Yarra Climate Action Now – YCAN

Help us achieve a sustainable and safe future for Yarra, Melbourne and the world!

Proudly Plastic Free Launch

26 June 2019

The Yarra Proudly Plastic Free campaign is launching this Sunday 30 Jun, 12-2 at Bargoonga Nganjin 182 St George’s Rd, Fitzroy Nth.

If you signed the YCAN petition to City of Yarra to get this going, give yourself a pat on the back. You helped make it happen!

Erin Rhoads aka the Rogue Ginger will speak about how to be Proudly Plastic Free at home. Register at eventbrite

See you there!

Climate Emergency Forum

5 April 2019

It was great to see the Richmond Town Hall full of people who are concerned about the Climate Emergency. Karl Braganza from the Bureau of Meteorology explained the latest climate science, the rapid changes to our climate that have already happened (and their disastrous effects) , and the challenges ahead to avoid runaway climate change.  Fiona Armstrong from the Climate and Health Alliance, discussed the devastating health implications of climate change, what the health sector is doing and what we all can do.

YCAN was there, of course, and Kerry, our convenor, encouraged people to take action (by joining YCAN!) The mayor endorsed our actions and commitment. Let’s hope that the clear and shocking facts on climate change and its effects will persuade people to not only do whatever they can in their own lives, but also take that extra step of convincing government at all levels to act with urgency.

Student Strike 4 Climate

19 Mar 2019

YCAN was proud to be at the School Strike for Climate Action last week to show our solidarity. It was inspiring. The students were so committed and had so much energy.

I’ve never before been to a rally/march where the chanting was non-stop for two hours solid. My reaction cycled between laughter and tears. I was proud, inspired and ashamed that my generation has let them down so badly.

Carole

Pedal Powered Cinema – this Friday!

21 Feb 2019

YCAN will have a stall at the 7th annual Human-Powered Carbon-Neutral Pedal Cinema at Melbourne Girls College. The event is part of the Sustainable Living Festival. We will be talking to the community about YCAN’s purpose and our important advocacy work. Come down to visit us and enjoy musical entertainment, sustainability information sessions, pedal-powered sideshow attractions, and of course, the human-powered film! Details are below:

Date: Friday 22 February, from 5pm with the film to commence at dusk
Venue: Melbourne Girls College, Yarra Boulevard (near the corner of Bridge Rd), Richmond
Booking: Free event, no booking required.      

Letters Delivered to Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy


We collected more than 400 signed letters demanding stronger climate action from the major parties in Victoria. Kerry and Carole delivered them on 7 November. Our visit to Matthew Guy’s office in Bulleen coincided with an action by members ofRepower NorthEast, so we had plenty of like-minded company. Only one representative was permitted to enter the leader of the state opposition’s office, but Kerry managed to convince them to let her in and was able to deliver the letters.

 

 

 

It was a quieter affair at Premier Daniel Andrews’ office at Noble Park where we handed over another set of the letters.

A Call for Action on Climate Change in Victoria

YCAN has written the above letter to the Victorian Premier  and Leader of the  Opposition in Victoria, calling for stronger action on climate change. In particular we are demanding a stronger Victorian Renewable Energy Target, no new coal and prioritising of public transport.

We have printed hundreds of copies of the letter and have been asking people to sign them. We will deliver the letters to Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy before the election.

If you would like to be part of this campaign for stronger climate action in Victoria, open a  copy of the Letter to Premier and Leader of Vic Opposition (right click on the link to open it in a new window) print it, sign it, scan it.

Email it to us at convenor@ycan.com.au before 31 October, and we will add your letter to the pile.

A dog will poo; what to do?


It can be a minefield determining the most environmentally-friendly solution for your dog waste, but we’ve had a go for you!

When at home, the best solution is to set up a dedicated DIY compostor worm farm (Bokashi also have a neat system they call Ensopet), but don’t use this on your vegetable garden. Flushing down the toilet is a no-no according to Sustainability Victoria.  Your general waste (landfill) bin should be a last resort.

When out and about, there are no perfect solutions. To be sure, the best option is to wrap in a compostable material (e.g. paper loo roll wrapper) and bring home to your dedicated compost. If using dog bags and Council bins, the waste will go to landfill so it’s important that the bags are “landfill biodegradable” (e.g. the BioGonebags used by Council).

While rates of degradation can’t be assured, they will eventually break down into harmless organic matter. Contrast this with “degradable” plastic bags which just break up into smaller plastic pieces! “Compostable” bags made from renewable bioplastics (e.g. corn starch) might be better again, but require a commercial composting facility to break down properly.

You’ll be pleased to know Council is considering this option with dedicated dog poo bins in our leash-free parks.

Whatever you do, don’t leave it behind (even in vegetated areas) because dog poo will release methane as it breaks down, and contains harmful bacteria that will pollute our waterways after the next rain. We hope this helps!