Monday, 18 April 2016

Next Lighter Footprints Meeting April 27




Wed April 27
7 for 7.30 Guide Hall
Faversham Rd
Canterbury

Coral and/or Coal - Australia's choice?

Basha Stasak - Healthy Ecosystems Campaigner
 Australian Conservation Foundation 

Come and hear what Australia's largest conservation group is doing to save the Great Barrier Reef


In the second part of the meeting, we shall hear briefly about Market Forces's program at local government level, as we begin to plan what our actions should include prior to this year's local government election.


COME TO MEET PEOPLE 
AND FOR SOME FOOD AND DRINKS AT 7 PM, 
 THE PRESENTATION at 7.30 PM WITH QUESTIONS, 
AND A REFRESHMENT BREAK AT 8.30 PM. 

AFTER THE BREAK, LOCAL GOVERNMENT DISCUSSION 
PLUS REPORTS OF RECENT MEETINGS AND EVENTS AND PLANS FOR NEXT MONTH

Join us for an engaging evening 

All welcome.

GOLD COIN DONATION.

FURTHER INFORMATION  0411 115 186

Monday, 4 April 2016

Telling Kooyong voters about reckless and destructive CSIRO climate science cuts

Lighter Footprints has been out and about at local festivals in Ashburton, Glenferrie and Kew collecting hundreds of letters signed by local people protesting the senseless cuts of more than 100 climate scientists at the CSIRO.

More than 3000 international scientists have also protested these cuts, which will severely damage the global effort to record, analyse and better predict the effects of global warming on our part of the world.

We also attended the city protest  last weekend (see previous post). The self-defeating and  pointless cuts were announced by the new head of the CSIRO who was appointed during the Abbott regime.

These  ludicrous cuts will prove a running sore for the Turnbull Government, completely destroying its climate crediblity,  unless they are swiftly reversed.




Lighter Footprints joined with 100's of others to protest at the cuts to CSIRO research especially to climate scientists.


Monday, 14 March 2016

Next meeting Lighter Footprints March 30

Wed March 30
7 for 7.30 Guide Hall
Faversham Rd
Canterbury

Phasing out coal-fired power stations: Why, how and when ?

DR NICHOLAS ABERLE
SAFE CLIMATE CAMPAIGN MANAGER
In addition we shall hear briefly about "Climate for Change" and the 'Yes to Renewables' project 


COME TO MEET PEOPLE 
AND FOR SOME FOOD AND DRINKS AT 7 PM, 
 THE PRESENTATION at 7.30 PM WITH QUESTIONS, 
AND A REFRESHMENT BREAK AT 8.30 PM. 

AFTER THE BREAK, A SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING WILL BE HELD TO VOTE ON INCORPORATION 
PLUS DISCUSSION OF RECENT MEETINGS AND EVENTS AND PLANS FOR NEXT MONTH

Join us for an engaging evening 

All welcome.

GOLD COIN DONATION.

FURTHER INFORMATION  0411 115 186

Sunday, 28 February 2016

John Wiseman's slides


The slides presented by John Wiseman at our Monthly meeting February 24, are now under available under our Header " Forums and Presentations" (you are on Home page) 

The session gave us an insight into how the outcomes were gained and what the commitments are - and where Australia sits in that. We have very low targets but were perceived not to be the negative force of previous times, indeed to have been helpful in gaining the 1.5 degrees commitment (even if a trade-off was gained!)
Overall a positive outcome with 195 countries agreeing to a solid base of targets and a process for funding and to reviewing progress. Still a long way to go to avert serious climate change damage. 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016


Next Meeting 

WED February 24
7 for 7.30 
Guide Hall
Faversham Rd
Canterbury

PARIS - Dec 2015.
Two personal takes.

with John Wiseman from MSSI and Fiona Armstrong from CAHA
Hear what being in Paris in Dec 2015 meant to them, what they learnt and where they think climate activists should be headed in light of the outcomes reached.
Professor John Wiseman

John Wiseman is Deputy Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne and Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Global and Population Health. He is also a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Development and Climate Change Adviser to Sustainability Victoria.

Professor Wiseman has worked in diverse academic and public sector settings including as Foundation Director of the McCaughey Centre, Melbourne School of Population Health; Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University; and Assistant Director, Policy Development and Research, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Professor Wiseman’s major research and policy contributions have been in the fields of social justice and citizen engagement; strengthening and measuring community wellbeing; globalization impacts and responses; the development and implementation of social, economic and environmental policy frameworks; sustainability transitions; and climate change risks and solutions. 

His current research, writing and advocacy work focuses on the social and political transformations needed to drive a rapid transition to a just and resilient post carbon society.

 Fiona Armstrong

 Fiona is a registered nurse, journalist and has a Masters in Politics and Public Policy, with her thesis exploring ‘Climate Policy Options for Australia’ published as a chapter entitled ‘Shifting from Fear to Hope’ in the 2010 book ‘More Than Luck: Ideas Australia Needs Now.’ 

She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Climate and Health Alliance, a founding director of CLIMARTE: Arts for a Safe Climate, a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development, and an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute at the University of Melbourne.

The Climate and Health Alliance is the Australian affiliate of the international non-governmental organisation Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) and co-ordinates the Pacific region of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network, a HCWH project.

Fiona is the author of a number of seminal publications in the areas of climate, energy and health, including the 2015 report: Coal and Health in the Hunter: Lessons from One Valley for the World; producer of the short film, The Human Cost of Power, directed by award winning science journalist, Alexandra de Blas; lead author of the 2014 Health and Energy Choices Position Paper and Background Paper; and author of the 2012 report, Our Uncashed Dividend: The Health Benefits of Climate Action, published by the Climate and Health Alliance and The Climate Institute.

Fiona’s personal story of how she came to be involved in advocacy for climate action appears in the 2015 book: Guarding Eden: Champions of Climate Action by Deborah Hart.


Come to meet people and for some food and drinks at 7 pm, followed by the presentation with questions, and a refreshment break at 8.30 pm.  


After the break, a discussion of the outcomes of the Strategic Planning Day and our plans for this year.


Join us for an engaging evening 

All welcome.

GOLD COIN DONATION.



From the Progress Leader 2 February 2016


From the Boroondara Bulletin March 2016




Monday, 15 February 2016

Boroondara Citizen of the Year - Congratulations to our Convenor!

On Australia Day, Lighter Footprints Convenor, Carolyn Ingvarson, was named Boroondara Citizen of the Year for 2016. We congratulate Carolyn on receiving this honour which recognises her service to the Boroondara community and to the environment.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Join Lighter Footprints at the People's Climate March Friday 27 November

We will be catching the Belgrave line train which leaves Blackburn Station for the city at 4:07 pm and arrives at Melbourne Central station at 4:53pm. Lighter Footprinters will be getting on at various points and we will aim to be in the last carriage. We will meet up with those who did not take the train at the statute of Francis Ormond at the entrance to Bowen Street (off La Trobe St) at 5pm. Please wear a striped shirt and beret. Any questions please phone Lynn on 0425 843 685.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

November 25 Meeting Lighter Fooptprints



Next Meeting 

WED NOVEMBER 25
7 for 7.30 
Guide Hall
Faversham Rd
Canterbury

Speaker _- CAM WALKER 
Campaign - Coordinator
Friends of the Earth

"Everything old is new again:

  Engaging with communities for change. 


For the past twenty years, Cam has worked extensively with FoE International in Latin America, Europe and Africa, but for the past five years he has focused on community campaigning in regional Victoria.  He will discuss several recent significant and successful campaigns – 
which highlight ‘old’ ways for ‘new’ issues!
You will be amazed! 



Come to meet people and for some food and drinks at 7 pm, followed by the presentation with questions, and a refreshment break at 8.30 pm.  After the break, a discussion of  the latest political scene and upcoming events, and on this occasion our intentions for the incorporation of the organisation. Focus on  the BIg March on Fri Nov 27th at 5.30 State Library.(see below)

Join us for an engaging evening of discussion
All welcome.

Gold coin donation.






NOTE
Some of the speeches from the forum are found under the tab FORUMS 

Thursday, 5 November 2015



Some pictures for our highly successful forum

Stalls pre conference - a great friendly 'street market' atmosphere :)



Our Speakers








Question time









Breakout Groups









Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Report on Lighter Footprints forum on October 27 
in Hawthorn Town Hall
The Last Climate Tango in Paris


For those who were not able to make it to the forum on Tuesday 27 October at Hawthorn Town Hall " The Last Climate Tango in Paris" , and have not heard how it went,  and want to know - it went well!
We filled the hall - to bursting!
The balcony had to be opened and we had people sitting on the steps there. There were well over 400 people. Our team of 30 people who worked on the forum was a key to its success- and there were more who delivered the 10,000 leaflets to our local community. Great team effort.

The team we selected to speak turned out to be inspired! The balance was achieved between Government/politics, (Josh Frydenberg) economics,/international scene,(Ross Garnaut)  clear climate science (David Karoly) and then the broad-based 'moral context call (Genieve Blackwell) which was beautifully crafted and touched the moral fibre of the heart and soul!

As you will recall, after agreeing to the date, Josh Frydenberg was then required to be in Northern Australia at the time of the forum, so we arranged for him to be beamed him. In addition he prepared his speech for us on video so that we could be sure we had something should the technology fail.  This turned out to be useful as he had only a small widow between commitments and we were able to show the video, and then have him join live to answer questions.  This worked surprisingly well. 

I was asked later to by Josh’s office to summarise the outcomes as we saw them, and  I said something like this:-

1. There is strong and deep anger about the position being taken on calling the exporting of coal a moral responsibility to help the Indians address poverty, without acknowledging that this means abrogating the moral responsibility we might have to save the planet. This hostility is directed at Josh personally and for many undermines his credibility, and any sense of trust that there may have been. His other messages about the good work now underway were largely lost. Most people did appreciate that he made the effort to do the video and to be there despite his workload, and wanted to thank him for that.

2.The two professors were listened to avidly, as they reiterated that we are on track for disaster, and showed why this is so.  There was no audience dissent, rather a new appetite for information from an audience that was broader than any we have seen. The comparison of Australia targets  with other countries made it clear that we are not leaders in the field (as had been suggested by the Minister.) Ken Coghill  effectively managed the process of questions in the relatively short time we had. 

3. As the last speaker, the bishop struck a chord with people such that the mood in the room changed after she spoke to a completely absorbed audience. The shift to considering that we do need to care about people- all people, as well as about this earth we live in as custodians, was so nicely crafted as to touch everyone's hearts. This made it possible to engage that audience  as a group at the end of the night with a sort of rally cry to get involved - and to do it together- all of us. And that the mood was quite upbeat at the end!

We had eight different stalls which kept many people occupied and many new contacts made; and we broke into small groups at the end to provide contact between the speakers and those who wanted to question them further. The speakers were very generous with their time and stayed beyond the call of duty, which people really appreciated. A special thanks to our mayor who opened the event and spoke about the council's work in sustainable living, also gave her time to a lively group interested in knowing more about what is happening in  Boroondara.
  
Thanks to everyone who came and supported us in showing the strength of the concern about climate change in this most conservative of electorates.

Carolyn Ingvarson
Convenor
Photographs of the evening follow, with some summaries of the main points from the speakers. Videos will be available in due course, and the notes from the bishop and the slides from Prof Karoly are under forum

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Friday, 25 September 2015

Next Meeting


WED SEPTEMBER 30
7 for 7.30 
Guide Hall
Faversham Rd
Canterbury

Speaker _- Scott McKenry

Regional Coordinator
Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA)

"Local to Regional Climate Action" :
How Eastern Region Councils are working together on climate change 

Before joining EAGA, Scott spent six years in a senior role at Swinburne’s National Centre for Sustainability and more recently as Engagement Manager with ClimateWorks Australia. He has  been involved with many sustainability initiatives, including energy efficiency projects, carbon management programs and climate change strategies. 
Eastern region councils include:-
In addition, Mathew Dixon from Boroondara Council will outline Boorondara's current projects of interest


Come for some food and drinks at 7 pm, followed by the presentation with questions, a refreshment break and then a discussion of  the latest political scene and upcoming events, including our forum on Tues October 27th, the BIg March on Fri Nov 27th and the list of possible ways that you can work with us to fight for a safe climate. 

Join us for an engaging evening of discussion
All welcome.
Gold coin donation.