Our Fourth National CCL Australia Conference Rocked!
Congratulations to all CCL Australia volunteers who created a successful FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018!!
What was it like to be there?
Darshini attended and here is her summary: "A passionate, diverse and committed group gathered in Canberra for the 2018 Citizens’ Climate Lobby National Conference in September. The two days of the conference, held in Turner, were a time to focus our attention on the Climate Emergency, to learn about past attempts to put a price on carbon, to hear perspectives on the politics of climate change and how disadvantaged members of our society are bearing the burdens of inaction. Those who were new to the CCL method of lobbying were given time to practice and gain support from old hands. However the most important part of the conference was the forging of new relationships and the renewing of old ones.
These relationships were fundamental to the success of our Lobby teams as we moved to Parliament House for two days of lobbying. Teams formed, roles were assigned, advisers and politicians were met with, notes were taken and debriefing occurred seamlessly; thanks to the efforts of all, but especially the interns and the organisers. As Rod Mitchell had so eloquently expressed, we were there to break down walls and to build bridges, and this we did, with politicians from across the political spectrum."
Our national conference and lobby days play a vital role in nudging Australia towards the tipping point where pricing carbon becomes an obvious climate solution, and continues our work in fostering a non-partisan approach to climate solutions. Keynote speakers this year included CCL USA staffer Danny Richter, AFR journalist Tom McIlroy, Rod Campbell from The Australia Institute, Crystal Holt from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Ben Phillips from ANU, Susan Helyar, ACT Council of Social Services and ethicist Glenn Martin. We also had presentations, panels, and workshops on aspects of being an effective lobbyist and volunteer with Citizens' Climate Lobby.
Thank you our Interns CCL Australia has been fortunate to have the vital assistance of Interns, who volunteer time away from their university studies to help us. We are expanding the CCL Australia Intern Program.
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Fiona Armstrong is an expert in climate change and health policy, advocacy and communications. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Australian coalition of health groups, the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and the architect of the Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia, released in 2017.
She is the lead author of many of CAHA’s reports, including Coal and Health in the Hunter: Lessons from One Valley for the World and Our Uncashed Dividend: The Health Benefits of Climate Action.
Fiona is the recipient of several prestigious awards: The Frank Fisher Award from City of Yarra (2018), the Tony McMichael Ecology and Environment Award from the Public Health Association of Australia (2017), and 100 Women of Influence (2016) from Australian Financial Review/Westpac.
Fiona is a co-founder and a director of CLIMARTE: Arts for a Safe Climate, an an independent not-for-profit organisation that harnesses the creative power of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.
"Any disintegration of multilateralism - any undermining of climate related targets and agreements - aren't interesting footnotes in geopolitical history. They are catastrophic.
In New Zealand we are determined to play our part. We will not issue any further offshore oil and gas exploration permits. We have set a goal of 100% renewable energy generation by 2035, established a green infastructure fund to encourage innovation, and rolled out an initiative to plant one billion trees over the next ten years."
"The preliminary report calls for a rethink on how governments plan new infrastructure in the battle against climate change — that includes harnessing the power of the private sector to finance that infrastructure.
It says a greater commitment is needed to getting a price on carbon and reducing governments' reliance on revenue from fossil fuels.
It also highlights the need for companies to disclose the financial risks climate change poses to their profits."
This 2018 report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) states that:
"Renewable energy needs to be scaled up at least six times faster for the world to meet the decarbonisation and climate mitigation goals set out in the Paris Agreement...Renewable energy and energy efficiency can, in combination, provide over 90% of the necessary energy-related CO2 emission reductions.
The global energy transformation makes economic sense. Yet it calls for more investment in low-carbon technologies without delay. IRENA’s report identifies six focus areas where policy and decision makers need to act."
CCL Australia has three main kinds of ongoing online meetings to which all CCL members and supporters are invited and welcome. It is a good idea to go into Zoom 5 minutes early so the meeting can start on time.
1. Monthly Meeting with a Guest Speaker: Second Saturday of each month. These are a 20-30 minute guest presentation followed by Q&A. They close with a national update and some suggested actions.
2:00 pm AEDT NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, 1pm in Qld, 12:30 pm in SA and NT, 11:00 pm in WA.
2. National Conversation: 60 minutes on the Thursday following the second Saturday of each month. This is a discussion forum on all aspects of Citizens' Climate Lobby Australia's outreach and lobbying activities.
8:00 pm AEDT in NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, 7pm in QLD, 6:30 pm in SA and NT, 5:00 pm in WA.
3. Group Connect Call: 30 minutes on the second Tuesday of every month at three times - 6pm, 7pm and 8pm (AEDT). This short online meeting is especially for our new supporters and volunteers to connect. These times are standard time in winter and daylight saving time in summer, for states that use daylight savings.
Berowra group meets on the first Monday of the month. We arrive at 7:00pm for refreshment and a catchup followed by our meeting 7:30pm to 9:00pm, at Hornsby Heights or Cherrybrook. Contact Susie Fraser,email@example.com Illawarra Area Groups: First Wednesday of each month at 6pm for 6:30pm start. Master Builders Club, Church St Wollongong, downstairs meeting room. Contact Peter Todd, 0414 383 350 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Hunt, 0438 254 679 email@example.com Inner Sydney Area: Meet on 4th Tuesday of the month, 7pm, at the historic Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA) 280 Pitt Street, between Park St and Bathurst St. Take the lift to Level 3, Norman Selfe Room. All are welcome to join us for a light meal from 6 pm at Cellini’s Restaurant and Bar, Level 2, Queen Victoria Building (opposite Hobbyco on Level 2). Look for CCL T-shirts. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org North Sydney + Hills District Area Groups: Second Saturday of the month, 1-4pm, to coincide with the Monthly Meeting with Guest Speaker, alternating between Lane Cove and Baulkham Hills. (October: Lane Cove) Please contact Darshini on 0404 848 058 email@example.com details. Southern Sydney: Second Sunday of the month at the Oatley RSL Club, 23 Letitia St. You can park near Oatley Station in one of two parking areas. Optionally join us for light lunch from 1:15pm on ground floor; meeting starts at 2:30pm. Look for CCL T-shirts. For more information, contact George Carrard. firstname.lastname@example.org
WA Canning Area Groups: For details contact email@example.com Hasluck Pearce and Perth Area Groups:Contact co-host Rod Mitchell for venue details: firstname.lastname@example.org Tangney Area Groups: No meeting this month
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