Featuring climate scientist Prof. David Karoly, comedian Rod Quantock, and CEO of the Yarra Energy Foundation Alex Fearnside.
Featuring climate scientist Prof. David Karoly, comedian Rod Quantock, and CEO of the Yarra Energy Foundation Alex Fearnside.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph: 0410 388 187. Organised by Friends of the Earth.
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.
Wednesday 3 November, 5.30-6.30pm, 112 Smith St, Collingwood.
For the last nine months, rain, hail or shine, committed members of Yarra Climate Action Now have been “rebranding” (i.e. protesting) Richmond Labor MP Richard Wynne EVERY SINGLE WEEK!
We would like to invite you to celebrate the 40th rebranding in a row!
There will be live music, a big birthday cake and fun for the whole family!
This truly epic action has been calling on the State Government to put the interests of Victorians before those of the coal industry, and they are feeling the pressure. However, with a new coal-fired power station on the cards there is still work to be done.
To RSVP contact us.
This week Yarra City Council took a stand for sensible action on the climate crisis, passing (six votes to two) a motion calling for Hazelwood power station to be replaced with renewable energy within the next term of the Victorian parliament. The motion also called for the scrapping of the proposed HRL Dual-gas coal-fired power station, which the State Government is currently supporting. See below for the full text of the motion and background information.
Yarra Climate Action Now worked with Socialist Party councillor Steve Jolly on developing the motion, which was subsequently strengthened by Greens councillor Sam Gaylard. It was supported by the Greens, Socialist Party and independent councillors Fristacky and Smedley. Two Labor Party councillors voted against the motion without giving any good reason for doing so, while Yarra Mayor, Jane Garrett, also a Labor Party member, was mysteriously absent from the vote.
YCAN is pleased that Yarra City Council has stood up for its residents and urged the other levels of government to urgently reduce Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions. We congratulate the councillors that passed this motion. We would also like to express our anger and frustration with the Labor councillors who voted and argued against it. At a time when the Brumby Government is desperately trying to create some green credentials, this vote has shown that Labor is still deep in the pocket of the coal industry.
In other news, at the same council meeting, the YCAN Local Action Group had yet another win, presenting a submission to Council on the Carbon Neutral Action Plan, which received commendation from the councillors and some points of which were acted upon immediately.
Full text of motion:
12.1 Replacement of Hazelwood Power Station
Moved: Councillor Jolly Seconded: Councillor Clarke
1. That Council:
(a) whilst acknowledging the State Government’s Climate Change Bill 2010, sets a target to reduce emissions by 20% below 2000 levels by 2020, and key initiatives to reach that goal, it is recognised that these targets and actions are not sufficient for Victoria to play its part in avoiding runaway climate change, and are lower than Yarra City Council’s own targets;
(b) supports the replacing of all of Hazelwood brown coal power with renewable energy within the next term of the Victorian Parliament, and In this regard, Council suggests that the State and Federal Governments adopt plans similar to those put forward by Beyond Zero Emissions or Greenpeace that provide detailed, practical and timely implementation strategies for the transition to renewable energy;
(c) urges the State and Federal Governments to expedite policies and funding to achieve this end;
(d) also calls upon the State Government to reject a proposal by Dual Gas to build a new coal power station in the Latrobe Valley which proposes new gasification technology which does not even meet the average emissions intensity of power plants in the OECD; and
(e) write to the Prime Minister, Victorian Premier, Victorian and Federal Energy Ministers, and the Victorian and Federal Opposition Leaders and local members to advise its position.
Hazelwood Power Station is responsible for almost 15% of Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions and 3% of Australia’s. It consumes 27 billion litres of drinking water per year – enough to supply Melbourne’s water needs for a month. It takes just four days for Hazelwood to cancel out the entire year’s worth of emissions saved by Victorians though the 5-star energy efficient homes program. That’s 650,000 black balloons every minute. Hazelwood is Australia’s most polluting power station and one of the most polluting in the industrialised world.
Hazelwood Power Station was due to be closed in 2009. However, after privatisation in 1996, in 2005 the State Government extended its coal allocation out into the 2030s.
The climate science is clear that there is already too much carbon in the atmosphere to prevent runaway warming. We urgently need to stop emitting carbon and remove it from the atmosphere.
There are renewable energy alternatives to coal-burning that are commercially available now. Wind and baseload solar thermal power can replace coal, and Victoria has these resources in abundance. The work of the University of Melbourne Energy Institute and Beyond Zero Emissions clearly shows that Hazelwood can be replaced with a mix of these technologies within a few years. Basing the manufacturing of these renewable energy components in the Latrobe Valley can ensure that workers in coal-burning areas can transition to other quality jobs.
Victorian greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise alarmingly. Replacing Hazelwood with renewable energy is the first step in the necessary shift to zero emissions technologies that will ensure Victoria’s energy security and productivity.
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.
Yarra Climate Action Now will be hosting an information session for people interested in being involved in the Vote Climate campaign for the upcoming Victorian Election. RSVP here to let us know if you can make it (and if you can’t but are still interested, get in touch). Details below.
October 13th, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
Level 2, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
At the federal election, the Vote Climate campaign in inner-Melbourne helped put the climate crisis back on the agenda in a big way. Come along to this session to find out about the Vote Climate campaign for the Victorian State Election coming up in November.
Vote Climate is a non-partisan campaign run by a number of local climate action groups. It highlights where the parties’ stand on this issue and encourages voters to consider climate and energy policies when deciding who they choose to vote for.
A scorecard will be produced to rate the parties’ performance. This will be distributed to voters via letter-boxing, leafletting and at polling booths on election day. We will also be running fun and creative actions and events.
The results of the federal election shifted the debate on climate. We need your help to do the same for Victoria.
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.
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.
Last weekend volunteers from Yarra Climate Action Now doorknocked over 1000 homes in Collingwood and Fitzroy for the Replace Hazelwood campaign. We gathered hundreds of signatures for our petition and spoke to people about the urgent need to replace Australia’s dirtiest coal-fired power station with clean renewable energy. We got a great response from the community.
While many first-time doorknockers were nervous at the beginning, with one hour of training and practice, over 20 people hit the streets and had a good time doing it!
First time doorknocker Phil said:
“Thanks for the chance to participate. It was a great learning experience.
“Oddly, I was pretty nervous right at the start. I was worried about how to do the opening pitch when the door was first opened. I went with my partner and watched her as she did a few houses and that helped a lot.
“Following that, and after doing about 3 pitches myself I got over my nerves and started to really get into the flow. I then found it really enjoyable, in fact it really fired me up!”
Our next doorknocking session is Sunday 4 July in Richmond, 1-4pm (one hour training, two hours doorknocking), meeting at Melbourne Girls College, Yarra blvd, Richmond.
We need your help! Sign up now here.
The campaign to Replace Hazelwood power station with renewable energy (and energy efficiency) is gathering strength. You may have seen the coverage in the media recently as well as Hazelwood’s owners’ outrageous attempt to sabotage energy efficiency programs.
Hazelwood brown coal-fired power station near Morwell is
To do this we need your help.
The state and federal Labor governments are now under pressure to act after Kevin Rudd’s backflip on climate change.
So, now is the time to get the message out in the community.
Over the next two months local community climate groups are going to be doorknocking in the key inner city electorates of
Door knocking is easy, fun and one of the most effective ways of getting our message into the community and having an impact on politicians.
Here is how it works. We start at 1pm and do about an hour of training, we knock on doors for less than two hours (in pairs) and then get together for a cuppa or a drink and talk about how it went.
It’s easy! Residents are friendly and usually very happy to take some information or sign the petition.
No prior experience or detailed technical knowledge about Hazelwood necessary – we will provide training and materials. Doorknocking will be done in pairs.
YCAN will be hosting two doorknocking sessions:
Saturday 19 June in Fitzroy, 1-4pm
Sunday 4 July in
There is also doorknocking happening in
So please join us on a coming Saturday or Sunday by clicking on the link below and registering to doorknock. There is also a video showing how it works below.
To find out more about doorknocking and the Hazelwood campaign go here http://www.climateactioncentre.org/replacehazelwood