In Victoria, "Confectionery maker Mars, one of Australia's biggest manufacturers, will shift entirely to renewable energy in just over a year as part of a company goal to reach carbon neutrality from its global operations by 2040." says Peter Hannam's article in the Sydney Morning Herald.
The maker of the Mars, Snickers chocolate bars and other food brands has signed a 20-year power purchase deal that will support development of the Kiamal Solar Farm near Ouyen in northern Victoria which is due for completion in mid-2019.
Monthly Meeting Guest Speaker Dr Heidi Edmonds
"How to talk to kids about climate and the environment" - Saturday June 9
According to Michelle Nijhaus in the The Atlantic (which provides daily coverage and analysis of breaking news, politics and international affairs, education, technology, health, science, and culture) a lot of climate-change education materials for children “focus on how to explain climate change” but rarely focus on “when and why teachers ought to discuss climate change in class”.
In this presentation Heidi Edmonds will talk about age appropriate engagement on environmental and climate issues for kids. As part of this, she will also touch on how to fact-check climate news, ways to protect mental health in a changing climate, and some of her climate heroes.
Dr Heidi Edmonds is an ecologist and environmental engineer with a PhD in freshwater ecology and a passion for science communication. As a mother of young children, and an advocate for protecting our climate, she is passionate about making climate science and climate action accessible, simple and easy to understand.
Check out her blog atwww.climatekiss.com(KISS = Keep It Simple Sweetheart), including a new series of posts on kids and climate. Heidi is based in Brisbane, Queensland and is a volunteer with CCL Australia.
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.
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Clearing the Air NSW & ACT Conference in Canberra on Sunday June 24 (plus Monday Lobby Day June 25). All members and supporters welcome.
The annual NSW & ACT Regional Conference will be on Sunday June 24 starting at 11am and finishing 5.30pm.
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.
Books on the denial and obstruction of climate science
Yale Climate Connections has a collection of 12 books aimed at 'debunking' some of the common and long-lived efforts to cast doubt on climate change scientific evidence. Also there are three reports that offer tips for debunking climate-dismissive arguments.
Their review says "Nearly forty years ago, when their own scientists confirmed what government and university researchers were learning about the likely consequences of the rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere, fossil fuel companies like Exxon and Shell faced a choice: change their business models or challenge the science that threatened those models. The oil companies chose the latter option. And over the next several decades, through a variety of means and front organizations, they successfully blocked action on climate change by manufacturing doubt about climate science."
Boiling PointBoiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists Have Fueled the Climate Crisis – and What We Can Do to Avert Disaster, by Ross Gelbspan.
In Boiling Point, Ross Gelbspan argues that the fossil fuel industry directed the Bush administration’s energy and climate policies – payback for helping Bush get elected.
Then the coal industry sabotaged an effort in the Senate to begin to regulate carbon dioxide. Officials of Switzerland, France, and Canada said that they intend to take the United States to court under the World Trade Organization, reasoning that the U.S.’s refusal to lower their carbon emissions amounts to an illegal subsidy – a “carbon subsidy” – on its exports.
[Substitute “Trump” for “Bush,” and what was old is new again.]
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! If you a member of our facebook group - post the details there.
Caring for the planet is caring for us
Below is a video of Dr Darshini Heaney and Dr Kim Loo's presentation as CCL Australia's May Guest Speakers. "Why is planetary health important for us here and now?"
Caring for the planet is caring for us - 17 minutes
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 June 9. 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 June 16. 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. The next Group Connect call sessions are on 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.
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 or Susie Fraser,firstname.lastname@example.org ACT Area Groups: (both Federal Seats) Contact Jodie Green email@example.com 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 6 June. Contact Peter Todd, 0414 383 350 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Hunt, email@example.com Central Sydney: Our next meeting is Tuesday 19 June 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, June 10. 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. email@example.com 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 June 9. Please contact Darshini on 0404 848 058 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 June 9. 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 June 25.
Contact Peter Samson,firstname.lastname@example.org, 0450 353 455.
Brisbane Area Groups: Next Meeting is Saturday June 9. Stay on the Zoom line after the Monthly Meeting with Guest Speaker. 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. Contact Jim Allen for firstname.lastname@example.org. Next meeting June 9.
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, 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
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