August Newsletter, Be a Hero for Net Zero.

August Newsletter, Be a Hero for Net Zero.

 

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the country across Australia, respecting their connection to sea, land and community. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.


Notes from the Chair

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has spoken! Now more than ever we must move quickly and boldly to meet the challenge – but we need to think big. It is imperative that we move past the piecemeal and half-hearted solutions that are on the table at the moment. The time has come to embrace carbon pricing and join the EU and over forty other nation-states that price carbon. And we can go one better and join Canada with a fee and dividend policy. More than ever our Australian Climate Dividend (ACD) is badly needed to address the big challenge before us.  
The next step is committing to net-zero by 2050, at the latest. Then comes the question ‘”how do we get there?”  The ACD needs to be up there as the foundational policy to support the many other initiatives Australia need. Next month’s conference and lobby month are important stepping stones on the way to netzero – I hope you can join us! 


Net Zero by 2050 – 100 Days of Action

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Australia’s 100 Days of Action campaign is off and running with more than 1,000 signatures to a Petition to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister

Our Campaign comes at a critical time with the release of the IPCC’s latest report and with now less than 75 days until the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

Want to get involved? Here’s how:

  •  Sign our petition, then share with your family and friends!
  • Read our Fact Sheets, including “Why ask for net zero by 2050?” And “Sticking points for policy makers on committing to net zero by 2050″. Use these great resources to inform letters to the editor as well as letters and emails to MPs.
  • Register HERE for the 2021 National Conference on Sunday 12 September from 1-5pm AEST. The theme for the conference is Be a Hero For Net Zero per our goal to see the Federal Government in Glasgow comprehensively committed to net-zero emissions by 2050 for COP26. This is sure to be a great event, with guest speakers including:

Zali Steggall MP (Warringah) architect of the Climate Change Bills, will be our Political Hero for Net Zero, and

Dylan Storer Western Australia’s nominee for Young Australian of the Year 2021, described as the future ‘face of climate leadership in Australia’.

Send your feedback and ideas on how you’d like to get involved to 100days@citizensclimatelobby.org.au

 


Upcoming Events

Australian National Conversation Online

Thursday, 19/8. 8 pm NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, TAS | 730 pm SA, NT | 6 pm WA

Each month we hold the National Conversation – we nominate a current news topic related to climate change for discussion. Hosted by our National Coordinator Rod Mitchell, join CCL members from around Australia to share your thoughts and opinions. Join on Zoom via the following link: https://zoom.us/j/2023151151

Welcome & Intro to CCL Online

Monday, 23/8. 8 pm NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, TAS | 7.30 pm SA, NT | 6 pm WA

A special welcome meeting planned for you, if you’re interested to learn a bit more about CCL, meet other new members and volunteers from across Australia, share ideas on what we’re doing and consider how your efforts can help with this global challenge. Join on Zoom via the following link: zoom.us/j/2023151151

2021 National Conference – Register Now

Sunday, 12/9. 1-5pm NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, TAS | 12:30-4:30 pm SA, NT | 11am-3pm WA

Join with CCL supporters from around Australia on Sunday the 12th of September for our 2021 National Conference via Zoom. This day marks both the halfway point in our 100 Days of Action campaign and exactly 50 days out from COP26 in Glasgow (1/11).

This year our Conference theme is ‘Be a HERO for Net Zero’ in line with our goal to secure:

A bipartisan and federally legislated target of net zero emissions by 2050 (and preferably sooner), with a clearly documented process for achieving it presented by the Government at the UN Climate Change Conference.

We’ll have a range of engaging speakers and presentations to inform and inspire your climate actions for a liveable world. Stay tuned for regular updates to our agenda.

This is Australia’s opportunity to take definitive action for our Net Zero Emissions future and your opportunity to help make a difference.

To register, click here.

 

For more information on upcoming events, visit our website here.


Call to Action to All Supporters – Grasstops Endorsers Needed

We are now getting a trickle of endorsements for the ACD on the Supporters’ webpage of the ACD website. There, you will see individuals and organisations that endorse the ACD. We now need a stream of endorsers to fill out the page so that we can present them to MPs when we meet with them next. So, if you own a business (of any size), or have friends or family who do, ask them to endorse our ACD HERE. There are pages on the same website to explain how it all works and to inspire them to support us.

Once we have net-zero legislated, we’ll be ready with our Climate Dividend solution. We want every chapter to be able to present at least one local endorsement to their MP as well as the national names and organisations we will have by then. Your outreach now will make it all the more possible.

Images by Lily Aika O’Toole


August Monthly Guest Speaker: Dr Fiona Davis, CEO of Farmers for Climate Action (FCA)

Fiona Davis was our guest speaker for August. Davis grew up on a dairy farm in Northern Victoria. Her years at Currie Communications, a respected consultancy working with clients such as Citrus Australia and the Victorian Government, cultivated extensive skills in strategy, stakeholder engagement and project management. Davis has a PhD in history from the University of Melbourne, and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Australia Catholic University.

Her return to agricultural focuses has allowed her to direct her skills and knowledge at the promotion of climate action. Farmers for Climate Action is focused on influencing the Federal Government to make robust climate commitments and presents over 6,000 Australian farmers taking collective action on climate change. Remarkably, Davis informed us that for the last twenty years Australian farms have been losing an average of nearly $30,000 in annual profits due to climate change. As such, we hope that farmers will be keen to join with CCL in meeting Parliamentarians on this issue in coming months.
Watch the full presentation below.


CCL Australia Chuffed With Your Support

Nearly $10,000 has been raised for our Climate Solutions Fund on Chuffed! The goal is $30,000 but it’s important that we look forward to this milestone. Kind donations from CCL members have come in. The fund was set up to support and staff our growing climate-advocacy groups across Australian electorates. All donations are tax-deductible and can be a one-off donation or made monthly. Whether you want to donate or just want to know more about it, you can check out the website here.

Image by Lily Aika O’Toole


Climate News

Zali Steggal Climate Change Bill Update

Last month, the Coalition majority Standing Commitee on Energy and Environment published its report on the inquiry into Zali Steggal MP’s Climate Change Bills. The Committee recommended rejecting the Bill. The Bill is akin to the United Kingdom’s climate policy approach: legislate an emissions reduction target for 2050, establish an emissions budget framework that guides progress within five-year periods, creates an independent climate change commission to advise science-based policy while monitoring and reporting outcomes.

Committee Chair Ted O’Brien cited safeguarding democratic practice as a core reason for the Committee’s rejection of the Bill. He claimed it wold shift climate policymaking from parliamentarians to “unelected bureaucrats”, subsequently constraining government decision making and stifling Autralian’s at the ballot box.

The Bill has widepsread support from prominent Australian civil society actors and from key sectors in business, environment, science, health and unions. The inquiry had over 6,500 submissions, 99.9% supported the Bill. In his response to O’Brien, MP Josh Wilson noted that the Bill should be openly debated in Parliament. Furthermore, the President of the Autralian Medical Association, Dr. Omar Khorshid, said the organisation was “exremely disappointed” by the Committee’s decision.

Steggall later noted: “Never has a Liberal Government been so out of step with the Australian business and investment community on a key issue as the current Government led by Scott Morrison”. You can read her full media release here and watch the Bill’s discussion in Parliament below.

The Climate This Month

Want to stay on top of climate and energy news? Be sure to check out Jenny Goldie’s most recent The Climate This Week news reports on the politics, economics and science of climate action. You can find them all here.

Flooded street in Valkenburg, Netherlands. Heavy rains and flooding impacted a region including Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Scientists note this may be another indicator of climate change. Read more in the The Climate this Week here: https://au.citizensclimatelobby.org/the-climate-this-week-20-jul-2021/


Reflections on the Sixth Assessment Report

The IPCC released its Sixth Assessment Report this month. Its Working Group 1 report was written by hundreds of scientists and synthesised over 14,000 pieces of research.  We asked CCL Australia volunteer Jason Am to share his thoughts on this most recent report. As a young Australian, Jason is concerned about his future and what it will look like in light of current global emissions trends. 

I’m worried about climate change and the state of nature. After briefly reading this latest IPCC report, I’d like to share my immediate thoughts.   

My first thought is that the 3949-page assessment confirmed what we already know: that irreversible damage to global ecology is imminent without comprehensive action, that the world is set to reach 1.5°C warming by 2030, or 2035 in the best-case scenario.  

The second point is that we must keep global warming below 1.5°C pre-industrial levels. Otherwise, the ramifications will be dire.   

If you are concerned about the loss of biodiversity like I am, this latest report reinforces the urgency to act. The vocabulary used on the first and latest IPCC reports has changed; biodiversity loss is no longer evaluated with terms such as “could” or “maybe”, but instead what is and will be lost—the word “rapid” is frequent throughout.  

I’m sure those within the CCL share the optimistic mindset that we can keep warming below 1.5°C. We must – not only for our sake, but for the sake of all living organisms.  Thankfully, the latest report doesn’t dismiss this possibility. I asked CCL member and atmospheric scientist Dr. Dennys Angrove for his thoughts on the report. He stated, ”we must achieve NZE2050 [net-zero by 2050] as soon as possible”, and the answer “is not without a price on carbon”. He noted that the trajectory of net-zero in Australia by 2030 is beset by political barriers.    

We have at most 29 years to reach net-zero. The Australian voters are for it. This latest IPCC report reaffirms why we members of CCL persist. I hope that no future IPCC assessment report uses the words ‘too late’ regarding 1.5°C or 2.0°C warming.  

Notes from the editor: if you’d like to check out our National Chair Rod Mitchell’s blog on the IPCC report, click here.
To view the 41 page Sixth Assessment Report Summary for Policy Makers IPCC, click here.

 

“From a physical science perspective, limiting human-induced global warming to a specific level requires limiting cumulative CO2 emissions, reaching at least net zero CO2 emissions, along with strong reductions in other greenhouse gas emissions” – IPCC, 2021. Summary for Policymakers, in: Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Pp: 36.


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Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia acknowledges
the Traditional Custodians of the Lands
on which we live, lobby, advocate, and educate.
We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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