Friday, 13 October 2017

Next Lighter Footprints Meeting October 25

Wednesday October 25 
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd

Industrial renaissance - thriving in a zero carbon economy

New BZE Report: 

Rethinking Cement: Research Report: A pathway to zero carbon cement

Industry contributes 21% of all Australian emissions. There has been little interest from policymakers in decarbonising our industry, yet this vital part of our economy remains exposed to carbon risks.  If we don’t decarbonise industry, we stand little chance of achieving Paris climate goals and Australia will be left behind.
We need to quickly find a way forward for producing cement, steel, plastics, food and other vital products without carbon emissions.
Beyond Zero Emissions is writing the plan we need for a zero-emissions industry that will thrive in the zero-carbon economy of the 21st century.

CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) Vanessa Petrie

will talk about the latest BZE report and the wider issue of decarbonising industry. 

Vanessa is an experienced sustainability leader and is passionate about BZE’s role in developing achievable and affordable solutions for rapidly decarbonising the Australian economy.

Vanessa has close to 20 years’ experience working in diverse roles across local and State Government including infrastructure projects, legislative policy development, major policy reform and waste and resource recovery strategic planning. Vanessa has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from RMIT University and a Masters of Environment from the University of Melbourne.

In addition we have Michael Nolan to tell us about this experience with placing wall insulation into his two storey home.

Mick is currently the National Engineering & Facilities Manager at Swire Cold storage. This includes responsibility for energy opex and in recent times a new Energy Efficiency role has been created to support energy efficiency. 

Mick grew up on a farm in northern Victoria near Boort. Prior to working at Swire, he worked in a number of  food manufacturers in project roles, and engineering roles, over 25 years, including Cadbury, Kraft and Patties Foods. 
Come join us 

And in our second half, there will be more about our actions and plans 
and ways for you to join in.

Please join us from 7 pm for 'meet and greet' with food and drinks, and a 7.30 pm start. 
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs.
Any issues to discuss, call Carolyn  0411 115 186

Friday, 15 September 2017

Next Lighter Footprints meeting September 27

Next Meeting
Wednesday September 27 
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd

Can Victoria can lead the country on climate action?:The push for Vic's first climate budget

Despite alarming melting of the polar icecaps and unprecedented bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, the Turnbull government’s action on climate change does little to address these. This leaves communities exposed to impacts such as increasing heatwaves, bushfires, droughts, and storms.

At state level, the Daniel Andrews government has however moved to accept climate change as a "genuine threat." It has acted by strengthening the Climate Change Act 2017, banning onshore gasfields, and committing to significant Victorian Renewable Energy Targets.

We need to ramp up action on climate change now more than ever.

The Federal Coalition's incapacity to act means we need more political leadership from the state government.

We have invited FoE campaigner Leigh Ewbank to talk about their Act on Climate campaign which calls on Premier Daniel Andrews to deliver Victoria's first ever climate budget. In what way might we support this campaign over the coming months?

Leigh Ewbank is the current Act on Climate coordinator. He has also worked on the Yes 2 Renewables campaign and cut his teeth going head to head with the anti-wind farm lobby on King Island, central Victoria and elsewhere. Yes 2 Renewables was the driving force behind the campaign to restore fair wind farm laws in Victoria, and is now spearheading the case for a state Renewable Energy Target.
Leigh has a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) from RMIT University, Melbourne. He has been engaged in climate and energy debates for years, with his commentary on climate and energy politics published at The Age, ABC’s The Drum, and Crikey, among others. More recently, Leigh has lectured the Urban Planning and Energy and Energy Policy and Management courses at RMIT University.
Come join us 

And in our second half, there will be more about our actions and plans 
and ways for you to join in.

Please join us from 7 pm for 'meet and greet' with food and drinks, and a 7.30 pm start. 
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs.
Any issues to discuss, call Carolyn  0411 115 186

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Lighter Footprints Meeting August 30

Wed August 30
AGM for Lighter Footprints
 7pm for 7.30 start
Guide Hall Faversham Rd
Followed by Panel discussion:

Australia’s Road to Damascus moment in energy and climate change– What we can learn from the Chief Scientist’s report and what Finkel left out." 

The panel is Bruce Mountain Energy consultant- and Tristan Edis - Journalist, chaired by Ric Brazzale - Energy Industry.

Bruce Mountain is the Director of consultancy Carbon and Energy Markets and co-founder of retail market information business, MarkIntell.  He is an Economist, Electrical Engineer and Chartered Management Accountant. His PhD was on the political economy of energy regulation in Australia and his consultancy and research work is mainly on the economics of networks, retail markets and renewable energy policy design. 

 Tristan Edis is the Director Analysis and Advisory at Green Energy Markets, where he assists clients understand and make informed decisions surrounding renewable energy, energy efficiency and other carbon abatement markets.Tristan’s involvement in the clean energy sector and related government climate change and energy policy issues dates back more than a decade. This includes running a daily publication on clean energy issues: Climate Spectator; the Grattan Institute think tank; the Clean Energy Council; Ernst & Young; and the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Office. 

Ric Brazzale is Chairman of the Green Energy Group and has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector.
The Green Energy Group comprises Green Energy Trading (GET) and Green Energy Markets (GEM). GET is one of the largest environmental certificate creators in Australia and is active across renewable energy and energy efficiency markets. GEM is a dynamic research and advisory business with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy and distributed generation, and improving energy efficiency
Prior to establishing the Green Energy Group in 2007, Ric headed the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), now the Clean Energy Council, a leading advocate for renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in Australia. Before this, Ric worked in a number of business development and finance roles with Fletcher Challenge Energy, John Holland and Woodside Petroleum.
Ric is President of the REC Agents Association and a Director of the Energy Efficiency Certificate Creators Association.

Refreshments are available from 7 pm,  and during the break.
Donation to help cover costs 
Further information - 0411 115 186

Friday, 4 August 2017

Tim Forcey's Facebook live July 26

Here is the link to the Facebook live recording to Tim Forcey's My Efficient Electric Home.
Hope you enjoy it.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Next Meeting Wed July 26, 2017  

Next Meeting
WednesdayJuly 26 
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd

Speaker - Tim Forcey - "My Efficient Electric Home" 

"Tim Forcey is an independent energy advisor with over 35 years of experience.  With the University of Melbourne, Tim has researched and written about the benefits of Australians operating their homes without the use of fossil fuels. Tim has consulted on home energy and comfort improvements in over 500 Melbourne homes. His lively and useful Facebook Group "My Efficient Electric Home" now has more than 1,300 members. Tim has been interviewed for Australian television, radio, and print and online media with some articles viewed more than 250,000 times globally.”

Mr Forcey recently completed research with the University of Melbourne Energy Institute that found that gas demand in Eastern Australia could fall by as much as half in the next decade, one reason being that electric appliances are now much more cost-efficient than their gas counterparts.
As was widely reported in The AGE and elsewhere, the paper also found that switching from gas could create huge money saving opportunities for home owners, renters, and even small businesses.  A large Victoria household could be saving up to $658 a year, simply by turning on existing reverse-cycle air conditioners for winter heating.

The humble air conditioner may well be the disruptive technology, sitting under our nose, that could heat our homes for less while protecting our local environment and communities from the dangers of unconventional gas mining. Come and hear how your home, business or institution can save money and be part of this fuel-switch revolution.

And in our second half, there will be more about our actions and plans and ways for you to join in.

Please join us from 7 pm for 'meet and greet' with food and drinks, and a 7.30 pm start. 
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs.
Any issues to discuss, call Carolyn  0411 115 186

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Big Coal Hoax Forum- June 13, 2017

 The forum was packed out with 600 people who came to hear Alan Kohler and watch the the film Guarding the Galilee.
Here are some photos of the event. Video is available here
  If you would like a copy of Alan Kohler Address, email
Carolyn Ingvarson 0411 115 186

Monday, 12 June 2017

Booked Out

The forum has now been booked out - at 600
Apologies to those who have been trying to  book and failed.
We shall report on the night here
The event will be streamed on Facebook Live at Lighter Footprint’s Facebook page, 
from the pinned post at 7.30 
Thanks  for your support
Carolyn Ingvarson 
0411 115 186

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Forum June 13

Here is an opportunity to invite a friend who is interested in the issue of coal and our economy and who respects Alan Kohler as a financial analyst but may not be clear on its link to what concerns us as climate change. 
There are limits spaces so please book with eventbrite.
If you have trouble, call me and I will do it for you. (0411 115 186)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Next Meeting Wed May 31, 2017 - Adrian Morphett on Biochar, it's role and potential

Next Meeting
Wednesday May 31 
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd

Speaker  -  Adrian Morphett  
Earth Systems

 "What is Biochar? Is it part of the solution to climate change?"

Adrian Morphett

Given the slow pace of emissions reductions, the drawing down of carbon and carbon sequestration are becoming increasingly important to our efforts to combat climate change. Dr Adrian Morphett is an environmental engineer with over 17 years experience in the energy and carbon sector. He will explain what biochar is and how it acts as a stable carbon store.

And in our second half, there will be more about our actions and plans and ways for you to join in.

Please join us from 7 pm for 'meet and greet' with food and drinks, and a 7.30 start. 
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs.
Any issues to discuss, call Carolyn  0411 115 186

Monday, 15 May 2017

Burwood Festival April 26

Lighter Fooprints had a stall at this festival in High St Burwood on Saturday 29 April
Our solar model attracts attention, and a letter to our local member Josh Frydenberg was signed by 50 people.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Next Lighter Footprints Meeting April 26

Next Meeting
Wednesday April 26 
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd

Speaker  -  Alan Pears  
RMIT University

 "Unravelling today's energy policy debate and finding paths to a clean, affordable and reliable energy future."

Click here for Alan Pears' presentation

Alan Pears AM is a well-known clean energy and climate researcher, commentator and educator. He has worked with governments, business and community groups on clean energy policy, programs and projects for the past
four decades.

Alan writes regularly for the conversation website, has a
regular column in the Alternative Technology Association's ReNew magazine and appears in media.

He has played key roles in development of Australia's
appliance efficiency, building energy efficiency and climate response policies, and has also been involved in many practical projects, from designing green appliances and buildings, to advising households and businesses on strategies to cut emissions and costs.

Interesting times continue in Australia on the politics of energy, an issue that remains pivotal to climate change action. Alan Pears provides a perspective on the major drivers of energy policy and then looks at what we can do - not just politically, but in our own households. 

And in our second half, there will be more about our actions and plans and ways for you to join in 

Please join us from 7 pm for 'meet and greet' with food and drinks, and a 7.30 start. 
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs.
Any issues to discuss, call Carolyn  0411 115 186

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Next Lighter Footprints Meeting Wed 29th March.

 Wednesday 29th March 

At the Canterbury Guide Hall,
Faversham Rd Canterbury  at 7 pm for 7.30

Climate Conversations - How to talk about the things that matter to us.

If we want climate change on the political agenda, we need a population that cares enough to vote for a government that takes action.
Social research shows that whilst mass media raises awareness, people’s attitudes are impacted by face-to-face conversation.
It is then that we process the information and and decide what we think and what we will do.

Climate  for Change ( is an organisation that seeks to shift the social climate by helping people to have conversations with the people around them.

Our speaker is

Suzie Raffe  - is a facilitator trainer from Climate for Change, and she will conduct a one hour inter-active workshop on how to approach tricky conversations.

Suzie has a background in environmental social science and previously worked for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). She has also spent time volunteering in Indonesia as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development through AusAID before returning to Melbourne to take up postgraduate studies in sustainability.

Suzie is currently a Climate for Change volunteer facilitator and trainer. She trained as a Climate Reality Leader with Al Gore's Climate Reality Project in 2014 and joined Climate for Change in early 2015 after realising that while presentations on climate change are great, meaningful conversations are even better and more powerful. She has been having conversations about climate change ever since and now trains other facilitators to deliver Climate for Change conversations. 

Also at this meeting we will discuss our recent submissions to the Finkel Review on energy, and vehicle  emissions standards And there have been a few major decisions that impact on our rising emissions, with differing opinions about their merits or otherwise. There has been active email discussion on pumped hydro. Our April meeting will address the current energy debate.

And there will be time for socialising, some food and drink and meeting new members,  as well as a range of other issues for discussion.

You are all very welcome. 
Call for further information  - 0411 115 186

2. Adani Roadshow
Here is a link to book for this event. We need massive community support to demonstrate that this mine just cannot proceed.  
Check out this national Roadshow in Melbourne on Friday March 31  -

3. Aurizon - Rail line
You may like to support this action, also related to this project but a different element of it.
 Market Forces is promoting this email action at the moment regarding Aurizon's application for a $1.25 billion loan from the NAIF to fund a rail link between Galilee and Abbott Point. It calls on Super Funds to pressure Aurizon to stop the loan (and entire project):

Monday, 6 March 2017

Ashburton Festival - Feb 26

Good day talking with local residents, to the extent we ran out of letters to sign to Minister Frydenberg
Solar Model again very useful.
Note the photo of the young boy translating in Mandarin to his parents, the way this solar thermal power station works.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Glenferrie Rd Festival March 5

We ran stall at this festival,  had hundreds of letters signed to Minister Frydenberg and to the CEO of Wetspac bank! and here are some pics.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Lighter Footprints Meeting Wed Feb 22

Next Meeting
Wednesday February 22
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd

Speaker   Adam Majcher  - ClimateWorks

Progressing Australia's net -zero emissions agenda

What are the main opportunities for 2017
and what does the transition to 2050 require?

This session will allow for audience participation and discussion of a range of different areas of interest.

Adam Majcher from ClimateWorks - a partnership of the Myer Foundation and Monash University will present to us.

Adam is the Engagement Manager,  and he will lead the session to put in context the opportunities ClimateWorks sees, placed against a backdrop of the job we need to do long-term as a country. 

Adam leads ClimateWorks’ public engagement work, helping to grow widespread understanding and participation in the achievability and benefits of a zero net emissions future for Australia. He also supports efforts to translate ClimateWorks’ research into relatable content for a range of audiences using best practice social research and engagement.
Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Adam headed up the Australian branch of Al Gore’s 'The Climate Reality Project', developing and supporting joint leadership programs across the Asia Pacific region. He is also co-founder of Common Cause Australia, an organisation dedicated to engaging values that contribute to a more sustainable society.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Science (Aquatic Science) and a Graduate Degree in Coastal Planning from Deakin University. He sits on the Board of Positive Change for Marine Life.
Please join us from 7 pm for meet and greet with drinks and nibbles and a 7.30 start  
With such interesting times emerging on the politics of energy - so pivotal to climate change action- we think this session will start our year with  bang! And there will be more about our plans and ways for you to join in .
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs.
Any issues to discuss , call Carolyn  0411 115 186