via Urquhart St)
Booking: Attendance is free but RSVP at MEFL website is required for Catering purposes
Lunch: Lunch Food provided free after the forum.

Moreland Council has achieved carbon neutrality this year, through programs of energy efficiency, installing solar PV on council buildings, cogeneration facilities at Leisure Centres, purchase of 100% greenpower and purchasing accredited offsets for the remainder. Council needs to continue finding ways to improve energy efficiency and to reduce emissions, and therefore reduce offset credits needing to be purchased.

The next step is to aim for the municipality to become carbon neutral. That involves you and me, our friends and neighbors taking action in our homes, local businesses and transport choices.

Moreland Energy Foundation held their AGM at the Coburg Court House on 29 October. Keynote speaker was Professor Lesley Hughes from the Climate Council who gave an outline of the work of the Climate Commission and the new Climate Council. It provides a serious challenge for all of us to make the changes needed in this the Critical Decade. Watch her presentation below:

The last forum was held in February 2012. It brought together 68 people representing 33 community groups or businesses. Two new groups actually formed out of the Greening Moreland Forum: ‘Walk on Moreland’ and ‘Friends of the Upfield Bike Path’. H

So come along and share your enthusiasm and inspiration with others! If you have leaflets or other information about your group, bring them along to share.

Some members of Climate Action Moreland will be attending. Come up and say hi!

November 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

Election 2013: Wills candidate community forum on climate and sustainability

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For the 2013 Federal Election, come and hear what the candidates have to say about policies, particularly on climate change and sustainability. The Following Wills Candidates have agreed to attend:

  • Dean O’CALLAGHAN, (Save the Planet)
  • Kelvin THOMSON, (Australian Labor Party)
  • Margarita WINDISCH, (Socialist Alliance)
  • Tim READ, (Greens)

We are hoping that the other candidates: Shilpa Hegde for the Liberal Party and Adrian Trajstman for the Australian Sex Party, and any other candidate that registers for the poll in Wills, will also come along to highlight their climate and sustainability policies.

When: 7.00pm for 7.30pm start, 19th August
Where: Coburg Concert Hall, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
Facebook: register for this event on Facebook

This is a family friendly event. Gold coin donation. Further information: sallyRose m. 0431 445 930

We are also sending a questionnaire to each candidate on climate and sustainability issues, and hope to publish their considered responses on our website, as a guide to residents who can’t make the public forum.

Climate Action Moreland has organised this event but is supported by other community groups around Moreland including: Moreland Bicycle Users Group (BUG), Brunswick Residents Network, CERES, Sustainable Fawkner, Friends of Upfield Linear Park

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You may wish to compare the policies of the major parties ahead of time from the Vote Climate website or check out the Climate Institute 2013 election pollute-o-meter.

Flyers in colour and grayscale are attached below to print or photocopy and distribute.

August 6, 2013 at 9:29 am 7 comments

Upcoming Event: Sustainability in the Pub

In collaboration with the wonderful Moreland Energy Foundation, on Thursday May 12 at 6pm – 8pm, Climate Action Moreland present Sustainability in the Pub. This month we’ll be talking about the good, the bad and the just plain neutral of carbon offsetting.

Should we offset? How does it all work? Does someone REALLY plant a tree when we press the magic offset button?

With Climate Action Moreland own Charmaine Chew, talking about her project journeysforclimatejustice, Lee Tan, Asia Pacifc Campaigner from the Australian Conservation Foundation about her visit to Australian government funded offset projects in Indonesia and an excellent speaker from MEFL.

At everyone’s favourite … In The Pub venue, the Edinburgh Castle, corner Albion Street and Sydney Road.

May 4, 2011 at 8:24 am Leave a comment

March Politics in the Pub – Carbon Pricing

‘Renewable Energy or Just Less Money for Beer’ was the question that animated the discussion at Climate Action Moreland’s first Politics in the Pub for 2011. Views in Climate Action Moreland have been mixed on this most hotly of debated issues, proving that we do represent a broad cross section of Morelandian society!

We are all united on the need for urgent climate action however, and so the debate was focussed on whether or not carbon pricing would be effective to actually start to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  While some of the discussion considered the more technical aspects of carbon pricing, many people also added their thoughts on the political implications of either choosing to implement a carbon price now or whether we should wait for more clear alternatives.

What do you think about carbon pricing? Tell us your thoughts.

If we don’t get the carbon price, will Tony Abbott be elected? If we do, will this mean that we see no more action on climate in Australia, even though the carbon price will not significantly drive down emissions in its current form?

May 4, 2011 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

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