All posts by Carole

School Strike 4 Climate 25th September 2020

Since we can’t gather in the streets and wave our banner like we did last year in support of the School Strike 4 Climate, we did the only thing we could – gather on Zoom. And as the theme of this global action is Fund Our Future, Not Coal we decided to invite Scotty from Gas Marketing to our protest. Just to let him know what we think of his latest gas promotion.

Make  your own SS4C (digital) protest and support the students here.

YCAN Submissions so far this year

Yarra Council had only met four times for regular Council meetings this year, before the coronavirus shut them down. YCAN managed to make four submissions — one written submission, and three verbal submissions, including two at the final council meeting when social distancing rules were in place.

You can read the submissions here.

And we are still having our monthly meetings, like everyone else, on Zoom.



Mystery YCAN Member

In the April Newsletter under Getting to Know Your YCAN Committee, we didn’t really intend it to be a mystery member. No prizes if you guessed who it was!

Somewhere between the draft and the published newsletter, the name dropped off. It was in fact Carole who is pictured in the newsletter with a handmade sign for the Victorian Interim Emissions Reductions Targets Campaign.

A New YCAN Convenor


YCAN recently held their 2019 AGM. At the meeting, Geoff Golden was elected the incoming YCAN Convenor. This follows the decision by Kerry Echberg, after six years of passionate service in the role, to take a step back. Kerry will continue as an active member of the committee.

YCAN congratulates the other re-elected office bearers, including Carole Wilkinson (Deputy Convenor), Kevin Cato (Treasurer) and Sarah Deasey (Secretary).

Kerry’s final Annual Report explains why we’re all exhausted! It’s been a very busy year!!


Notice of YCAN Annual General Meeting

Yarra Climate Action Now will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the end of this month, and all members are encouraged to attend. Details below.

Date: Wednesday October 30th (6.30pm start)

Agenda: Items include the Convenor’s Report on 2019 activities, the 2018/2019 Financial Report and the election of office-bearers.

Location: Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 20 Princes St, North Carlton

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!