All posts by Carole

A New YCAN Convenor


YCAN recently held their 2019 AGM. At the meeting, Geoff Golden was elected the incoming YCAN Convenor. This follows the decision by Kerry Echberg, after six years of passionate service in the role, to take a step back. Kerry will continue as an active member of the committee.

YCAN congratulates the other re-elected office bearers, including Carole Wilkinson (Deputy Convenor), Kevin Cato (Treasurer) and Sarah Deasey (Secretary).

Kerry’s final Annual Report explains why we’re all exhausted! It’s been a very busy year!!


Notice of YCAN Annual General Meeting

Yarra Climate Action Now will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the end of this month, and all members are encouraged to attend. Details below.

Date: Wednesday October 30th (6.30pm start)

Agenda: Items include the Convenor’s Report on 2019 activities, the 2018/2019 Financial Report and the election of office-bearers.

Location: Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 20 Princes St, North Carlton

2040 Free Screening

Yarra Climate Action Now (YCAN) invites Yarra residents and their friends to a free screening of the documentary 2040, from award-winning filmmaker Damon Gameau.

To build on the momentum from the global climate strike (on September 20), join us to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we change the way we live and rapidly accelerate the climate and energy solutions already available.

Join us for refreshments afterwards.

Free event, but Eventbrite registration is essential.

Donations on the night are greatly appreciated to help cover our costs.

When: Mon 23 Sep,  6:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library,
182-186 Saint Georges Road, Fitzroy North 3068


Envirucation is a series of eight workshops to enable participants to increase their knowledge and understanding of a range of issues around climate change and environmental destruction. On Sunday 15 Sept climate expert David Karoly (just returned from an IPCC meeting in France), plus author and YCAN member Carole Wilkinson will be talking about Empowerment and Climate Change.

5-8 pm, Sun 15 Sept, Bargoonga Nganjin Library, 182 St Georges Rd, Nth Fitzroy.

It’s a free event, but booking necessary for catering at Trybooking.

Check out the full series of workshops.


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.