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Moreland Council joins ICLEI global local government sustainability network

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo at Cities Climate Summit Photo: ©Mairie de Paris

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo at Cities Climate Summit Photo: ©Mairie de Paris


Council received a report on the advantages to joining the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). This organisation is an international
association of local and metropolitan governments dedicated to sustainable development. A decision was taken by Moreland Council to join ICLEI.

The brief report and motion to join was accepted by Council unanimously at the meeting.
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March 10, 2016 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

After Paris Climate Talks: Which way forward for the climate movement?

Rich countries do your fair share: Civil society at COP21

Rich countries do your fair share: Civil society at COP21


The 195 countries who are signatories of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change reached a global agreement in Paris.
But what does the Paris agreement actually mean?
What should the local climate movement be focussing on now?
What do we need to do to ensure our politicians and leaders take the actions necessitated by the agreement and the implied science?

Which way forward for the climate movement?

When: Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30 PM
Where: Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston Street, Melbourne (opposite RMIT)
Suggested donation at door: $3 (or $5 solidarity).
Cheap vegetarian meal available from 6pm

Includes an eyewitness report from local citizen journalist, recently returned from Paris.

Speakers:
John Englart (climate activist, citizen observer at Paris summit),
Andrea Bunting (Climate Action Moreland, Socialist Alliance),
David Spratt (climate activist, co-author of Climate Code Red).

Register at Facebook Event Page
Presented by Green Left Weekly. This is a Sustainable Living Festival event.

Background:
* Read John Englart’s report back to Climate Action Moreland
* Climate Action Moreland members John Englart and Andrea Bunting discussed the Paris conference, the Paris Agreement, and the civil society protests in Paris as part of the Green left radio Breakfast show on 22nd January.
Listen to the 20 minute audio excerpt on COP21
* North West FM 98.9 Environmentality radio show Febuary 5th 2016 – Interview with John Englart
* Building the Climate Movement: David Spratt and David McKnight on Building common cause for social movement events

February 6, 2016 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

Reportback on Paris: Environmentality Interview with John Englart on North West FM

IMG_1867-JE-COP21-poster-500wOur member John Englart popped into the studio of North West FM 98.9 on Friday for the Environmentality radio program. He discussed his experience at the Paris climate change conference, the implications for the climate movement, and the current cuts to climate research staff at the CSIRO.

See the Environmentality blog with details of the interview. A podcast of the program is also available to play. He expands on this interview in these notes on his blog.

February 6, 2016 at 7:20 am Leave a comment

The Paris Moment and beyond: John Englart reports back to Climate Action Moreland

Civil Society -supports 1o5C target at COP21

Civil Society -supports 1o5C target at COP21

Climate Action Moreland member John Englart attended the UN climate conference in Paris, COP21, as an accredited NGO observer delegate for Climate Action Moreland as part of the Climate Action Network Australia delegation. On 18th January he gave a report back to our first monthly meeting of 2016. This article is based on his presentation at our meeting.

We went into Paris knowing there was already a substantial emissions gap /
temperature gap with national climate plans (INDCs) estimated to reduce temperature increase to 2.7C to 3.5C by 2100. This range is valid if all climate plans are implemented fully, many are conditional on finance or other support being met.

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February 3, 2016 at 3:57 pm 3 comments

Audio: Discussion of Paris climate conference on Green Left Radio

Climate Action Moreland members John Englart and Andrea Bunting discussed the Paris conference, the Paris Agreement, and the civil society protests in Paris as part of the Green left radio Breakfast show on 22nd January (Full Show).

This is the 20 minute discussion excerpt on COP21 from the show:

January 29, 2016 at 9:53 am 1 comment

Australia is still a climate fossil

The Fossil of the Day awards are given each day at the UN climate talks. They are a great way for climate activists to expose who has done their best that day to spoil the climate talks.

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Fossil of the day trophy

At the 2014 climate talks, Australia won so many Fossil of the Day awards, that they were dubbed the Fossil of the Year (or the Colossal Fossil). And the same in 2013! Believe me, this is not an award that we should be winning.

This year, Australia is doing better. It took us 10 days to pick up a Fossil of the Day award (shared with Argentina).

Australia fossil of the day 2015 copy

Picture by John Englart from awards ceremony. (Yellow text added)


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December 11, 2015 at 10:59 am 1 comment

Moreland cyclists at the Peoples’ Climate March

Greg Platt reports on the cyclists’ feeder event at the People’s Climate March

The Moreland Bicycle User Group met at the Brunswick Mechanics’ Institute to ride into the People’s Climate Rally on 27 November. Because it had been advertised as a feeder event by the PCM web site, the BUG was joined by people from across the north of Melbourne, from country Victoria and even a cyclist in town from Tasmania. Twenty cyclists set out at 4:45 pm and numbers increased as more joined on the way in. After collecting some of the lone cyclists from within the crowd, we had group of about 50 of us to form the rear of the march as we made our way through town. A good time was had by all.

Peoples climate march 2015 cyclists

Photo by Peter Campbell of some of the many cyclists at the People’s Climate March

December 11, 2015 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

Climate march draws 60,000+ people in Melbourne for looming #COP21

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Well done to everyone who marched or supported the march, particularly the many shop keepers who allowed signs to go up in their windows. It was awesome with the estimated 60,000 people, who at one point, stretched all the way from Parliament House down Bourke street and up Swanston street to the starting place at the State Library at Latrobe street.

“The majority of Australians want action on climate change,” said Geoff Cousins, chair of the Australian Conservation Foundation. “People now realise this is not some theoretical concept. This is affecting their lives on a daily basis and they want something done about it.” he told the crowd, according to ABC News.
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November 28, 2015 at 12:55 am 3 comments

Spread the word: People’s Climate March, Fri Nov 27

Update on People’s Climate March, Fri Nov 27 at 5.30pm
Please Spread the Word! 

Invite friends using the Facebook event or forward this page.

People’s Climate March – Melbourne, Friday November 27 at 5.30pm. State Library of Victoria.

Sign up for the march so organisers can tell the media how many people are coming and send you important updates.

Come at 3.30pm for the rally to Stop the forced closure of Aboriginal communities.
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November 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Meditation Action for the Planet

by Pauline Galvin

A group of people interested in the overlap of spiritual practice and environmental action who meet in Moreland are putting on Meditation Actions in the lead up the the People’s Climate March.

The group who came together as a study group working with One Earth Sanga (One Earth Community) and the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group are holding 30 minute nightly walking and sitting meditations outside the State Library from Friday 20th November to Thursday 26th November.

The actions are open for anyone to join in and “Slow down for the Planet”. The action is to remind us to slow down and connect back into what is important in life, slow down global warming, slow down consumption and slow down exploitation of Earth’s finite resources. The action also intends to raise awareness of the upcoming Peoples Climate March on Friday the 27th November. See Facebook event.

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November 20, 2015 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

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