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.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Next Meeting Wednesday July 29


Lighter Footprints
Public Meeting 
Wednesday 29 July
7pm  for 7.30pm 
Guide Hall Faversham Rd 
Canterbury 

Speakers for this meeting: 

 Govind Maksay and Simon O'Connor on  

"The fossil fuel divestment movement and steps you can take to clean up your finances".




Govind Maksay is a campaigner at Market Forces - an affiliate project of Friends of the Earth. Market Forces undertakes research to reveal how banks, superannuation funds and other financial institutions are investing in the fossil fuel industry and runs campaigns to help Australians hold these institutions accountable. Market Forces has developed a range of tools and resources to help people switch to banks and superannuation funds not investing in the fossil fuel industry. 

Govind has worked in the sustainability field for over a decade as an energy efficiency researcher. He joined Market Forces in 2013 because he saw the fossil fuel divestment movement as one of the most effective campaigns addressing climate change. He manages the bank divestment campaign at Market Forces."

Simon O'Connor - Responsible Investment Association Australia.
 Simon is the CEO of RIAA, the peak industry body for responsible and ethical investors across Australia and New Zealand. RIAA represents 150 members who manage over $500 billion of assets - ranging from large super funds and asset managers to financial advisers and research houses – and works to see more capital flowing into sustainable assets and enterprises.

Simon operates at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability and has 15 years of international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and environmental consultant. Prior to joining RIAA as CEO in early 2013, he spent over five years at the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) as their Economic Advisor. In particular he led the debate on issues such as financing the transition to a low carbon economy, climate change policy and broader economic reform issues. He played an integral role in the development of the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

When not working to get more people investing sustainably, Simon can be found with his young family in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, enjoying the simple pleasures of cycling or chasing his chooks out of his vegie patch.





Join us for an engaging evening of discussion

Come for some food and drinks at 7 pm, followed by the presentation 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. 
All welcome.
Gold coin donation.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Friday, 19 June 2015

Next Meeting Wednesday June 24


Lighter Footprints
General Meeting 
Wednesday 24 June
7pm  for 7.30pm 
Guide Hall Faversham Rd 
Canterbury 


Pope Francis reframes the climate debate and demands action


Speaker- David Spratt - co-author Climate Code Red

 "After the Encyclical: spreading the word on climate change"

Join us for an engaging evening of discussion

Join us for some food and drinks at 7 pm, the presentation 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. 
All welcome.
Gold coin donation.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Next Meeting Wednesday May 27

Lighter Footprints
General Meeting 
Wednesday 27 May
7pm  for 7.30pm 
Guide Hall Faversham Rd 
Canterbury 

Topic-   Places you love - 

What threats do you see to these places and how can you help to protect them




Come and join us to discuss your own views on the places you love and how best to protect them. This session will be facilitated by the Australian Conservation Foundation  and the results will form part of a national data base from 42 different environment organisations to focus on the main issues impacting on our natural environment from across Australia.

This session is for those who care about our natural environment and would like to be part of a wider process to preserve it.



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

Canterbury citizens stand up for stronger Australian climate targets at Paris

Local citizens showed overwhelming support for much stronger Australian targets for cutting carbon emissions at our stall at St Paul's Anglican Church Fair in Canterbury on Saturday 9 May.

Fair-goers signed letters urging the Prime Minister Tony Abbott and local federal MP Josh Frydenberg to ensure Australia takes strong emission targets to the Paris meeting at the end of the year which will negotiate a new global treaty on climate change.

We found close to universal enthusiasm for targets in line with the advice from our top climate scientists and Australia's premier scientific organisation, the Australian Academy of Science, that our emissions be cut 30 to 40 per cent by 2030.

Local citizens also enjoyed doing our new climate quiz and children at the fair relished the opportunity to contribute to a collage about special places that we love.










Sunday, 3 May 2015

Burwood citizens show strong support for renewable energy and strong emissions cuts

Sunny weather brought families and local citizens to the Burwood Village festival on Saturday 2 May and to our Lighter Footprints stall where they inspected our solar thermal power plant model.


They also signed letters in droves  to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Kooyong federal MP Josh Frydenberg demanding a swift resolution to the disastrous impasse over the renewable energy target and asking for strong targets for emissions cuts to take to the talks in Paris later this year where a new global climate treaty will be negotiated.


The Abbott Government has persisted with its attempts to drastically cut the renewable energy target of 41,000 gigawatt hours of clean energy by 2020 (about 26 per cent), causing new investment to stall and hundreds of jobs to be lost.

Industry minister Ian Macfarlane is refusing to endorse a new target above 32,000 gigawatt hours even though the desperate clean energy industry has offered, to accept a lower  target of 33,500 gigawatt hours and has received the support of the ALP for this compromise.

 Liberal MP Dan Tehan from the Portland area, where more than  80 jobs at wind turbine manufacturer Keppel Prince have been lost as the result of the stalled negotiations,  has called for the Abbott Government to urgently lift its target.

So far his pleas have been ignored by a short-sighted federal government determined to push coal and to neuter the  clean energy industry.

Clearly the general public does not endorse this retrograde attempt to wind back the renewable energy industry, with almost everyone we speak to at local festivals strongly in support of clean energy and appalled at the damage being inflicted on investment and jobs.

We have also found strong support for stronger targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Currently Australia's target for cutting emissions by  2020 is a pitiful 5 per cent cut below 2000 levels and there is precious little sign that the Federal Government will significantly lift our targets for the post 2020 period.

The Climate Change Authority, which  is advised by top Australian climate scientists and also by business representatives, has recently called for Australia to lift its targets to 30 per cent by 2025 and to lift its immediate targets to 19 per cent.

Environment minister Greg Hunt has dismissed this expert advice as "onerous".

However, Australia's premier scientific institution has essentially backed the position of the Climate Change Authority in calling for a dramatic lift in our targets.

The Australian Academy of Science has said the country should adopt an interim goal of cutting emissions by 30 to 40 per cent below 2000 levels 2030.

The academy said this would be consistent with Australia's emissions approaching zero by 2050 and with halting global warming before it rose more than 2 degrees - the figure accepted by the global community as the upper limit for preventing runaway climate change.

Many scientists believe we are already experiencing dangerous warming and that emissions must be cut at emergency speed, a message the Coalition Government has resolutely refused to hear.

Lighter Footprints is heartened to find that ordinary sensible citizens are much more receptive to the urgent warning bells being sounded by our most eminent scientists.







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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.