Massive exhibits around the world, to amplify youth voices -this is the intention of the 'Parachutes for the Planet' collaborative art project. These original art banners are contributing to an accumulating collection of "parachutes" to be displayed and inspire action to protect the future of our planet.
The CCL Australia March Newsletter contained a copy of an email from a Youth Member of CCL US, Kallan Benson, requesting Australia's help on this global project to fight climate change.
The call was heeded and CCL Australia member, Clara McArthur, can be seen below at Questacon (the National Science & Technology Centre) in Canberra with the Youth Parliament on Sustainability parachute which will be posted to the Mother Earth Project in US.
Monthly Meeting Guest Speakers: Jim Allen and Verity Morgan-Schmidt
"Renewable Energy Hubs and Rural Electorates"
- Zoom Online Video Conference on Saturday July 14 2pm AEST *
Many emerging renewable energy hubs are situated in rural electorates.
Verity Morgan-Schmidt from Farmers for Climate Action (FCA) will share perspectives on climate and the agricultural sector, including FCA’s priorities and strategies for winning the hearts and minds of rural communities and politicians.
She is the Chief Executive Officer of FCA, a member of CCL and is originally from the sheep and wheat country of Western Australia, and is a former Executive Officer for WA Farmers Federation. She has been the Executive Officer for Country Noosa, an organization linking hinterland producers to coastal communities in South East Queensland. Verity holds a Master of Arts (Politics) in Sustainability and Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Politics and Global Studies.
Jim Allen from Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia (CCL) will discuss the distribution of renewable energy projects by Federal electorate, and will speculate what it may mean for CCL’s work in creating political will for climate action.
Jim Allen (CCL’s regional coordinator for South Australia) is a qualified town planner who helped prepare South Australia’s climate change strategy.
*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.
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 .
- you 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Carbon price proceeds to go directly to Ontario residents: Trudeau
The Canadian Financial Post, July 5, wrote "Ontario residents, and not the newly elected Progressive Conservative government, will receive the proceeds of a carbon price imposed on the province by the federal government, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday."
The article continues with "Trudeau made the comments moments after he met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who has already begun the process of scrapping the province’s cap-and-trade system — in defiance of Ottawa’s insistence that all provinces put a price on greenhouse gas emissions.
The federal government has said it will “backstop” any province that doesn’t have a system in place, and has told provinces they must have submitted details of a carbon pricing plan by Sept. 1.
Clearing the Air NSW & ACT Conference in Canberra The NSW & ACT Regional Conference was held on Sunday June 24 followed by a Lobby Day on Monday June 25.
Keynote speakers included: Dr John Hewson, Andrew Blakers, Dr Dennys Angove, Dr Darshini Heaney and Dr Kim Loo
CCL Australia Intern Program
CCL has been fortunate to have the vital assistance of Interns, who volunteer time away from their university studies to help us. We provide them with the training they need. Now we are expanding the CCL Intern Program.
This will include more interns and a wider range of training events, in more parts of Australia and throughout the whole year.
The Intern Program will increase the number of constructive conversations we can have with MPs and increase the political will for climate solutions.
Gorgon gas plant could wipe out a year's worth of Australia's solar emissions savings
This article by Kathryn Diss written for ABC News shows why Australia needs a price on carbon. Kathryn Diss says 'The combined greenhouse gas emissions saved by all of Australia's solar panels in a year could be wiped out because of technical problems at a single oil and gas project in Western Australia.'
The article explains 'It is just one example of a broader problem facing the nation as it tackles the massive challenge of meeting its Paris Agreement commitment to reduce 2005 emissions by 26-28 per cent by 2030. Chevron began operating its $US54 billion ($73 billion) Gorgon gas plant in the state's north-west in 2016. Part of its environmental agreement was to capture and store underground 40 per cent of the plant's emissions through a sophisticated process known as geosequestration or carbon capture and storage.'
Climate Cover-Up: The crusade to deny global warming
Talk of global warming is nearly inescapable these days — but there are some who believe the concept of climate change is an elaborate hoax.
Despite the input of the world’s leading climate scientists, the urging of politicians, and the outcry of many grassroots activists, many people continue to ignore the warning signs of severe climate shifts. How did this happen?
Climate Cover-up seeks to answer this question, describing those who have crafted careful language to refute the findings of environmental scientists. Exploring the PR techniques, phony "think tanks," and funding used to pervert scientific fact, this book serves as a wake-up call to those who still wish to deny the inconvenient truth.
Written by James Hoggan, Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and Richard Littemore, editor of DeSmogBlog.
The Coal Truth - The fight to stop Adani, defeat the big polluters and reclaim our democracy.
Since 2012, the fight to stop the opening of the vast Galilee coal basin has emerged as an iconic pivot of the Australian climate and environment movement.
This book provides a timely and colourful contribution to one of the most important struggles in our national history - over the future of the coal industry.
Written by an environmental insider with an eye on the world his daughters will inherit, The Coal Truth is told with wit and verve, drawing in other specialist voices to bring to life the contours of a contest that the people of Australia can’t afford to lose.
The New York Times writes that China has built a Solar Panel Freeway that will be testing very difficult conditions such as driving around a curve at the bottom of a hill. Testing in these difficult driving conditions means that it will be possible to use it in all conditions.
Every month CCL Australia is in a state of sustained, concerted action. If the action is writing a letter to your Member of Parliament or a Letter to the Editor of your local, state or national newspaper - you know that many people will be doing it with you around the country. Below are examples of what has been published recently in The West Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Hornsby Advocate.
Connecting Members Online
CCL Australia uses Zoom video conferencing to connect with our members. We have members in 130 of the 150 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.
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 July 14. 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 fourth Thursday of each month. The next National Conversation is on Thursday July 19. 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 July 10. 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,email@example.com ACT Area Groups: (both Federal Seats) Contact Jodie Green 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. Our next meeting is Wednesday August 1. Contact Peter Todd, 0414 383 350 email@example.com or Tom Hunt, firstname.lastname@example.org Central Sydney: Our next meeting is Wednesday 18 July 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 1, Woolley 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 email@example.com 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, August 12. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Baulkham Hills on Saturday July 14. Please contact Darshini on 0404 848 058 for details.
WA Canning Area Groups: For details contact email@example.com Hasluck Pearce and Perth Area Groups: Next meeting is 12pm Saturday August 11. Contact co-host Rod Mitchell for venue details: firstname.lastname@example.org Tangney Area Groups: Last Monday of the month, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Next meeting July 30.
Contact Peter Samson,email@example.com, 0450 353 455.
Brisbane Area Groups: Next Meeting is Saturday July 14. Stay on the Zoom line after the Monthly Meeting with Guest Speaker. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SA Adelaide Area Groups: Including Boothby, Hindmarsh, Sturt and other groups nearby on the second Saturday each month at 1:30pm. Contact Jim Allen for email@example.com. No meeting July 14 as Jim Allen is the guest speaker at the CCL Monthly Meeting.
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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