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Ballarat leaders, union and environmental movement call for Vic targets of < 1.5°C

Ballarat Climate Action Network sent out a call for support for climate action at the start of March and received rapid responses from community leaders keen to broadcast their support for strong, science-based targets in line with keeping warming to less than 1.5°C by signing on to the following statement. The second oldest Trades and Labour Council in the world, the Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council voted unanimously to endorse the statement.

Ballarat 1.5°C Community Statement for a Safe Climate____

We have the support of:

  • The Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council
  • Public Transport Users Association (Ballarat Branch)
  • Cr Belinda Coates, Deputy Mayor, City of Ballarat Council, Chair, Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA)
  • Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions Inc (BREAZE)
  • Peter Gell, Bunanyung Landscape Alliance
  • Food Is Free Inc
  • Scott White, Environmental Evolution
  • Ballarat Action Climate Co-op
  • Field Naturalists’ Club of Ballarat
  • Ballarat Cloth Nappy Library
  • Cherie Draper, Silver Swan Nature Services
  • Ray Draper, Central Highlands Environmental Consultancy
  • Deborah Pach, Energy Forum Agency
  • Lucy Bracey, Historian
  • Hamish Molloy, Psychologist

We have sent the statement along with a letter urging action to the Premier Daniel Andrews, the Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Energy, Lily D’Ambrosio and our local Members of Parliament.

The Courier reported on the support of the Ballarat region for ambitious targets, referencing this statement, the support of local MPs Michaela Settle and Juliana Addison who after meeting with local community members, have committed to “lead the drive for less than 1.5°C,” and comments by Cr Belinda Coates from the City of Ballarat, who also referred to council support for strong targets across Victoria.

It is imperative that the Government knows Victoria is watching, and that the community calls for ambitious targets that will build on the climate leadership the Victorian Government has already shown and drive the action that is needed for a safer climate.

The Victorian Government is currently deciding Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and 2030, to reach the net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 legislated in the Climate Change Act. The government tasked an expert panel to inform the process and found that a carbon budget in line with keeping global warming to less than 1.5°C is possible for Victoria and would help reduce energy prices and create more jobs while reducing emissions. However, the panel recommended targets that are only in line with keeping warming to 2°C. The Government needs to hear from the community that 2°C targets are not enough.

The most recent IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C show that we must have ambition, otherwise the social, environmental and economic costs will be extensive. 2°C of warming reaches another level. It means, according to Garnaut, by 2050 the irrigated agricultural output from the Murray Darling Basin would be halved, and by the end of the century the Basin would no longer be home to agriculture. It means no more Great Barrier Reef. Environment Victoria has a very clear info graphic comparing the impacts of 1.5°C and 2°C, including the loss of plant and insect species, extreme heat exposure and the disappearance of Arctic sea-ice. We are already seeing unprecedented bushfires; droughts and floods will only increase. We must do all we can.

How you can help

  • Call the offices of Premier Daniel Andrews and Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Energy, and leave a message urging them to set science-based Emissions Reduction Targets in line with keeping global warming to less than 1.5 degrees C.
    • The office of Premier Daniel Andrews: 9651 5000
    • The office of Minister Lily D’Ambrosio: 9422 5171
  • Write letters to the Premier and Minister.
    • daniel.andrews@parliament.vic.gov.au; Salutation: Dear Premier
    • lily.dambrosio@parliament.vic.gov.au; Salutation: Dear Minister

Write about why you personally want the Victorian Government to act on climate, and ask for science based <1.5°C targets. Write from your heart about what matters to you.

Sign off with your name, location, postcode, and if you like, your phone number.

Further letter writing tips by the Climate Council at http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/how-to-write-an-effective-letter-to-your-mp.

  • Email us with your name, preferred titles, and if appropriate, your organisation and logo, to add yourself and/or your organisation to the statement of community support.
  • Share this post and the statement with your own networks asking for your contacts to also support this community statement.

The work does not end here. Your support is important. You have will; you have power; you have agency. You have choice, and you have your voice. Make your choices consciously and intentionally, and let your voice be heard. We appreciate the support of our community for climate action towards a safe future for all.

Workshop Dec 7 9.30am

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A quick reminder to join us on Saturday morning as we workshop our new major project commencing 9.30ish am on Saturday morning at the Ballarat Trades Hall.

If sleeping in and arriving late you are most welcome but be sure and ring 0457463971 to gain entry to the building.

Here’s a quick recap:

We are running an info session about MP meetings, covering everything from how to set up the meeting, getting good press and social media coverage, and, most importantly, having an effective conversation with a politician.

Join us on Saturday 7 December for a workshop to learn how, or contact us to arrange another way to join the campaign.

When: Saturday, 7/12/19, 9:30-10:30am (Join in the Strategy meeting from 9am also if you like and feel free to stick around after the workshop for a coffee and a chat down the road.)

Where: Ballarat Trades Hall, Camp Street

Enquiries and RSVP: By reply email, or contact Elizabeth on 0402 553 181 – it helps to know how many are joining us, but if you don’t get to that, please feel free to turn up anyway.

If you can’t make it on the day, please register your interest and we can either run you through the info individually or make sure to let you know of our next workshop.

Letter Writing Cafe

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In solidarity with the good people of NSW and Queensland, as they confront the most appalling bushfires, Therese will lead our last letter writing session for the year tomorrow Sunday 7th from 4 pm at RJM’s Wine Bar at  95 Mair Street East, Ballarat East.
Come along for as long or as short a time as you can manage
The last session led to a number of letters and replys from councillors as well as published letters (and some rejected). There is a real sense of momentum building that we are keen to back and hurry along. It can also be a good chance to share with like-minded people.

Letter writing cafe will be at:

 

RJM’s wine bar

95 Mair St East, Ballarat Vic 3350

Sunday 8 December

4-6pm

Ballarat Climate Strike – SS4C

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Let’s do this! All are welcome!
Locally, nationally, globally, we have to act. We face a climate crisis and we can’t wait for others to fix it. It might feel overwhelming… but it’s not! We can show our voice, show we care, and begin to affect meaningful change.
We need you! And we need a healthy planet. Will you join us?

Ballarat Trades Hall, 24 Camp Street Ballarat

Sept 20 at 12 PM – 2 PM