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Submission to Climate Change Authority – policies necessary to achieve Australia’s commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement

Climate Action Tracker June 2019 assessment.

Climate Action Moreland prepared the following submission (PDF) to the Climate Change Authority focussing on three sectors: agriculture, energy (electricity) , and transport. These are key areas for Australia to implement climate policy to achieve reduction in emissions to meet Australia’s commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement. We appreciate the Climate Change Authority collating this information, even though the present conservative government largely ignores the independent advice of this Authority.

Under the Paris Agreement Australia needs to submit a new Nationally Determined Contribution document that outlines all targets and policies to achieve our targets, by early 2020. No backtracking is acceptable (this is written into the agreement as well) This is the ratchet (ambition) mechanism of the Paris Agreement. On current commitments the world is heading for an average temperature rise of between 2.4 degrees to 3.8 degrees Celsius by 2100, as calculated by the Climate Action Tracker website. Australia’s effort is rated as ‘Insufficient’.

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August 27, 2019 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

Climate Push for bike lane trial on Sydney Road Brunswick

Sydney Road Option 3 bicycle lanes (Source: VicRoads)

Moreland Council will be submitting a submission to the Department of Transport for a 6 month separated bike lane trial on Sydney Road between Glenlyon Road and Brunswick Road. An important reason driving this is the need to ramp up the use of sustainable transport on Sydney road to address transport emissions, to encourage mode shift away from car use to public transport and active transport in the City of Moreland.

At the August Moreland Council meeting Council debated proposals for the VicRoads Sydney Road Improvement project and the officer recommendation for a submission to the Department of Transport advocating Option 3 with separated bike paths and increased space for pedestrians.
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August 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Call to action to Moreland: #GlobalClimatestrike on September 20 – Melbourne

A call for a global climate strike has been made for 20 September by the international student strike for climate and Fridays for Future campaigns. The call has been endorsed by global NGO leaders, celebrities and scientists, including Jennifer Morgan from Greenpeace International, Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein from 350.org, Professors Michael Mann, Will Steffen Tim Flannery and Lesley Hughes. You can pledge your support to join the global climatestrike.

Associated events in Moreland:

  • Melbourne Global Climate Strike. Meet Treasury Gardens at 2pmFacebook Event
  • Moreland Bike ride to Global Climate Strike meet Coburg Mall at Noon for 12.30pm start, Brunswick mechanics Institute 12.45pmFacebook Event
  • Moreland Train Ride to the Global Climate Strike! – Upfield LineFacebook Event
  • Newlands Parents for Climate Action and Moreland Friends of the Forest – Walk with us Facebook Event
  • Craigieburn line climate strike train: 12.30pm from Craigieburn. Facebook Event
  • Craigieburn Line (2): Meet Broadmeadows Rail Station For the 1.19 pm train, Second carriage from the front if you join down the line.
  • Local Action: Kids climate strike photo at local politicians office (Peter Khalil),
    Where: 1/240 Sydney Road, Coburg.
    When: On Friday 20 Sept – Meet at 3:15 for photo by 3:30.
    Who: Everybody
    Wear: WHITE clothes and for those who like dressing up come as an ANGEL.
    Share: Photos and feelings about climate change

See also:
Moreland Council votes to support Global Climate Strike and
Brunswick MP calls for SpringSt politicians to attend Global Climate Strike

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May 26, 2019 at 3:42 pm 1 comment

All new infrastructure needs to be green – Merlynston Station carpark upgrade

The Merlynston station car park was promised to be upgraded last year as part of the state election campaign. Climate Action Moreland is following up with local Labor MP Lizzie Blandthorn to ensure the upgrade is done as green infrastructure.

Lizzie Blandthorn signed the Climate Emergency Declaration during the election campaign, so her support for the upgrade to be green should go without saying. We wrote a submission to her on 19 February 2019. Her office has forwarded the submission to the Minister for Transport for a response which, as of 9 April, we are still waiting for.

Update 28 May, 2019: A very lacklustre Ministerial response on Merlynston station upgrade (PDF), giving no timelines nor commitments over green design.
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April 8, 2019 at 12:37 am Leave a comment

Dreaming Big on Climate Action in Moreland

Tim Read speaking at Climate Forum

State MP for Brunswick Tim Read hosted a forum on Climate for Moreland on 28 March, 2019 with Greens politicians from the 3 levels of government, but also community representatives on the speakers panel.

The forum was labelled: New Ideas in Climate Action – Let’s Dream big! It was similar in some ways to the recent forum by Federal MP Peter Khalil, but also different in being more inclusive in inviting members of the community on the speakers panel.
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April 2, 2019 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio signs climate emergency declaration

Lily D’Ambrosio MP for Mill Park, Minister for Energy

The Victorian Minister for Energy signed on to the climate emergency declaration.

At the Brunswick prepoll station for the Victorian election the Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio was handing out How to Vote cards for Brunswick Labor Candidate Cindy O’Connor.

As Cindy has already signed the climate emergency declaration, I asked Ms D’Ambrosio if she would consider signing the declaration. After a short period considering the request, she accepted and signed the declaration.
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November 17, 2018 at 6:35 pm 3 comments

Submission: Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy

MITS – capacity of a transport corridor at peak time of different transport modes

Transport is an important sector for emissions reduction both in Australia and locally in Moreland. Moreland Council have prepared a draft Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy to ‘drive’ the reduction in transport emissions through increased use of public transport, cycling and walkable neighborhoods and commercial centres. We commend Moreland Council for the policy goals in this strategy of reducing transport emissions.

Transport is a more complex area than energy to get emissions reduction at the local level as many of the important policy levers are driven by State politics and infrastructure investment.

Some of us in Climate Action Moreland attended and participated in the Brunswick Residents Network forums on the Draft Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy. The Brunswick Residents Network have done a considerably detailed submission which we broadly endorse for consideration of incorporation in the Council’s final strategy document.

There were a number of issues which we think weren’t covered by the Brunswick Residents Network submission.

Of particular note is the importance for continued advocacy for improvements to the quality, service frequency and extension of public transport services in and through our municipality.

A second consideration is co-ordinating and co-operating with adjacent Municipal Councils to improve public transport and cycling links. Both points address social equity both within Moreland and within the northern Melbourne region. Advocating for extension of the Upfield line to Wallan can improve equity issues for Melbourne’s northern urban fringe and also address one of the drivers for congestion in Moreland.

Improving arterial cycling connections to neighboring areas will encourage more residents to cycle and more people visiting Moreland by bicycle to see friends, to shop and use services in our municipality.
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September 2, 2018 at 4:16 pm 4 comments

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