Friday, 10 April 2015

NEXT MEETING

Lighter Footprints
General Meeting 
Wednesday 29 April
7pm  for 7.30pm 
Guide Hall Faversham Rd 
Canterbury 

Topic-  "Putting Community into Community Solar" 



When we say 'community solar', it conjures different meaning for different people. 

We will present two perspectives: 
Hear the back story from Tosh Szatow, co-founder of The People's Solar, about how they created a working model for community solar projects with broad appeal.
and hear Peter Lucas and Sam Barden from Miegen talk about their new way to think about  community and solar. 




Join us for some food and drinks  at 7 pm, the presentations with questions, a refreshment break and then a discussion of our actions over the next month and the list of possible ways that you can work with us to fight for a safe climate. 



Contact Carolyn for more information
0411 115 186

Monday, 23 March 2015

Strong Lighter Footprint's presence at Kew Festival

Lighter Footprint's members turned out in force again on Saturday 21 March to run a stall at the Kew Festival.

Our model of a solar thermal power station was once again a major highlight, attracting many families to our display where they learnt that heat stored in molten salt during daylight hours can be used to generate power after the sun has gone down.

Damaging the renewable energy industry

We also had hundreds of members of the public keen to sign letters to the Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Kooyong MP Josh Frydenberg asking for the current renewable energy target of 41,000 gigawatt hours of renewable energy by 2020 to be retained.

The uncertainty caused by last year's review of the target, headed by climate skeptic Dick Warburton, has caused new investment in clean energy to plummet a shocking 88 per cent over the last year.

Major projects have been put on indefinite hold and staff cut, including 100 jobs at wind turbine manufacturer Keppel Prince in  Victoria.

Despite the huge damage being inflicted on the renewable energy industry by the current impasse, the Abbott Government still seems determined to slash the existing target, although they need the support of the ALP or cross bench senators to do so.

Negotiations are still underway, with the latest reports being that the Abbott Government wants the new target to be cut to 31,000 gigawatt hours by 2020 - a target that the clean energy industry rejects as unacceptable.

Stepping up on climate targets for Paris, 2015.

The letters signed at the festival also requested that Australia take strong targets for national emission cuts to the climate conference to be held in Paris at the end of the year.

This meeting of the world's nations will hammer out a new global treaty to come into force in 2020.

The USA, China and the EU have already announced ambitious national targets but Australia has yet to do so.

The old excuse that Australia should wait until the major polluting countries took action no longer holds water as China and the USA, the world's two biggest biggest polluters are now acting forcefully.

China is the world's greatest investor in clean energy and its emissions fell two per cent last year  - so it appears to be already easily meeting its target of peaking its emissions by 2030.  As a result, the world's emissions stayed stable last year, according to a recent and very encouraging report from the International Energy Agency.

Now Australia needs to also step up and take responsibility for dealing with its emissions, rather than lagging behind. It's time to once again to be lifters not leaners on climate action.

It seems many of the public agree with us. We ran out of letters at one stage and had to urgently make more.  Local people were still trying to sign letters while we were packing up at the festival.

 Join us as we work for strong climate action (see notice about our next meeting below the photos).







Thursday, 19 March 2015

NEXT MEETING

Lighter Footprints
General Meeting 
Wednesday 25 March
7 for 7.30pm 
Guide Hall Faversham Rd 
Canterbury 

Topic-  What are the big issues for action in 2015   - Environment Victoria's perspective.  

Speaker  - Jane Stabb,  Community Organiser

Come and hear what our lead environment agency sees ahead for this year, and how we can work together on climate change action. 


Join us for some food and drinks  at 7 pm, a presentation from EV with questions, a refreshment break and then a discussion of the outcomes of our strategic planning day and the list of possible ways that you can work with us to fight for a safe climate. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

November 12 Climate Forum - Hawthorn Town Hall



Yes, we did it, 
 And now it is done!
And life can go on for those us who've been involved with getting this to happen.
So thanks to all of you who did your part. Many of you came, and many told others about it, others delivered flyers - thousands and thousands of them. Well, many people now know that we exist! 

It is quite something to have been able to fill this hall at election time in an area of perceived safe Liberal seats, where no Liberal candidate chose to come. 

The speakers all had different perspectives on the issue of climate change and government action, but together the picture was one of frustration in the face of a changing world - one recognised as moving away from fossil fuels but still having sound economies, and then seeing all the ways that we can in local areas, and our own lives, influence the decisions that impact on climate.

The candidates filled the seats set out for all 12 invited; 7 were occupied (one Greens member was sick at the last moment) and four Liberal seats are unoccupied.

Several stalls were set up and did good trade! and there were refreshments

The responses from the audience to the evening was very good- many have since contacted me to say they felt they learnt a lot and have gone away with a strong continued commitment and some hope that  we might get through it! 

We recorded the speeches from the panelists and have their presentations, so in due course - people with web skills permitting -  you will get access to these. 

Below is a brief outline of the main panelists presentations and copies of their presentations will be found on our Forum page(shortly), and some photos.

Carolyn Ingvarson  (LF ) introducing the event :


Mary Crooks (VWT)  - MC for the event 




Peter Newman  Curtin University


Peter looked at international trends and the chances of a turnaround in emissions by 2050. Based on current movements - he thought that we’d continue the de-coupling beginning to happen between GDP and carbon – it is happening with coal and now also with oil. Big investors are responding by shifting their investment away from those based in fossil fuels. This does not mean that Gross Domestic Product goes down- - it grows based on fundamentally green economies. He showed the huge investments in public transport around the world; the way green buildings - homes, and commercial, are triggering interest; the way that once entered, the low carbon economy is attractive. He warned that with the majors round the world now moving fast towards decoupling from fossil fuels, we risk being left stranded with government backing an economy that has not made the shift in time. He believed that many in Australia are acting (used Josh’s house with 1 million hits as an example) and will act whether this government heads in this direction or not, which is where the title “does government matter?” resonates – it  risks becoming  irrelevant.

Caroline le Couteur - ACCR


 Governments matter but equally your own actions matter -Personal actions everyone can get on with –
Change your vote; write; talk to people; read; join a group; join a party; stand for office; share the things we have; reduce consumption; divest shares  from fossil fuel companies, banks and superannuation companies that invest in fossil fuel companies; take direct action forcing people to take notice and slow down other actions until change can be taken.  – And there’s more…

Geoff Lawler - City of Melbourne


He spoke of the critical role of cities in the battle to reduce emissions. This is where most people live and the highest proportion of energy is consumed. So it is critical that city governments take practical action on climate change. He gave many examples of foundations supporting big projects in cities, showed how to develop sustainable goals, and what to expect as climate bites. The biggest impediment is inertia, but increasingly city governments, along with businesses, and communities are taking their own action. Although local can lead, cities are impacted by state and federal governments, so it would be much better if all levels of government worked together.

Lucy Manne AYCC

AYCC has 120,000 members because young people want to be at the table on issue that will affect most. They want more action, and they want it faster with a recognition of the urgency required.
Governments are failing to be champions, but worse than this, they are standing in the way of change. We can challenge that. Build our power to compete with the fossil fuel lobby  - like eg the Port Augusta exercise in people power.




The panel on stage

The filled hall, with stalls at the back

The panel (in this case Peter Newman) answering questions from the audience



The candidates in their seats - 12 candidates invited from Hawthorn, Burwood, Box hill and Kew -
Accepted invitations from all ALP and Greens candidates, but no Liberal candidates accepted.


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Lighter Footprints Forum Wed November 12, Hawthorn Town Hall

What: Lighter Footprints public forum: “Does Government Matter?
Out of Step or Stepping up on Climate Action”

Where: Hawthorn Town Hall
360 Burwood Rd Hawthorn

When: 6:30 for 7:00pm, Wednesday November 12

Speakers:
Professor Peter Newman AO – Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University
Lucy Manne – Co-Director, Aust. Youth Climate Coalition; Young Environmentalist of Year
Geoff Lawler – Director, Planning & Infrastructure, City of Melbourne
Caroline de Coutuer –Exec Director, Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
China is now leading the world in the ‘decarbonising’ of its economy, a major environmental community forum will hear.

Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and internationally renowned speaker, will outline to the Forum that decarbonising the economy has been difficult over the past 20 years as support was needed from government to remain viable.

However, Professor Newman argues that renewable energy scale and developments in resource efficiency, green building, battery storage, electric vehicles and sustainable transport means the landscape has changed significantly.  The result is that coal and oil are peaking in their consumption and are decoupling from growth in GDP, particularly in China.

In the lead-up to the 2014 Victorian State Election, the Forum will pose the question of “Do Government’s Really Matter?: stepping up or out of step on climate action” and hear from a range of speakers presenting different perspectives on the topic.

Current candidates in the seats of Hawthorn, Box Hill, Burwood and Kew have been invited to respond to the panel and to meet with their voters in break-out  groups. All ALP and Greens candidates will be there, but no Liberal candidate has accepted the invitation. 

Lighter Footprints is a volunteer community action group which advocates for strong action on climate change by the community, business and all levels of Government.
The Group meets monthly and welcomes new members.  Visit: www.lighterfootprints.org

For organizational and catering purposes registration would be greatly appreciated.  Please register here

Friday, 31 October 2014

Lighter Footprints Forum Wed November 12, Hawthorn Town Hall


What: Lighter Footprints public forum: “Does Government Matter?
Out of Step or Stepping up on Climate Action”

Where: Hawthorn Town Hall
360 Burwood Rd Hawthorn

When: 6:30 for 7:00pm, Wednesday November 12

Speakers:
Professor Peter Newman AO – Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University
Lucy Manne – Co-Director, Aust. Youth Climate Coalition; Young Environmentalist of Year
Geoff Lawler – Director, Planning & Infrastructure, City of Melbourne
Caroline de Coutuer –Exec Director, Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility

China is now leading the world in the ‘decarbonising’ of its economy, a major environmental community forum will hear.

Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and internationally renowned speaker, will outline to the Forum that decarbonising the economy has been difficult over the past 20 years as support was needed from government to remain viable.

However, Professor Newman argues that renewable energy scale and developments in resource efficiency, green building, battery storage, electric vehicles and sustainable transport means the landscape has changed significantly.  The result is that coal and oil are peaking in their consumption and are decoupling from growth in GDP, particularly in China.

In the lead-up to the 2014 Victorian State Election, the Forum will pose the question of “Do Government’s Really Matter?: stepping up or out of step on climate action” and hear from a range of speakers presenting different perspectives on the topic.

Current candidates in the seats of Hawthorn, Box Hill, Burwood and Kew have been invited to respond to the panel and to meet with their voters in break-out  groups. All ALP and Greens candidates will be there, but no Liberal candidate has accepted the invitation. 

Lighter Footprints is a volunteer community action group which advocates for strong action on climate change by the community, business and all levels of Government.
The Group meets monthly and welcomes new members.  Visit: www.lighterfootprints.org


For organizational and catering purposes registration would be greatly appreciated.  Please register here



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Public Forum prior to 2014 State Election
“Does Government Matter? Out of step, or stepping up on
Climate Action?”
Are our governments and major parties up to our greatest challenge, or are they being left behind as the world moves to address global warming?
The Panel will discuss what climate action looks like globally and locally, and will answer your questions.

Prof Peter Newman AO
Director CUSP, Curtin University
Ms Caroline Le Couteur
Executive Director Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
Mr Geoff Lawler
Director
City Planning and Infrastructure City of Melbourne

Ms Lucy Manne
Co-Director Australian Youth Climate Coalition

MC  - Mary Crooks 
Executive Director, Victorian Women’s Trust

State election candidates from Hawthorn, Kew, Box Hill and Burwood have been invited to comment and meet with you.

6.30pm for 7.00pm start Wednesday 12 November
Hawthorn Arts Centre (formerly Town Hall), 360 Burwood Road Hawthorn
Entry by donation, refreshments provided
RSVP preferred - Eventbrite on www.lighterfootprints.org
or admin@lighterfootprints.org or 0411 115 186



Register here - http://bit.ly/1wBrpHj

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Forum November 12 - Panel members

1. Professor Peter Newman - Curtin University



Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and Director of CUSP. His books include ‘Green Urbanism in Asia’ (2013), ‘Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change’(2009), ‘Green Urbanism Down Under’ (2009) and 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' with Jeff Kenworthy which was launched in the White House in 1999. In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of Western Australia’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning and transport issues. In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. Peter was on the Board of Infrastructure Australia 2008-14 and was a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC for their 5th Assessment Report. In 2011 Peter was awarded the Sidney Luker medal by the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW) for his contribution to the science and practice of town planning in Australia and in 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport, particularly related to the saving and rebuilding of Perth’s rail system. He was an elected Fremantle City Councillor from 1976-80 where he still lives.

2. Geoff Lawler - City of Melbourne

Geoff Lawler
Director City Planning and Infrastructure
City of Melbourne
Australia

Bachelor Architecture (Hons) University of Melbourne
Graduate Diploma Public Policy & Management, Monash University
Graduate Member Australian Institute of Company Directors
Associate Royal Australian Institute of Architects
Affiliate Planning Institute of Australia

Geoff is one of 5 Directors reporting to the Chief Executive of the City of Melbourne. As such he is a member of the City of Melbourne’s Corporate Management Team and is responsible for the performance of the City Planning and Infrastructure Division. The Division’s purpose is to:

  • advise the Council on city planning for the sustainable development of Melbourne through research, policy development and planning. It does this in consultation and partnership with other Divisions of the City of Melbourne
  • devise, monitor and deliver strategies and programs both independently and in partnership with other Divisions of the City of Melbourne to reduce the ecological footprint of Melbourne;
  • sustainably manage the Council's infrastructure assets in the City;
  • manage the equitable allocation of parking and ensure street compliance for the Council; and
  • administer regulations designed to develop, improve and, where necessary, protect the amenity of the City for all residents, businesses and visitors.

Geoff joined the City of Melbourne in 1996 after 17 years working for the Victorian Public Service in a variety of heritage and urban planning roles.

3.Lucy Manne 
Co Director AYCC



Lucy is AYCC’s National Co-Director. Lucy began volunteering for the AYCC in 2009, and was part of the Australian Youth Delegation to the UN climate conferences in both Copenhagen and Cancun. She has worked for the Bureau of Meteorology's Pacific Climate Change Science Project, and in 2012 moved to New Hampshire in 2012 to work as New Media Director on a competitive Democratic campaign for Congress – which won! In 2013 Lucy and Co-Director Kirsty received the Prime Minister's Young Environmentalist of the Year Award.


4. Caroline le Couteur
Exec Director ACCR

Caroline Le Couteur is the executive director of Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, an NGO that seeks to empower shareholders for a more sustainable future. Prior to that she was a member of ACT Legislative Assembly and an executive director of the funds management and superannuation company, Australian Ethical Investment. 


Please RSVP here

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Wednesday October 29 - Lighter Footprints General Meeting




"State Government election

  Climate Change and Sustainability Policies"


Wednesday 29th October
7 for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - 1 Faversham Rd 
Canterbury

Candidates from local lower house seats will speak about their policies, 
and discuss these with the audience.


Everyone welcome 
Food and drinks available 
Gold coin donation. 

More Information 0411 115 186


Scroll down for Registration for Nov 12 Forum.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Wednesday 12 November at 7.00 pm
Hawthorn Arts Centre (formerly Town Hall)
360 Burwood Rd Hawthorn

SAVE THE DATE

 Climate Change - the good news!
Where is Victoria headed in building a green economy, and does Government really matter? 


Come and join a range of experts in a Q&A format to discuss climate change, sustainability, resilience, city planning, renewable energy and the environment
- and assess where we are headed in Victoria.


Local candidates from Kew, Hawthorn, Burwood and Box Hill, have also been invited to join us for the discussion.


Please RSVP here

More details about the panelists will be posted closer to the date.
Further information admin@lighterfootprints.org  0411 115 186


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Meeting Wednesday 24 September





7pm for 7.30 pm start
Guide Hall 
Faversham Rd
Canterbury

"Doing Climate Politics:
Insights into Political Processes"

Guest speaker: Dr Ken Coghill


Ken will lead a discussion of how politicians and political parties relate to the community on climate change.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

August 27 Lighter Footprints Meeting




 Wed August 27 
7 for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall Faversham Rd
Canterbury

  Conversations with our local community. 

We will be having a discussion with two members of Borderlands about what could be an on-going basis for working with others in our local community, or just amongst our own members, to raise awareness and involvement with the climate change movement. 

One of our agreements made at our strategic planning day was that we should pursue stronger connections with our local community. We would try to build links with other community groups who would be likely to share our concern for the natural environment and build the growing concern at the impact of carbon emissions on our world. This may include groups like churches, environment protection groups, and gardening groups, possibly Rotary and Probus groups and local Oxfam and Getup groups and the like. 

With this in mind, how do we begin these conversations, with whom, and what do they look like? What is it we want to say and how do we hear what it is that they want us to hear?
At our next LF meeting we will join with two people from Borderlands, Jacques and Jenni, to frame ways forward. They will lead us in small groups to process some of the leading questions that drive that discussion. There are likely to be opportunities to explore this further in the future but this session is for us to propose what we can do next  as well as how we might engage with the Borderlands project from here. This offers a potential for working alongside others in building  a grass roots action. 
Lighter Footprints has on its website this quote from George Monbiot
"The real issues are not technical or economic. The crisis we face demands a profound philosophical discussion, a reappraisal of who we are and what progress means. Debating these matters makes us neither saints nor communists; it shows only that we have understood the science." (http://www.monbiot.com/2007/12/04/what-is-progress/)
It is looking at some of these matters of concern - the subject of profound philosophical discussion - that we hope to foster through this process

Further information 
Carolyn Ingvarson
0411 115 186



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Next Lighter Footprints Meeting Wed 30 July



"Local Government and Sustainability"

What's going on and what can we do.


Wednesday 30th July
7 for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - 1 Faversham Rd 
Canterbury

Speakers from Boroondara Council, and group discussion 


Everyone welcome 
Food and drinks available 
Gold coin donation. 
More Information 0411 115 186