NEWS

These NEWS articles are from emailed newsletters, magazines, TV broadcasts, local newspapers, council publications and local and overseas newspapers.

LINKS is a daily list of news items on climate change, national and state news, sustainability and conservation. LINKS is compiled my Maelor Himbury, a volunteer with the Australian Conservation Foundation. It is usually available around 9.30am.

18 February 2020
‘Energy laws have let us down’: Victoria pulls the plug
By Noel Towell of The Age
The Victorian government will break away from national electricity supply rules, hoping to short-circuit the bureaucracy keeping the state reliant on a 1960s-era energy grid.
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/energy-laws-have-let-us-down-victoria-pulls-the-plug-20200217-p541nj.html

28 January 2020
THE COLLAPSING COAST
Fires have left an indelible mark on this summer — and the national psyche. But as Inq reports today, there is a much more insidious environmental, economic and social threat to our nation: beach erosion. It is no longer a case of us going to the sea. The sea is coming for us.

9 February 2020
‘Good’ climate policy can no longer be our goal. It’s time to reach for perfect
by Greg Jericho of the Guardian.
The Gillard government actually implemented a carbon price. Why are we so lacking in ambition now?

5 February 2020
VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT ADVERTISEMENT from The AGE

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Climate Change Inquiry details are at https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/952-epc-la.

3 February 2020
NEWS CORP’S FIRE FIGHT

ABC’s Media Watch feature on the bushfire crisis. They examine how News Corp’s loudest voices denied or downplayed the role of climate change.
https://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/episodes/news-corp-fire/11925590

31 January 2020
THE MOST WE CAN DO by George Monbiot published in the Guardian

Climate targets seem sensible, but are actually impeding effective action. Let’s do something completely different.
https://www.monbiot.com/2020/01/31/the-most-we-can-do/

14 January 2020
AUSTRALIAN FIRES: MURDOCH’S SON CRITICISES NEWS CORP COVERAGE 
From BBC News

Lachlan, Rupert and James Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch’s son James has said he is “disappointed” with the ongoing “denial” in his father’s news outlets as Australia’s wildfires burn.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51112322

7 January 2020
A NATIONAL DISASTER by Nick Feik, editor of The Monthly.

On the PM’s catastrophically inept response to Australia’s unprecedented bushfires.
https://www.themonthly.com.au/blog/nick-feik/2020/07/2020/1578372000/national-disaster

3 January 2020
AUSTRALIA IS COMMITTING CLIMATE SUICIDE
by Richard Flanagan published in the New York Times
As record fires rage, the country’s leaders seem intent on sending it to its doom.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/03/opinion/australia-fires-climate-change.html

22 December 2019
WHEN WILL THE NETHERLANDS DISAPPEAR?

The low-lying country has centuries of experience managing water. Now climate change is threatening to flood it completely.
https://www.politico.eu/article/when-will-the-netherlands-disappear-climate-change/

17 December 2019
CLIMATE EMERGENCY DECLARED BY BAYSIDE COUNCIL

Bayside Council Declare a Climate Emergency

Bayside Council declared a Climate Emergency on 17 December 2019. The decision was greeted with a standing ovation from the public gallery. Bayside Council’s Climate Emergency Plan has a budget of $80,000 to prepare and is due to be released in October 2020. They have also published this list of actions for residents. READ MORE

16 December 2019
TIME 2019 PERSON OF THE YEAR – GRETA THUNBERG

“Person of the Year” is an annual issue of the USA news magazine TIME that features and profiles a person, a group, an idea, or an object that “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year”.

The magazine said that Thunberg was awarded the honour after she “began a global movement by skipping school.”

“Starting in August 2018, she spent her days camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament, holding a sign painted in black letters on a white background that read Skolstrejk för klimatet or School Strike for Climate”.

Thunberg said she was “a bit surprised” to be given the award, according to the Associated Press.

The global strike movement has picked up steam since, with Thunberg inspiring school children around the world to strike on Fridays, calling on their governments to take action to address climate change.

  • The 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist started the global climate strike movement when she sat, alone, outside the Swedish parliament in 2018. Now millions of people march to call for action.
  • Time wrote that Thunberg “has succeeded in creating a global attitudinal shift, transforming millions of vague, middle-of-the-night anxieties into a worldwide movement calling for urgent change.”
  • Thunberg has addressed the UN and the World Economic Forum, spoken to EU and US lawmakers, and has sparred with US President Donald Trump, while urging people to “listen to scientists.”
  • Thunberg said she was “a bit surprised” to be given the award, according to the Associated Press.

This Google Search displays previous PERSON of the YEAR covers of TIME Magazine. Or if you like it neat, like me, then TIME has published this page is for you!

16 December 2019
GREEN LOANS FOR BUSINESS

With over 70 percent of local greenhouse emissions from the commercial sector, Port Phillip Council is pleased to support a new Environmental Upgrade Finance (EUF) scheme. Businesses can now borrow money on competitive terms so they can upgrade their buildings to save on energy, water and waste. Repayments are made together with council rates, with no upfront capital and security requirements.


For information about how Port Phillip Council can help in financing your green upgrade see Smart Solutions for Businesses

The Institute of Public Accountants has sponsored a brochure called “Accounting for Sustainability: How much is it costing your business?“. It will help you understand the financial benefits of “greening up your business”.


16 December 2019
GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Free information sessions about grants for community events, programs and services will be held in February 2020. The sessions will explain the categories, application process and deadlines for submissions. Watch the Council website for dates or, to be kept informed, email your details. Grant applications open from 10 February 2020.

To be informed about grants phone 9209 6162 or email grants@portphillip.vic.gov.au

More information is available on the following link.
http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/funds_grants.htm

4 December 2019
2019 MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL – ONE MOBILE, ONE MINUTE, ONE FILM

The winners of the 2019 MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL have been announced. Entrants from around the world were required to use their mobile phone to make a one minute film on the subject of ACT NOW ON CLIMATE CHANGE. Click HERE and scroll down to view the winners of the 20,000€ and 3,000€ prizes.

12 November 2019
THE MELBOURNE SUBURBS AT RISK OF BUSHFIRE

As devastating bushfires rage through NSW and Queensland and Victorians brace for another long, hot fire season, tens of thousands of people living in suburban and urban areas are unaware they could be at risk. The Metropolitan Fire Brigade has identified suburbs less than 10 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD as bushfire danger zones.

The MFB says parkland, river reserves and wooded beach-fronts pose a risk for residents in urban areas. It has identified 29 Melbourne suburbs that could be at risk. For example, Fairfield, just eight kilometres from the CBD, is at risk of a bushfire in Yarra Bend Park, while Beaumaris residents face four potential fire sources, including Ricketts Point coastline and Balcombe Park. READ MORE

19 September 2019
PORT PHILLIP COUNCIL DECLARES A CLIMATE EMERGENCY.

The public applauds the Climate Emergency Declaration – Photo by Dick Gross

Port Phillip Council has joined the growing movement calling for urgent action to address climate change. A motion passed at the Council meeting on 18 September 2019 declares climate change poses a series risk to Australians – including those living in Port Phillip- and should be treated as an emergency.
“This is a local and global emergency, and everyone must do their bit to preserve the liveability of our planet,” Mayor Dick Gross said.

Read more about the declaration and find out what this means in Port Phillip.

17 May 2009
HUMAN SIGN ON ST.KILDA BEACH

More than 10 years ago members of community groups in Port Phillip and Bayside joined to organise a human sign on St Kilda Beach. It was aimed at sending a message to the then Rudd Government to act on Climate Change. Alas, 10 years later nothing much has been done and the predictions of the past are coming true.

The Human Sign on St Kilda Beach, Sunday 17 May 2009 – CLICK to find out more