At CCL Australia's September conference CCL Australia chair, co-founder and WA regional co-coordinator Rod Mitchell spoke of the tipping point at which most of the world would get on board to stop climate change.
Rod said that, like the fall of the Berlin Wall, it could happen quite suddenly, and it would come as a surprise.
He also said that he sees CCL's job as bringing that tipping point closer. Now, a string of events over the last month lead him to feel the world is closer than ever to this point. Read more here.
A very big welcome to over 80 new members who joined CCL Australia in November. CCL's solution to climate change, in a nutshell, is democracy - and we are glad to have you on the team!
Enormous congratulations go to a number of CCL members who have been incredibly busy organising outstanding events in November; all our DEA members for the 'No Time For Games' launch event and pledge; our faith community members and friends for the 'Human Face of Climate Change' initiative and event; friends at CEDAMIA and DarebinCAN for lobbying leading to new mentions of Climate Emergency this week on the floor of federal parliament; new group Australian Mums for a Safe Climate and not forgetting the kids and the thousands of proud families and friends who supported the kids then last but not least thank you to our CCL Canada colleague Cathy Orlando for her inspiring collaboration with the Club of Rome 'We Dont Have Time (to wait)' Climate Emergency plan launch! The list goes on ...
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Regardless of where you are in Australia or overseas, and whether your interest is local media, outreach, lobbying or simply low key climate action conversations with a group of friends, we hope you will feel welcome to join in one of the several CCL Australia ZOOM webinars and member calls our volunteers run for you - see details below.
After years of network analysis and suggesting the idea to dozens of federal MPs CCL members were thrilled to hear the news that on the first day back for the final federal parliamentary sitting fortnight MP for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie was joining with newly elected MP for Wentworth Dr Kerryn Phelps to instigate a new non-partisan climate body in the parliament. We have heard that a couple of dozen parliamentarians have already signalled interest and a launch and event early in 2019 seems possible. Thank you and congratulations to both MPs. Read more here.
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 was part of for the southern suburbs of Adelaide - Hot Hot Hot!
On Saturday as our guest speaker Dani will talk to CCL about the Red Cross program she is part of, the Climate Ready Communities Program, and the training the Red Cross undertakes to prepare people to be Climate Ready Champions.
Thank you Dani for taking the time to speak with us.
Saturday, December 8 at 2 pm AEDT - All Welcome Join the meeting online via ZOOM - or at a local CCL group - and participate in Q&A about this impactful Red Cross program. Members and friends all welcome. Missed the November meeting? You can hear Anusha Witt's "Long-Term Climate Laws "talk and Q&Ahere.
Since its launch a few weeks ago by Dr Kerryn Phelps, talk of the fantastic UNSW Australian Climate Dividend Plan (download here) by professors Rosalind Dixon and Richard Holden (pictured with CCL Advisory Council member Dennys Angove, right) has noticeably started to chip away at the now suddenly outdated idea that Australians will never be ready to have polluters pay for emissions.
The reason this has a chance of success in Australia now, apart from it just being good politics, is all of you. But it is also because now a small group of both Republican and Democrat representatives have introduced into the Congress a piece of climate legislation CCL thinks is really great - and it's based on the dividend approach to pricing pollution.
In an op-ed published in Pearls and Irritations, and here on the blog, CCL Australia co-founder Rod Mitchell offers his encouragement and thanks to volunteers for being so ready and willing to have those thousands of carbon tax conversations over the last 4 years and to be so willing to take it to the next level in Australia.
Find out about the dividend approach here: USA - Canada and Ireland!
Did you see what Ross Gittins is saying about the Australian Climate Dividend Plan? Read here
Read a detailed FAQ 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 and/or the link to the UNSW Australians Climate Dividend Plan in your letter or email.
CCL Australia does not receive donations from corporates or mass movements, nor from the USA CCL Association, and we are completely volunteer funded, led and run. However, if you are interested in helping turbo charge CCL Australia's work in 2019 then funding the Climate Intern Program is the way to do it! In 2019 we are inviting supporters to give to cover the costs of a full year of support for our amazing climate interns - will you donate to bring us closer to reaching our $5000 goal? We are over half way there already, thanks to a number of generous one-off and ongoing donations.
It is exciting and heartening that we will be able to expand the CCL Australia Intern Program so climate interns can do high impact hands-on work with us throughout the year and in each Australian state and territory - some interns are even starting early with the program, continuing over the summer break and into planning for 2019. Welcome to you!
Students welcome - if you know a student who would like to connect with our global climate advocacy colleagues, make a difference and influence how Australian 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 email@example.com
In addition to the myriad of Citizens Climate University and CCL International learning opportunities, 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. Danis talk is one of these kinds of meetings.
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. Phil Sutton's talk is one of these kinds of meetings.
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.
Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org Find the CCL International climate volunteer and climate advocate training links with Australian timezones here.
You can join CCLs ZOOM on your computer, tablet or smartphone via the ZOOM app or via your web browser, or with any phone.
It is a good idea to ZOOM in 2-5 minutes earlier than the listed start time.
Click here for the CC Australia Google Calendar, dates, times and venue details. New to CCL? Start with an Introduction to Citizens' Climate Lobby Australia(2 minutes) Then after you have joined (its free) go here to take next steps, and send us an email at email@example.com to say hi.
NSW and ACT Coordinators Peter Todd and Jodie Green
ACT Area: *Now Includes Monaro* Contact Jodie Green firstname.lastname@example.org (MeetUp) Berowra Area Groups: First Monday 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Hornsby Heights or Cherrybrook Contact Dennys Angove email@example.com Illawarra Area Groups: Contact Peter Todd 0414 383 350 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Hunt 0438 254 679 email@example.com First Wednesday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Master Builders Club (downstairs) Wollongong Inner Sydney Area Groups: Fourth Tuesday 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA, 280 Pitt St) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org (MeetUp) North Sydney + Hills District Area Groups: Second Saturday. 1 - 4 pm Lane Cove or Baulkham Hills. Contact Darshini 0404 848 058 email@example.com Northern Beaches Area: Contact Nigel (Northern Beaches Climate Action Network) firstname.lastname@example.org Southern Sydney Area Groups: Contact email@example.com Second Sunday 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Oatley RSL & Community Club Ltd, 23 Letitia St, Oatley NSW 2223, Australia (Map) (MeetUp) (Lunch from 1:15) Southern NSW Area: Moruya and surrounds Contact firstname.lastname@example.org NEW Western Sydney Area: Contact email@example.com Paramatta
NSW and ACT Federal Parliamentary Liaisons 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 and start preparing a summer intern program as part of hosting a regional conference in February. 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.
WA Federal Parliamentary Liaisons 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 and soon to meet MP for O'Connor Mr Rick Wilson.
Queensland Federal Parliamentary Liaisons Update CCL Qld has met with 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 and Chisholm; recently met again with Mr Graham Perrett and Mr Wayne Swan; and will soon meet with LNP MHR for Brisbane, Mr Trevor Evans.
South Australia Coordinator Jim Allen Adelaide Area Groups: Boothby, Hindmarsh, Sturt and more. Second Saturday 12:30 pm Contact Jim Allen firstname.lastname@example.org Mt Barker Area: Mayo Contact Jim Allen email@example.com
SA Federal Parliamentary Liaisons 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; recently met again with Hon Mark Butler's office; and will attend the ALP conference in Adelaide in December; and is aiming to meet with MP for Kingston, Ms Amanda Rishworth in early 2019.
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.
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.
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.
You might not realise this but there are currently a number of unfilled CCL 'Parliament Liaison' roles available across Australia. And one of them probably has your name on it! 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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Click here for the CC Australia Google Calendar, dates, times and venue details
Save these dates for upcoming forums workshops and conferences:
Feb 16-17— NSW and ACT Regional Conference in Canberra, ACT
Feb or March TBA - WA Regional Conference, Perth, Western Australia
June 9 - 11 CCL International Conference and Lobby Day, Washington. D.C. Save the date, registrations open in February
September TBA - NATIONAL National Conference, Canberra ACT
Other CCL forums workshops and conferences are being planned or considered for Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Northern NSW. Get in touch to find one near you firstname.lastname@example.org
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