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Climate marches banned in France: We must march for them

John Englart, our reporter for the Paris climate talks, reports that the French government has banned climate marches planned for November 29 and December 12.

The government is citing security concerns following the November 13 mass shootings and bombings that killed 129 people.

Read John’s report here.

This banning makes it even more vital that people across the world send a  clear message. Our leaders must take strong immediate action to slash carbon emissions. Join us at the Melbourne People’s Climate March on Friday November 27 at 5.30pm outside the State Library. Facebook event here.

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John also writes:

Can I suggest that those of you not in Paris do a cardboard cut out of a person and write ‪#‎jesuisParis‬ on it and take it along to the protest as your plus one. Use it to add other climate slogans as you desire. Let your placards speak for Paris as the French State are attempting to silence the citizens of Paris mobilising during the climate conference.

The French organisation Coalition Climate 21 has issued a media release. A web translation is as follows:

NOVEMBER 29 AND DECEMBER 12 PROTESTS PROHIBITED IN PARIS

PRESS RELEASE
Paris, November 18, 2015

The Prefecture of Police of Paris has just informed us that due to the tragic events that took place on November 13, the World March for the climate of 29 November and 12 December mobilizations planned are banned in Paris.

We regret that no alternative has been found to allow our mobilizations. However, we are more determined than ever to make our voices heard on issues of climate justice.

“We realize the gravity of the situation. More than ever we will mobilize and gather creatively. No COP21 without mobilizing civil society ” said Juliette Rousseau, coordinator of the Coalition climate 21.

Indeed, on 28 and 29 November weekend, on the eve of the opening of the COP 21, millions of people will march for climate justice:

  • 2173 events are being prepared in over 150 countries
  • 57 marches are planned worldwide
  • Dozens of marches in the regions of France have been announced

On 29 November and 12 December in Paris, we will find an alternative form of citizen mobilization, to show that COP 21 will not be done only with the negotiators.

Citizens Climate Summit to be held on 5 and 6 December in Montreuil (Seine Saint-Denis) and the Action Zone Climate, to be held from December 7 to 11 at Paris-CENTQUATRE should be maintained. These mobilizations will be two great opportunities to demonstrate that we have the solutions and alternatives to climate change and that civil society is determined to fight against the climate crisis.

21 Climate Coalition recalled that COP 21 is not an end in itself and that we citizens of the world are building a movement that will be strengthened after this summit and beyond.

November 19, 2015 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Bicycle riders of Moreland – join the ride for a safe climate!

Are you a cyclist in Moreland? Would you like to cycle to the People’s Climate March on November 27? Moreland Bicycle User Group has endorsed the march and will be riding in as a body. All cyclists are welcome to join in.

Meet at: Brunswick Mechanics’ Institute, cnr Sydney Rd and Glenlyon Rd, Brunswick at 4:30 p.m. Fri 27 November.

For more information, contact Nic Dolby on 0400 682 729.

November 12, 2015 at 9:30 am 3 comments

Vote for Hazelwood’s Engie for a Pinocchio Climate Award in Paris

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Engie (formerly GDF Suez) is the majority owner of Hazelwood brown coal mine and power station and other energy assets in the LaTrobe Valley. It is where the 45 day minefire occurred that choked Morwell and much of the valley.

I have just learned that Engie have been nominated for a Pinocchio climate award in the Greenwashing category, although Hazelwood isn’t mentioned in the writeup.

There are 9 companies nominated in total, each of which have a record that violates human rights and pollutes the environment. There are 3 categories: Lobbying, greenwashing, and local impacts on communities. Anything goes in the name of profits!

Engie is a sponsor of the COP21 UN Climate conference in Paris. They recently did an announcement of an intention to stop new coal investment, however there was no mention about the continuing operation of ageing polluting plants like Hazelwood. See my Europe Diary: #Engie stops new #coal investment but continues existing dirty coal plants #Paris2015

You can vote in these awards (probably till end of November 2015), and we hope you will vote for Engie in the Greenwashing category. Engie is competing against EDF and Yarra.

The Awards Ceremony for the Pinocchio Awards will take place on the evening of Dec 3 in Paris.

I’ll try to attend the Awards ceremony, naturally, to report the result live.
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November 8, 2015 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

“This Changes Everything” film screenings lead into People’s Climate March

By David Spratt

More than 70 organisations have now endorsed what is planned to be Melbourne’s biggest ever climate action event on 27 November, just before international climate talks commence in Paris. And leading in to the event, screenings of the film of Naomi Klein’s book, The Changes Everything will commence in late October. In Melbourne there are screenings planned for October 19, 21, 27, 28 and November 2 and 4. Check out screening details.

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Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything re-imagines the vast challenge of climate change and presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

The Melbourne People’s Climate March will be the biggest climate action event in Melbourne’s history, so put it in your diary now:  The March will be held at 5.30pm on Friday 27 November, starting at the State Library, cnr Swanston and Latrobe Streets. Check out Facebook event, and please invite your friends.

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The City of Moreland has become first local government to endorse the march, thanks to work by Climate Action Moreland and Cr Sue Bolton. And as well as seven Victorian unions, the ACTU, the Victorian Trades Hall Council and Geelong Trades Hall are now supporting the Melbourne People’s Climate March. The March also welcomes as partners the Moreland Energy Foundation, the Alternate Technology Association, the Kurdish Association of Victoria and the Melbourne Eritrean United Community.

On the weekend of 27­-29 November, as world leaders arrive in Paris for the UN climate summit, people will take to the streets in hundreds of major cities around the globe as part of the largest climate mobilisation ever: the People’s Climate March. In Melbourne, a broad and diverse coalition will express the huge public support for real action on climate, hold our political leaders to account and build on existing campaigns to strengthen our movement for the longer term.

October 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

CAM helps to build People’s Climate March

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The Melbourne People’s Climate March will be held on Friday November 27, 2015 from 5.30pm starting at the State Library. See Facebook event.

Climate Action Moreland is a regional organising hub for this march, so we are encouraging local organisations to endorse the March. So far, Moreland City Council  and Moreland Energy Foundation have signed up. CAM is also contacting Ethnic Community Associations based in Moreland, and have signed up the Kurdish Association of Victoria and Melbourne Eritrean United Community.

If you know of an organisation that may like to endorse the march or that can provide information to its members, please email us at climateactionmoreland@gmail.com

From October 12, we will be leafleting for the March at various locations across Moreland. On November 14, climate activists across the country will be door-knocking for the March. If you can help with either of these, please email us at climateactionmoreland@gmail.com

 

September 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

Climate Action Moreland activist to attend UN Paris Climate Talks with CANA

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These are extraordinary times with enormous changes in society required to reduce emissions to mitigate climate change in the future and also adapt to the rising temperatures, sea levels and extreme weather events already occurring now and in the pipeline due to the enormous inertia in the climate system. One of our members, John Englart, will be travelling to Paris with his teenage daughter, to attend the United Nations Paris climate conference, known as the 21st Conference of the Parties or more simply as COP21.

There will be huge protests in Paris on the same weekend we march in Melbourne and in cities around the world, and a further Paris mobilization protest on December 12 immediately after the conference, no matter the result of negotiations.

We have seen too little results and many failures from 21 years of diplomatic process. Free Trade talks proceed and are often concluded with great rapidity by comparison. Free trade that primarily benefits corporate wealth has been given far more importance from our politicians than a safe climate that benefits everyone and particularly future generations.

John and Tarryn will be in Paris to document and report from the streets and civil society events.

But more than this. John Englart will join the Climate Action Network Australia (CANA) NGO official delegation to the conference to observe proceedings. He will have access to main conference plenaries and walk the same corridors as world leaders and diplomats. He will be reporting and posting to his own blog, to the nofibs website, on his own twitter account (@takvera) and will even use Climate Action Moreland’s twitter account (@camoreland) to post occasional updates, and sending updates to social communities on Google Plus and Australian and international Facebook groups he is a member of.
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September 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Moreland Council endorses Peoples Climate Rally

At the Council meeting on 9th September Moreland Council voted on a motion of Cr Sue Bolton’s to endorse the Peoples climate March on the weekend Friday 27 November to Sunday 29 November 2015.

Event organisers have called for wide community endorsement of this rally to send a strong message to leaders and diplomats gathering in Paris at the United Nations climate conference. Marches and rallies are being planned for this weekend around the world.

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September 14, 2015 at 12:04 am 2 comments

Peoples Climate rally 5.30pm Friday 27 November

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The UN Climate Conference kicks off on Monday 30 November in Paris. People around the world will be mobilising to speak with one voice in a #PeoplesClimate rally on the weekend of 27-29 November demanding an ambitious climate agreement and climate action from our leaders and those who have been negotiating for 20 years and more. We shouldn’t accept any more pussyfooting around, or the weak targets that succeeding Australian governments have put forward at global forums.

The protest in Melbourne is scheduled for the Friday afternoon. What we do here in Melbourne sends a clear signal to the rest of the world.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/peoplesclimateAU 
Sydney: https://www.facebook.com/events/175911326075789/
Brisbane: https://www.facebook.com/events/1634851290131818/
Melbourne: https://www.facebook.com/events/831280543646087/
Canberra:  https://www.facebook.com/events/794077210702920/
Hobart: https://www.facebook.com/events/964034450305025/

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September 5, 2015 at 3:10 am 7 comments

Climate Action Moreland advocates strong science based post 2020 climate targets

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Climate Action Moreland advocates Australia should go back to the climate science on what we should do in terms of greenhouse gas emission reduction targets to take to the Paris UNFCCC climate negotiations in December 2015.

In 2007 Australia formally signed on to the Kyoto Protocol. The agreement negotiated that year, called the ‘Bali Roadmap’, adopted in a footnote the IPCC 4th Assessment report strong greenhouse gas reduction targets for Industrialised countries of 25 to 40 per cent reduction on 1990 levels by 2020. We think we should adopt this as a benchmark, that we agreed to in 2007. This would require shifting Australia’s 2020 target from 5 per cent on 2000 levels to 25 per cent reduction on 1990 levels. This then would place Australian climate action in accord with what the best scientific advice demands as our fair share.

For 2025 we should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent reduction on 1990 levels. Norway has already committed to this target.

For 2030 we should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent reduction on 1990 levels. Switzerland has already committed to this target. While Australia is responsible for about 1 per cent of global emissions at 18.3 tonnes per capita, Switzerland by comparison is responsible for 0.1% of global greenhouse gas emissions with 6.4 tonnes per capita.ii Europe submitted it’s target as 40 per cent reduction in emissions on 1990 levels by 2030.

We should aim to be carbon neutral by 2050, after which Australia should try to be carbon negative through soil carbon farming initiatives, afforestation, development of blue carbon sinks, and technological filtering the air of carbon dioxide. This is in accord with the negotiations that took place at Lima in December 2014, that articulated that “an aim of zero net emissions by 2050”.

Our targets for 2020 and 2025 are higher than the Climate Change Authority over the next decade as they reflect the scientific recommendation for much larger carbon reduction earlier. The Authority put forward in March 2014 that Australia’s 2020 target should be 19 per cent reduction on 2000 levels. In their latest review for post 2020 they argue:

“a 30 per cent reduction by 2025 remains reasonable and achievable even if Australia does not strengthen its 2020 target beyond the minimum 5 per cent reduction. If Australia is able to do more than 5 per cent by 2020, this would allow a more gradual acceleration of effort beyond 2020….a 2030 range of 40 to 60 per cent below 2000 levels, and a long-term emissions budget to 2050. These goals would help Australia make a fair contribution to global climate action to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees.”

The targets by the Climate Change Authority are based on comparable international action, and the belief that we have a carbon budget which we can expend in the transition, and has been advocated as part of the IPCC 5th assessment report. But the global carbon budget does not reflect some of the unknowns such as the permafrost feedback and other possible climate feedback mechanisms that would reduce this budget.

The Climate Action Moreland targets reflect the argument that for a 90 per cent chance of staying under 2 degrees Celsius the global carbon budget is already used up. This is explained in David Spratt’s latest report: Recount. It’s time to do the math again.

From David Spratt (2015) Recount. Time to do the Math Again

From David Spratt (2015) Recount. Time to do the Math Again

Global and Australian decarbonisation by 2050 is feasible.

Higher targets for Australia may not be easy to achieve, but we won’t know until we start.

Work on deep decarbonisation has been done at Monash University and by Climateworks, published 2014, and explained at the Conversation (Australia can get to zero carbon emissions, and grow the economy) to show that:

“Not only can we reach net zero emissions by 2050, this can be achieved without major structural changes to the economy, and minimal impact on Australians’ lifestyles.”

A 2013 report by Ecofys (PDF) investigated whether global carbon neutrality was possible to achieve by mid century and concluded it was technically and physically feasible as long as we rapidly escalate decarbonisation.

In the words of Nelson Mandela “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Read our full submission to the Australian Government UNFCCC climate targets taskforce as a PDF for downloading: 20150424-CAM-submission-Australia-post-2020-targets or below. Note that the blue headings are directly taken from the White paper issued by Prime Minister and Cabinet which they requested specifically answered. The text below also corrects some spelling and typographical errors discovered after formal submission:

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April 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm 3 comments

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