Thursday, 23 June 2016

Next LF meeting _ CSIRO


 What is happening to our premier scientific organisation?
Are funding and job cuts destroying the joint?
Can climate research be saved?
 By whom? What do we need to do?

 Former CSIRO scientists
 PENNY WHETTON
 & SAM POPOVSKI
will speak and answer questions on

Wednesday 29 June 7.00 pm for 7.30 start
Guides Hall
1 Faversham Rd
 Canterbury

You are warmly invited  join us for this meeting at 7.00 pm to share a glass of wine and nibbles and to find out who we are and what we do.


Entry by gold coin donation

Sunday, 19 June 2016

More on the Box Hill Town Hall Forum

Coral Coal and Climate Change

Here is a response to the evening from one of our members.
She has agreed to all of us having a chance to read her comments.
In addition, here are a few more photos (thanks to Julian).

Dear Carolyn and All, 

It was great to be part of last night’s very well organised, polite, and amazingly well attended event at Box Hill Town Hall which, most importantly, helped us ‘move politically towards co-operation on Climate Change Action'.

Congratulations to you all for a grand effort and a very good outcome, and thanks to you Carolyn for representing so well the public face of Lighter Footprints at the forum.

For me, the strong themes on the night were: 
the reality of climate change and the urgency for action now (great video clips to focus us on the realities and move us well beyond debate);
 the power of one young woman, Kathleen to speak directly and unencumbered about what really matters (there needs to be more of these young voices);
 the collaboration, sharing of resources and working together with different climate change action groups (a great modelling); 
the significant differences between the parties policies in regard to substantial and effective action (there was good opportunity for these differences to be clearly stated, although attempts to smooth over the mismatch between the realities of the challenges and the proposed policies and practice by some presenters about how far Australia is out of step with developing nations in commitment to the substantial action required were painful to watch).  

However, what was perhaps most encouraging was how gradually we observed a very positive development of the discussion over the evening (due in no small part to the well managed process of dialogue, helped by Rod Quantock’s humour, and the focussed questions from the audience).  There was an even greater respect for the problems of the rapidly occurring impacts of climate change on our planet, the reef, our health, our basic needs and lively-hoods, together with the need for us to be co-operating together, right now, in order to effectively address these problems. We were all witness to this gradual shift and we need to hold the politicians who presented to their publicly-stated commitments.

I am very sorry to hear that someone has attempted to fan up negative media about a small stunt which was very well-handled.  This could undermine the very important positive outcomes from the night. I think it is up to Minister Josh Frydenberg himself to go front-foot about what was basically a very small, harmless and well-handled incident, in the context of the very well conducted and respectful meeting.  If the Minister is not willing to publically do this, he is already stepping away from his public statements and pledge at the end of the meeting to meet (be it over coffee) with Mark Butler and Janet Rice ,and work together on a tripartisan approach to tackling climate change. 

Dividing peoples for competing political reasons will never result in a reduction in global warming. As we in Lighter Footprints know, we need collaboration and co-operation now in order to address climate change and its escalating threats to our planet, for our healthy survival. 

I hope we are all uplifted ( although some of you no doubt tired after all your efforts and a late night!) and encouraged to take things to the next level what-ever that may be. 

With my regards and good wishes and again many thanks - you are great group of people doing good things together and it’s good to be connected to you.

Ros Chandler

18th June 2016


 Carolyn Ingvarson
 Kathleen Hanson

 Peter Christoff

 Josh Frydenberg
 Rod Quantock
 Mark Butler
 Janet Rice

Friday, 17 June 2016

GREAT  FORUM AT BOX HILL TOWN HALL

See the Facebook link to the live stream. https://www.facebook.com/100011874324819/videos/146840205721789/
 and  here  https://www.facebook.com/100011874324819/videos/146884059050737/

First pictures here
Over 550 with standing room only
Politicians discussed serious issue related to Climate Change, and agreed to continue the discussion  with a view to finding common ground to progress the challenge that Australia faces.
 More when our pictures come through but here are some tastes.
Carolyn





Thursday, 26 May 2016

To register, please go to www.CCelectionforum.eventbrite.com.au <=(Click On This Link)

Thanks so much. See you there.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Coral, Coal and Climate Change


Lighter Footprints and ECAM present -

Federal Election Candidates Forum
Box Hill Town Hall 
Thursday 16 June 
6:30 for 7:00pm start 


Meet your Liberal, Labor and Greens candidates for
Chisholm, Deakin and Kooyong

 Ask them questions so you can better understand the differences between the politcal party policies on climate change.
Is it really coal vs the reef? Or climate vs jobs? Or environment vs the economy? 



MC - Rod Quantock OAM Speakers

Panel 
Mark Butler - Labor Shadow Minister for Climate Change 
Janet Rice - Greens Party Senator for Victoria
Josh Frydenberg - Minister for Energy and Resources and Northern Australia

Peter Christoff University of Melbourne, Climate Policy and Politics
and introducing
Kathleen Hanson
- Boroondara Young Citizen of the Year 


Second half 
Break sessions in separate rooms for Deakin, Chisholm and Kooyong.


The major candidates from the three electorates have been invited to meet with you in the breakout sessions. 

Eventbrite  -  www.CCelectionforum.eventbrite.com.au

Further enquiries 
Carolyn Ingvarson 0411 115 186, Daryl Maunder 0409 179 817

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

NEXT LIGHTER FOOTPRINTS MEETING WED MAY 25




Wed May 25
7 for 7.30 PM 
Guide Hall
Faversham Rd
Canterbury

"Where is Boroonadara headed with its Low Carbon Strategy to 2020?"

Come and hear the early plans and provide input into this strategy

Speaker:
Mathew Dixon
Senior Sustainability Officer
City of Boroondara  

Mathew has responsibility for climate change and energy actions.

And introducing the Community Power Agency with Manny Pasqualini

In the second part of the meeting, we shall hear briefly about our Forum for Thursday June16  and what we need to make this happen; then we will discuss further 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, 
 REPORTS OF UPCOMING EVENTS, RECENT MEETINGS AND EVENTS AND PLANS FOR 
 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS


Join us for an engaging evening 

All welcome.

GOLD COIN DONATION.

FURTHER INFORMATION  0411 115 186

Sunday, 1 May 2016

These photos refer to Lynne's post on our stalls - see below this post. 
 Burwood Festival stall - May 1. 2016






St Pauls Anglican Church fete April 16, 2016 Add caption





This is a quiz that turned out to be quite hard
Email admin@lighterfootprints.org for answers!

 

This Lighter Footprints group collected signatures on postcards in the Premier Dan Andrews electorate, and then visited his office to deliver them and over 100 letters encouraging a faster take-up of the government's approach to renewable energy.
April 8, 2016


Talking to local people about the disastrous impact of global warming on the Great Barrier Reef

Hundreds of local people have signed letters to Malcolm Turnbull and other federal politicians urging faster action on global warming in a last ditch attempt to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Lighter Footprints collected the letters and talked to local people about the problem at the Burwood Village Festival and at the annual fair at St Paul's Anglican Church in Canterbury.

Warmer sea temperatures are now damaging, and likely to kill, much of the best preserved parts of the reef.

Vast areas - at least 1000km - of the most northern reefs have been bleached at a stark, ghostly white and may never generate.

Around 97 per cent of the reefs that make up the largest living structure on the planet have suffered some degree of bleaching. Scientists fear that the severity of the most recent warming, plus increased frequency of warming and bleaching events, will not allow sufficient time for the reefs to recover.

If we are to preserve the reef, it is imperative that we slow and halt global warming before the coral is completely wiped out, with 40 to 50 per cent of the coral lost in recent decades due to global warming and other factors like agricultural runoff and the crown-of-thorns starfish.

The recent severe bleaching is purely a results of warmer seas.
While the world agreed at Paris to keep global warming to below 2 degrees, the coral is already under huge tress at around one degree of warming.

To make matters worse, Australia is not living up to its global commitments to cut carbon pollution by 5 per cent by 2020. 

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