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Rewrite the future: climate conversations at Melbourne Girls College

Join this community forum to discuss the latest climate science and solutions for a sustainable future.
This event is intended for people who are concerned about climate change but are confused by the current debate; those who wish to know more about the solutions and options for effective prevention of further climate change; and those who would like to move from interest to action on climate related issues.
11am – 2pm
9 October 2010
Lyceum, Melbourne Girls’ College
Yarra Boulevard, Richmond
Hear from Dr Colin Hocking, environmental researcher, Yarra resident and Al Gore presenter, about the effects of climate change in Melbourne and Victoria.
Entry is by donation and lunch will be available.
To RSVP contact MGC parent and sustainability collective member Fiona Armstrong on 0438 900 005 or email fiona-armstrong -at- bigpond.com.

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.

Yarra Climate Action Now Meets Lindsay Tanner

While in Canberra for the Climate Action Summit, one of our members was able to attend a meeting with the federal member for Melbourne and Finance Minister, Lindsay Tanner.

Four delegates from the Summit went along to the meeting, YCAN was the only group represented in the Melbourne electorate, with other people there from Darebin Climate Action Now, Moreland Climate Group and Rising Tide from Newcastle.

The discussion ranged over a number of topics, including the recent Climate Action Summit (see blog post below) and YCAN’s activities in the seat of Melbourne. Mr Tanner discussed the difficult political nature of the climate change issue, where on one side you have people and businesses directly and immediately affected by policies to stop climate change, while on the other you have the science and general public concern over an issue that is diffuse and will impact progressively over time. The discussion also touched on the government’s funding for carbon capture and storage (clean coal), and the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, which has been incorporated into the atrocious Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

The minister seemed to be aware of the recent climate change science, although it is unclear whether he understood the implications of runaway climate change.

The YCAN delegate summed up the main conclusions from the meeting:

“While Lindsay Tanner may be aware of the seriousness of climate change, and the threat is poses to humanity’s survival, it is clear that the Federal Government will not show leadership on this issue until it is forced to by the Australian people. Politicians will only respond to political pressure. This means that every single Australian who cares about climate change has to start doing something POLITICAL about it. This can range from writing letters, joining your local climate action group, attending rallies and changing your vote, to non-violent direct action, such as the blockading of coal infrastructure.

“The point is the government won’t act until everyone else does.”