Our Federal MP for Wills, Peter Khalil, sent us this photo of his endorsement of the climate emergency declaration. Great to see our Federal MP stepping up on the climate issue.
This follows Former Wills MP Kelvin Thomson and Batman MP David Feeney signing two days ago. We met with Peter Khalil in early December and had an hour long discussion on the climate issue.
Federal Labor MP for Batman David Feeney signed the climate emergency petition this morning outside his office in Preston. Former Federal MP for Wills, Kelvin Thomson, was also present and signed the petition.
The occasion was a protest organised by Darebin Climate Action Now, but also involving members of Climate Action Moreland, to demand Federal Labor show leadership by saying no to the Adani Carmichael mine in Queensland. The mine will have a devastating effect on the Great Barrier Reef and a mind-blowing contribution to the climate emergency.
The Bureau of Meteorology are predicting a heatwave across south east Australia towards the end of this week. (See BOM heatwave Service) Maximum Temperature for Christmas day in Melbourne is predicted to be 35C. From Christmas Eve to Wednesday 28 December maximum temperatures are forecast to be above 30C with some warm nights with the temperature going down to 20-25C minimum.
Friday 23 December: Min 13 Max 29 Sunny
Saturday 24 December: Min 18 Max 31 Sunny
Sunday 25 December: Min 19 Max 35 Sunny
Monday 26 December: Min 24 Max 31 Becoming cloudy
Tuesday 27 December: Min 19 Max 35 Cloudy
Wednesday 28 December Min 25 Max 35 Cloudy
Our member Andrea Bunting had a letter published in the Age last week (December 15) which brought some perspective to all the debate about how much the closure of Hazelwood would mean to the regular person.
The figure of $78 per year, on average, added to household electricity bills, has been bandied about.
Ms Bunting points out this is about the saving you get when she upgraded a bulb in a security light from incandescent to a more energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulb, or switching of appliances around the house at the power point when not used.
On Wednesday a delegation of 5 members of Climate Action Moreland met with our Federal MP for Wills: Peter Khalil. Peter was elected in 2016 in a tight race against Greens candidate Samantha Ratnam to replace retiring Labor MP Kelvin Thomson. Kelvin had a record of being a champion in both the ALP caucus and in government for strong climate action. We are hoping Peter Khalil will continue this leadership record on climate change.
On Monday you might have heard that up to 1000 people rallied at Treasury Place in Melbourne in protest of the leaked announcement that the Federal Government was funding the Adani Coal mine rail infrastructure to the tune of one billion dollars from the Northern Infrastructure fund to build the $2.2 billion rail line. Climate Action Moreland members were there.
The second week of COP22 in Marrakech Australia received a Fossil of the Day award for comments that Josh Frydenberg made, and also shared a fossil as one of the countries expanding fossil fuel production that is incongruent with meeting the temperature targets enshrined in the Paris Agreement.
This was a funny UN climate conference: for 3 days there were no nominations at all, whether this is due to poor intelligence or countries simply getting on with the tasks at hand and negotiating in good faith.