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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.


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 before 31 October, and we will add your letter to the pile.