Darebin Climate Action Now

Darebin Council elections: Avoid the dummy candidates

DCAN has worked in partnership with the Darebin Community Network to develop a score card for each ward in the local council elections (see our scorecards below). With 60 candidates standing for election it's sometimes difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff (and the dummy candidates)! Highlighted candidates appear in the same order as they are on the ballot paper not not order of preference - so make your own choice whether to support Greens, an independent or Labor, but be sure to put the highlighted candidates above the rest. Happy voting!

Creating a Climate for Change  

Creating a Climate for Change presents a panel of expert speakers and Q&A followed by an interactive performance with Playback Theatre's ensemble of professional actors, musicians and MCs who will create a unique, improvised performance based on the audience's real life experiences, and perspectives.  

Join us for a great evening of science, performance and robust conversation.  For further details please see the flyer below. 

Thursday 11th August,7pm at Northcote Town Hall.
Bookings here.

Vote Climate PolicyScorecard

Next weekend (June 18-19) we begin letter boxing 50,000 leaflets for Vote Climate – rating the party policies on climate change. Do you want to help? It takes about 2 hours to do an area – we give you a clear map. All you need to do is let us know here and we will let you know the pick-up place nearest to your home.

The leaflets preferably need to be letter boxed sometime in the week Saturday 18th to Sunday 26 June.

We need lots of help up in the Reservoir - Macleod area of the electorate, so please let us know if you are able to help here.

Election 2016 - Candidates Forum

Once again DCAN is holding a forum to hear the candidates’ party climate policy.  Please help us promote the event through your networks.

Tuesday 21st June 2016

7.30pm to 9pm at the Northcote Town Hall Rooftop
Nibbles, tea and coffee will be offered at 7pm.
The forum will be chaired by Ms Alexandra de Blas, award winning environmental and science media communicator.
The evening will commence with a brief overview of the the latest climate science by climate policy analyst and author David Spratt, based on his latest publication Climate Reality Check  - click
here to download.

VOTE CLIMATE Pre-polling

We are also wanting to hand out our Vote Climate policy ratings at pre-polling booths, starting next Tuesday June 15th. Can you help do a 3 hour slot any day Monday to Saturday till the election. If so we would love to hear from you here.

Remember this is important as 30% of people don’t decide how they will vote till they are waiting in the queue,  and this is when we can have the most impact with our Vote Climate scorecard.  Do you want to help? Let us know here.

Call on the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency

At the Paris Climate talks, activists set 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming as a red line that must not be crossed, but in February, the global temperature spiked to 1.65 degrees. Our red line has been crossed. Nothing but emergency action can preserve a liveable planet.

Call on the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency and initiate a massive society-wide climate action mobilisation.  Sign here.

The Homegrown Power Plan

The Homegrown Power Plan, a joint project between GetUp! and Solar Citizens, shows how we can repower the country with 100% renewable power by 2030. How? By rebooting our failing electricity system, removing the roadblocks holding us back, and investing in the renewables boom.

Read the plan and then send it to the MP for Batman, David Feeney.

Week of Action for Pollution Free Politics

From Monday 16th May to Sunday 22nd May, communities across the country will be turning out at the offices  of their local politicians with one message – it’s time to get the polluters out of our politics by ending fossil fuel donations and subsidies.
Find out about the local event here

DCAN Planning for 2016

DCAN has begun planning our focus for 2016.  This year is an election year.  DCAN will be actively campaigning to make climate an election issue election, and bring attention to the climate emergency.

We believe humanity can still prevent civilization-destroying global warming – but only if we undertake emergency action to restore a safe climate starting now.  Let us know here if you would like to join us in 2016; there's plenty to do and 'to change everything we need everyone'.

Paris Climate Conference

After 21 years of negotiations, we finally have an agreement that 195 countries have agreed to. This is a critical breakthrough in terms of a shared global understanding of the crisis.
We’re also glad that the 2°C heat limit target has at last been exposed as exceedingly immoral and dangerous. We are grateful that the world community has signed onto language aiming to keep temperatures “well below” 2°C.
However, we are seriously concerned that a new story is emerging which says 1.5°C of warming is relatively “safe.” The fact is that the earth is already dangerously too hot at current warming of 1°C – which is higher than human civilization has ever experienced. The truth is that all further global warming is extremely dangerous. We have no carbon budget left to burn.
Climate science tells us that the current level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is enough to eventually produce at least 2°C of warming. That’s why we need an all-hands-on-deck effort to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations as quickly as possible. 

The Paris Agreement’s target of global net zero greenhouse gas emissions in “the second half of this century” represents a terrible failure of leadership that will devastate the planet and civilization if we do not take emergency action sooner.

Australia talked big in Paris but their rhetoric is far from the reality back home.
The Turnbull Government has just approved one of the biggest coal mines in the world – Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine. If it goes ahead, emissions from that single mine would almost entirely wipe out Australia’s pollution reduction commitments in Paris.

Our emission targets were ranked among the worst in the industrialised world and put us on track for a world that is 3-4 degrees hotter.

The government still plans to dismantle renewable energy initiatives like the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

And Prime Minister Turnbull has made no new contribution to climate finance, instead re-gifting funds from an already diminished international aid budget.

What we need 
We believe humanity can still prevent civilization-destroying global warming – but only if we undertake emergency action to restore a safe climate starting now.

Watch this inspiring video from 350.org here reminding us Paris is just the beginning.  We need to transition off fossil fuels and carbon-intensive agriculture as soon as humanly possible. That means an emergency restructuring of the economy is needed to get to net zero emissions globally by 2030.  There will also need to be an urgent effort to draw down the excess carbon dioxide that has already accumulated in the atmosphere.
These are tough challenges we will all need to work together on next year - an election year in Australia.

Peoples Climate March

A big thank you to all DCAN supporters for your efforts in helping to make the Peoples Climate March in Melbourne the most successful in the world!  Around 60,000 people attended the march which was supported by 350 partner organisations.

People's Climate March

State Library,Friday 27th November, 5:30 pm 

In the last weekend of November, will you help create the biggest climate march the world has ever seen?

On the eve of world leaders meeting in Paris for the United Nations climate summit, we will gather in Australian cities and walk alongside millions of people in hundreds of major cities around the world.

Join hundreds of thousands of Australians as we march for a transition to renewable energy, for secure job creation, for clean air, for a healthy environment and a safe climate. 

Better still invite your friends, family and colleagues to join you.  You can also join us on Saturday 14 November for Australia's Largest Climate Doorknock - email darebinCAN@gmail.com for details.

Find out more at:  http://www.peoplesclimate.org.au/

Why is Hazelwood still open?

After a successful Saturday morning in High Street Thornbury two weeks ago DCAN volunteers were out again on 29th August at the Fairfield Farmers Market getting signatures on our It's Over for Coal postcards.  We now have a huge stack of It's Over for Coal postcards to deliver to Daniel Andrews and the Northcote Labor member Fiona Richardson.  Hopefully some of the postcards have already been trickling in via the post, and are prompting our parliamentarians to ponder 'Why is Hazelwood still open?'  If you have a postcard but haven't sent it yet then please add a stamp and pop it in the mail - it's not too late. 

Westpac, NAB and ANZ financing coal expansion on the Great Barrier Reef?

DCAN has been helping 350.org Australia deliver messages to the ANZ, NAB and Westpac branches in Northcote as part of the campaign to pressure banks to not fund NEW COAL at the Carmichael mine in the Galillee Basin.
Pressure is mounting on the other three banks since Commonwealth Bank withdrawn their support for the Adani Carmichael coal mine. .

DCAN Campaigning at the ALP Conference

DCAN supporters were out in force at the recent ALP National Conference.  Covering both entrances DCAN presence was a reminder to delegates about the community's concern about climate change, and it also provided an opportunity for some in depth discussions with LEAN (the Labor Environment Action Network) who appeared to be annoyed that we weren’t grateful enough for Labor’s announcements around renewable energy!  While the announcements were welcome,nothing short of an rapid progression to a zero emission economy is a responsible position for the ALP to take.  LEAN still has plenty of work to do.

Another unexpected benefit was bumping into our local Federal Member David Feeney and having a discussion with him about the campaign to close down Hazelwood.  It was positive to hear David say that he didn’t believe coal was good for humanity and so he was happy to be photographed with the large DCAN banner.

It's OVER for Coal

2 ways to campaign for climate action

Have you wondered how you could actually do something to support action on climate change?
DCAN have come up with two concrete activities, that are time limited, for you to help with this month.
DCAN together with Climate Action Moreland and Yarra Climate Action Now have postcards to send to both Premier Daniel Andrews and in DCAN’s case Northcote MP Fiona Richardson. They are based on recent news in The Age that the Labor Government has disappointingly and unbelievably approved 5 new coal exploration licences in Victoria! We are of course letting them know what we think of those decisions, especially as the government pledged to be a leader on climate change.

We are also urging closure of Hazelwood Power Station - Australia’s dirtiest coal power station and the third dirtiest in the world.

Will you help collect signatures on these post cards?

What about visiting 10 neighbours or friends and begin the climate conversation using these cards as a starter.
We can send or deliver a bundle of 10 or more cards to your doorstep. PLEASE HELP.
Email darebincan@gmail.com if you can help.
You can also help on our street stalls with collecting signatures. We have stalls in High St and Station St planned for this Saturday 18th July 10.30 to 12.
Email darebincan@gmail.com if you can help.

Does Labor think coal is good for humanity?

We are gathering behind the sign DOES LABOR THINK COAL IS GOOD FOR HUMANITY? 
at the ALP Federal Conference on Saturday 25th July, 8.30 - 9.30 am at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Email darebincan@gmail.com if you can help.
Also invite your friends on our Facebook site.

We will be handing out the message that TWO DEGREES IS NOT A SAFE TARGET to delegates. Will you help?

Climate Action in 2015

We made a great beginning to our planning process for 2015 over dinner last week at Jane’s. Thank you to all those who so energetically participated.

We reviewed our efforts in 2014 and identified a number of activities that people found satisfying and even inspiring.  These included many community organising activities including stalls, collecting signatures for the monster petition, door-knocking, and house signs associated with our Vote Climate campaign.

DCAN’s list of supporters more than doubled and 2014 and we need to again grow this list in 2015.. 
We identified a number of areas that we were keen to pursue in 2015. The most enthusiasm was for:

  •  Community organising to expand our reach into the community;
  •  Developing neighbourhood climate clusters;    
  •  Pressuring Darebin Council to divest any fossil fuel investments;
  •  Working with Council to promote renewables and green power;
  •  Developing a group letter writing;
  •  Working with Getup, EV and 350 to reach more people in Darebin;
  •  Support for a mass mobilisation to close Hazelwood and stop Galilee Basin Coal;
  •  Identifying new messaging material around shared values, and the importance of climate action - no matter what your political stripes we are all in this together.

There was a lot of enthusiasm to develop these ideas further, and so we are meeting again on Monday 2nd March.  We are very keen to meet new members, so get in touch if you have an interesting in helping us plan for 2015. 

Otherwise just look out for our emails and website updates, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our DCAN events in 2015.

Labor and Liberal - Dodging the Climate Debate

Both Labor's Fiona Richardson and the Liberal's Tony D'Angelo have refused an invitation to attend Darebin Climate Action Now's climate change Q&A debate on Wednesday 12 November. 

The climate forum will go ahead, regardless of the boycott by the two major parties. There will be empty chairs for the Labor and Liberal candidates who are not prepared to detail their climate policies. Candidates for the Greens and for Save the Planet have accepted our invitation and other Northcote candidates will be invited as they nominate.  

The event will include a brief update on the climate science by David Spratt the co-author of Climate Code Red and a leading writer and communicator on climate science and climate politics. Candidates will present policy statements and answer questions from the audience. Labor and Liberal policy will be read out by appointed DCAN members.

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Vote Climate

Darebin Climate Action Now will be joining forces with Vote Climate to make climate change a central issue at this year's November state election.  For the next seven weekends our volunteers will be out informing voters about which parties have the best climate policy.  We'll have street stalls in Northcote, Thornbury and Fairfield, and we'll also be letter boxing and putting up house signs.  Can you help us?

Vote Climate house signs will be available from the 17th October.  If you can put one up on your front fence then we'd love to hear from you - just email us at DarebinCAN@gmail.com .  We'll even offer to come around to put it up!

Check out the Vote Climate website at www.voteclimate.net.au

A Dangerous Experiment - September Letterbox Campaign

Two degrees of global warming would be a dangerous experiment.  The earth is already too hot and our remaining ‘carbon budget’ is zero.  We need our leaders to start telling the truth about how serious the climate crisis is and the scale of the changes required.  It is not too late to stay below two degrees of warming and preserve a liveable planet for our children.  At the Victorian election vote for a candidate who commits to: a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy, no new coal and gas projects, support for public transport, stopping the East-West Link, and preserving our precious forests and rivers.

DCAN will be letterboxing 28,000 houses in the state electorate of Northcote with this great postcard highlighting the danger of the  2 degree target.  If you can help us letterbox in Alphington, Northcote, Fairfield, Preston or Thornbury during September and October then please get in contact with us.

The graph is from David Spratt's presentation at the recent Breakthrough National Climate Restoration Forum and you can you see David's presentation and others at http://www.breakthrough2014.org/#!presentations/c3fz

Fundraising Dinner with Climate Experts

Join us on Wednesday May 28th in Alphington to hear the inside story on the writing of the recent IPCC report with contributing IPCC author Professor Malte Meinshausen and the latest on climate solutions with Dr Stephen Bygrave CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions.

Dr. Malte Meinshausen is Senior Researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne.  He has been a contributing author to the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Since 2005, he is a scientific advisor to the German Environmental Ministry related to international climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC.

Dr Stephen Bygrave has worked on climate change for 20 years, across enewable energy, energy efficiency, transport, agriculture and forestry. He worked on the mandatory renewable energy target in the late 1990s and on international climate change issues at the OECD between 2002-04. 

Most recently he worked as a senior executive setting up the Clean Energy Regulator. His PhD, funded by Greenpeace in the mid 1990s, was on village scale renewable energy projects in the Pacific Islands.

Email darebincan@gmail.com for address details.  Tickets start from $20 for concession card holders with $30 for mild supporters and $50 for hot supporters.  The evening includes a delicious vegetarian curry dinner.

Postcard Campaign

Darebin Climate Action Now joined with 350.org and other local climate groups to deliver 1000 postcards to State Parliament calling on each of the three major parties to take stronger climate action policies to the Victorian election in November. The gorgeous banner in the photo below is a 'patchwork quilt' of postcards.  The Greens candidate for the seat of Northcote, Trent McCarthy, was on had to take personal delivery of his party's postcards.  Postcards to the Labor and Liberal parties were delivered with a promise of more to come!

Angry Summer

Yes, it's been hot!  And People living in Melbourne’s western, inner-northern and south-eastern suburbs are most at risk from heatwaves, according to new research.  Researchers at Monash University have produced a heat vulnerability map for Melbourne that identifies Preston and Reservoir as some of the city’s most at-risk suburbs including Preston and Reservoir.  See the map at http://monash.edu/news/show/heatwave-map-reveals-melbournes-most-vulnerable-postcodes

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March in March

Darebin Climate Action Now joined with a diverse group of community groups at the March in March protest.  Anger at Abbott Government policies across a range of environmental and social issues enticed over 30,000 Melbournians to hit the streets.  From DCAN the message to the Abbott Government was and is that they are failing to protect us from dangerous climate change.


A great turn out at the climate action rally

On Sunday 17 November 2013, 30,000 people rallied in Treasury Gardens in Melbourne to say that we want stronger action on climate. Another 30,000 took part in actions around Australia.  It was the largest climate action in a long time.

DCAN were there in force with beautiful placards designed by our artist in residence, Jenny McCracken. Thanks Jenny! 

Photos from Music for the Wetlands

Last Sunday lots of people visited the DCAN stall in Alphington to send a photo message to PM Tony Abbott. We will send them on to him, and to our local MP David Feeney.

Take a look at the messages from our young people who spontaneously sent very moving messages to our Prime Minister about feeling their furture is in jeopardy.

Stick to the Facts

In October the world's leading authority on climate science released its latest report, finding that the science on climate change was now 'unequivocal'.

In response, the LA times and now the Sydney Morning Herald have stated that they would no longer publish factually inaccurate letters denying climate science.

Environment Victoria is calling on The Age, the Australian and the Herald Sun newspapers to follow the leadership of their peers and stop publishing factually incorrect letters from so-called climate sceptics.

Add your signature to EV's letter to the editors of the Australian, The Age and the Herald Sun at:


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Help us letterbox our Vote Climate scorecard.

This weekend and every week end till the election on Saturday 7 September, DCAN will be out letter-boxing in Thornbury, Northcote, Preston and Reservoir and talking to voters at street stalls.

Email us now to volunteer. 

Submission to the Climate Change Authority 

The Climate Change Authority called for submissions on what Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction target should be. Carol, Jane and John wrote a submission arguing that the planet is already too hot and that our remaining ‘carbon budget’ is zero. This means that we must reduce our emissions as fast as we possibly can. It was great that 26 climate groups around Australia supported our strong call for emergency action to reduce emissions and move to 100% renewable energy. Read what we said.

Climate Commission says leave coal and gas in the ground

The Climate Commission has spoken out on the need to leave coal and gas in the ground.

“From today until 2050 we can emit no more than 600 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide to have a good chance of staying within the 2°C limit. Based on estimates by the International Energy Agency, emissions from using all the world’s fossil fuel reserves would be around five times this budget. Burning all fossil fuels reserves would lead to unprecedented changes in climate so severe that they will challenge the existence of our society as we know it today. It is clear that most fossil fuels must be left in the ground and cannot be burned. Storing carbon in soils and vegetation is part of the solution but cannot substitute for reducing fossil fuel emissions.” Read more here. 

Great Lateline segment here

There are real differences between the two major parties and the Greens on this. Both the ALP and the Coalition are having trouble coming to terms with the big changes needed: Federal Resources Minister Gary Gray (ALP) says he acknowledges the need for clean energy, but says Australia should still export our coal reserves. He’s waiting for carbon capture and storage to be the coal industry’s saviour. 

Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt has also ruled out closing the coal industry in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. He’s waiting for a global agreement between the China, the United States, India and the European Union.

Greens leader Christine Milne says "You either [accept] climate science and you understand those coal reserves have to stay in the ground or, if you're going to back those coal reserves and the ports in Queensland, then you don't believe the climate science”. 

Batman pre-selection

The pre-selection process for Batman continues behind the scenes. Currently a three-way contest between David Feeney, May-Anne Thomas (see picture) and our mayor Tim Lawrence, though Tim may pull out so as not to split the vote of the left. If you know anyone eligible to vote in the pre-selection, please encourage them to support the most climate friendly candidate. DCAN will be sending the three candidates questions about their views on climate change and energy policy.  

Come to the Darebin Solar Forum – Wed 5th June 5.45pm for a 6pm start at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre 

Have your say on the Council proposal for expanding solar power in Darebin, and hear the latest from Darebin Community Solar.

Hear great speakers:

  • Hepburn Wind on the inspiring story of how the Hepburn Springs community raised $9 million for their own wind farm
  • The Alternative Technology Association on recent developments in renewable energy
  • David Robinson from LIVE on a proposed community–owned solar farm on South Melbourne market - that's some of the merry LIVE solar crew pictured above.

RSVP: By 2 June to www.darebinsolarforum.eventbrite.com.au

Plotting over delicious pizza - Wed 12th June 2013 6.30pm
Next DCAN meeting at Northcote Library

Global warming’s maths means Australia really counts

It’s simple maths: we can emit 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Burning the fossil fuel that corporations now have in their reserves would result in emitting 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide – five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them.

The massive coal expansion planned by Australian companies and governments is one of a handful of projects in the world that would take the planet beyond the point of no return if they were to go ahead.

Following publication of his Rolling Stone article in November 2012, Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, Bill McKibben and 350.org hit Australia in June to build a movement strong enough to change the terrifying maths of the climate crisis by getting people, colleges and governments to take their cash out of coal investments.  http://maths.350.org/australia/