As a CCL community newsletter, all of CCL Australia's hundreds of coordinators, members and groups are welcome to contribute. Whether it is a piece of local climate news, a new community climate resource, or a CCL event or blog post which you would like to share, all are welcome.
Many CCL members share this newsletter as a courtesy to their local NGOs, Rotary groups, local government councillors and state and federal members of parliament.
If you don't yet share your newsletter with your local government councillor or state and federal MPs and would like to as part of your CCL volunteering, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org - it's useful for us to share the information with other CCL members in your constituency, and we can let you know if your elected representative is already a recipient before you send it.
On behalf of the whole team thank you to Paula and Rosey, our recently retired newsletter editors, and from the September 2018 Federal Parliament Lobby team goes a big thank you to one of CCLs younger friends, 12yo Sydney Pan, whose beautiful drawing of a Butcher Bird (pictured) graced the official CCL Australia thank you cards sent to MPs this September. Thanks also to Hogan Print for donating printing.
Thank you for all that you do, I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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PS did you miss CCLs chat with Fiona Armstrong from the Climate and Health Alliance last month? Watch it here. Write to your MP to support a Climate, Health and Wellbeing approach here. Read about her collaboration with the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) here.
If you are wondering what the NSW Rural Fire Service (pictured) has to do with faith-led and citizen-led climate advocacy, then read on.
Australia's Parliament House is hosting a very special non-partisan climate briefing event and the Tathra emergency services crew is on the program.
This event is especially for parliamentarians, advisors and Australia's COP delegates to attend ahead of this December's climate talks in Poland. Details in place so far for: "The Human Face of Climate Change - the real costs of inaction"include:
CCL members are invited to call, write or visit your local Federal MP and Senator, requesting they or their advisor(s) attend all or part of the Parliament House event, which is on November 29th 12 noon - 3 pm, Mural Hall B. For more information and to book tickets contact: Philippa Rowland
M: 0429 828412, President, Multifaith Association of South Australia http://multifaithsa.org.au/
The Guardian's Dana Nuccitelli has written an informative summary of last month's good news from Canada on Justin Trudeau's new 'federal backstop' price on pollution, a scheme that will see a dividend go to Canadian households as soon as early 2019.
As the latest in innovative, effective and potentially popular pricing mechanisms, it will without a doubt be a hot topic at the next climate talks, the Conference of Parties (COP), in Katowice Poland this December. Noting also that by then Washington State may also have voted on a carbon pricing instrument similar in some ways to CCL's Carbon Fee and Dividend.
We will be mentioning this to the Australian COP delegation at this weeks COP briefing in Canberra, but the news from Canada is already generating more interest in Australia:
Last weekend the Australian Greens announced they are throwing down a carbon pricing gauntlet of their own, reviving Australia's shelved scheme;
The Queensland Labor government announced in October that it is now investigating a tobacco-like tax on climate pollution on health grounds;
Read more about CCL Australia's carbon dividend based scheme for a price on pollution here. Paul Hawken (Drawdown) calls carbon pricing the great 'solutions accelerator', so why not write to your MPs, businesses and local leaders and ask them to support it! Include this short video about CFD in your letter or email - it says it all!
CANADA PROVINCE'S AND CARBON PRICING
Green indicates that the province’s own carbon pricing system meets the federal standards.
Purple and orange indicate a province’s planned or proposed carbon pricing will meet the federal standards, respectively.
Red indicates that the federal carbon pricing will apply to the province.
Congratulations and thank you to our La Trobe Uni 2018 CCL Australia interns and members Millie Black and Makira Vann, for not only being inspiring interns but on top of all that recently organizing and hosting a CCL information evening in Watsonia, Melbourne.
As CCL Australia interns, Makira and Millie wanted to organise a meeting to inform both the local and wider community about CCL and its purpose and to discuss the CCL lobbying and internship process and experience in depth with fellow interested students. As enthusiastic and skilled new CCL members they also wanted to be part of making it easier and more enjoyable for all of CCLs members across Victoria to collaborate on and support climate conversations with community leaders and elected representatives.
Thank you, Millie and Makira! And thank you to everybody who travelled from near and far to meet and lend support to our newest group leaders and coordinators. Special thanks also to Glenn who travelled from Ballarat, and father and daughter team Howard and Anusha Witt for travelling from Sydney to help out.
Thanks to generous ongoing and one-off donations from members and supporters, we are now able to expand the CCL Australia Intern Program to run throughout the year and in each Australian state and territory.
The program will continue over the summer break and is already planning for 2019.
So, if you know a student who would like to connect with global advocacy, make a difference and influence how all politicians talk about climate change, and at the same time obtain course credits, why not suggest they find out more and send a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
This month we are congratulating longstanding CCL Australia member Anusha Witt who has recently completed her Masters in Environmental Law.
Her dissertation research is titled 'Long-Term Climate Laws: A Comparative Analysis of The UK 'Climate Change Act' and the European Union Regulation 'Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action Regulation''.
Join the meeting online via ZOOM or at a local CCL group to hear all about her findings and to participate in Q&A about her conclusions. Members and friends all welcome.
The UK Climate Change Act enacted in 2008 was said to be a forerunner in long term climate law and was hailed by many as 'groundbreaking'.
Now, the 'Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action Regulation' has just been politically agreed to by the European Union law making bodies and is set to become law this December.
Anusha's research compared the two legislative instruments to analyse how long term climate law is developing and to examine the similarities and differences in the two legislative instruments.
Her presentation to CCL will share some of the key features of these legislative instruments.
About Anusha Witt: After completing a bachelor in International studies, Anusha worked for the International not-for-profit ActionAid, a women's and youth rights charity, in Sydney, Kenya, and in Bangladesh. Through ActionAid she has campaigned and advocated for youth and small holder women farmers rights, and has been a trainer in campaigning, advocacy, feminist leadership, accountable governance and tax justice.
*All are invited to join at the following times: 2:00 pm AEDT ie 2 pm NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas; 1 pm QLD; 1:30 pm SA; 12:30 pm NT, 11:00 am in WA. Shareable via Facebook Events.
December's monthly meeting special guest speaker: Dani Austin The 'Climate-Ready Communities' Program
Saturday, December 8 at 2 pm AEDT
Dani Austin is the Community Adaptation Project Officer at Australian Red Cross, based in South Australia.
We first heard about Dani's teams work through Jim Allen (CCL Boothby and SA Regional Coordinator) talking about a wonderful climate impact scenario-testing forum Dani organised for the southern suburbs of Adelaide.
Have you caught up with Rod Mitchell's latest blog post yet? Rod is one part of the Western Australian Regional Coordinator team, with Joyce Erceg (CCL Canning), and does triple duty with CCL, first as a committee member of CCL Aus Inc, and now also as group leader of CCLs new and still to be named Denmark area group. Rod also initiated CCL Australia and is a very kind and wise soul.
Rod writes: "Social Psychologists David Sharman and Leaf Van Boven were guest speakers at CCL’s September International Monthly Call and gave a powerful exploration of the psychology of partisan politics. They concluded that “the CCL way” is an important part of the solution..."
As Rod says this research is very useful for using our everyday climate conversations for growing bipartisanship on effective climate solutions - it gives climate advocates a powerful tool for ‘bringing down walls’ and making climate a 'bridge issue' instead of a 'wedge issue'.
Rod and Joyce can be reached at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more at the CCL Australia blog here.
Last month saw the very first Australian meeting of RE100 – the global corporate leadership initiative on renewable electricity led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. It followed Arup's earlier World Energy Mix Forum at Australian Parliament House in Canberra when Sam Kimmins of The Climate Group presented RE100 to MPs and interested companies.
The event noted that globally 154 RE100 companies have made a commitment to go 100% renewable - generating the equivalent of enough demand for renewables to power all of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria combined.
Interestingly, 2016-17 data taken from a sample of 3,500 companies, shows RE100 businesses, ie businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, consistently perform better than non-members on two key financial indicators: net profit margin and EBIT margin (Earnings Before Interests and Taxes).
No wonder last week New South Wales announced it is planning a 15-year transition out of coal-fired power and into renewables! Read more here.
CCL Australia has three main kinds of ongoing online meetings to which all CCL members and supporters are invited and welcome.
1. Monthly Meeting with a Guest Speaker: Second Saturday of each month. These are a 20-30 minute presentation by special guest of CCL Australia, followed by Q&A and a national update. Edited presentations are available at CCL Australia's youtube channel. 2:00 pm AEDT - 2:00 pm NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas; 1pm Qld; 1:30 pm SA; 12:30 pm NT; 11:00 am WA.
2. National Conversation: 60 minutes on the Thursday following the second Saturday of each month. This is a casual 1-hour discussion forum on all aspects of Citizens' Climate Lobby Australia's group development, training, outreach and lobbying, and regularly features one or more guest speakers for a deep dive into a selected topic or something in the news. 8:00 pm AEDT - 8:00 pm NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas; 7pm QLD; 7:30 pm SA; 6:30 pm NT; 5:00 pm WA.
3. Group Connect Call: 3hrdial-insecond Tuesday of every month - This is a 3 hour monthly timeslot booked on ZOOM especially for new CCL supporters and volunteers to try out the ZOOM connection, ask questions and connect and meet some of CCL Australia's national and / or regional coordinators. We sometimes use this call to develop online training - stay tuned for more details. 6-9pm AEDT 6-9 pm NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas; 5-8pm QLD; 5:30-8.30 pm SA; 4:30-7:30 pm NT; 3-6 pm WA.
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NSW and ACT Federal Parliament Update CCL ACT area teams have met the members of the house of representatives (MHRs) and/or the advisor(s) for federal seats of Canberra, Fenner and Monaro plus Senator Seselja and will soon request a meeting with Senator Smith. CCL NSW teams have met with the members of the house of representatives (MHRs) or the advisor(s) for the federal seats of New England, Hunter, Berowra, Dobell, Newcastle, Shortland, Mackellar, North Sydney, Parramatta, Mitchell, Wentworth, Kingsford Smith, Grayndler, Watson, Fowler, Cook, Hughes, Macarthur, Cunningham, Whitlam, Eden-Monaro, Gilmore plus Senators &/or the advisor(s) of NSW Senators Payne, Rhiannon, McAllister and Fierravanti-Wells.
Coordinators Joyce Erceg and Rod Mitchell
WA Federal Parliament Update CCL WA has met with members of the house of representatives (MHRs) or the advisor(s) for federal seats of Durack, Pearce, Moore, Curtin, Tangney, Swan, Burt, Fremantle, Hasluck and Canning; advisor(s) for and/or Senators Cash, Cormann, Siewert and Steele-John; and is currently requesting a meeting with Senator Dean Smith.
Coordinators Nell Azuri and Heidi Edmonds
Queensland Federal Parliament Update CCL Qld has met with Qld members of the house of representatives (MHRs) and/or the advisor(s) for the federal seats of Maranoa, Herbert, Flynn, Fisher, Lilley, Griffith, Bonner, Moreton, Rankin, Groom and Forde; advisors of or Senators the Hon Canavan, Ketter, Moore, Chisholm; and will soon meet with LNP MHR for Brisbane, Mr Trevor Evans.
SA Federal Parliament Update In 2018 the CCL SA team has met with members of the house of representatives (MHRs) or the advisor(s) for federal seats of Grey, Mayo, Boothby and Port Adelaide; with advisors or SA Senators the Hon Birmingham, Patrick, Storer and Senator the Hon Wong; and is about to request a meeting with MP for Kingston, Ms Amanda Rishworth.
Victoria Parliamentary Liaisons Update CCL Vic has met with the members of the house of representatives (MHRs) or the advisor(s) for the seats of Mallee, Murray, Scullin, Melbourne, Gellibrand, Melbourne, Wills, Batman, Kooyong, Menzies, Bruce, Indi, and McMillan; with advisors / Senators Rice, Carr, Di Natale, Hinch and Kitching; and is currently requesting a further meeting with Senator Hinch.
Tasmania Do you live in Tasmania and want help out in 2019? Please contact Jodie or Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org Tasmanian Federal Parliament Update
CCL has met with the MHR or their advisor for the federal seats of Bass, Braddon, Denison; Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Senator Lisa Singh and Senator Catryna Bilyk; and is booked to meet with ALP Senator for Tasmania Lisa Singh again in Canberra on Nov 26.
Northern Territory Do you live in the Northern Territory and want help out or meet your MPs on climate in 2019? Please contact Jodie or Howard at email@example.com Northern Territory Parliament Update
CCL has met with the member of the house of representatives (MHR) for Lingiari, the Hon Warren Snowdon, and is requesting a meeting with ALP Senator Malarndirri McCarthy.
There are currently a number of unfilled CCL 'Parliament Liaison' roles available across Australia. If you'd like to know what this involves, or are ready to join the team in 2019, then please let us know ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org. There has never been a better time to start an ongoing conversation about climate and the carbon fee and dividend model for pricing pollution with all our MPs.
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