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How to talk to kids about climate change 
Science Journalist and climate- communicator Michelle Nijhuis's article "How I Talk to My Daughter About Climate Change" begins with "As a reporter covering the environment, I'm all too aware of what the next 50 years could hold. As a 9-year-old, she's not—and for now, she wants to stay that way." 

Michelle's main point is "As a parent, I approach the subject of climate change much like I approach the subject of sex: While I answer all questions, without hesitation and in full, I make sure not to answer more questions than I’m asked."

Read more here (The Atlantic)

- Climate change and kids
- Monthly Guest Speakers
- Welcome to new members
- NSW & ACT Conference
- Opportunities for Interns
- Book - Sunlight and Seaweed
- Connect with CCL members
- Carbon Farming Video
- Letters to the Editor
- Meetings, Places and Times
- Join in on Social Media
Monthly Meeting Guest Speakers Dr Darshini Heaney and Dr Kim Loo
"Caring for the planet is caring for us" - Saturday May 12
In this presentation, GPs Dr Kim Loo and Dr Darshini Heaney will talk about this new field of medicine and how CCL’s approach and goals support planetary health – and in so doing also support the big picture of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Kim and Darshini are both members of CCL Australia, and co-host the north Sydney area groups.They are also both active members of Doctors for the Environment Australia and were recently part of the national iDEA conference held in Newcastle.

Kim has written for Fairfax media on behalf of the Climate Council and has been interviewed on Sunrise Channel 7 about her family’s energy efficient home.

The world's first Professor of Planetary Health, Tony Capon, University of Sydney says ”Planetary health is about safeguarding the health and well being of current and future generations through good stewardship of Earth’s natural systems and by rethinking the way we feed, move, house, power, and care for the world.”

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.

Join our Monthly Guest Speakers on Zoom from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: Click here or enter
Or Telephone: Dial 02 8015 2088 then enter the Meeting ID: 3920795005 into your phone keypad. 
International numbers:
Welcome to all new readers of this newsletter. You will be receiving this newsletter if:
- you have recently joined or subscribed via our
Citizens' Climate Lobby Australia Website 
- you filled in our Message your MP form at a recent event .
- you recently registered as a CCL volunteer at one of our meetings.

You may like to watch Video Introductions to Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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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.
CCL Clearing the Air NSW & ACT Conference in Canberra on Sunday June 24 (plus Monday Lobby Day June 25). All NSW and ACT members and supporters welcome to attend.
The annual NSW & ACT Regional Conference will be on Sunday June 24 starting at 11am and finishing 5.30pm. Register here. 
For those who are interested in lobbying at Parliament House Canberra on Monday there will be lobbying training starting 6.30pm Sunday after dinner.

The conference draft agenda includes presentations on the following topics:
- Citizens' Climate Lobby overview and progress in the US and Australia
- Politics of climate change in Australia and achieving our Paris Agreement commitments
- Current initiatives with the National Electricity Market and integration of Renewable Electricity
- Health effects of fossil fuels as a driver of political change

For those who wish to stay in Canberra for lobbying of NSW and ACT MP's and Senators on Monday June 25 , please arrive at Parliament House around 9am and meet in the upstairs Parliament House Cafe.

Conference enquiries or interest in lobbying contact
If you are interested in supporting or joining Citizens' Climate Lobby click
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Opportunities for Interns

For past conferences, CCL has been fortunate to have engaged interns from some universities to assist in the process of making appointments by contacting the offices of MPs and Senators, following through with communications, maintaining some files and preparing information needed to ensure a successful lobbying appointment as well as participating in the lobby meetings.

We are now currently seeking interest from potential Interns to assist in this way in readiness for the CCL National Clearing the Air Conference coming up later this year on Sept 15,16 followed by Lobby Days on Sept 17,18.

A procedure is available to assist Interns in this process. CCL will provide assistance to the intern with free registration to the National Conference, shared accommodation and petrol expenses for travelling to the conference.

You can help provide financial assistance to the Interns by way of donations to Citizens' Climate Lobby (Australia) Inc.
Click here to Donate to our Interns 
Sunlight and Seaweed

This book by Tim Flannery is "An Argument for How to Feed, Power and Clean up the World" in which he expresses his ideas for a sustainable future and an entire carbon market based on using the ocean as a carbon sequestration resource.

Fiona Capp in The Sydney Morning Herald wrote a review which states "As the word about global warming grows ever grimmer, it is heartening to learn that there are real solutions at hand. Or to put it simply, that there is genuine reason for hope. The two technologies or methods that Tim Flannery concentrates on in this upbeat guide to what a sustainable future might look like are Concentrated Solar Thermal and mid-ocean kelp farming – hence the title. Between them, they promise not only to supply clean energy and reduce carbon from the air and ocean, but also to provide energy storage, clean polluted soils and yield massive amounts of high-quality protein to meet the world's growing need for food."
Fiona continues with "Sunlight and Seaweed also offers an excellent model for how best to communicate the challenges posed by climate change without turning readers off with unrelieved messages of doom."

Paul Monk in The Australian's review states "This new book is among his best. Parts of it are first rate in drawing attention to the pollution of the Earth and the fascinating innovations that are arising in response to our problems. His chapters on solar energy technologies and aquaculture and the uses of kelp are wonderfully thought provoking. His observations concerning the shocking condition of China’s soil, air and water as a direct consequence of its hectic and poorly regulated industrial and urban development during the past few decades are well informed and sobering."

Read two different reviews: 
The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian
Have you read a good book and would like to share?
If you have read a book on global warming and would like to share it in this newsletter then please just click 'Reply' and send the title, the author and a short note about why you found it a good read and I will include it in future editions of the CCL Australia Newsletter to let all our CCL members know about it!
Australia’s rural communities could welcome a steadily rising carbon fee

Below is a video of Andrew Hopkin's presentation as CCL Australia's April Guest Speaker. Have you heard about Carbon Farming and would like to learn more? This presentation covers all the basics and explains why it is in the interest of rural MPs to support it. (Video plays for 31 minutes)
Read more - New announcement April 27 (The Land)
Read more - Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud Statement
Read more here - How climate change threatens to make our bread less tasty (The Conversation)
Letters to the Editor

The following points may be helpful in your letter writing. Newspaper circulation has reduced over the last few years but it is still the largest audience compared to Facebook friends etc. 

Why write:
- Educates - creates a public conversation
- Political Will - letters are monitored by our politicians to gauge public opinion and steer policy
- Outreach - can promote your organisation
- Correcting wrongs - counter false claims
- Creates a positive narrative – for people to repeat.
- Dispels negativity by offering solutions
Write your letter within the body of your Email, don't add as an attachment.
Start a conversation or respond to something (Editorial, Opinion page or another Letter).
Reference to whom you are responding within your letter: “As Bob Black (Letters, 11/9) says...
”Add your name, full address & phone number

Persuade, don't Parade - 'Leave your needs at the door'. Say what may help build common ground and bring your target over, not what makes you feel better.
Be respectful, no personal attacks.

Make a (single) Point:
Stay on topic - your other issues deserve letters of their own. Can't effectively tackle every problem in one go. Pick one aspect to home in on.

Length: Short is sweet - aim for 150 - 180 words. Long letters are unlikely to get published.

Endings: End creatively – close the circle and tie everything up, a play on words, metaphors, sayings, a quotation, humour...

Share and Celebrate: Share your published letter – share copies with family, friends, Facebook and your MP!  Thank the Editor - write a thank you note to the Letters page Editor.

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to US Congress
President Macron says to the US Congress "I am sure one day the United States will come back and join the Paris Climate Agreement"
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to the US Congress
Connecting Members Online
CCL Australia uses Zoom video conferencing to connect with our members. We have members in 130 of the150 federal electorates.

You can join with Zoom on your computer, tablet or smartphone via the ZOOM app or via your web browser, or by any phone.

For computer, tablet or smartphone: PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android -  
Click here or enter 

To join by telephone - Dial 02 8015 2088 then enter the Meeting ID: 3920795005 into your phone keypad. 
To join via international telephone:

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. 
The next ones are on Saturdays May 12 and June 9. They 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 fourth Thursday of each month.
The next National Conversation is on Thursday May 24. 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 Call30 minutes on the second Tuesday of every month at three times -  6pm, 7pm and  8pm. The next Group Connect call sessions are on May 8 and June 5. 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. Any questions to
Meetings, Places and Times

Berrowa Group: 
First Monday of the month from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, at Hornsby Heights or Cherrybrook. 
Contact Dennys Angove, or Susie Fraser,
ACT Area Groups: (both Federal Seats) Contact
Illawarra Area Groups: First Wednesday of each month at 6pm for 6:30pm start. Master Builders Club, downstairs meeting room, Wollongong. Contact Peter Todd, 0414 383 350 or Tom Hunt,
Central Sydney: 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 1. 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 for date of next meeting.
Southern Sydney: Second Sunday of the month at the Oatley RSL Club, 23 Letitia St, near Oatley Station or park in one of two parking areas. All welcome at 1:30 pm 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.
North Sydney Area Groups: Second Saturday of the month. Our next meeting at Lane Cove is 1:30pm on Saturday May 12. Meetings will coincide in future with the Monthly Meeting with Guest Speaker, alternating between Lane Cove and Baulkham Hills.  Please contact Darshini on 0404 848 058 for details.

Canning Area Groups: For details contact
Hasluck Pearce and Perth Area Groups: Second Saturday each month at 12pm. Next meeting is May 12. Contact co-host Rod Mitchell for venue details:
Tangney Area Groups: Last Monday of the month, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Next meeting May 29.
Contact Peter Samson,, 0450 353 455.

Brisbane Area Groups:
Next Meeting is Saturday May 12. Stay on the Zoom line after the Monthly Meeting with Guest Speaker. Contact 

Adelaide Area Groups: Including Boothby, Hindmarsh, Sturt and other groups nearby on the second Saturday each month at 1:30pm. Contact Jim Allen for details Next meeting May 12.

Melbourne Area Groups: 
If you would like to contact a group near you, email
Ballarat Area Groups: If you would like to contact a group near you, email

Hobart and South Area Groups:
If you would like to contact a group near you, email
North and West Area Groups: If you would like to contact a group near you, email

New CCL Volunteers and Group Contacts  - If you would like your new group or area meeting listed in this newsletter please email
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Join in on Social Media 

CCL Australia Facebook Group: Follow to receive reminders, updates, useful articles and join in the conversation with fellow CCL supporters, volunteers and coordinators.
CCL Australia Facebook Page: Like and share our way to increased awareness about carbon pricing globally and the suitability of Carbon Fee & Dividend for Australia as a climate solutions accelerator. 
CCL Australia Twitter: Follow and retweet CCL Australia.
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