Divestment Webinar - this Thursday

We are extending the invitation to 350.org's free divestment webinar on May the 15th!

Interested in moving your money out of coal, oil and gas but discovering it’s complex? Maybe you’re finding that some of the companies investing in fossil fuels are also big investors in renewable energy or that it’s hard to find truly fossil free options because so many Australian companies are linked to the fossil fuel industry?

Divestment is a powerful way to take action on climate change but it also raises many questions. 

That's why 350.org Australia and the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change are hosting a free webinar to provide you with support and information, and to smooth your pathway to becoming fossil free. 

Click on one of the links below to register for your preferred time:

Expert panel:

  • Karen McLeod - Certified Financial Adviser, Ethical Investment Advisers
  • Adam Verwey - Future Superannuation & Investments
  • Thea Ormerod - Chair, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

MC'ed by Charlie Wood, Campaigns Director, 350.org Australia 

When: Thursday the 15th at 2pm and 7:30pm – simply choose the time that suits you best

Free Divestment Webinar 15th May

We are extending the invitation from 350.org to a free divestment webinar on May the 15th!

Interested in moving your money out of coal, oil and gas but discovering it’s complex? Maybe you’re finding that some of the companies investing in fossil fuels are also big investors in renewable energy or that it’s hard to find truly fossil free options because so many Australian companies are linked to the fossil fuel industry?

Divestment is a powerful way to take action on climate change but it also raises many questions. 

That's why 350.org Australia and the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change are hosting a free webinar to provide you with support and information, and to smooth your pathway to becoming fossil free. 

Click on one of the links below to register for your preferred time:

Expert panel:

  • Karen McLeod - Certified Financial Adviser, Ethical Investment Advisers
  • Adam Verwey - Future Superannuation & Investments
  • Thea Ormerod - Chair, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

MC'ed by Charlie Wood, Campaigns Director, 350.org Australia 

When: Thursday the 15th at 2pm and 7:30pm – simply choose the time that suits you best.

ALSO - there will be a session on fossil fuel divestment by Fossil Free Australia's Simon Sheikh on Friday 16th May, at 7.30pm at Newcastle City Hall, as part of a bigger forum hosted by the Newcastle Greens. See our News Section for details.

 

Free Divestment Webinar 15th May

We are extending the invitation from 350.org to a free divestment webinar on May the 15th!

Interested in moving your money out of coal, oil and gas but discovering it’s complex? Maybe you’re finding that some of the companies investing in fossil fuels are also big investors in renewable energy or that it’s hard to find truly fossil free options because so many Australian companies are linked to the fossil fuel industry?

Divestment is a powerful way to take action on climate change but it also raises many questions. 

That's why 350.org Australia and the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change are hosting a free webinar to provide you with support and information, and to smooth your pathway to becoming fossil free. 

Click on one of the links below to register for your preferred time:

Expert panel:

  • Karen McLeod - Certified Financial Adviser, Ethical Investment Advisers
  • Adam Verwey - Future Superannuation & Investments
  • Thea Ormerod - Chair, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

MC'ed by Charlie Wood, Campaigns Director, 350.org Australia 

When: Thursday the 15th at 2pm and 7:30pm – simply choose the time that suits you best.

ALSO - there will be a session on fossil fuel divestment by Fossil Free Australia's Simon Sheikh on Friday 16th May, at 7.30pm at Newcastle City Hall, as part of a bigger forum hosted by the Newcastle Greens. See our News Section for details.

 

"dancing with the devil" Forum Fri 16th May

We are extending the invitation by Newcastle Greens to an important and informative forum this Friday night (May 16): Dancing With The Devil - A risk we can't afford.

the devil being coal and gas in Australia, and climate change.

Friday 16th May, 7.30pm, Town Hall, 290 King Street Newcastle

Guest Speakers:
Jeremy Buckingham MP
Speaking on the country/city disconnect 
Simon Sheikh 
Fossil Free Australia - Getting our money out of fossil fuels
Anna Rose 
Earth House - Building a powerful year-round movement

The forum will be facilitated by Councilor Michael Osborne, Newcastle Greens
The Question Monitors will be Sue Wynne and Dr John Mackenzie 
Please RSVP to secure your place with Megan at megabens@gmail.com or 4997 6522

find it on Facebook here

National Day of Divestment wrap-up

On Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd May, more than a thousand people at dozens of towns and cities across Australia very publicly took their money out of the Big Four banks, who have loaned (invested) more than $19billion to new coal and gas projects, in Australia alone. 

350.org and Market Forces togther created a powerful campaign to help us all put our money where our mouth is, and tell big banks that renewables are the way of the future - for society, the economy and the planet. check out the stories on Facebook here and here

You can join the divestment - this will be going on until they get the message. Come along this Friday night and hear Simon Sheikh of Fossil Free Australia, and check out 350.org.au and marketforces.org.au

Budget issue - fossil fuel subsidies!

Right now, the federal government spends around $10 billion a year as handouts – in the form of subsidies, cash, tax breaks and infrastructure - to big polluters.1

These handouts make fossil fuels (like coal, gas and petroleum) artificially cheap. So companies use more fossil fuels than they would with a level playing field – creating more pollution, blocking clean energy projects and fuelling the threat of climate change to all Australians.

The original argument, in the Howard years, for exempting off-road diesel users from a fuel excise is that the tax at the bowser would fund roads. In reality, only a small percentage does. But it's had the perverse effect of knee-capping the renewable energy sector, and big coal and gas would like to keep it this way.

BUT you can take action - sign Paidtopollute.org.au's petition to end these unfair, taxpayer-funded subsidies. 

1 Environment Victoria 2014 Federal Budget Briefing Paper.

Dancing with the Devil - forum this Friday

We are extending the invitation by Newcastle Greens to an important and informative forum this Friday night (May 16): Dancing With The Devil - A risk we can't afford.

the devil being coal and gas in Australia, and climate change.

Friday 16th May, 7.30pm, Town Hall, 290 King Street Newcastle. 

Guest Speakers:
Jeremy Buckingham MP
Speaking on the country/city disconnect
Simon Sheikh
Fossil Free Australia - Getting our money out of fossil fuels
Anna Rose
Earth House - Building a powerful year-round movement

The forum will be facilitated by Councilor Michael Osborne, Newcastle Greens
The Question Monitors will be Sue Wynne and Dr John Mackenzie
Please RSVP to secure your place with Megan at megabens@gmail.com or 4997 6522

find it on Facebook here

 

The IPCC Working Group III Report

The IPCC's Working Group III looks at mitigation of climate change, and a month ago they published THE REPORT, and you've probably seen many articles and news stories. you might have even read the summary for policymakers. It can be hard for the numbers and words to sink in, particularly when trying to fathom what our changed world will be like under 2 or more degrees of warming (which is inevitable under the business-as-usual or 'do nothing' scenario). How do we face it, how can we help change this course? 

rather than reinvent the wheel - we recommend you check out this article in The Conversation, by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director, Global Change Institute at University of Queensland. 

and get (more) involved - help save the RET by writing that submission, question your politicians, buy renewable energy and put some on your roof, join the campaigns against coal and gas in the Hunter, help stop T4, get active. CAN meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at the Hunter Community Environment Centre 169 Parry St, Newcastle West. All are welcome. Like us on Facebook

 

350.org - Years of Living Dangerously

350.org has created a powerful series of climate stories - the years of living dangerously in terms of climate change, happening now and into the future. We urge you to check out the first episode - for free - on their website http://350.org/watch-years/

or you could host your own watch party and invite your friends and family.

This RET Review is designed to hurt solar

Submissions to this Review are due this Friday 16th

As you have probably heard, the Renewable Energy Target - the program that has helped 2 million Australian families go solar (including yours?)- is under review.

But, the lesser known fact is that this is the second review of the Target in as many years.

The last review was completed just 18 months ago. It was conducted by an expert team lead by former head of the Reserve Bank, Bernie Fraser.

And it showed that the target is doing what was it was designed to do - help Australians reap the benefits of generating energy from clean safe sources at a very affordable price.

This new review is designed to hurt solar, but you can help.

Will you help us send a clear message to the panel and government by submitting Bernie Fraser's authoritative report to the new Review Panel?

With this new review launched so close to the completion of the last one, it’s hard to conclude that it is anything other than a stitch-up designed to cut support for solar energy and help the big power companies.

If the government truly wanted to support Australian families to take back control of their power bills, it would have accepted the findings of the first report and got on with helping Australian families install solar.

We want to flood the review panel with copies of the LAST review findings to make our point clear: this review is not necessary; it’s a waste of taxpayer money, and we want the government to get on with helping more Australian families go solar.

How climate campaigners are protecting the economy

Environmentalists and farmers fighting the expansion of coal mining and coal seam gas across Australia are protecting the economy. If they are successful in slowing down or reversing these sectors in Australia, future governments will be spared an economic mess, Australian workers will have much improved employment prospects and our big banks will be spared major losses. That's because, while not their intention, such campaigns are the only thing likely to moderate the rude economic awakening we face when the global carbon bubble bursts and the fossil fuel industries start their inevitable and terminal decline.

Read the full story here

Do the Math

350.org has made an amazing film focusing on the battle with the global fossil fuel industry, which holds the rights to five times more coal, oil and gas than is considered 'safe' to burn to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

Climate conditions above the 2°C limit "are not compatible with life or human civilisation as we know it".

As Bill McKibbon says in the film, "If they carry out their business plan, the planet tanks."

Financing Reef Distruction

Market Forces and 350.org will be launching a new report that identifies the banks that have lent the most money to coal ports and liquefied natural gas plants inside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area over the past five years. The report is called Financing Reef Destruction and is available for download.

Since 2008, ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac have loaned $6.5 billion to coal and gas ports on Australia’s East Coast, many of them inside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Find out how much your bank has been financing dirty coal and gas export projects and take action to make sure your bank won’t lend to these projects again - not on your account.

Swansea Climate Forum: 21st May 2011

Invitation to SwanseaClimate Change Forum - Impacts and Policy

When: Saturday, 21st May 2011, 1pm to 3:30pm

Where: Swansea Centre, 228Pacific Highway, Swansea, 2281

Cost: Free

Guest Speaker: Dr Mark Diesendorf,Deputy Director, Institute of Environmental Studies, NSW University

The Community Environment Network (CEN) committee 'Climate Future - Cool It' is organizing the free Swansea Climate Change Forum for 21st May in conjunctionwith Lake Macquarie Climate Action and with the support of Lake Macquarie City Council.

The Guest Speaker will be Dr Mark Diesendorf, a well known researcher on the policiesproposed to tackle the challenge of climate change. He will talk about the recent Government policies, Beyond Zero Emissions and other options forreducing our carbon emissions. Swansea is avery appropriate site for this debate due to its very high vulnerability to sealevel rise.

The Forum will offer the opportunity to discuss policy ideas during a workshopsession held after the presentations.

For more information, check out Culture Swerve.

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