A microgrid is a small network of electricity users that creates a secure, sustainable and cost-effective supply of local power.
Energy Matters reports that the Microgrid Demonstration Initiative (MDI) grant program will provide a grant of $10 million to support eight microgrid projects across Victoria for residents in apartment blocks and commercial multi-storey buildings.
"The MDI is part of the Victorian government’s $146 million Renewable Energy Action Plan. The state is aiming for renewable energy targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025."
Our conference and lobby days play a vital role in nudging Australia towards the tipping point where pricing carbon becomes an obvious climate solution. It continues our work in fostering a non-partisan approach to climate solutions. We have a collection of engaging speakers, and will provide information, briefings and training for the lobby days and for building CCL through the coming year. Every meeting makes a difference.
The Conference fee is $180 and includes teas lunches, and Saturday night dinner.
We invite delegates to join us for Sundowner drinks from 5pm on Friday 14 September.
There is no charge for attending the Lobby days. Food is self-catered. There is a cafe we like at Parliament House where we meet for snacks and meals. Floriade is on in Canberra while we are there, and some of you may want to stay on and visit that - view at https://floriadeaustralia.com/
Welcome to all readers of this newsletter. You will be receiving this newsletter if:
- you have joined or subscribed via our Citizens' Climate Lobby Australia Website - you filled in our Message your MP form at a recent event .
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If you would like someone to ring you to talk about what we do and how you can get more involved then please email your phone number, postcode, Federal Electorate and what time of day suits you best. firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly Meeting Guest Speaker: Bruce Ivers:
"Trees4Change - part of the Climate Clever Schools Program"
- Zoom Online Video Conference on Saturday September 8 2pm AEST *
In 2016 Bruce Ivers, a retired farmer, calculated how many trees would need to be planted to offset the entire 2015 baseline emissions of the 15 schools participating in the Climate Clever Schools Program. He offered to organise school students to plant a range of species to rehabilitate degraded land, re-establish biodiversity and create a habitat that would attract insects, birds and animals, as well as sequestering carbon.
After the horrific bushfires at Yarloop in the WA South, Bruce organised planting marri seedlings to provide future food and habitat for Carnaby's Black-cockatoos. Since then, through hard work and the generous support of WA government’s Natural Resources Management (NRM) program and Royalties for Regions scheme, over 130,000 trees have been planted by an army of enthusiastic and inspirational students from > 23 schools!
More than just carbon offsets, Trees4Change provides real life experience. Tree planting excursions include a field walk in the bush with Indigenous Elders, where students learn about Indigenous history, culture and relationship to the land. The ability to run these programs is dependent on external funding through successful grant applications and philanthropic donations. Bruce is currently planning programs in each state. Please contact Bruce directly – email@example.com or 0408 855 656.
*All are invited to join us at the following time: 2:00 pm AEST NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, QLD, 1:30 pm in SA and NT, 12:00 pm in WA. This can be shared as a Facebook Event.
An article in the Guardian by Erwin Jackson on August 28 stated that: "We need to bring the moderate parts of the party closer to where most Australians and business have already arrived."
The article states that the June Lowy Institute poll on community attitudes "found that around 60% of the population agreed that global warming is a serious problem and we should begin taking immediate action even if it involves significant costs."
Jackson concludes that "Those of us who want strong climate action need to work more with the moderates so their positions better reflect what both the broader community and informed business want on this issue. Assuming a real generational change can occur in the Liberal party, the results of last week are an opportunity to address this."
Fig 15 is from the Lowy Institute poll which can be downloaded from:
We would like to thank those of you who have shown tremendous support so far this month for our Intern Program. We have reached over half our target.
People realize that it is now more important than ever to meet with our elected representatives in their electorate and in Canberra following the CCL Australia Fourth Annual Conference and our Interns are in action organising meetings.
A CleanTechnica article by Josh S. Hill outlines a US Department of Energy report, published last week by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which found that wind energy pricing remains attractive due to technology advancements and cost reductions.
"All of this leads to an important conclusion from the report, which predicts 'Continued strong growth in wind capacity is anticipated in the near term,' thanks in part to federally available tax incentives."
However, Hill reports the prediction of "a generally-agreed-upon market-contraction beginning in 2021 as tax incentives are phased out."
This latest Breakthrough report by David Spratt and Ian Dunlop argues for an urgent risk reframing of climate research and the IPCC reports. What Lies Beneath is the inside story of how climate policy-making has become embedded in a culture of failure and scientific reticence. The report brings together the voices of some of the world’s leading scientists.
The following is an excerpt from this report:
"The COP 21 Paris Agreement is almost devoid of substantive language on the cause of human-induced climate change and contains no reference to “coal”, “oil”, “fracking”, “shale oil”, “fossil fuel” or “carbon dioxide”, nor to the words “zero”, “ban”, “prohibit” or “stop”.
By way of comparison, the term “adaptation” occurs more than eighty times in 31 pages, though responsibility for forcing others to adapt is not mentioned, and both liability and compensation are explicitly excluded.
The Agreement has a goal but no firm action plan, and bureaucratic jargon abounds, including the terms “enhance” and “capacity” appearing more than fifty times each."
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. The next one is on Saturday August 11. 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 AEST NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, Qld, 1:30 pm in SA and NT, 12:00 pm in WA.
2. National Conversation: 60 minutes on the Thursday following the second Saturday of each month. The next National Conversation is on Thursday August 16. This is a discussion forum on all aspects of Citizens' Climate Lobby Australia's outreach and lobbying activities.
8:00 pm AEST in NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, QLD, 7:30 pm in SA and NT, 6:00 pm in WA.
3. Group Connect Call: 30 minutes on the second Tuesday of every month at three times - 6pm, 7pm and 8pm (AEST). The next Group Connect call sessions are on August 14. 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.
NSW and ACT
Berrowa, NSW, 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,firstname.lastname@example.org ACT Area Groups: (both Federal Seats) Contact Jodie Green email@example.com Illawarra Area Groups: First Wednesday of each month at 6pm for 6:30pm start. Master Builders Club, downstairs meeting room, Wollongong. Our next meeting is Wednesday October 3. Contact Peter Todd, 0414 383 350 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Hunt, email@example.com Inner Sydney Area: Our next meeting is Wednesday September 25 and includes a short film. Meet at the historic Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA) 280 Pitt Street, between Park St and Bathurst St. Take the lift to meet at 7 pm on 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 for date of next meeting. 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. Our next meeting is Sunday, September 9. All welcome at 1:30pm to join us for light lunch on ground floor; meeting starts at 2:30pm. Look for CCL T-shirts. For more information, contact George Carrard. email@example.com North Sydney Area Groups: Second Saturday of the month to coincide with the Monthly Meeting with Guest Speaker, alternating between Lane Cove and Baulkham Hills. Our next meeting is 1:30pm at Lane Cove on Saturday October 13. Please contact Darshini on 0404 848 058 for details.
WA Canning Area Groups: For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org Hasluck Pearce and Perth Area Groups: Contact co-host Rod Mitchell for venue details: email@example.com Tangney Area Groups: Last Monday of the month, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Next meeting September 25.
Contact Peter Samson,firstname.lastname@example.org, 0450 353 455.
Brisbane Area Groups: Fourth Saturday of the month. Next Meeting is Saturday September 22.
Meeting Room 1.3 on Level One. Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St, Brisbane City.
SA Adelaide Area Groups: Including Boothby, Hindmarsh, Sturt and other groups nearby. Contact Jim Allen for email@example.com.
New CCL Volunteers and Group Contacts - If you would like your new group or area meeting listed in this newsletter please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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