This website contains information about what we do, how you can help us achieve a sustainable and safe future, and information about the climate crisis in general and specific to inner Melbourne.
50% of the City of Yarra’s domestic waste going to landfill is organic waste, including a large proportion of food waste.
Why is this important? Decomposition of organic waste in landfill produces methane, a greenhouse gas with 28 times the global-warming potential of carbon dioxide.
Objective 1 in the “City of Yarra Waste Strategy 2014-18” is to ‘work towards eliminating organics from waste stream’. Current actions will not achieve elimination of green and food waste from Yarra’s domestic bins.
We are campaigning to get Yarra City Council to develop an effective municipality-wide strategy for domestic food waste disposal as a matter of priority.
Please support this campaign and sign our petition.
In preparation for the People’s Climate March next month, YCAN is having a banner and placard workshop/ working bee this Saturday. Bring your old coreflutes for refurbishment. Paint etc provided.
Saturday 24 Oct 12 noon onwards
Lunch provided. Ring Carole on 0418 546 168 for venue.
The position of Urban Agriculture Facilitator has been earmarked for axing again in the 2015-16 City of Yarra Draft Budget. Come and help us overturn this decision TONIGHT at the Fitzroy Town Hall, 6.30.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to speak against what some councillors are calling “middle-class welfare”.
See today’s article in The Age
To support the Livewell “Decarb Your Life” program, our next meeting will be a special event hosted by award-winning sustainable architect Ande Bunbury to discuss reducing our carbon footprint in practical ways. We’re asking all those interested to bring along their household bills to the meeting. 7pm, Wednesday 13 May Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre (20 Princes St, Carlton) Please RSVP to Kerry – firstname.lastname@example.org If you can’t join us on the night, you can still sign up to be involved in one of the 10 decarb groups in Yarra.
The 2014-15 City of Yarra Budget was passed last night. 80 submissions were received from residents, but the only item that was changed in the budget, was the reinstatement of funding for the Urban Agriculture Facilitator. This is great news. The submissions written by YCAN and other community members committed to urban ag did the trick!
Yesterday YCAN made a submission at the EW Link Hearing, expressing our total opposition to the toll road and calling for a public transport option.
RACV’s General Manager Public Policy was one of the other submitters. He said RACV supported the toll road, despite the fact that only 38% of RACV members are in favour of it. It seems that the Premier isn’t the only one who thinks that the tollroad construction doesn’t require a mandate.
YCAN is proud to be part of Public Transport Not Traffic (PTNT), a strong new community campaign bringing together groups from across Melbourne: Frankston to Bentleigh; Werribee to Dandenong Ranges, to demand world-class public transport for all. Check out the new website, http://www.publictransportnottraffic.org/
PTNT is kicking off with a campaign launch this Friday 29 November, during morning peak hour, at train stations across Melbourne. YCAN will be leafleting commuters at Richmond and Clifton Hill stations to spread the word about a new online survey for Melbourne’s transport future. The survey and campaign launch are on our website, so please check it out: http://www.publictransportnottraffic.org/
Where: Richmond and Clifton Hill Stations.
When: Friday 29th Nov from 7.00am to 9am.
If you have half an hour or more to spare give Mack a call on 0422 952-554 to join the roster and be part of this coordinated morning of action.
Solar Citizens, an exciting new community project to unite solar interests across Australia, has invited YCAN’s Ian Mack to Canberra to lobby the federal government for better renewables policy.
Ian will travel to Canberra on December 1-2 with a team of Solar Citizens. He will meet with politicians on behalf of all Australia’s solar owners to share the success story of solar and ask them to do more to support solar power.
But he needs our help to get there.
Can you chip in a small amount? Donations will go towards covering Ian’s travel and accommodation costs.
For more info go to: Solar-Citizens-Mack
Fancy a little lunchtime leafleting?
Well come join us out the front of the RACV Shop Melbourne to hand out election scorecards.
YCAN takes democracy seriously, and what better way to exercise your democratic right than to vote in an election. But with only 7% of eligible members voting last year, the RACV clearly needs a hand getting the word out. So if you’re in the neighbourhood or committed to the cause, come help us spread the word – every vote counts, especially when there are two candidates who, if elected, will make sure that public transport is on the agenda of this powerful transport organisation. No previous experience required.
Where: out the front of RACV Shop Melbourne, 438 Little Collins Street Melbourne
When: 12noon-2pm every day this week (Mon 30th Sep – Fri 4th Oct)
To view the RACV election scorecard go to: RACVscorecard.com
Thanks for your support.