Dealing with climate change where it matters most - on the land 2 PM Saturday 13 April ZOOM
STRATEGIES FOR FARMS
Graham Strong is a crop and sheep farmer from New South Wales. He got his start as a climate-aware agricultural innovator developing on-farm innovations in saltbush grazing and revegetation while an active participant in the well-known and groundbreaking rural Landcare program in the 1990’s. Then, in 2000 he became a finalist Young Australian of The Year – Environment as a result of his innovations. Last year he was the subject of a short film about the NSW drought. Watch it here.
When he joins CCL for 30 minutes on Saturday as our special guest Graham will share his thoughts about strategies to reduce the impact of climate change on his own farm, and how we can cope with climate change as a part of the future for all of Australian farming. See you there!
13 April, 2 PM - 2.45 PM AEST on the ZOOM app - click here to join. Save the date: 11 May | 8 June | 13 July | 10 August | 14 September | 12 October | 9 November
The role of the media in misrepresenting climate change and climate solutions and in influencing Australian climate policy is a very hot topic. And yet there is something concrete we can all do on a weekly or even a daily basis to counteract it - we can write to the editors and we can call radio talk back.
So, whether or not you already call radio stations or write to the editors, or want to, if you already shout at the news then CCL Australia's hosted monthly 'National Conversation' is for you.
No need to RSVP, just come along, all welcome.
18 April, 8 PM - 9 PM AEST on the ZOOM app - click here to join. Save the date: 16 May | 13 June | 18 July | 15 August | 19 September | 17 October | 14 November
With your help, cross-partisanship on climate action in the federal parliament could deliver
Over the last few years, many CCL members have lobbied their MPs for the establishment of a cross-partisan Parliamentary Friends group for climate change - and now it exists.
Now, CCL Australia members can help put it to work.
If you have already watched a CCL information session (watch here) can you contact your MHR, Senator and/or your preferred local candidates? Apart from simply wishing them well in the forthcoming federal general election you could tell them you support a Parliamentary Friends of Climate Action in the 46th parliament.
For sitting members, click here to see whether or not they have already met with CCL so you can frame your letter most appropriately. To locate your seat's candidates use the TallyRoom site here.
Thank you to conference participants, presenters and panellists - Bella Burgemeister, JayWeatherill, SallieForrest (DoctorsfortheEnvironmentAustralia) Judith Fisher (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)) ChristieKingston (Farmers for Climate Action), Ian Porter (Sustainable Energy Now Australia), Dennys Angove (University of New South Wales) and Cr Jai Wilson (TownBassendean).
Recordings of the WA conference presentations will be posted soon. Watch the NSW ACT Regional Conference interview with Dr Mark Diesendorf here. Thank you to ACT member Rod Taylor and intern Angela Fane - aka Climate Productions - plus SchoolStrike4Climate's Georgie Burgess and UNSW's Mark Diesendorf for help creating this clip.
The limits of 'command and control' never so clear
A growing number of countries now have a range of types of carbon price, including Canada, where residents on some states have just this month started receiving regular 'cash back' as part of a new federal carbon tax 'backstop' mechanism. Read more here.
Meanwhile in Australia commentators and businesses now seem solidly united in declaring it essential that we too implement an effective explicit direct carbon price - going beyond the shadow price we have. And yet, still, only the Australian Greens dare speak its name.
But it is also true that not just any direct carbon price will do. A suitable mechanism must levy a fee on those businesses profiting at the beginning of the GHG supply chain - at the well, mine or port. It must enable the full social cost of carbon to be recovered - rising to at least $50 per ton of CO2-e within 5 years. And it must do all this in an effective, equitable, economy-safe and politically popular way.
With a suitable levy potentially collecting a massive $20 billion per year according to modelling conducted by UNSW - and potentially freeing up billions in government energy subsidies - it is also essential that a dividend to households be issued, so that when costs are passed on affordability can be guaranteed.
Download the UNSW #AusCarbonDividend household impact study here to find out more.
Like to advocate for a fair and effective carbon dividend for your community but don't have flyers?
Thanks to generous design support from CCL members and supporters we have been able to create new postcards and flyers and they are now ready for you to print and use in your community advocacy for accelerating climate action by putting a price on pollution.
Click here to download CCL Australia Carbon Fee and Dividend postcards file - you can choose from 4 images, with an information backing included, see below.
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Everyone is welcome to join the CCL Australia on-line monthly meetings at the following times. 1) National monthly meeting with guest speaker is every Second Saturday of each month at the following time on ZOOM: 2:00 pm AEDT NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas; 1 pm QLD; 1:30 pm SA; 12:30 pm NT, 10:00 am in WA. Invite friends - share via Facebook. 2) National conversation on the Thursday following the second Saturday of each month at 8 -9 pm.