Australia wins inaugural Pacific Fossil Award for hypocrisy on coal and climate action

In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Conference, COP23, in Bonn Germany in November, the Australian ambassador for climate is touring Pacific Island nations touting Australia’s climate action credentials.

Pacific Civil society have called out the ambassador Patrick Suckling, and Australia’s climate policies, with a new award that highlights Australia’s ongoing promotion of fossil fuels.

The inaugural ‘Pacific Fossil Award’, was given to Australia for repeated efforts to convince Pacific island countries that Australia is serious about tackling climate change, even while making the problem worse by expanding coal exports, and promoting the use of coal abroad.
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September 6, 2017 at 12:02 am Leave a comment

Labor wins Reef climate change motion, but remained silent on Adani and coal

Vote on Adani in HoR: Cathy McGowan, Adam Bandt, Andrew Wilkie vote to #stopAdani. Photo via @WilkieMP

The Liberal National Party government lost a motion in the House of Representatives of our Federal Parliament yesterday. Amid all this crisis over dual citizenship and section 44 of the constitution that has now embroiled Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, the Government were unable to muster the numbers and lost 61 votes against to 69 votes in favour. Read the full story at Climate Home.

The motion was on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill 2017. The passage of the Bill provided an opportunity for amendments from both Labor and the Greens.

While Labor’s amendment highlighted the government’s failure to protect the Great Barrier reef from Climate Change, it was silent on the threat of the Adani coal project opening up the Galilee Basin (Read David Holmes on Australia’s climate bomb: the senselessness of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine), and other new mines such as Glencore’s Wandoan mine in the Surat basin that has just been approved by the Queensland Labor Government.
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August 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

Commbank rules out funding Adani Carmichael coal mine

Commonwealth Bank announces will not fund Adani

In a statement today the Commonwealth Bank effectively ruled out funding for the giant Adani Carmichael coal mine. This is a win for the broad campaign to stop Adani.

A Commonwealth Bank spokesperson said, “We have been asked about our role in funding the Adani Carmichael mine. Whilst in general we do not comment on specific clients, we can confirm that we are not amongst the banks who have been, or will be, asked to consider this financing,” according to an Australian Financial Review report.

Perhaps Climate Action Moreland’s little action at the Glenroy Branch tipped the scales?
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August 11, 2017 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

Landmark Urban Forest Strategy adopted by Moreland Council

At the City of Moreland’s August Council meeting the draft Urban Forest Strategy was adopted. This is a major piece of policy for municipality wide climate adaptation and dealing with the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE). Moreland’s urban forest also provides significant shade and cooling to the urban environment, carbon removal, oxygen, biodiversity habitat, and reduced stormwater runoff.

Much work from dedicated council officers like Alex English, Moreland’s Open Space Planner, and many others, have gone into making this strategy document important.

The extensive community consultation resulted in a record number of submissions (257) on this policy, as well as 77 people attending consultation sessions. The adopted Policy document will be available shortly from the Moreland Council website.
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August 10, 2017 at 7:24 pm Leave a comment

Minimum standards needed for rental properties for energy efficiency and thermal tolerance

Energy efficiency and thermal tolerance of rental accommodation in Victoria is an important issue that needs to be addressed at state government level.

Far too many rental homes in Victoria, and particularly Moreland, aren’t up to scratch. Tenants are paying for it in outrageous heating and cooling bills and unhealthy living conditions. It’s unfair, even dangerous to those vulnerable including elderly tenants and those with medical or psychiatric conditions. And all that wasted energy is just adding to Victoria’s climate pollution.

Rental homes should be liveable homes. Environment Victoria have a petition to tell your State MP we need minimum standards for health, safety and efficiency for rental properties before they can be leased. This is particularly important for ensuring adequate thermal tolerance with air-conditioning in rental properties.

It’s now crunch time in this campaign.

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August 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

Hydrogen fuelled zero emissions garbage trucks for Moreland

Moreland Council has invested in changing it’s fleet of diesel garbage trucks to zero emissions, which will reduce heavy vehicle fleet carbon emissions, pollution, noise, and reduce fuel costs in the long term.

The plan is to use electric heavy vehicle garbage trucks powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The hydrogen will be generated by solar PV at the Hadfield depot, and by wind power purchased through the electricity grid, hence the hydrogen fuel cells will be renewables powered.

Moreland Council have entered into partnership with hydrogen technology company H2U and vehicle manufacturer CNH Industrial to deliver the pilot project. This pilot project is one of the first in the world using hydrogen fuel cells in a heavy vehicle fleet.
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August 6, 2017 at 3:34 am Leave a comment

Submission on Tax deductible status of environmental organisations

The Australia Institute commissioned polling (Sep 2016) on tax deductible status on environmental campaigning and advocacy

The charitable status of Environmental organisations is again under threat by a Treasury discussion paper. We think this is another attack to undermine the funding of climate campaigns, orchestrated in particular by the mining lobby and Minerals Council of Australia.

Organisations such as the Australian Conservation Foundation, Environment Victoria and Friends of the Earth, and even the Climate Council, have tax deductible status which enables them to more easily fundraise for their environmental, climate and social justice campaigns. These campaigns involve important research, education and community advocacy.

You may have noticed that these, and other environmental NGOs have had a particular recent focus on climate change. We think these changes are being suggested at the behest of the Minerals Council of Australia as part of an ideological agenda to undermine the fund raising basis and to sanction environmental NGOs due to the campaign for climate justice and push for rapid emissions reduction, end to fossil fuel subsidies, call for no new coal mines and phaseout of fossil fuel exploitation.

Although we are not directly affected as we are an unincorporated association, we sometimes rely on interactions with 350 Australia, Australian Conservation Foundation, Environment Victoria and Friends of the Earth to help in our advocacy and grassroots and community education work. The tax deductible status of these organisations ensures they can fundraise, and indirectly supports our local community campaigning. Read more on this campaign by Friends of the Earth, or read the Climate Council submission.
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August 4, 2017 at 6:41 pm Leave a comment

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