In Australia, 2017 saw 3.5 million panels added to homes and businesses. Angus Kidman writes "new data shows Australians are turning to solar power in increasing numbers. Figures from the Clean Energy Regulator show that 9.5 million solar panels were installed in Australia, a record number. That equates to 9,500 panels a day. Collectively, those new solar panels account for 1,057 new megawatts of energy generation, up 41% on the preceding year. While that's still small-scale compared to what a commercial power station can produce, it shows that Australians have an appetite for taking control of their energy bills."
- 9,500 Solar panels every day
- Monthly Guest Speaker
- Welcome to new members
- Doughnut Economics
- Gallup News - How stable is the climate?
- Connect with CCL members
- Warwick Smith Video
- Paris Agreement - save us?
- Meetings, Places and Times
- Macron - Price on Carbon
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Monthly Meeting Guest Speaker Andrew Hopkins
"Appealing to MPs in Rural Electorates"
Guest Speaker - Andrew Hopkins - Saturday 14 April
One of the objectives of CCL Australia is to encourage a non-partisan climate solutions parliamentary friends group in our federal parliament. The US has a Climate Solutions Caucus of 70+ members, with equal numbers of Republican and Democrat federal politicians working together on lowering climate risk. A similar group In Australia could possibly be called 'Parliamentary Friends of Climate Solutions' and would depend upon conservative MPs keen to get involved.
Andrew Hopkins will explore and explain carbon farming as a way of appealing to conservative MPs in rural electorates, many of whom are from the National Party.
Carbon farming involves farmers finding ways to reduce carbon emissions and/or sequester carbon on their land, in return for carbon credits that they can obtain from the government. The farmers can then sell these credits in a growing carbon market. Rural MPs have an interest in policies that promote this carbon market.
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- you have recently joined or subscribed via our Citizens' Climate Lobby Australia Website
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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. email@example.com
The great mistake of economics, says Kate Raworth of Oxford university’s Environmental Change Institute, "is thinking of the economy as separate from the society of which it is part and the environment in which it is embedded."
Kate Raworth believes that economics is broken because it has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. She writes that "outdated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists while the wealth of the super-rich grows year on year. And its blind spots have led to policies that are degrading the living world on a scale that threatens all of our futures."
Can it be fixed? Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. She discusses the character of ‘rational economic man’ and explains what really makes us tick. She highlights the dangers of ignoring the role of energy and nature’s resources - and the far-reaching implications for economic growth when we take them into account.
Read two different reviews here (The Guardian) andhere (Fee)
Also you can watch and listen to Kate Raworth here (5minutes).
‘The citizens of 2050 are being taught an economic mindset that is rooted in the textbooks of 1950, which in turn are based on the theories of 1850.’
Gallup News: U.S. Energy Concerns Low; Increasing Supply Not a Priority
This article by Jeffrey M. Jones in Gallup News shows that
- 25% worry about availability and affordability which is a new low
- Americans prioritise environmental protection over energy production
- Conservation and alternative energy is favoured over traditional production.
Jeffrey M Jones says "Americans do not see increased production of oil, gas and coal supplies as the best way to address the nation's energy problems. Rather, given a choice, they prefer conservation by energy consumers, as they historically have. By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, Americans favor an emphasis on conservation of existing energy supplies over an emphasis on producing more oil, gas and coal as energy sources."
Also the "Public favors development of alternative energy. Asked to choose between an emphasis on developing alternative energy sources and increased production of fossil fuels, American solidly favor the former approach. Specifically, 73% of adults prefer an approach that focuses on developing alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power, while 21% favor one that targets production of more oil, gas and coal supplies. The strong tilt toward the alternative energy solution has always existed since Gallup first asked the question in 2011, but it has been larger the past three years."
Tom Hunt, CCL’s Illawarra Group Contact, says he used to think that our current climate was relatively normal and that he was ‘somewhat surprised’ to find we are living in an “ice age”! In this CCL Blog post he shares what he has found out about ice ages and our place in the current one.
CCL Australia uses Zoom Video Conferencing to connect our members in 130 of 150 electorates right around Australia.
You can join with Zoom on computer - PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: Click hereor enter https://citizensclimate.zoom.us/j/3920795005 To connect with Zoom on telephone: Dial 02 8015 2088 then enter the Meeting ID: 3920795005 into your phone keypad.
International numbers: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=P2yB0sUd-U6-oITyIpbHqT6K3Q5LipSs
CCL Australia has four kinds of meetings and training events to which all CCL members and supporters are invited and welcome:
1. Monthly Meetingwith a Special Guest Speaker: Second Saturday of each month.
Next is on Saturday April 14. All are invited to join us on Zoom. You may like to invite a friend.
2:00 pm AEST NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, Qld, 1:30 pm in SA and NT, 12:00 pm in WA.
2. National Video Conversation: Fourth Thursday of each month.
Next is on Thursday April 26. This is a discussion forum on all aspects of CItiizens' Climate Lobby's work.
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:Choice of times to connect on Zoom: Second and fourth weeks of the month. Monday 8pm, Tuesday 6pm, Tuesday 7pm or Tuesday 8pm.Next are on April 23 and April 24. This online meeting is for volunteers to obtain free training, check-in and connect with each other across all of our 130 electorates. These times are AEST. Any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Clearing the Air - CCL's Conference and Lobby Days events - There will be our Regional Clearing the Air Conference for NSW & ACT combined which will be held in Canberra on Sunday June 24, followed by a Lobby Day on Monday June 25.
- Our CCL National Conference will be held onSept 15,16 followed by Lobby Days on Sept 17,18.
Warwick Smith - "Why I support a Carbon Fee and Dividend"
Below is a video of Warwick Smith's presentation as CCL Australia's March Guest Speaker. Warwick is a Senior Economist at progressive public policy think tank Per Capita and is an honorary fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. (Video plays for 18.29 minutes)
Warwick Smith - This video has a 20 second pause from 4.44 to 5.04 minutes - Thanks for your patience.
Can the Paris Agreement save us from a climate catastrophe?
This article from The Lancet Planetary Health acknowledges "Even though renewable energy technologies for energy production are approaching cost parity with fossil fuels and vehicles are becoming more efficient to reduce fuel consumption and limit air pollution, the world is off target.".
It then goes on to state "In this issue, Wenjia Cai and colleagues analyse China's nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement, and conclude that 18–62% of implementation costs at the national level would be offset by the health benefits in 2030. The overall health benefits in 2050 could increase to 3–9-times the implementation costs. Such a tangible cost-benefit outcome, especially in the important context of China, could encourage other countries to redouble their efforts to curb climate change."
NSW and ACT
Berrowa Group: First Monday of the month from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, at Hornsby Heights or Cherrybrook.
Contact Dennys Angove, email@example.com ACT Area Groups: (both Federal Seats) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or Tom Hunt, firstname.lastname@example.org Near central Sydney: Meet downstairs at the historic Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, near Petersham Station. Welcome to join us for a light meal from 6 pm on ground floor; meeting starts at 7pm. Look for CCL T-shirts. Contact email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org North Sydney Area Groups: Second Saturday each month at 2pm. Next meeting is April 14.
For details contact Darshini Heaney 0404 848 058 email@example.com for details.
WA Canning Area Groups: For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org Hasluck Pearce and Perth Area Groups: Second Saturday each month at 12pm. Next meeting is April 14. 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 April 23.
Contact Peter Samson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0450 353 455.
Brisbane Area Groups: Next Meeting is April 14, 1pm at the State Library of Queensland,
Room 4B (level 4) .Contact email@example.com
SA Adelaide Area Groups: Including Boothby, Hindmarsh, Sturt and other groups nearby on the second Saturday each month at 1:30pm. No meeting in April. Contact Jim Allen for details firstname.lastname@example.org. Next meeting May 12.
Melbourne Area Groups: If you would like to contact a group near you, email email@example.com Ballarat Area Groups: If you would like to contact a group near you, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hobart and South Area Groups: If you would like to contact a group near you, email email@example.com North and West Area Groups: If you would like to contact a group near you, email firstname.lastname@example.org
New CCL Volunteers and Group Contacts - If you would like your new group or area meeting listed in this newsletter please email email@example.com
Macron calls for price on carbon
French President Emmanuel Macron told a sustainable finance conference on Thursday that Europe needs to set a minimum price for emitting carbon to combat climate change. Read more here (Climate Action)
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