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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

Peoples Climate rally 5.30pm Friday 27 November

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The UN Climate Conference kicks off on Monday 30 November in Paris. People around the world will be mobilising to speak with one voice in a #PeoplesClimate rally on the weekend of 27-29 November demanding an ambitious climate agreement and climate action from our leaders and those who have been negotiating for 20 years and more. We shouldn’t accept any more pussyfooting around, or the weak targets that succeeding Australian governments have put forward at global forums.

The protest in Melbourne is scheduled for the Friday afternoon. What we do here in Melbourne sends a clear signal to the rest of the world.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/peoplesclimateAU 
Sydney: https://www.facebook.com/events/175911326075789/
Brisbane: https://www.facebook.com/events/1634851290131818/
Melbourne: https://www.facebook.com/events/831280543646087/
Canberra:  https://www.facebook.com/events/794077210702920/
Hobart: https://www.facebook.com/events/964034450305025/

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September 5, 2015 at 3:10 am 7 comments

Vigil to Replace Hazelwood – Jane Garrett MLA

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Our visit to Jane Garrett MLA, member for Brunswick, was our third state MP we have visited that represents the Moreland Municipality, to raise the necessity and importance of closing Hazelwood and a community transition plan.

People in Moreland Call on Jane Garrett MLA to Act Now. Climate Action Moreland urges local MPs to support strong action now to close Australia’s dirtiest power station, Hazelwood.

We had about 30 people turn up to our vigil at the intersection of Nicholson St and the Capital City Trail bikepath.

“Great support this morning from cyclists as we bring awareness to the urgency of closing Hazelwood, before visiting our local MP Jane Garrett on our quest to ‪#‎replacehazewood‬.” said Bronwyn Plarre.

Indeed, many cyclists took a leaflet and some volunteered to be photographed with a sign. Preaching to the converted? maybe. But many of these cyclists are Jane Garrett’s constituents, concerned about climate change and the necessity for closing coal emissions and transitioning to renewable energy.

The Victorian Labor Government has moved positively on energy efficiency and boosting renewable energy. But it also needs to be making economic transition plans to phase out coal emissions, starting with Hazelwood. Here are photos from the day:


When: Thursday, May 28at 8:00am – 9:00am
Where: Park St and Nicholson St, East Brunswick (bike path)
At the end we will be walking up to Jane Garrett’s office to hand over a formal letter.
Register to attend on Facebook

If your cycling to school or work, chat with us for a while or hang around and come with us to deliver the letter to her office.

Our climate is getting more extreme and unpredictable, with more intense heat waves, more menacing bush fires, and more disastrous and costly weather events such as Superstorm Sandy in north-east USA and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Climate change activists will visit Jane Garrett MLA for Brunswick, from 8am, Thursday 28 May where constituents will deliver her a letter calling for urgent replacement of the world’s third dirtiest power station.

CAM has welcomed the moves by the the Victorian Government to relax the laws on wind farm developments and the fact that it will re-open the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry. CAM has also been encouraged by recent proposals to examine Victoria’s future with regard to energy efficiency, climate change and renewable energy.

During the unprecedented Black Saturday bushfire period, there were 180 extra heat-stress-related deaths in Victoria, an average of more than two deaths for each electorate in Victoria.

This is just one way climate change is affecting constituents right now, with many more severe impacts that will affect Victoria’s rainfall and food-growing capacity, worsen bush fires and inundate coastal areas.

The need to move quickly to replace dirty coal with clean renewable energy and jobs was highlighted in a new report from Oxford University’s Stranded Assets Programme, which identified the most-polluting, least-efficient and oldest “sub-critical” coal-fired power stations.

The report found 89% of Australia’s coal power station fleet is sub-critical, “by far the most carbon-intensive sub-critical fleet in the world.

One quarter of Australia’s coal plants need to close within five years if Australians are to play an equitable part in keeping with government pledges.

“The previous ALP state government showed promise in this matter”, said Gemma Williams, “We hope this current government will show strong leadership now.”

In 2010, then Labor premier John Brumby, in explaining his policy for a phased close-down of Hazelwood, told ABC radio listeners: ‘either you believe in closing Hazelwood or you don’t, and I do.’

Labor’s 2010 climate change legislation provided the reserve power to regulate emissions from existing brown coal-fired generators.

This legislation was undermined by the Baillieu government, and now is the time to restore the government’s capacity to regulate emissions.

CAM is urging the development of a strong jobs package and an economic transition plan for the Latrobe Valley because the move from coal to clean wind and solar renewable energy is now both urgent and inevitable.

Climate Action Moreland will be taking these message to electors and other state MPs in Moreland:
+ Urgent action is required now to replace coal
+ Hazelwood can be shut without affecting power supplies, and
+ Coal is a major health hazard to Victorians

May 20, 2015 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

Reviewing Moreland’s Zero Carbon Evolution Plan

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We are approaching the first year end of Moreland Council’s Zero Carbon Moreland plan to cut community emissions by 22 per cent by 2020. What achievements have been made? Does the plan need tweaking? Is the target sufficient?

We received an invitation to attend an event by Moreland City Council and the Moreland Energy Foundation and we are extending this invite to you our readers.

Here are the details:

When: 4pm – 7pm Wednesday 3 June 2015
Where: at the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre, 6/306-312 Albert Street, Brunswick
RSVP by 29 May to: civicevents@moreland.vic.gov.au

» » Join us in celebrating our Local Climate Leaders
» » Discuss the key issues at the Community Q&A Panel session
» » Meet other local people taking action on climate change

Agenda
4.00-5.00pm Celebration of Local Climate Leaders
Addresses by:
Hon Lily D’Ambrosio
Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources
Mayor Cr Meghan Hopper
5.00-5.30pm Refreshments and networking
5.30-7.00pm Community Q&A panel

Special Guests
Hon Lily D’Ambrosio
(Victorian Minister for
Energy and Resources)

May 20, 2015 at 11:28 pm Leave a 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

#MarchinAugust for a fairer Australia and climate action

MarchInAugust-IMG_7933-500x550The March in August carries on from the independently organised march in March protests which saw tens of thousands of people protesting the Abbott Government on many social, welfare, and environmental issues. The protests bring together a wide range of campaigns and individuals under one protest umbrella to demand Accountability, Transparency, Decency from the Abbott Federal Government including on climate policy and action.

The protest in Melbourne was held on Sunday 31st August 31 at 1:00pm starting from the State Library of Victoria, Swanston St, Melbourne. (See event Facebook Page).

Guardian columnist VanBadham brought a lot of intense enthusiasm and passion to her role as MC for the protest. Speakers included:
*Ursula Alquier – Lock the Gate Victorian Coordinator
*Julian Burnside – Advocacy on behalf of refugees
*David Ritter- Greenpeace re: “Protest laws” and GBR
*Jennie Hill Dir. Destroy the Joint. Women & Welfare.
*Annette Xiberras – Wurundjeri Elder and a former cultural heritage staff member with Aboriginal Affairs Victoria – Welcome to country and cuts to funding for Aboriginal services.

Report from the march

IMG_7412-tax-polluters-not-health-educationOur Climate Action Moreland banner didn’t make it but many of us were there collecting signatures on the monster climate petition and marching with friends.

Several thousand people attended with a large crowd that marched from the State Library to the steps of State Parliament on Spring Street. It was not as large as the protest in March, but was still substantial with a vibrancy of anger and frustration at the Abbott Government.

David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia spoke at Parliament House saying:

“But as a matter of conscience we must challenge the agenda of this Government. This, my friends, is a government that would abandon the Great Barrier Reef for the coal industry. This my friends, is a government that wants to deny the benefits of solar power and all of the clean energy that beckons. This is a government that would open up new destruction to our forests and to our oceans. This is a government that is actively wrecking progress on climate change.”

Ritter invoked the campaigns to stop the damming of the Franklin River, and oil exploration and drilling on the Great Barrier Reef in the 1980s, and the power of communities to defend green spaces in our capital cities and the more recent campaign to stop the HRL power Station in Victoria.

MarchInAugust-IMG_7998-498x600He urged those at the rally to do grassroots community organisiing by getting involved in local groups: “Take the passion and enthusiasm that brought you here today and take it home with you. Join a local group, join a campaign, join a human rights organisation, join a social justice organisation, join an environmental organisation, join a neighbourhood organisation and reach out to families in your neighborhood, your workplaces, because, men and women of Melbourne, the power and determination of the Australian people will not be stopped. Together we are strong; together we shall prevail; together we shall secure a better, bighter and more prosperous future for our country.”

Jennie Hill from Destroy the Joint outlined a littany of inequalities which women still suffer in Australia, but also highlighted that women will suffer disproportionately more with climate change. “Lack of action on climate change also hits women hardest since the poor of the world will first bear the brunt of rising sea levels and temperatures.” she said.

You can watch highlights and a number of the other speeches on this video list (22mins). See my March in August album at Flickr for images from the protest.

August 30, 2014 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

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

March in march – we were there

Trevor and Channa holding the banner

Trevor and Channa holding the banner


Great seeing so many people on the streets of Melbourne and in other cities and towns around Australia discussing and raising important issues including Climate Change. We were there at the Melbourne March with our banner.

March 18, 2014 at 10:33 pm 2 comments

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

Newsletter: Climate Change – Bush fires – Emission Targets

Climate Change – Bush fires – Emission Targets have all been in the news but all for the wrong reasons.

It’s time we take action, work together and turn things around.

I was in the South pacific recently and saw first-hand the impact of global warming, evidence of seas rising – erosion of islands, root crops such as Taro harder to grow due to the rise of salinity in the soil…

In Australia we talk about reducing emission, in the South Pacific they are talking about how to survive..

I have returned with fire in my belly to do something that will make a difference. On my own I feel overwhelmed but I believe together as a community we could make a real difference… so I invite you to become involved in Climate Action Moreland, meet like-minded people and put your ideas into action…

To start off there are a few things already organised: Dates for the diary …

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A report commissioned by WWF Australia released on 28 October 2013 warned that Australia has nearly blown its carbon budget already. On 30th October the Climate Change Authority released it’s draft report which recommended Australia strengthen its minimum 2020 target and identified two options for further consideration: a 15% cut by 2020, followed by 35-50% cuts by 2030; or a 25% cut by 2020, followed by 40-50% cuts by 2030. Read the Climate Institute statement on this report.

Next CAM Meeting: Monday 11th November

Monday 11th November – the monthly CAM meeting at the at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel 681 Sydney Rd Brunswick VIC 3056
6 for dinner (not mandatory )and networking with the meeting starting 6.30 pm. We meet in the meeting room just ask for CAM at the bar.

Things that have been raised to discuss:

  • How to improve the communication amongst members
  • Actions what do we want to focus on ?
  • Updates of Moreland Community Forum relating to the East west Tunnel project
  • Environment Victoria and Tax the Sun petitions – street stall ?
  • Protest Meeting No East West Tunnel Expand public transport
  • Divestment

East West Tunnel Meeting: Tuesday 12th November

Tuesday 12th November – City of Moreland Public Information Meeting on the East West Tunnel.
Estonian Club, 43 Melville Road, Brunswick West.
Time still to be confirmed –

National Climate Rally Day: Sunday 17th November

Sunday 17th November 11:00 am – Treasury Place Melbourne 3000

Climate Rally – Australians want a Stronger Action On Climate Change.

WEAR HOT SUMMER COLOURS. Think red, orange, yellow – shirts, clothes, signs, banners, facepaint, hats, umbrellas and any other creative ideas. Together we will turn up the heat on climate action! Also bring water, hat and sunscreen. See Getup for other locations around Australia, or the AYCC website.

Look out for the Climate Action Moreland Banner

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Protest Meeting No East West Tunnel: Thursday 28 November

Thursday 28 November, 6.30pm Protest Meeting No East West Tunnel Expand public transport
Venue: Temple Park Senior Citizens Centre, 24 Gray St, Brunswick West

This meeting has been called to launch a grassroots campaign group in Moreland against the East West tunnel. CAM has been asked by Sue Bolton if they will endorse this event — I said yes in principle but want your thoughts before confirming – so please contact me if you wish to discuss or oppose endorsement .. SallyRose 0431 445 930 4th Nov so flyers can be developed etc.

Initiated by Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance Moreland councillor

Possible endorsing organisations: Brunswick Residents Network; Climate Action Moreland; Sustainable Fawkner; Sustainable Coburg; Royal Park Association; Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek; PTUA; SLIMS; RATS, VITAL

Introduction by Sue Bolton

Possible speakers: Kay Oddie, Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek; A CAM member (Climate Action Moreland) ARE YOU INTERESTED ? please contact SallyRose 0431 445 930

Other Actions: Fossil Fuel Divestment

Other actions you may want to be part of:
Fossil Fuel Divestment

Do you have your money in one of the four big banks-ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB or Westpac?

Have you heard of Fossil Fuel Divestment?

On 26th October, at the ANZ branch in Melbourne’s Bourke St Mall, dozens of customers came out to close their accounts in protest over ANZ’s role as a leading lender to the coal and gas industries. This is part of our “put your bank on notice” campaign that has been running for the past six months.

Earlier the organization called Market Forces revealed that ANZ and the rest of the big four banks have been lending billions of dollars to dirty coal and gas export projects – many of them inside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Hundreds of Australians – you might even be one of them – have put their bank on notice, saying that unless loans to coal and gas projects stop, they’ll be taking their money elsewhere.

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350.org conducted a day of divestment from ANZ Bank in Melbourne on October 26. Visit Gofossilfree.org/aus-banks – See Photos on Facebook

Hope to see you at one or ALL of the events …

Sally Rose

October 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

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