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Time for a Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty

Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty


Climate Action Moreland has endorsed the international call for a Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty.

This is an initiative to phase-out fossil fuels and fast-track solutions.
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November 28, 2020 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

Taking the temperature of Moreland Playgrounds and surfaces

Hot seat, hot synthetic surface. CB Smith Reserve

Summer is fast approaching and already we have had days with temperatures reaching into the low 30s Celsius degree level. Surfaces in Moreland heat up much more than the ambient temperatures.

This build up of heat in surfaces such as footpaths, roads, buildings, playground equipment and synthetic turf, contributes to the urban heat island effect, which tends to be much more pronounced in highly built up urban areas such as in Moreland.

Particularly notable is that synthetic surfaces have higher spot temperatures than either asphalt or concrete surfaces when all are in full sun.
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November 24, 2020 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

Gas leak closes down Sydney Road shops in Coburg: we need transition off gas

Coburg Gas leak

A large gas leak in Coburg has closed down Sydney Road between Bell street and Harding street, threatening the strip shopping area including Victoria Street Mall.

The hazardous gas leak at 424 Sydney Rd, Coburg, has prompted an emergency warning at 12.20pm on Sunday 15 November. Gas fumes spread towards Victoria St Mall. All Gas services in the area have been impacted.

Let’s get this straight: Gas is a fossil fuel. Gas leaks can be dangerous (explosive potential). Breathing Gas can affect our health. There are fugitive emissions leaks throughout the distribution system.

We need to transition residential and business customers off gas both for short term safety and health, and long term climate safety. There are good alternatives to gas for heating, cooking and most industrial uses.
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November 15, 2020 at 1:18 pm 1 comment

Green New Deal for Victoria passes in Upper House motion

Samantha Ratnam: Green New Deal for Victoria


On Wednesday the Legislative Council passed a motion for a Green New deal for Victoria. This motion was put forward by the Greens Leader Samantha Ratnam (Northern Metropolitan) and was supported by the Labor Party and by crossbench MPs. It comes just two weeks before the Victorian state budget will be delivered.

Samantha Ratnam is a former Councillor and Mayor of Moreland.

Congratulations to Samantha Ratnam, Leader of the Greens, in putting this motion forward; and for the Labor Party and crossbench MPs, including Fiona Patten from Northern Metropolitan Region, for supporting it.
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November 12, 2020 at 4:35 am Leave a comment

Epidemic Thunderstorm asthma warning: expected to become more frequent and severe due to climate change.

VicHealth warning map for thunderstorm asthma forr 11 November 2020

This is an extreme weather warning for tomorrow (Wednesday 11 November 2020) for epidemic thunderstorm asthma. Anyone who suffers asthma or heyfever should have their medications and asthma plan ready. Risk is rated as moderate for tomorrow.

The Victorian Health Department advises:

“People with current, past or undiagnosed asthma or hay fever are considered to be at risk. Having both asthma and hay fever or poorly controlled asthma increases the risk further. Those at increased risk should:
* avoid exposure to any storms that may emerge, especially the wind gusts that precede them
* have a reliever appropriately available (as discussed with your doctor or pharmacist)
* remind themselves of their asthma action plan and have practical knowledge of the four steps of asthma first aid.”

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November 10, 2020 at 9:32 pm Leave a 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

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

Moreland Council 2020 election – candidate forums and climate info

Moreland Council election

Moreland Council, along with many other municipal and shire councils in Victoria, will go to the polls on 24 October 2020. Nominations close at 12 noon, 32 days before the election day on 22 September. (See Knowyour Council guide to Elections)
Enrolment closed at 4 pm on Friday 28 August 2020. You can check your enrolment at the Victorian Electoral Commission and update details.

Postal voting starts 6 October, 2020. The election will be by postal ballot. Please use the hastag #MorelandVotes on election social media.

Climate Action Moreland surveyed candidates, asking them to sign a climate emergency declaration, which is in keeping with the existing declaration by Council in 2018. Forums for candidates were run for each of the three Council Wards.

Responses will be published on posts for each ward that will contain the list of candidates, party affiliation or alignment (if any), public contact information (website, facebook, twitter if available), and their answers. We may also add extra information or links to 3rd party websites where we think it empowers voters on making an informed decision at the ballot box.

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July 26, 2020 at 1:37 am Leave a 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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