Upping the ante – CCL Australia News – Sept 2020

Upping the ante – CCL Australia News – Sept 2020

Do our leaders really know the right direction to take on climate?

We’re here to help them make better decisions.

But this month we’re also confirming our own direction for the most effective path to a brighter future.

Lots of wonderful opportunities to have an impact this month – from supporting campaigns with easy actions, to donating to support our unprecedented growth. And a few stories along the way.


The climate this week

A hydrogen-led recovery? and more

In Jenny Goldies wrap up of news, the highlight of the political week in NSW was the attack (soon followed by a retreat) by John Barilaro – Nationals’ leader –  to the Premier Gladys Berejiklian. In the meantime, NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean quietly got on with his job. At the sustainability summit hosted by the Sydney Morning Herald, he declared hydrogen to be the “breakthrough that changes the world”. This declaration followed reports that NSW would pursue large-scale hydrogen production as part of its response to the economic crisis caused by the Covid pandemic.


Got a mo?

Have you encouraged a Climate Smart Recovery yet? The number of emails sent to MPs is growing but let’s turbo charge it this month. It’s easy to help on this one. Use our prewritten letter to let your MP and Senators know we like what’s happening with the bipartisan solutions for COVID19, and that we want to see them take the same approach to tackle global warming. And we ask them to pass the message directly to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“Our aim is to help build support for a climate-smart recovery where the economic and climate crises are addressed simultaneously so that economic recovery also helps ‘flatten the curve’ of greenhouse gas emissions”. Check out the very clever letter on our campaign page.

This is a great opportunity to ‘build back better’ with stimulus packages that promote a faster transition to renewable energy and zero net carbon emissions.

Learn more and find out how easy it is to help


Quickie before mid-day

The Climate Council is running the petition for the Bushfire Royal commission to recognise the impact of climate change.
Let’s add our names and spread the word on social media !
The deadline is Wednesday 16 at noon

Have your voice counted in the Bushfire Royal Commission

The influence of climate change on last summer’s fires could get swept under the rug, if the Royal Commission fails to include strong climate action in their final recommendations. Add your name now to our letter to the Commissioners, and urge them to reconsider.

Thursday this week

Thursday 17th Sept 8pmAEST

CCL Aus National Conversation

Honing our strategies, making new plans

Find out what our strategy workshops have been up to. Some interesting new directions for CCL as we ‘up the ante’ on federal politics.
Come along and give us your thoughts. We’d love to see you there!

join in on Zoom 8 pm NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS, QLD | 7.30 pm SA, NT | 6 pm WA


Did you know?

The ‘Letters to the editor’ is the most read page in most papers!

Our wonderful letter writing group continues to sway public opinion ever more in the right direction. With at least 41 letters published in newspapers around Australia last month. 7 in Sydneys notorious Daily Telegraph alone.

We recently teamed up with the letter writers in ‘Lighter Footprints’ in Melbourne who are having similar successes, and it appears that the doubting rags are softening their stance a little. It’s great to see the message getting through this way.

Would you like a hand getting your letter to the editor published. Learn all the tricks for making your voice heard at this critical time. Drop us a line to join the facebook letter writers group.


Let’s support Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Bill

The United Kingdom has made fantastic Climate Action gain through legislation of its Climate Change
Act. Zali Steggall and other independent federal MPs will be introducing an updated version of their
Australian Climate Change Bill in November. It will enable long-term safety, security, and prosperity
of Australia by achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050. It will accomplish this by risk assessments and
adaptation plans and technology readiness assessments, all managed through an independent
advisory commission. If you would like to learn more or register your support of the work they are
doing go to climateactnow.com.au.



CCL National Conference

Join us and exercise YOUR personal political power.
Sunday 1st November 2020, 1:00pm – 5.00pm

Keynote Speakers:
NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean
A.Prof Paul Burke – ANU Climate Change Institute

Please Register to attend this important event

  • Learn how you can make a difference using CCL’s highly effective lobbying approach
  • Understand the best way to deliver large and reliable emission reductions
  • Support a Climate Smart Recovery with the BZE Million Jobs Plan
  • The plan to shut down Australia’s Coal Power Stations
  • What Climate Actions doe we ask from our MPs?

+ Lobbying our MPs on Zoom over the following week

Email conference@ccl.org.au to register your interest


October guest speaker

Something special – a little sooner – our guest speaker on 4th October will be:

Cristina Talacko

Chair of the Coalition for Conservation

Cristina has more than 15 years of experience in executive boards and management of not-for-profit associations. She is a director on the Advisory Board of Multicultural NSW, Vice President of the Australia-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, director of Beyond Zero Emissions, member of the Advisory Committee of Endeavour Energy, former Vice Chair of the Australia Latin America Business Council (ALABC) and former Board director of the DFAT Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR). She is an active member of the Liberal Party as Vice President of NSW Women’s Council and Secretary of the NSW Energy and Environment Policy Branch. Cristina is an entrepreneur having founded SalDoce Fine Foods, manufacturing allergen sensitive foods to Australia and export markets and was the winner of the NSW Export Awards in 2016 and 2018 and the 2019 NSW Small Business Award.


Not so Slack

CCL Australia has been trialing the use of Slack – a popular online channel-based messaging platform – since April this year. Throughout the pilot, we have found it has significantly improved engagement, collaboration, and transparency across several of our national teams. There are now over 100 core volunteers using it as a digital meeting space to organise, discuss, and take action together.

We have decided to stay with it. If you are involved in any of our national projects and wanting to link in and contribute with one or more of the teams on Slack, drop us a line at slack@ccl.org.au. We have a draft Guide to Using Slack which will develop with time to help you get started.



Remember when you could do this safely?

We’re more on line than ever now, but on the bright side it makes it so easy to get along to meetings 🙂

Keep an eye on our events page for local and national meetings.



Another easy way to help

Like to donate a little each month and help us employ a full time manager for our Australian campaigns next year?

This is a great way to multiply our efforts, and very attractive if you have difficulty finding time to support CCL in other ways. Consider setting up a regular $10 a month (or whatever you can afford) automatic transfer from your account. Find out more.



Getting too much mail?

Here’s a way to reduce your CCL mail burden without missing the important stuff:

Members can change their email preferences in Community, here’s how. For minimal email without missing messages from your friends use the options ticked in the graphic here. Members can also edit who can contact them through the Community messaging system under Account Settings>Privacy.



Volunteer Positions

Want to lend a hand with CCL Australia?

See the Volunteer Positions page on our website



Last word: Craig Reucassel

Vision for the Anthropocene

Craig has been reaching out with several webinar presentations in recent weeks. I found this one to be very easy to listen to and full of well considered ideas.

Craig Reucassel was the host of the ABC’s Fight for Planet A and the War on Waste. In this Conversation he talks to Ben Newell from the University of Newcastle about what individuals and governments can and should be doing to address climate change; whether we should be ‘nudging’ or ‘boosting’ pro-environmental behaviour; comparisons of our response to COVID-19 and our response to climate change; Craig’s vision for the Anthropocene (and his dislike of academic jargon…)!

Listen now


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on which we live, lobby, advocate, and educate.
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Photos c/o Tom: Carnarvon Gorge, Qld, Signpost Mt Isa Qld.  Other images on this page curtesy of abc.net.au, and various related supportive web sites. Our appreciation to the authors.
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