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YCAN Climate Solutions Webinar 28 October
Want to hear what Yarra is doing to improve local waste collection and recycling?
Sophie Green from City of Yarra will present a free YCAN community webinar.
Wednesday 28 October at 7.00pm for about an hour with Q&A to follow.
Register Online at Eventbrite.
All welcome!

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YCAN October 2020 Newsletter:
Yarra Council election special

Find out how candidates in the three Yarra Council wards responded
to the YCAN six question survey.
We asked candidates questions about getting off gas, decarbonising
electricity, active transport and other climate-related topics.
Read what candidates in Langridge, Melba and Nicholls wards say.

 

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Yarra Council Elections YCAN Candidate Survey

As the Yarra Council elections approach,
YCAN has sent a survey to all candidates.

Ballot papers will be mailed out between October 6 and 8 with voting
(via postal vote only) closing on 6.00pm on Friday 23 October.
That means your vote must be in the post by this date and time.

Find out more from the VEC website where you can also find
a list of all the Yarra Candidates with contact details and
statements from each.

View a copy of a survey.

We will publish the candidates responses in our next newsletter
in the second week of October.

 

YCAN September 2020 Newsletter Get Off Gas

YCAN Newsletter
September 2020

Read the latest YCAN Newsletter:
• School Strike 4 Climate
25 September 2020
• YCAN Climate Solutions webinar series
• Make the Switch to #GetOffGas
• Compostable takeaway containers
Download a copy.
Subscribe to future editions.

 

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School Strike 4 Climate
25 September 2020

Since we couldn’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 on the Schoolstrike4climate website.

 

YCAN Climate Solutions Webinar Series 5 & 6
In September and October YCAN  presents a two-part mini-series
The State of Waste which will focus on waste, recycling
and the circular economy.

Webinar 6: A local perspective
With Sophie Green from the City of Yarra
Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 7.00pm
Register on Eventbrite.

Webinar 5: A Victorian perspective
With Richard Paschke of MRA Consulting

Missed the webinar? View it on YouTube:

And view the presentation:
Section 1.    Section 2.    Section 3.    Section 4.
Section 5.    Section 6.    Section 7.    Section 8.
Wednesday 16 September 2020 at 7.00pm
Register on Eventbrite.


YCAN Newsletter August 2020
Read the latest YCAN Newsletter:
• Get off Gas
• YCAN Climate Solutions webinar series:
The State of Waste (September and October)
• The future of electric vehicles
and more, so download a copy
Subscribe to future editions.

 

Climate Solutions Webinar Series 4
Webinar Four: What Councils are doing to tackle the Climate Emergency
and how the City of Yarra compares

Alexi Lynch, Business Manager at Ironbark Sustainability, presents a free community webinar. All are welcome to participate.

Missed the webinar? View it on YouTube:

And view the PowerPoint presentation:
Section 1.    Section 2.    Section 3.    Section 4.
Section 5.    Section 6.    Section 7.    Section 8.
Wednesday 19th August at 7.00pm
For 1 hour (approx) with Q&A at the end.
Venue: Online (on your couch?)
Register: on EventBrite
With the Yarra Climate Emergency Plan hot off the press, Alexi will look at what the City of Yarra is doing and planning, and how it compares with other Australian councils. Plus, how community groups can best advocate and assist key council stakeholders to get the best climate outcomes.
Find out more about Ironbark Sustainability and Alexi Lynch.

 

YCAN Newsletter – June 2020
Read the latest YCAN Newsletter:
• City of Yarra adopts a Climate Emergency Plan
• YCAN Climate Solutions webinar series
• Recycling in a Time of Coronavirus
• Looking for a ‘climate mural’ wall
and more, so download a copy.
Subscribe to future editions.



Help us improve the YCAN website
The YCAN website is due for an overhaul.
To start the process, we would like to get your views on the website
and how we could do better.
Please head to our survey
and spend a couple of minutes giving us some feedback. Your advice will help us as we redesign the site.

 

Climate Solutions Webinar Series 3
Webinar Three: Trends in electric vehicles
and charging infrastructure in Australia

Join Tim Washington from the Electric Vehicle Council
when he  presents a free online webinar for  the community.
All are welcome to participate.

Missed the webinar? View it on YouTube:

Wednesday 15th July at 7.00pm
For approximately an hour with Q&A at the end.
Venue: Online (on your couch?)
Register: on EventBrite

This session is for people who want to learn more about the future of electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia. Find out about the trends in electric vehicles, the solutions for charging (particularly in tricky situations like multi-unit dwellings or properties with no off-street parking) and best practice from around the world.

Tim Washington is the founder and director of JET Charge, Australia’s largest EV charging infrastructure business. JET Charge is also a co-founder of Chargefox, Australia’s largest EV charging network. Tim is also the Chair of the Electric Vehicle Council, the peak body for the electric vehicle industry in Australia.

 

Climate Solutions Webinar Series 2
Webinar Two: Biochar for a Sustainable World

In June 2020 Dr Adrian Morphett from Earth Systems presented a free online webinar for the community. He covered how biochar is produced and about its economic, soil health and carbon sequestration benefits. This was the second online webinar in our Climate Solutions Series.

Missed the Webinar?  Relive it on YouTube:

And view the PowerPoint presentation:
Section 1.    Section 2.   Section 3.
Wednesday 17 June at 7.00pm
(for approximately an hour with a Q&A after).
Venue: Online via Zoom
Register on Eventbrite.

Biochar is a form of stable carbon produced from organic matter that represents a practical, localised opportunity for carbon sequestration. It is also tremendously beneficial for soil health. Dr Morphett runs a facility on behalf of the nearby City of Manningham which produces biochar from the municipality’s green waste marketed under the brand Green Man Char.

This is the second in the YCAN Climate Solutions Webinar Series and you are most welcome to participate.

 

YCAN Newsletter – June 2020
Read the latest YCAN Newsletter:
• Call to Action – support the #BuildBackBetter campaign
• YCAN Climate Solutions webinar series
• City of Yarra Climate Action series
• Green Tip – Make your own hand sanitizer
Download a copy.
Subscribe to future editions.

 

YCAN Climate Solutions Webinar Series 1
Webinar One: The Importance of Soil Health
in a Changing World

During May 2020 YCAN held the first online webinar in our Climate Solutions Series.

Guest speaker Sue Bestow from the Office of the National Soils Advocate spoke to the audience of over 20 people about the potential for improved soil health to revolutionise agriculture and draw-down significant amounts of carbon. Testament to the quality of Sue’s presentation was the very high level of engagement and questions throughout.

To contact Sue visit the Office of National Soils Advocate website.

Missed the Webinar?  Relive it on YouTube:

View the presentation:
Section 1    Section 2    Section 3
and view the meeting documents.
Wednesday 20 May at 7.00 pm
The first of the YCAN Climate Solutions Webinar Series for 2020.
You are invited to this free webinar about the significant
opportunities presented by improving soil health with
Sue Bestow, the Office of the National Soil Advocate.

 

2020 YCAN Submissions

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.