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Film Screenings: Beating the Bomb and the Economics of Happiness

Two fantastic independent films are screening in inner-Melbourne:

Beating the Bomb is the story about the biggest weapons of mass destruction ever created. It is about the people who use them, more importantly, it is about the people who fight them. Co-director and producer Meera Patel will be at both screenings and available to answer questions afterwards.
Details of screenings:
Wednesday, 20th April 2011, 6.45pm.
Film will begin around 7.15pm at The Town Hall Hotel, 288 Bridge Road, Richmond, Victoria 3121
Tickets: $10/$7 (conc.) ON-LINE, $13/$10 (conc.) at the door. Click here to book. Proceeds to the Red Cross Japan and Pacific disaster appeal.
Wednesday 27th April, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
at Westgarth Palace Cinema, Northcote
Tickets: $25 / $20 (conc),
To book contact Tully McIntyre: tully.mcintyre@foe.org.au or Ph: 0410 388 187. Organised by Friends of the Earth.

The Economics of Happiness

This film explores the concept of relocalisation. ‘Going local’ is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured world – our ecosystems, our societies and our selves. Far from the old institutions of power, this film shows us people that are starting to forge a very different future.
Tuesday 3 May, 6.30-8pm, Basement Theatre, 198 Berkeley Street (cnr Pelham St), Carlton.
To RSVP click here. Screening is free.


David Spratt speaking at Carlton Library

David Spratt, the co-author of Climate Code Red, the book that created hundreds of climate activists, is speaking at Carlton Library on Tuesday 15 March, from 7pm.
667 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North. Free entry.
David is an inspiring speaker who has an excellent knowledge of climate science. His talk is entitled, “Climate Action: what do we need to do?
For further information contact Theary Sindel on 9426 5603 or Theary.Sindel -at- yarracity.vic.gov.au

Green vote surge in Federal Election

While we still don’t know who will be our Prime Minister, one thing is clear – the Greens have been the big winners in this election.

Adam Bandt, Sarah Hanson-Young, Bob Brown and Richard Di Natale. Photo: AAP

Here in the seat of Melbourne, Adam Bandt won his party’s first ever lower house seat (in a general election) with a massive 13% increase in the Green primary vote (to a total of 36%) and a 10% swing from Labor to Greens two-party-preferred. Nationally the Greens gained about 11.5% of the primary vote, an increase of almost 4% from last election, by far the biggest gain for any party.

It also seems like the Greens will win 5 or 6 senate spots, meaning they may win one in every state. In Victoria Richard Di Natale has been elected to the Senate with a full quota of votes. The Greens will hold the balance of power in the Senate.

Both Labor and the Greens said that climate change was the biggest issue in the seat of Melbourne.

In The Age, losing Labor candidate Cath Bowtell said, “…clearly they [voters of Melbourne] want us to work faster on reducing carbon emissions and moving to a cleaner-energy economy.”

This result doesn’t bode well for inner-city State MPs, who are facing an election in three months. The Brumby Government will have to vastly improved its climate policies if it doesn’t want to lose seats to the Greens.

We hope this result encourages some soul-searching in the Labor Party. With both big parties offering no leadership to tackle the climate crisis, more and more people will keep turning to the Greens. We hope all parties heed the signs at this election and greatly improve their climate policies.

Yarra Climate Action Now is proud to have been a part of the Vote Climate campaign in the seat of Melbourne. Our work helped make a difference in this seat and helped the party with the best climate policies win! Well done to everyone involved.

Melbourne launch of the Zero Carbon Australia Plan

100% renewable energy for Australia within a decade is possible and affordable. Come along to the energy event of the year to find out how.

This free public lecture will be the launch of the Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan.

Hosted by the University of Melbourne Energy Institute.

Wednesday 14 July, 6-8pm

Basement theatre, The Spot, 198 Berkeley St, Carlton

For further information click here

John Daley (CEO Grattan Institute)
Keith Lovegrove (Solar Thermal Group Leader, ANU)
Lane Crockett (General Manager, Pacific Hydro)
Matthew Wright (Executive Director Beyond Zero Emissions)

Upcoming local events

Some fun and interesting climate change events happening in the next couple of weeks in our local area – all free and all welcome:

1. Renewable is Do-able public meeting – Thursday 3 December
2. Ride Planet Earth bike ride – Sunday 6 December
3. Walk Against Warming – Saturday 12 December

Details below:

The Walk Against Warming is Australia’s biggest day of community action on climate change. Similar Walks will be happening across the country, and across the globe as communities everywhere come together to tell their leaders they want action for a safe climate.

If you’ve ever replaced an old light globe with an energy efficient one, taken public transport instead of driving, switched to Green Power, or worried about the kind of world you’re going to leave to your kids, then the 2009 Walk Against Warming is for you!

12pm, 12 December, Victorian State Library (cnr Latrobe and Swanston Sts, City)