Illuminate 2030 is a roaming projection performance that explores climate change scenarios with local communities. Animated wildlife creatures, whose skins are alive with imagery created by our artists, climate scientists and the public, roam through night time festivals. Side by side, interacting, we see two different future worlds colliding: one where climate change is addressed, one where it is ignored.
Save with Renewables Expert Panel Event
PLUS – Your chance to quiz Higgins candidates on sustainability and climate
Please come to this event Save with Renewables / Candidate Forum in Higgins and invite your friends.
Want to learn more about saving on energy bills, making your own power and protecting our climate?
Join our stellar panel of experts to learn about the huge leaps in energy efficiency and clean energy technology; the rapidly improving business case for renewables, and ways that the community could save from day one. This is your chance to meet industry experts and find out more about the big picture for solar and renewables transition, and keep up to date with changes in the energy policy landscape.
With the recent temperature spike and bleaching of the Reef, climate has become a front line election issue.
How do our candidates vision the future – how they will advance a clean energy transition, increase community resilience and create programs to help lower energy bills? How will they support solar for households and businesses? How will they protect our climate from the damage caused by the big polluters?
Join us this coming Tuesday 7th June at 7pm at the Moss Room, Prahran Mechanics Institute, 39 St Edmonds Rd, Prahran. Light refreshments will be served.
Inquiries: Sally Newell 0426 171 733
Earlier this year, we knew we could influence the Council’s 2016/17 budget by submitting a request to achieve greater outcomes around more renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our submission attracted the attention of the Mayor, who called a meeting to discuss our submission and requests.
After brief introductions and clarification that SCAN was aware of Council’s targets and achievements regarding sustainability, members of the group spoke about our submission to Council and the reason for requesting an urgent and significant ramping up of Council’s targets.
Cr Ullin made it clear that he considered it political and inappropriate to use the meeting for discussion of the causes of climate change. He described Stonnington as “an environmentally friendly Council”. He and the Council staff members projected confidence that Council is doing a good job in meeting its sustainability targets (through energy conservation rather than offsets) and other related work as set out in the recently released Sustainability Snapshot for 2014/15.
SCAN members stressed that, while appreciative of what Council is doing, the latest information concerning the rate of Global Warming makes it urgent/vital to set the target much higher and for it to be achieved in a shorter time frame (i.e. zero emissions by 2026).
Cr Ullin said, “Council has no mandate for widespread, cross municipality 100% emissions. Council is trying to lead by example – solar on Council buildings; HP King Pavilion Environment Ed Centre; outreach etc.” Again, we acknowledged their great work and took a deep breath!
He and his staff indicated Council is very unlikely to change the budget at this late stage (although they are still receiving community submissions) but SCAN is free to put our submission to Cr. Koce along with a covering letter mentioning today’s discussion which will be tabled at the next Council meeting. SCAN’s petition of over 300 signatures could be presented at the same time.
The Mayor indicated Council would be pleased to have SCAN’s assistance in linking into the community on sustainability issues as this is proving to be a challenging task, e.g. getting businesses to sign up to the Green Businesses program, and publicising Council’s Solar energy initiatives with a view to increasing uptake.
We believe this is a good first step and look forward to working with Council in the future to achieve greater climate and environmental outcomes.
Stonnington council’s Sustainable Environment Strategy 2013–2017 provides a strategic approach to improving the local environment and its influence on the health and sustainability of the city.
Priority areas include:
- environmental commitment and reporting
- energy conservation
- integrated water management
- minimising waste and maximising resource recovery
- sustainable purchasing and product use
- environmental education.
A new wind farm was opened in Victoria as the Andrews government prepares to release its Renewable Energy Action Plan, which will set Renewable Energy Targets for the state.
Friends of the Earth welcomed the opening of the wind farm, which was built thanks to the ACT’s Renewable Energy Target of 90 percent by 2020.
“The Coonooer Bridge wind farm is a shining example of how state and territory governments can lead on renewables,” said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth’s renewable energy spokesperson.
“The ACT’s renewable energy scheme is bringing jobs and investment to Victoria at a time when the sector is still recovering from Federal government attacks.”
Tens of thousands of people have gathered for a climate change rally in Melbourne, in one of the largest demonstrations of its kind.
Rally organisers have estimated that up to 60,000 took to the streets, while Victoria Police said up to 40,000 were in attendance.