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In Moreland we are asking our Federal MP to help #stopAdani

What every Federal MP needs: concerned citizens lobbying them on climate


A little friendly protest will take place outside the electorate office for Wills MP, Peter Khalil
When: Friday 17 March at 1.30pm at 3 Munro St, Coburg.
Join us for a while if you are in the local area.

We think all our Federal MPs and Senators should be working to stop the Adani Carmichael coal mine from going ahead.

Peter Khalil has already signed the Climate Emergency declaration and is making climate change one of his 6 focus areas.

The Carmichaeol coal mine is a huge carbon bomb. Once built it will lead to coal extraction, transport to the coast, across the Great Barrier Reef, to coal plants across Asia adding to greenhouses gases and climate change. If it goes ahead it would effectively counter any emissions reduction we make with renewables or energy efficiency or waste reduction.
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March 16, 2017 at 9:28 pm 2 comments

Moving Beyond Coal: time to scale up renewables to fight poverty

Protest at COP22 on coal and poverty via DesmogBlogUK

Protest at COP22 on coal and poverty via DesmogBlogUK

Climate Action Moreland, after discussion on our email list, has joined with over 40 NGOs at COP22 in Marrakech in a statement on Beyond coal: Scaling up clean energy to fight poverty.

Climate Action Moreland has campaigned for energy transition from coal to renewables in Victoria, but we think Australia’s export coal is also a huge problem, especially when it is justified on the grounds of reducing poverty.
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November 10, 2016 at 11:37 pm Leave a comment

Victorian Coal royalties increase in State Budget

Loy Yang A and B power stations

Loy Yang A and B power stations

The Andrews Government will increase coal royalties in the 2015/16 budget to approximately match the rate levied in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. This should be welcomed.

The rate will increase three fold from January 1st 2017 and is estimated to raise $252 million over the forward estimates over the next 4 years.

This will prove useful for helping to fund the health support for the LaTrobe Valley, as well as health and education expenditure for the state. $51.2 million was promised in the state budget to implement the recommendations of the Mine Fire Inquiry and improving health outcomes for the Valley.
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April 25, 2016 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

Moreland Council supports Build Renewables Replace Hazelwood Campaign

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Moreland Council, at it’s monthly meeting on 9th March 2016, resolved to support Climate Action Moreland’s Build Renewables Replace Hazelwood campaign.

A motion at the council meeting was debated and passed to send a letter to Premier Dan Andrews in support of the campaign.

The motion, passed 7 votes to 2, stated:

“That Council seeks to resolve to provide support for the Climate Action Moreland’s Build Renewable Energy – Replace Hazelwood Campaign by writing to the State Government to replace the Hazelwood power station with renewable energy.”

The action concurrs with other policy action of council including the Moreland CCAP (Community Climate Action Plan), Zero Carbon Evolution (ZCE) 2014 – 2020 plan for community wide greenhouse gas reduction, and the Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan 2015 – 2020 for Council’s own emissions.

March 10, 2016 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

Moreland climate activists join protest over Carmichael Coal Mine

By Bron Plarre

When the Minister for Environment, Greg Hunt, re-approved the Carmichael Coal Mega-Mine in the Galilee Basin Queensland, CAM members together with all manner of climate activist groups took to Hunt’s office in Hastings on October 16 to voice their outrage.

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The Climate Guardians on the day after Hunt’s announcement.

The Climate Guardians co-convenor Dr Liz Conor said: “to be actually expanding the Australian coal export industry now is beyond irresponsible, it’s staggeringly negligent.”

Two weeks later, on October 30, Direct Action Melbourne (DAM) made the point that coal mining of such magnitude is unconscionable and completely incompatible with protecting our ever more degraded ecology and food producing land, let alone with the embodied carbon emissions associated with a project of that size – 40km long open cut mine producing 60 million tonnes per year.

DAM members role-played fat-cat wealthy billionaires, coal miners, fishes of the reef. They locked-on in Hunt’s office for most of the day, triggering federal police attendance, and renamed Hunt Minister AGAINST the Environment and Minister for COAL.

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November 12, 2015 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

‘It’s Over for Coal’ Post Card Strategy

By Bronwyn Plarre and Mark Riley

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The CAM stalls team have been out and about in the community highlighting the need to leave coal in the ground and to replace Hazelwood Power Station. The postcards target Jane Garret MLA as she is sitting in the marginal seat of Bruswick and the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. We’ve been out on Saturdays recently at the Coburg Farmer’s Market, CERES’ Organic Market and Coburg Mall. Our next post card event will be in a Lygon Street location.

Can you give a few hours to talk to community members about the need to get off coal and onto renewables, please get in touch with the CAM Stalls Team. Phone Bronwyn on 0409 420 929 or email bronip@bigpond.com

October 10, 2015 at 8:43 pm Leave a comment

Tell the government it’s over for coal

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Can you help tell the Victorian government it’s time to close down Hazelwood, Australia’s dirtiest power station?

In conjunction with climate action groups in Yarra and Darebin, CAM has produced postcards to the premier and local MPs.

The cards read: “The Premier says he wants to be a leader on climate change action and renewable energy jobs. That means leaving coal in the ground, not issuing new exploration licences. It means closing Hazelwood, Australia’s dirtiest power station. Hazelwood is no longer required and is crowding out solar and wind investment. Please act now before it is too late.”

Can you help spread the word by letter-boxing your local area, putting the postcards in localshops and cafes, of helping at a street stall?  Please email Mark Riley on markriley@netspace.net.au or ring 0432 030 211.

August 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm 2 comments

Climate Angels lead End of Coal Parade

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Climate Action Moreland are active in various events and protests such as this End of Coal parade last Thursday in Melbourne.

Melbourne climate activists staged an “End of Coal” parade on August 13. They were celebrating the Commonwealth Bank’s decision to cancel its involvement with Adani’s Galilee coal proposals. They called on all Australia’s Banks to stop investing in fossil fuels.

Dressed in party gear, singing anti-coal songs and performing theatrics, the activists visited the Commonwealth Bank to congratulate them on their decision. They then visited ANZ, NAB and Westpac branches across Melbourne’s CBD, urging them to follow in the Commonwealth Bank’s footsteps by ruling out involvement in Galilee coal. Many bank staff were rather bemused; others got a little cranky at having their banks occupied.

Horticulturalist and Climate Angel Bronwyn Plarre said: “Commonwealth Bank has responded to community action and ceased their relationship with Adani. It’s now time for all of Australia’s other Big Banks to end their relationship with all fossil fuels. We’re here today to deliver a message, on behalf of the community, calling for exactly that.”

Read the full story by Andrea Bunting in Greenleft Weekly. Photos (including the one above), from Climacts on Facebook

August 17, 2015 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment

Replace Hazelwood Primer

Replace-Hazelwood-Primer-CoverIt is clear in Victoria that positive programs of energy efficiency and encouragement of renewables are insufficient by themselves for strong climate action. We need to close down the high emissions intensity of brown coal electricity generation, it is the elephant in the room. Climate Action Moreland has actively campaigned to close down the Hazelwood Power Station since 2009, including producing a brief history of Hazelwood.

This primer to Replace Hazelwood is written by David Spratt from Climate Code Red, provides timely information on why The Victorian Labor Government should act to close Hazelwood.

Summary

• The Victorian Government has expressed a desire (though it does not yet have a policy) for a significant expansion of renewable energy in Victoria. This has widespread community support and must be done quickly and at a large scale because climate change is already dangerous. Scientists warn that two degrees Celsius of warming could occur in just two decades, so preserving a safe climate and a healthy future requires rapid de-carbonisation.

• Expanding renewable energy requires coal-generating capacity to be removed from the market because oversupply is crowding out and preventing new investment. The Australian energy market operator says there are about eight gigawatts of surplus generating capacity across the national market, equivalent to five Hazelwood power stations. This includes up to 2.2 gigawatts of brown coal generation that is no longer required in Victoria in 2015, which is greater than Hazelwood’s capacity. Power companies have been lobbying government for capacity to be reduced, and senior Victorian energy department bureaucrats are aware of the need to close coal power stations in order to roll out renewables.

• The Victorian Government has committed to being a leader on climate change. Closing down excess coal generation is a key test of the government’s climate credentials. Coal-fired power stations are the world’s largest source of planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions. Victoria cannot make the necessary emissions reductions without addressing the operations of Hazelwood and/or Yallourn power stations.

• Hazelwood power station is old, unsafe and dirty. Based on emissions intensity, it is the third-dirtiest coal power station in the world and the dirtiest in Australia, releasing around 16 million tonnes of greenhouse gases annually, almost three per cent of total Australian greenhouse emissions. The Hazelwood majority owner, Engie (formerly GDF Suez), owns the third-most polluting coal-power station fleet in the world. The full – health and carbon pollution – social costs of Hazelwood totalling $900 million per year are borne by the community, rather than the plant’s owners.

• A steady stream of local jobs can be created in the Latrobe Valley with the rehabilitation of mines and decommissioning of plant, which will require a significant workforce stretching well over a decade. The Latrobe Valley needs a strong jobs package and an economic transition plan and new industries because the move from coal to clean wind and solar renewable energy is now both urgent and inevitable.

• Hazelwood power station and mine are a health hazard to local residents, exemplified by the autumn 2014 mine fire. The owners of Hazelwood have abused their social licence and forfeited the right to profit from a power station that is now a major health hazard – both to local people and to all peoples who face the uncertainties of living in a hotter and more extreme climate.

• In July 2010, the Victorian Labor government promised to start shutting Hazelwood and passed climate legislation providing the reserve power to regulate emissions from existing brown coal-fired generators. Restoring the government’s capacity to regulate emissions would be complementary to actions being taken by other governments, including in the United States and Europe.

Download and read the full primer: HZ-primer-v1-lowres

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Replace Hazelwood Primer – Click to Download PDF

June 16, 2015 at 11:25 pm 3 comments

Will Victoria lead in climate action? Brown coal is the elephant in the room

Energy Minister Lily D'Ambrosio talking up Labor's positive climate action on energy, while ignoring the elephant in the room, Victoria's brown coal - June 3, 2015. Photo: John Englart

Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio talking up Labor’s positive climate action on energy, while ignoring the elephant in the room, Victoria’s brown coal – June 3, 2015. Photo: John Englart

Victoria is taking steps to lead on climate change action, according to the Victorian Premier Dan Andrews. In an announcement on Thursday the Premier said an independent review of the Climate Change Act 2010 would be established to report to the government before 31 December 2015, and tabled in early 2016 along with a Government response.

Environment Minister Lisa Neville said “Climate change is already happening, and it is threatening to irreversibly affect our communities, our environment and our way of life.”

The committee will propose options to strengthen the Act, so it can provide a strong foundation for Victorian action on climate change. The original Act was passed with the support of opposition parties. After the election of the Baillieu Government most of the measures and targets were wound back or abolished in the legislation.
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June 6, 2015 at 12:04 pm 2 comments

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