Monthly Guest Speaker - Warwick Smith - CCL member and economist - Saturday 10 March
- Welcome to new CCL Members
- Monthly Guest Speaker - Warwick Smith
- Highlights Perth WA Conference
- Chevron Gorgan LNG problem
- How to connect with other CCL members
- Breaking through the Climate of Silence
- Parachutes for the Planet
- Meetings, Places and Times
- Join in on Social Media
Welcome to all new CCL members. You will be receiving this Newsletter if:
- you have recently joined via our Citizens' Climate Lobby Australia Website or
- you filled in our Message your MP form at a recent event .
- you recently registered as a CCL volunteer at one of our meetings.
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
Monthly Meeting with Special Guest Speaker - Saturday March 10
Our monthly meeting with a Special Guest Speaker is on the second Saturday of each month. Please join us on March 10 when Warwick Smith, speaks on "Why I support Carbon Fee and Dividend".
Warwick Smith is 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.
In 2014, Warwick wrote an article for the ABC titled 'Carbon price round 2: let's get it right this time', discussing why a tax and dividend model for carbon pricing is a good idea for Australia.
In the article Warwick wrote "A tax and dividend system to tackle climate change could solve the current policy void and quickly transform the industry while not making individuals worse off."
CCL Australia took a big step forward by holding our first Regional Conference in Perth on February 18. Forty people came to hear great speakers, connect with other climate advocates and be inspired by the CCL way. Successful meetings with State and Federal MPs followed on the next few days.
Media and communications expert, James Lush led off with a powerful vision of WA becoming the renewables centre of the world! He spoke of his work to inspire business leaders to support the vision and how interested they are already.
Atmospheric Chemist Dennys Angove followed with a compelling description of his discovery of CCL and how he has blended his scientific knowledge with his wholehearted adoption of the CCL approach to climate solutions.
Leo Kerr followed with a very engaging story of past technological disruptions and how electric vehicles are set to do the same and sweep away old technologies. Three EV’s were on display in the breaks; a Tesla, a BMW and a 1990’s car that was converted to all-electric 8 years ago.
New people joined with more experienced CCLers to learn and be inspired by CCL's approach to creating political will. In a longer session from Dennys Angove they learned about the Suess effect, a compelling piece of evidence of the human causes of climate change arising from the fact that fossil fuels contain no Carbon 14 and plants are deficent in Carbon13.
Meetings with State and Federal MPs followed and in addition to asking for endorsement for Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation we asked for carbon offsets to be required of Chevron’s high emitting LNG projects in WA.
As an organisation we can now feel confident that the effort of conducting regional conferences across Australia is valuable for our members. The convenience of local conferences and lobby days give many more people the chance to get a taste of what CCL does and how to be part of it, and at the same time up-skills volunteers ready for lobbying and outreach throughout the year, including at our National Conference and Lobby Days in Canberra.
Chevron 5 million-tonne greenhouse gas problem at Gorgon LNG plant
This article, written by Peter Milne, and published in the West Australian on 19 December 2017, discusses "Technical problems with Chevron’s landmark effort to store carbon dioxide from the Gorgon LNG project may see more than five million tonnes of greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere over two years."
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 are invited and welcome:
1. Monthly Meetingwith a Special Guest Speaker: Second Saturday of each month. All members and supporters are invited to join us on Zoom.
2:00 pm AEDT NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, 1:00pm in QLD, 1:30 pm in SA, 12:30 pm in NT, 11:00 am in WA.
2. National Video Conversation: Fourth Thursday of each month. All members and supporters are invited to join us on Zoom. This is where there is a discussion forum on all aspects of our work.
8:00 pm AEDT in NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, 7:00pm in QLD, 7:30 pm in SA, 6:30 pm in NT, 5:00 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. This online meeting is for volunteers to obtain free training, check-in and connect with each other across all of our 130 electorates. 2018 is the first time we are able to offer several slots. All times AEDT/AEST Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Clearing the Air - CCL's Conference and Lobby Days events This is an exciting way to jump into Citizens' Climate Lobby!
Breaking through the Climate of Silence
In the video below, Nell Azuri looks at what the research say about why so many people never talk to anyone about climate change, and shows you how to break the silence in a positive way. In general, people can get more excited to talk about a banana than climate change.
Author Kari Norgaard coined the term ‘Socially organised denial’ to explain the web of social, emotional, cultural, political and economic factors that make it less likely we will acknowledge climate change as an emergency, and therefore act.
Nell's tips for speaking:
-Focus on the personal connection between you.
-Listen for their values and fears, use them to frame what you say.
-Use your own story to introduce the idea of taking action. If they aren’t keen, that’s fine. If they are keen, make it easy for them. Read more references and information here (CCL Australia Blog)
Breaking through the Climate of Silence by Nell Azuri
Parachutes for the Planet
This email just came through from Kallan Benson - so please support youth's enthusiasm and share with your local schools and everyone!
I am a youth member of CCL, and I really need your help on a global project to fight climate change and save the world. The project has been endorsed by the CCL chapter in Annapolis Maryland USA and I would really love to have broad involvement from Australia.
Parachutes for the Planet is a collaborative art project inviting kids all over the world to express their concerns about climate change. Their original art banners are contributing to an accumulating collection of "parachutes" to be displayed in massive exhibits around the world to amplify youth voices and inspire action to protect the future of our planet.
We would love to display your artwork in Washington, DC on April 22, 2018, but that may be rescheduled to a later date this summer.
Watch the attached video and let me know if you are going to participate. If assistance is needed to help a community be involved, please let us know. We want all creative voices and concerns to be represented.
Kallan Benson Read more here
Kallan Benson explains the Parachutes for the Planet Project
Meetings, Places and Times
NSW and ACT
Berrowa Group: First Monday of the month from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, at Hornsby Heights or Cherrybrook. Next meeting is March 5. 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. The next meeting is March 7, downstairs meeting room, Master Builders Club, Wollongong. Contact Peter Todd, 0414 383 350 email@example.com or Tom Hunt, firstname.lastname@example.org Near central Sydney: Next meeting 7 pm 28 March 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; look for CCL T-shirts. Contact email@example.com Southern Sydney: Next meeting 2:30 pm 11 March, second Sunday each 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; 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 March 10. 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 11am. Next meeting is March 10. 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 March 26. Contact Peter Samson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0450 353 455.
Brisbane Area Groups: Next Meeting is March 10, 1pm at the State Library of Queensland,
Room 4D (level 4) .Contact email@example.com
SA Adelaide Area Groups: Including Boothby, Hindmarsh, Sturt and othergroups nearby on the second Saturday each month at 1:30pm.
Next meeting is Saturday March 10. No meeting in April. Contact Jim Allen for details firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 CFD for Australia as a climate solutions accelerator. CCL Australia Twitter:Follow and retweet CCL Australia.