Climate Risk mapping for Moreland: climate impacts and insurability

The Climate Council has just put out a new report: Uninsurable Nation: Australia’s most Climate Vulnerable Places. Along with this report they have produced a climate risk map for Australia in which they list the hazards: riverine flooding, bushfire, surface water flooding, coastal inundation, and extreme wind. They also project properties at high and medium risk for 2030, 2050 and 2100.

The Climate Risk map allows you to drill down to the suburb level, or Local Government Area or Federal Electorate. Moreland is not one of the top municipalities for climate risk, but the mapping is surprising for what it reveals.

This report highlights climate impacts are already ocurring and having an economic impact on insurance and insurability. Unless we take action, costs will continue to escalate. Climate Action Moreland has recently held a climate forum with Candidates for Wills, and also compared Party climate policies for Wills and the Victorian Senate for consistency with the Paris Agreement 1.5C target. We urge you to consider voting in the Federal election for candidates with strong climate policies and use your preferences wisely.

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May 4, 2022 at 1:59 am 1 comment

Comparing Party policies on climate against Consistency with Paris Agreement 1.5C Goal in #Willsvotes and Victorian Senate

Kids protest outside Peter Khalil’s Wills electorate office on Sydney Road, urge Vote Climate

Climate Action Moreland has done an assessment of the published climate, environment and energy policies of the Political parties and candidates standing in the Wills electorate for 2022 and whether they are consistent with the science of climate change and the speed of transition required, and meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement.

We acknowledge climate policy is only one lens to view these Political Parties, but given it is a climate emergency we think it is a pretty important lens. About three quarters of Wills voters think climate action is a high priority. We also organised with Coburg Uniting Church and Neighbours United for Climate Action a Meet the candidates forum on 26 April, with a live recording. Climate risk is already affecting properties and insurance premiums around Australia, including in Moreland.

Our analysis on ranking the parties has been supported by the assessment of Climate Analytics, a leading international climate science and policy analysis NGO..

General Summary ranking of Party Policies against Paris Agreement 1.5C Goal for Wills

Consistency with Paris Agreement 1.5C Goal……….Party…………
Ambitous. Consistent with Paris Agreement 1.5C Goal. Specific range of policies. 75% 2030 target, 100% by 2035.
Greens will Phase out thermal coal export by 2030.
AJP commit to Global Methane pledge, developed climate, agriculture and animals policy highlighting necessity for methane emissions reduction.
The Greens
Animal Justice Party
Ambituous. May be consistent with PA goal but policies and targets tend to be general. AJP has a developed climate, agriculture and animals policy highlighting necessity for methane emissions reduction.Victorian Socialists,
Socialist Alliance
Some Ambition & some good well developed policies especially on Renewables, rewiring the grid, employment, EV adoption, but insufficient to meet PA goal. 43% 2030 target. Supports Gas expansion. Qualified support for new coal. Supports CCS. No commitment to sign Global methane Pledge.Australian Labor Party
Limited targets and policies, but highly insufficient to meet PA goal. 26-28% 2030 target. Supports gas and coal expansion, CCS.
Rejected signing Global Methane Pledge
Liberal Party
No Ambition, no action, likely to worsen climate crisisUnited Australia Party
Australian Federation Party
Denies and questions climate science. Step on the pedal for fossil fuelsPauline Hanson One Nation
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May 2, 2022 at 1:59 am Leave a comment

Climate the hot issue in Wills and across Australia

Early March poll in Wills on climate action (before the records flood events)

Addressing climate change is a top priority for citizens in the Wills Electorate in Moreland as well as across Australia.
That is why Climate Action Moreland, Neighbours United for Climate Action and Coburg Uniting Church have organised a Meet the candidates forum with a focus on climate and sustainability on Tuesday 26 April at Coburg Uniting Church Hall.

Polling done in every electorate of Australia in March 2022 asked people living in Australia about the
cost of climate action and the results are optimistic. Over 15,000 people were surveyed, which allowed a statistical sample from every electorate. The results in Wills are above the national average.

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April 23, 2022 at 11:46 am 1 comment

Moderating the urban heat of car parks in Moreland

CB Smith Reserve asphalt car park adding to urban heat

As a highly built up municipality Moreland tends feel the heat of Summer and extreme heat events exacerbated by the urban heat island effect. The extensive car parks and roads around our municipality contribute to this amplification of high temperature effects.

New research from University of Western Sydney throws new light on the urban heat island effect on microclimates and especially the role of asphalt car parks. Asphalt is particularly bad for building up heat inertia to warm the micro climate during both the day and night. But the researchers also outlined solutions.

How does this apply in Moreland? Well Moreland Council should be implementing heat mitigation solutions for all Council car parks, and also advocating for these solutions when Businesses provide parking, or the State Government expands parking, such as at Merlynston Station. Moreland Council is expanding parking at Hosken Reserve as part of the Hosken Reserve Masterplan, but have paid little attention to limiting urban heat from car parking. When putting in new car parking is the ideal time to implement urban heat solutions.

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March 29, 2022 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Global #ClimateStrike March 25 2022 Photo Gallery

SS4C- Global Climate Strike

Support our kids – Global #ClimateStrike 

On Friday 25th March, school students all around Australia and the world are taking action to demand political action on the climate crisis. Please support our kids by coming along to the rally at 12 noon, Old Treasury Building, Spring St. Melbourne.

See the photo gallery below (Photos courtesy John Englart – High resolution photos available on Flickr).

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March 24, 2022 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

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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