"Climate change is now reaching the end-game, where very soon humanity must choose between taking unprecedented action, or accepting that it has been left too late and bear the consequences” says Hans Schellnhuber in the foreward to a new groundbreaking critique of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) written by David Spratt and Ian Dunlop. What Lies Beneath - The Understatement of Existential Climate Risk is essential reading for everyone concerned about the lack of action on climate change and what we are up against.
Here's our Vote Climate scorecard for the Batman by-election which is being held on the 17th March 2018. This election will be very close and every vote will count. Please help us get the message out - we need strong political representatives and parties who will take action on the climate emergency. Send us an email to find out where you can pick up the scorecards and maps for letterboxing.
The Northcote by-election Vote Climate scorecard shows how all twelve candidates compare on action on the climate emergency. Local groups, including Darebin Climate Action Now, are delivering the scorecard to all 30,000 households in the electorate.
Eight of the twelve candidates in the Northcote by-election are supporting the call to declare a climate emergency: Bryony Edwards (independent – Save the Planet), Lidia Thorpe (Greens), Clare Burns (Labor), Joseph Toscano (independent), Russell Hayward (independent), Nevena Spirovska (independent), Nina Lenk (Animal Justice Party) and Laura Chipp (Reason).
The campaign is supported by eminent people from across the political spectrum including John Hewson (past Liberal opposition leader), Carmel Lawrence (past Labor premier of Western Australia), Rob Oakshott (past federal independent) and Christine Milne (past leader of the Greens). Read more here.
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Help us make the climate emergency the central issue in the Northcote state by-election on 18 November. Please volunteer to assist with Vote Climate house signs, letter-boxing Vote Climate scorecards, attending a candidates’ forum, supporting a musical fundraiser or donating to help cover campaign costs.
Let your neighbours know you are putting climate first when you vote. You can collect house signs from the front verandah at 12 Auburn Avenue Northcote or 56 Lucerne Crescent Alphington, or email us your address and we will come to your house and put the sign up on your fence. We need volunteers to deliver house signs too, starting this weekend, 21-22 October. Can you help?
Candidates have been contacted with a climate questionnaire. We will also be asking them to support the call for declaration of a climate emergency. Their responses plus our research into the positions of the various parties will provide the basis of our Vote Climate scorecards. We will need 60 volunteers to letter-box them over the Cup weekend (November 4-7) and during the rest of that week till we have covered all 30,000 households. Please email us if you can help.
We are joining with 11 other community groups to hold a candidates’ forum on Thursday 9 November from 7pm till 9pm at the Northcote Town Hall. The Northcote by-election will be a close contest between Greens candidate Lidia Thorpe and Labor candidate Clare Burns, and both of these candidates are confirmed for the forum. All the other candidates are invited as well. The forum will be chaired by eminent human rights lawyer and former Victorian Public Advocate, Julian Gardner and will include two songs from special guest, singer and songwriter, Shane Howard. There will be one hour for questions from the floor. Show the candidates that you care about climate action, by coming and asking a question. Invite your friends via Facebook
On Sunday 12 November, from 6.00pm to 8.30pm, join us for a unique, highly entertaining musical journey telling the story of our changing climate. Music for a Warming World uses original folk, reggae and world music, combining it with stunning immersive visuals making it a truly memorable and inspiring event.
The evening will be a fundraiser for our Vote Climate campaign in the Northcote by-election. The music will be following by finger food, drinks and a raffle. Tickets are $30 and bookings are essential https://www.trybooking.com/SJGI. The venue is the St Andrews Fairfield Uniting Church, 85 Gillies Street, Fairfield.
Can’t come to the fundraiser? We would appreciate a donation via our Paypal account. We need to raise about $1500 to pay for printing and house signs.
Politicians from each of the major parties receiving 18,101 signatures calling on the national Parliament to declare a climate emergency. Steve Posselt (in dark blue) handed over the signatures on behalf of grassroots climate groups across Australia. The presentation came at the end of Steve's two month journey paddling his kayak from Ballina to Canberra. Along the way Steve also collected signatures and spoke with many people who are concerned about the lack of national action on climate change.
Darebin Climate Action Now is continuing to help collect signatures. We are working towards a national target of 100,000 signatures so that the petition can be presented in the House of Representatives. Add your name by signing the petition here.
DCAN supporters rallying outside local MP, David Feeney's office recently, were rewarded by Mr Feeney signing the petition for a climate emergency declaration. Mr Kelvin Thomson, former member for Wills who happened to be visiting Mr Feeney also signed the petition. The rally was organised by DCAN to call on the Federal Labor Party to show leadership in saying 'NO' to the Adani coal mine. This coal mine threatens to destroy our Great Barrier Reef and our future by contributing to dangerous climate change
We are pleased to have our local member on board. Now we are looking to him to campaign within the Labor Party for strong action on the climate emergency. Our thanks to DCAN supporters, Climate Action Moreland, Environment Victoria, Friends of the Earth and others who joined us in supporting this action.