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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, Rod Mitchell
The twenty-sixth Conference of Parties (COP26) is over and our work to create political will for a livable world continues. Our American counterpart, climate scientist and Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Advisory Board member, Katherine Hayhoe’s tweet reflected our perspective on proceedings well:
‘Is #COP26 enough? No. Did anyone expect it to be enough? I sure didn’t; this is a more ambitious effort to work together than anything we humans have ever, ever accomplished. But is it more than we had 2 weeks ago? YES. And there’s a lot more to be done; so let’s get on with it!’
A successful 100 Days of Action
Our 100 Days of Action – Net Zero by 2050 campaign was successful – the commitment to net zero emissions is now in place! Moving forward, we need legislation to incorporate it into Australia’s political and legal furniture for the next decade or two. And we need interim targets to keep ramping up our ambition towards reaching net zero.
Australian Climate Dividend’s moment looming
As an integral piece of that furnishing, we need the Australian Climate Dividend (ACD) in place as part of a global carbon pricing system to make it all achievable. Our Strategy Committee is working on all of this and will be sharing our post-COP strategy with us all soon.
Panel moving closer to selecting Chief Executive Officer
Also soon approaching, we will have a Chief Executive to help us marshal the resources needed to make all this happen. We have a panel of four guiding our selection process and we hope to introduce the successful candidate to you before the end of the year. Many thanks to the panel led by Ash Patel and including Joyce Erceg, Wen Li and Bill Shute.
Meet other CCLers at the National Conversation
We recently caught up with one of our Strategy Committee volunteers, Claudia Perry-Beltrame, whom shared her experience of the National Conversation with us:
‘When I first started with CCL Australia around 18 months ago, it struck me how inclusive and respectful our members treat each other. There are so many great people working on excellent projects. Many are passion projects and, in my early days, were slightly disjointed from the aims of the organisation. Bringing everyone along on the same journey and supporting our collective passion for creating the political will for a livable world takes conversations.‘
Join us on the 18th
This is the purpose of the monthly National Conversation. On Thursday 18 November, we are starting the conversation by hearing two stories of growth, challenges and opportunities from two very engaged CCL volunteers. Bill Shute is our Training Lead, and James Harry is the Regional Coordinator in Victoria and Tasmania. Taking the inspiration from these stories, we then discuss the great, challenging and sometimes messy in our cross-team coordination.
Thursday 18 November. 8 pm NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS | 7 pm QLD | 7.30 pm SA | 6.30 pm NT | 5 pm WA
The National Conversation is also a fantastic way to meet CCLers who are not in your own team. So, come and join us on the 18th in the Zoom room with meeting ID: 2023 151 151 or link: https://zoom.us/j/2023151151
Net Zero by 2050 – 100 Days of Action concludes alongside COP26
As we have come to expect from international climate change negotiations, we are not getting everything we need to retain a livable world, however, we are stepping forward.
Fossil fuels and methane on the radar, finally
A massive shift took place at COP26, insofar as fossil fuels were no longer the unacknowledged mammoth in the room. The Glasgow Climate Pact explicitly calls on Parties to phase-down unabated coal power and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. Additionally, more than 40 countries and non-state actors agreed to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030. More than 100 countries have agreed to reduce methane emissions by 30 percent over the next decade, alongside a strong push for no new gas projects. Unfortunately, Australia was not a party to either of the latter pledges.
Green Climate Fund severely under-resourced
Low-income countries, particularly island-nations, highlighted the lack of national aid to support low-income nations in their emission reductions and adaption. The Paris Agreement (2015) instructs high-income nations to mobilise USD $100 billion of climate finance per year until 2020, via the Green Climate Fund, to assist countries most vulnerable to climate change. This instruction is a continuation of the Green Climate Funds 12-year-old aim of raising $100bil a year until 2020. To date, only $8.3bil of funding has been confirmed.
Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land Use
More than 140 world leaders have made declaratory committments to cease and reverse deforestation by 2030, and the signatory nation-states include approximately 90.94 percent of the world’s forests. Additionally, governments from 28 countries agreed to remove deforestation from global trade of agricultural products, and at least 30 of the biggest global financial companies committed to end investment in activities linked to deforestation.
The Paris Rulebook aims to establish robust framework for carbon credit market
There is progress towards developing stronger international governance of global carbon markets and for offsetting carbon emissions using carbon credits. A scrupulous international carbon credit regime could unleash trillions of dollars of investment and help businesses to engage more strongly with emission reductions. Notwithstanding criticisms of previous international carbon credit systems, we hope a fair carbon market emerges. During his Sunday presentation, Richie Merzian suggested that carbon trading systems were the likely way for Australia to achieve a carbon price.
Thank you for doing your part for COP26
We all feel that Australian and international progress on climate change is frustratingly piecemeal. That is why sustained collective action from civil society—from grassroots to grasstops and into government—is so important, as evidenced by the Prime Minister’s attendance at COP26, the Coalition finally acknowledging the necessity of net zero by 2050 and the Glasgow Climate Pact’s explicit reference to coal and fossil fuel subsidies. Our 100 Days of Action – Net Zero by 2050 campaign played a significant role in securing these outcomes, as have all our collective actions throughout the years. Given this was CCLs first major campaign of such scale and scope, the Campaign Team is incredibly grateful for the support of CCL Australia’s dedicated volunteers, and delighted with the number of actions they took, including:
– Approximately two-thousand petition signatures delivered to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister
– More than 1200 mostly personalised emails delivered to MPs and Senators
– Two-hundred letters published in newspapers across Australia
– Sixty calls to MP and Senator offices
– Twelve strategic meetings with MPs and their advisors
– Be a Hero for Net Zero National Conference – our biggest ever!
– Attracting more supporters across more electorates and on social media.
While the Prime Minister delivered Australia’s 2050 commitment in person at COP26, more work remains to legislate this commitment and set more ambitious 2030 targets. The Glasgow Climate Pact is calling for greater 2030 ambition from countries like Australia before another international summit scheduled for November next year. Helping to achieve this will be part of CCL Australia’s objective as we move towards a federal election in the first half of 2022.
With warm thanks and gratitude,
The Campaign Team – Maree Nutt, Peter Todd, Christine Simmons, Melisha Leggett, Taylah Gray, Diah Rani Handayani and Bill Shute.
Australian National Conversation (online)
Thursday 18 November, 8 pm AEDT | 7 pm QLD | 7:30 pm SA | 6:30 pm NT | 5 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 ideas and aspirations for CCL. This is your montly opportunity to help make us an even better organisation and contribute to our national movement to create the political will for a liveable world. Join on Zoom via the following link: https://zoom.us/j/2023151151
Welcome & Intro to CCL (online)
Monday 22 November. 8 pm AEDT | 7 pm QLD | 7:30 pm SA | 6:30 pm NT | 5 pm WA
Wednesday, 1 December. 12 pm AEDT | 11 am QLD | 11:30 am SA | 10:30 am NT | 9 am WA
Thursday, 9 December. 8 pm AEDT | 7 pm QLD | 7:30 SA | 6:30 pm NT | 5 pm WA
A special welcome meeting for those 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 the global challenge of climate change. Join on Zoom via the following link: zoom.us/j/2023151151
For more information on upcoming events, visit our website here.
The Field Report: Lobbying News
It’s been a huge 100 days of lobbying for CCL volunteers across Australia. Our 100 Days of Action – Net Zero by 2050 campaign did its part to ensure our government both attended COP26 and committed to net zero by 2050. The success of this campaign is chiefly due to you, our volunteers.
We had approximately 2,000 petition signings and 1202 mostly personalised emails to MPs and Senators over the period.
Martin Schwank, group leader for CCL Cook, delivered the petition signatures to both the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister’s office.
In addition, 200 letters to the editor were published across the country and we made at least 60 calls to MPs and Senators, which were often inspired, like Kristina, by Simone’s instructive video:
‘…the video of the CCL member making a call to their local MP gave me the courage to do the same. On the back of that, I’ve already called and emailed …today.’
Here’s a few of our letters to the editor
Importantly, we have also held more than 12 meetings with strategic MPs or their staff. More are planned for this month. These meetings will continue to be our most effective tool in enacting CCL’s strategy. Our respectful, non-partisan approach is opening doors for us.
Here is what Josephine had to say after her first meeting with her MP:
‘Sitting in on my first lobby meeting …was a great learning experience—having the opportunity to take part alongside more experienced CCL lobbyists in such a constructive meeting really highlighted to me the positive impact that CCL can and is having…’
Increase in volunteers and contacts
A major outcome from the campaign has been the number of people new to CCL who are now receiving our updates and engaging with us on a regular basis. This is great news for building our impact into 2022 and beyond.
We also saw an increase in followers on all social media; Facebook remains our most active social channel.
What is next?
While net zero by 2050 received the big tick and was a crucial step forward, we have some way to go.
- The target needs legislation and more ambitious interim targets need to be set
- We need commitment around the phasing out of fossil fuels
- A price on carbon is now more likely and the Australian Climate Dividend is the solution that needs to be further promoted
As you know CCL is financially self-supporting. We would appreciate your donation so that we can continue our efforts into 2022.
Australian Climate Dividend secures another five new endorsers
We are pleased to announce that ClearaSound, ENVENGEO, Fresh Perspectives, Nothing But POS and the City of Ryde’s Youth Council have signed on to the growing list of organisations endorsing our keystone solution, the ACD. The ACD’s endorsement by the City of Ryde’s Youth Council is our first local government endorser, a crucial and exciting achievement for our Grasstops Engagement team.
They join other recent ACD endorsers, including: Melville City Climate Action Network, Sustainable Energy Now, Business Ecosystem Sync, Speaking2Win and Witt Consulting.
Thank you to these organisations for using their platform and influence to advocate for this effective climate solution.
Increasingly more CCL volunteers are creating the political will for a liveable world by leveraging their professional and personal connections, and reaching out to potential Grasstops supporters. Grasstops Engagement asks for support from prominent community leaders, businesses and non-governmental organisations that CCL chapters can deliver to their Federal and State MPs.
If you would like to add Grasstops to your climate advocacy, you can get started today by enrolling in the program. Interested volunteers can get involved by visiting the Grasstops Engagement page on CCL Australia’s intranet site: intranet.ccl.org.au/grasstops.
Our intranet site is for registered volunteers – if you need access, please contact your Regional Coordinator or Team Leader. If you have not joined CCL yet, sign up at ccl.org.au/join.
For more details on these organisations and for our full list of endorsers, please visit: climatedividend.org.au/supporters.
November Monthly Guest Speaker: Richie Merzian
The inaugural Climate & Energy Program Director at The Australia Institute, Richie Merzian, was our Monthly Guest Speaker for November. On call with Rod Mitchell, Merzian discussed his reactions from attending the first week of COP26. Merzian is a former Australian Government representative to the UN Climate Change Conference. He has worked at the Department of Climate Change and the Department of Foreign Affairs for almost a decade on climate and energy agendas.
Help CCL Australia create the political will for a livable world
All of our work is volunteer-based. Donations enable us to appoint the staff we need to support you, our valued members, to create the political will for a liveable world. We have set up a donation portal on Chuffed.org. 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.
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On October 27, the Government blocked debate of MP Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Bill. This occurred the day after the Prime Minister presented the Coalition’s climate action plan to the media. The plan has received widespread criticisms for both failing to legislate net zero by 2050 and for failing to setting ambitious short term 2030 emission reduction targets.
Moreover, during the same week, the UN Environment Programme’s annual Emissions Gap Report was released. The report demonstrates that current nationally determined contributions put the globe on trajectory to 2.7 degrees celsisus warming. The Climate Act’s second draft commits to 60% emissions reductions by 2030 on 2005 levels and was presented to parliament on October 18 2021.
You can help remove the block on parliamentary debate of the Climate Change Act by signing the Climate Act Now petition here. More than 97,291 signatories have been acquired so far.
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Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Lands where 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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