Winds of change with people at the centre

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G21 Stakeholder Forum in Torquay on 2 October 2015:
Sarah Henderson, member of the Federal Parliament for Corangamite
Greg Hunt, federal minister for the environment

Renewable Energy Summit in Torquay 21 September 2015:
Mark Butler, federal shadow minister for the environment
Libby Coker, Labor candidate for Corangamite

Music:
Paul McCartney & all: ‘Love Song to the Earth’

Video soundtrack:
‘Adapting to a Changing Climate – Melbourne’s Story’



Headlines in last week's Geelong News

Winds of change: Headlines in last week’s Geelong News


Geelong News

Headline in Geelong News


‘Latest spring trends...’ now come with a bicycle and freedom from the mandatory helmet

‘Latest spring trends…’ in Australia now come with bicycle and freedom from mandatory bike-helmet



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“Any harm done to the environment, is harm to humanity.”
His Holiness Pope Francis addresses the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015



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“No shift in the way we think or act can be more critical than this:we must put people at the centre of everything we do. No calling is more noble, and no responsibility greater, than that of enabling men,women and children, in cities and villages around the world, to make their lives better.”
Kofi A. Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, 2000, in the UN’s millennium report ‘We the Peoples’

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

This video, published on youtube.com on 22 July 2015, is a call from the United Nations to you:

“If the Global Goals are going to work, they need everyone to know about them. If they are famous they won’t be forgotten.”


In this video, published on youtube.com on 16 September 2015 by United Nations, UN Assistant Secretary-General for climate change Janos Pasztor answers the question “Why do we need a goal on climate action?”

Global Goals Message from Professor Stephen Hawking


The following text is what the United Nations were able to agree upon in order, as they state, to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”:

“13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

TARGETS

13.1
Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries

13.2
Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning

13.3
Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

13.a
Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible

13.b
Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities”

» Read more on www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics

» www.globalgoals.org



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Adapting to a changing climate – Melbourne’s Story

“Our climate is changing. Although the effects of climate change are serious, City of Melbourne is taking action to prepare our city. Have a think about what you can do to help Melbourne on its adaptation journey.”

Video published by the City of Melbourne on 26 November 2014.

Melbourne and Sydney join Compact of Mayors coalition on climate change
Australia’s two largest urban areas are among 10 new cities added to the UN initiative launched by Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York, in 2014

» Read more www.theguardian.com


Melbourne: Zero Net Emissions by 2020
“The City of Melbourne is taking action to prepare for climate change. We invested almost $30 million in climate change policy and initaitives in 2010–11, and $11.2 million in 2011–12. While our Greenhouse Action Plan is reducing Council’s emissions, and Zero Net Emissions by 2020 Update 2008 focuses on reducing emissions from the entire municipality, some degree of climate change is now inevitable. Cities which plan and act early will better withstand the impacts of climate change and maintain a platform for future health and prosperity. Just some examples of action we’re taking include:

• funding urban forest projects
• improving water efficiency in parks and gardens
• trialling cool roof technologies to minimise the urban heat island effect
• Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
• Port Phillip Bay Coastal Adaptation Pathways Project
• Economic assessment of the urban heat island effect

Our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy provides more information about our actions to cushion, neutralise, adjust or avoid climate change impacts. It identifies climate change risks for the municipality, including critical risks, for now, in 2030 and 2070.”

» Find out more on www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Sustainability



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The Love Song to the Earth

Every time this song is downloaded, streamed or shared, Friends of the Earth and the UN Foundation will receive the revenue from sales and royalties. And they have promised to put their share of the proceeds directly into keeping carbon in the ground and out of the atmosphere.

Love Song to the Earth features performances by Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Sean Paul and a group of other artists who care about what’s happening to our planet and set out to inspire meaningful action on climate change.

“We need you to help make Love Song to the Earth go global. Start here by checking out the video on Apple Music and downloading the song from iTunes. But we need your help to #SharetheLoveSong and make it into the biggest hit the Earth has ever had. Let’s get started!,” writes Friends of the Earth.

» Read more: www.earthhq.foe.org



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Greg Hunt: Emission reductions and ‘five great pillars’

Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt spoke at the G21 Geelong Regional Alliance Forum in Torquay on 2 October 2015. An excerpt:

“There are really five great pillars to what we are doing, and these are the opportunities that I want to discuss with you, in terms of – Clean Air, Clean Land, Clean Water, Heritage, and I think very significantly for the G21 region, Better Cities.

So under Clean Air, there is a National Clean Air Agreement, which was set to be completed by the 1st of July 2016. I am hopeful that in fact that we will be able to achieve it this year, in December. The work with the States has been very productive.

One of the things that will come out of that is the opportunity through innovation through funds such as the Growth Fund – both the advanced manufacturing and the broader $155 million fund which Sarah referred to – for cleaner engine technology development. Geelong is a natural home for that sort of activity, as is the broader region.

Similarly there is the Emissions Reduction Fund and the programme there. We’ve brought together the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and ARENA. We’re already seeing the work you’re doing with solar manufacturing but there is much more to be done.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation, ARENA – they will now support the Renewable Energy Target and the Emission Reduction Fund.

Under the Renewable Energy Target, there’s got to be doubling of large scale renewables between now and 2020.

That is a significant ask. It’s achievable but the opportunities in this area are real and significant.

There has to be a doubling of small scale solar between now and 2020. So that is another opportunity, and as you move into this space, the job creation possibilities are very significant.

Then we move from there to the Emissions Reduction Fund – and the Emissions Reduction Fund is a $2.55 billion fund for round one.

Round two will run out $200 million a year to 2030. We see that in the first auction, 47 million tonnes of emissions reduction were contracted – $660 million. Regional Australia was the major winner.

And so I’ve spoken with Darren and the other Mayors previously. I would encourage the G21, Elaine, to put together a full emissions reduction bid, and we’re happy to work with you.

Let’s say for example you came with a million tonnes a year of emission reduction over ten years. Just to use the price from the last auction, let’s say it was – let’s call it $14.

If you did ten years, a million tonnes a year, ten million tonnes, $14 a tonne, I’m hopeful the price would be more competitive but the market – the auction – will determine that, that’s $140 million.

So there are very significant opportunities to reduce emissions and to bring funds into the area. It’s providing abatement emission reduction at about 1 per cent, about 1 per cent, of the cost per tonne of abatement of the previous Government’s carbon tax, and with lower electricity costs.

Because when you talk with Alcoa, when you talk with the car manufacturing companies, one of the things they say is that high electricity prices help make them uncompetitive.

And so for manufacturing we have got to have the lowest possible emissions but the lowest possible electricity prices.

So the opportunity and that invitation is there, and Sarah is keen to work with you, and I’d be delighted to work with you.”

» Read the full speech on www.greghunt.com.au


Video: Sarah Henderson explains the Green Army project

Federal government is delivering $700m over four years to fund the Green Army program including seven teams in Corangamite.


G21 Forum: Interview with Richard Di Natale
94.7 The Pulse’s Mitchell Dye and Kate Gladman spoke to Greens leader Richard Di Natale at the G21 Stakeholder Forum:

» Listen to the interview on www.mitchellsfrontpage.com



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Renewable Energy Action Plan submission

Until 30 September 2015, the Victorian state government was taking submissions from the community to determine the final Victorian Renewable Energy Targets it will adopt in its Renewable Energy Action Plan.

Both Friends of the Earth Melbourne and Environment Victoria had made templates.

The ReEnergise Geelong initiative advocates for 100% renewables by 2030. We believe the Victorian government could take a similar approach, doubling the amount every five years.

12.5% by 2015
25% by 2020
50% by 2025
100% by 2030

This would be in line with the governments intent to re-establish Victoria as a leader in renewable energy.

A Victorian Renewable Energy Target that matches the South Australian target of 50% by 2025 must be seen as a minimum.

Calculations by Environment Victoria show that Victoria can reach at least 30% by 2020 and 50% by 2025. Environment Victoria writes: “Scotland, a country with a similar size population and economy to Victoria, has seen a five-fold growth in renewable energy since 2004 (adding 14,000 GWh of output). If Victoria could match that amount in the next ten years, while also retiring two old coal-fired power stations, and adding some more rooftop solar, we’d reach a 50% renewable energy target.”

Matching the 100% target set by the ACT would be demanding in Victoria with a much larger population. However, in our view it is important to set targets which are bold and ambitious now. Beyond Zero Emissions’ and Melbourne Energy Institute’s research shows Australia could go 100% renewable in just ten years. Federal government modelling by AEMO shows 100% renewables could be achieved by 2030



» Geelong Advertiser – 2 October 2015:
Push for Geelong to be wholly powered by renewable energy by 2030
By Courtney Crane



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