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Moreland joins Australian Mayors call for more Disaster support to Local Councils by Federal Government

The South East Queensland Floods, northern NSW Floods and flooding in Sydney suburbs have been a wake up call similar to the Black Summer Bushfires in 2019/2020. The Lismore CBD was decimated by the record floods this year. Extensive Flooding in Lismore has ocurred in 3 of the last 5 years. 1 in 100 year floods

Moreland Mayor Mark Riley joined 30 other Mayors and Councillors from around Australia, including the Lord Mayors of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart, in signing the statement. Citizens can add their support by adding their name: Climate Council: add your name to stand with Local Leaders.

“Heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and storm surges are damaging communities, endangering residents, and costing millions of dollars in clean-up costs. In some regions schools and businesses have been forced to close, the lights have gone out, roads cut off, access to fresh water and food limited and thousands of homes destroyed. Many can no longer afford insurance and will be left with little.”

Statement of Mayors. Full statement and all the Mayor and Councilor signatories (PDF)
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March 24, 2022 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

Sustainability and climate in 2022 Federal election in Wills electorate #willsvotes

Wills Meet the Candidate Forums:

7pm – 8.30pm Tuesday 26 April. Coburg Uniting Church Hall, 19 Victoria Street, Coburg.
Climate Action Moreland, Neighbours United for Climate Action, and the Coburg Uniting Church organised a climate-centred candidates’ forum. The Forum was livestreamed and recorded. Registrations for in-person attendance was via Humantix. Doors openned at 6.30pm and Soulistas Choir provided pre-forum entertainment. Election Day is confirmed as 21 May 2022. 9 candidates have nominated for Wills.

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March 15, 2022 at 9:05 pm Leave a comment

Call to end toxic mercury containing fluorescent lighting, also saving greenhouse gas emissions

Source: Clean Lighting Coalition highlighting mercury pollution

Climate Action Moreland has joined more than 200 organisations globally in signing a letter to remove 3.5 Gigatons of CO2 emissions between 2025 and 2050 by ending toxic lighting. The letter is targeted at Heads of Delegations to COP4.2 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. It would also avoid 232 metric tons of mercury pollution from leaking into the environment between 2025-2050, both from the lamps themselves and from avoided burning of coal in power plants.

The open letter asks that the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-4) – Second segment – must deliver on its mission to Make Mercury History and phase-out toxic mercury-containing fluorescent lighting.  The meeting is on March 21, 2022.

Australia signed the Minnamata Convention on 10 October 2013, and ratified the convention on 7 December 2021. Read more at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment on Australia and the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

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March 13, 2022 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Victoria sets offshore wind targets of 9GW by 2040

The Victorian Government has set new offshore wind farm targets. Currently there are no offshore wind farms operating in the state, although the Star of the South Project off the Gippsland Coast is well progressed in planning.

The new offshore wind targets:

  • 2032 – target of 2 GW 
  • 2035 – target of 4 GW 
  • 2040 – target of 9 GW 
  • 2050 – potential capacity of 13 GW

There are already 3 offshore wind farms on the drawing boards. The 2.1GW Star of the South is the most advanced offshore wind farm project, with estimated construction from 2025 and completion in 2028.

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March 11, 2022 at 1:35 am Leave a comment

Local Moreland Climate Groups call for end to global fossil fuel addiction feeding Putin’s Ukraine invasion

Syvaska wind farm turbine hit by Russian Rocket, South Ukraine. Source: CAN EECCA

Moreland Climate and environmental groups joined Ukraine energy and civil society organizations and over 500 organisations globally in 51 countries for an end to the “global fossil fuel addiction that feeds Putin’s war machine”.

Local Moreland signatories to the Stand with Ukraine statement included: Australian Conservation Foundation Community Melbourne NxNW, Climate Action Moreland, Neighbours United for Climate Action (NUCA). Signatories to the letter come from around the world, including Climate Action Network International, World Council of Churches, Center for International Environmental Law, Sierra Club, MoveOn, Christian Aid, Rainforest Action Network and 350.org.

The statement presents the case that “The invasion of Ukraine by Russian Federation forces under the direction of Vladimir Putin is a clear war against Ukrainian sovereignty and independence as well as a grave violation of human rights, international law, and global peace.”

Further, it makes the link between Russia’s fossil fuel production and the climate crisis, making several demands of people and nations outside the Ukraine:

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March 6, 2022 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

Russian invasion of Ukraine: war damages climate action and the environment, radiation rising around Chernobyl

Here in Australia we are a world away from eastern Europe and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But there are 40,000 Australians of Ukrainian heritage here in Australia. And we should all be concerned about the impact on Ukraine’s civilian population and the impact of war on delaying climate action and the environment. Russian soldiers after a battle have taken over the Chernobyl nuclear site and taken staff hostage, according to reports. There is some evidence rising radiation levels have been detected. This potentially poses a radiation threat to all Europe.

Australia’s condemnation of President Putin was swift. Sanctions have been put in place. But these will only have a very marginal impact if at all. Australia’s balance of trade is in our favour: we export more goods than we import from Russia.

Threat to Chernobyl nuclear waste storage and radioactive pollution
Attacks on Airports and military bases cause serious environmental pollution incidents
Call for support and solidarity by climate activists
Ukraine XR calls for solidarity action targeting Russian fossil fuels
Germany moves swiftly to stop Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
Immediate spontaneous protests in Russia opposing the war.

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February 25, 2022 at 3:45 am Leave a comment

Moreland adopts new community climate targets: 75% emissions cut by 2030, net zero by 2035, Drawdown by 2040

Snapshot Emissions profile of Moreland for 2019

At the Moreland Council meeting on 8 December Moreland Council briefly debated and adopted new climate targets: both community targets and Council Operations targets. Moreland had previously adoped a net zero by 2040 community target at Council meeting in September 2018.

The Council Officer recommendation was adopted for community emissions

a) 75 per cent emissions reduction by 2030
b) Net zero by 2035
c) Drawdown (‘negative emissions’) by 2040

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December 10, 2021 at 1:53 am Leave a comment

Commuter car park upgrade at Merlynston

Upfield Bike Path, Ararat Avenue and Shorts Road. Adding carpark entry will increase
safety hazards for pedestrians and cyclists

On 6th September Climate Action Moreland submitted the following submission to the Level Crossing Removal Authority on the development upgrade proposal for the Commuter car park at Merlynston station . We know that many North Coburg Residents and other community groups also put in submissions. We have heard and had no further community engagement with LXRP.

Here is our submissions sent 6 September 2021.

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December 7, 2021 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Inaugural Moreland Climate CUP highlights Race to Zero Emissions – Melbourne joins Global Day of action #COP26

Moreland Climate CUP – The Race to Zero Emissions

A few months ago the idea was floated in the Moreland Climate Coalition to hold an event around Melbourne Cup day, which also coincided with the UN Climate Change conference, COP26, meeting in Glasgow.

But at that early stage all of Melbourne was in lockdown due to the pandemic with limits on public gatherings, with the vaccination program delayed due to Federal Government vaccine ordering incompetence, and was still ramping up.

When we started organising we didn’t know how many people could meet for a protest under the public health regulations. But as vaccination rate grew rapidly 30 people became the number of fully vaccinated people to meet publicly. Three covidsafe events were held in Moreland, with other climate protests in the city and at St Kilda as part of the Global day of action called by the COP26 Coalition in Glasgow.

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November 6, 2021 at 5:58 pm Leave a comment

Peter Khalil asks about tech fairy dust in Net Zero Plan

Peter Khalil, MP for Wills, was part of the Labor questioning of the Prime Minister in Question time in the House of Representatives today. It follows Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s launch of a Net zero by 2050 Plan, that was widely criticised (including by Climate Action Moreland many climate advocacy organisations) (See Blog: Morrison Net Zero 2050 Plan a fraud, with plans to double coal exports, new gas expansion)

It is clear the Government’s plan relies on substantial fairy dust to get to Net Zero by 2050. It is also highly reliant on the problematic Technology Investment Roadmap which places much emphasis and hope on developing at commercial scale a substantial Carbon Capture and Storage industry to process Blue Hydrogen (to market as clean hydrogen) from fossil gas and coal. Carbon Capture and storage is expensive’ and energy intensive without guaranteeing 100 per cent sequestration. There is only one operating commercial plant using CCS technology globally. Australia has already poured over $4 billion into Carbon Capture and Storage with little technology to show for it.

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October 27, 2021 at 9:53 pm Leave a comment

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