They can walk daily half marathons, abseil off buildings, plan a 100% renewable energy economy while dumpster diving from their bicycles. And they can tweet. But are climate activists funny?
Join Quit Coal, Climate Action Moreland and Beyond Zero Emissions for a night of champagne comedy for, by and about the climate movement at Brunswick Town Hall – and discover the truth!!
There’ll be drinks, prizes, a special guest appearance by our favourite mining magnate, Twiggy Palmcock… and you can chuck some coal at Ted too!
Some of the money raised will also go to directly helping people affected by climate change through Tulele Peisa, an organisation of the people of the Carteret Islands who are organising their own relocation as their islands are inundated by sea level rise.
Local environmental sustainability champions, Melbourne Girls College, will offer a free community event inviting people to ‘Rewrite the Future’ at the College on Saturday 1st September 2012.
The forum, held annually since 2010, features expert speakers on global challenges such as climate change and involves a cafe conversations style workshop for people to discuss the issue and share their priorities for action. The September forum ‘Global Challenges: Local Solutions’ will feature climate scientists (Professor David Karoly), climate campaigners (AYCC founder Anna Rose) and climate superheroes!
Melbourne Girls College sustainability coordinator and science teacher Andrew Vance said the event has proved very popular with the local community. “People love the opportunity to engage with experts in their local community about how we can develop local solutions to global challenges. There’s a chance to meet other people who are involved in inspiring projects and to visit the local solutions expo.”
The event will feature live music, prizes will be awarded for environmental pledges, and there is an opportunity to be involved in a community tree planting event.
Local organisations wishing to participate in the ‘local solutions gallery’ should contact Andrew Vance on 0438 201 725.
Delicious food and beverages will be available from the famous caterers at MGC Parents’ Association with some proceeds going to a MGC charity project.
Around forty people spent last Saturday afternoon doorknocking in Clifton Hill and North Fitzroy as part of the 100% Renewables campaign. Doorknocking happened in around 40 neighbourhoods and towns all over Australia capping off a few months of action, where ordinary people knocked on the doors of their neighbours and gathered 20,000 conversations about renewable energy.
Yarra Climate Action Now and Darebin Climate Action Now collected over 500 surveys, or ‘conversations’, in the inner-north of Melbourne, covering the federal seats of Melbourne and Batman. We found overwhelming support for a transition to 100% renewable energy, not only for climate reasons but also because renewable energy creates jobs and will reduce the price of electricity. While a carbon price was supported, it was clear that additional measures like a large scale feed-in tariff are urgently needed to build more wind and solar thermal energy plants.
Well done to the many doorknockers and thanks to the local residents who spoke to us. Your voices will be heard in Federal Parliament at the end of June, when independent Rob Oakeshott tables the 20,000 surveys. We will also deliver the results for each electorate to the individual political representatives, and full results will be posted on this website when they are available.
A climate action rally, organised in a few days, managed to bring together over 8000 people in Melbourne on Saturday 12 March. The rally was organised by GetUp, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and various other groups in response to the push by climate change deniers, the Liberal Party and various extremist media outlets against action on the climate crisis. YCAN was there. .
There was a rally held at the same time outside Julia Gillard’s office in Werribee. That rally was calling for no action on climate change and managed a far smaller 200 people. That tiny rally was addressed by two Liberal Party Senators. .
While those against action on climate change make very loud noises and have large sections of the media on their side (namely the Australian and Herald Sun newspapers and several commercial radio stations), it seems that their support in the broader community is decidedly weaker than they would like to make out. See below for a short video of the pro-action rally. .