Monday, 31 March 2014

Defending renewable energy at Kew Festival

Lighter Footprints was out in force at Kew Festival on 29 March gathering support for a stronger Renewable Energy Target  and exhibiting our model of a solar thermal plant, which proved immensely popular with families

Solar thermal power plants can operate at night as well as during the day, storing the sun's heat in molten salt which can then be used at night to run steam turbines. Spain is the country best known for its early use of these plants which are now being built elsewhere, including in the USA.

We asked those attending the festival to sign a letter to our local Federal MP Josh Frydenberg and several other federal politicians.

The letter protested the cynical appointment of a self-confessed climate skeptic Dick Warbuton to review the target and expressed support for a stronger target.

About 95 per cent of those we approached were happy to sign, reflecting wide public support for renewable energy.


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Scientists' warning: We are on path to irreversible climate hell

The scientists are warning us as loudly as they can.

 See this article below  from The Guardian
Yet in Australia the Coalition is tearing up clean energy laws and has cynically and contemptibly appointed a known climate skeptic, Dick Warburton, to review the Renewable Energy Target.

The target legislates for more renewable energy to come on stream each year in  a gradual, predictable fashion.

The Abbott Government went to the last two elections promising to retain the target.

Removing it, or watering it down,  would be the ultimate betrayal of the Australian people, who did not vote for its removal and who love renewable energy.

Monday, 17 March 2014

March General Meeting - Wed 26th March 2014

After the hottest decade on record, we are bracing for more extreme weather. It doesn't have to be this way.
 It's time to manage climate change risk

 “Protecting Victorians from climate change - how do we do it?”

well-known TV identity, climate and energy expert:

Wednesday 26 March
7 for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall
1 Faversham Rd

Lighter Footprints is a local climate action group, based in Boroondara and Whitehorse, committed to protecting families and the Australian way of life from extreme weather and dangerous climate change.

More information 0411 115 186

Friday, 14 March 2014

The BAD GUYS are winning on climate change

Age opinion writer Gay Alcorn has written another excellent piece on climate change today called "Climate change bad guys apply heat to Labor" (14/3/14).

Following on from the observations of  Climate Change Authority head Bernie Fraser that the good guys on climate change - climate scientists - have failed to prevail over the bad guys - the climate deniers -  she asks why Labor has gone missing in action.

Under Bill Shorten's leadership, the federal ALP has failed to land a climate punch, with the very occasional low-key climate skirmishes left primarily to the left wing of his party to fight, while the right is nowhere to be seen.

In Victoria, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews appears to have missed the call to arms, as Ms Alcorn points out, with no hint of a climate policy or statement from him or his shadow climate minister Lisa Neville as yet.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government is recklessly and comprehensively trashing the world-leading clean energy laws of the Gillard Government.

The Climate Commission has gone. The laws putting a price on carbon - the only market mechanism likely to deter fossil fuel companies from spewing unlimited carbon dioxide into the atmosphere - are slated for repeal. Soon to go also are the  Climate Change Authority - which sets emission targets according to the science - and the profitable Clean Energy Finance Corporation which lends money to promising renewable energy ventures.

The  Abbott Government has now gone beyond well beyond its mandate, cynically appointing closet climate change denier, Dick Warburton to head the review of the Renewable Energy Target. Mr Warburton, who likes to call himself a "skeptic'' rather than a denier,  refuses to accept the findings of climate science that fossil fuels are primarily responsible for global warming.

The Abbott Government went to the last two elections claiming to accept climate science and promising to retain the Renewable Energy Target.

Lighter Footprints has conveyed its disgust over this appointment to Kooyong MP Josh Frydenberg,  reminding him that he publicly has said that he accepts climate science, as does his party.

We trust that the responsible forces within the Coalition will ensure that all  election promises, which include retaining the Renewable Energy Target, are honoured and that the Coalition will again show the commonsense and political nous to accept that the world's top climate scientists know more about greenhouse gases and global warning than laymen.

Thursday, 13 March 2014