September 2019 Newsletter


Granny Smith Festival Will be held on 19 October in Eastwood 9am-8.30pm.  Ryde Council will have a Green Hub where you can learn about all things environmental, waste, sustainability and resilience. For more info go to

Lane Cove Sustainability Fair On 13 October 9am-4pm on Burns Bay Road outside Australia Post there will be a fair on all things sustainable.  For details

2040 film We’re excited that at last count 94 tickets had been sold for our showing of this film.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Tickets are still available at

Be Fantastic – Cut Single-use Plastic  Ryde Council is running a sustainable solutions expo on Thursday 7 November 5-8pm at Ryde Civic Hall. Learn how to reduce your reliance on it. Free but bookings essential.

Resilience Plan 2030  Ryde Council’s survey on the city’s resilience is open now until 11 October.  Have your say in this important aspect of dealing with climate change.

Public Environment Forum  The NSW Labor party is running a public forum on the environment on 20 October 2-4pm at Longueville Sporting club cnr Kenneth and River Rd, Longueville.  Free but registration necessary.


In the last  month we have done the following:

We went to the climate strike rally.


Climate Strike  We hope you made it to the massive strike in Sydney in Hyde Park.  Here’s some images of protests around the world.  And a message from Greta And her speech at UN Climate Summit
Sign the petition supporting Greta and the scientists calling for action on climate change to counter the Trumps, Morrisons and Bolts of the world.
And now the NSW government wants to make it illegal for us to protest

Climate Emergency petition Sign the petition asking the government to declare a climate emergency. It’s the biggest ever e-petition in Australia.

Are you prepared for an emergency? Summer is threatening to be bad in many ways.  Are you prepared? Go to the Red Cross website and find out what you need to do and download the app

Protecting the oceans Morrison says it’s a government priority. Sign the petition asking he actually does something

Saving the reef Powershop, the energy retailer, has set up a foundation to develop coral that is resistant to climate change.  Want to help them? Go to
Can’t come soon enough. A government report says the GBR outlook is poor.

ACT leads the way  The ACT has put out a tender for battery storage and is increasing its renewable generation. It’s lead the rest of the country by reaching 100% renewables.

Queensland – big on renewables  Queensland, the state that has more to lose than any other due to climate change, is big on renewables.  Read the report from the Climate Council

Adani  The royalty deal with the Queensland government has not been finalised but Adani is keen for taxpayers to subsidise the mine.  Write a letter asking for the deal to be stopped

Myths about emissions  The Climate Council has put out a myth-busting guide about Australia’s emissions.
The United in Science report presented to the recent UN Climate Summit (the one Morrison bother attending) says countries need to reduce emissions by five fold
Australia – we have a major problem
Morrison thinks Australia’s doing its bit (or is that just fake news?)

Is mining responsible for Sydney’s water restrictions?  Coal mining in Sydney’s water catchment area – what could possibly go wrong?

AMA says climate change is a health emergency  It joins the same call from US and British doctors and Doctors for the Environment Australia

Equinor wants to drill in the Great Australian Bight  Here’s why it must not be allowed to.

Large-scale investment in renewables in doubt It’s looking like renewables investment will grind to a halt because the government thinks it doesn’t need to do any more to support it.  Sign the petition calling for large-scale renewable projects to be saved.
In the meantime,  Angus Taylor thinks the government’s doing a great job

Big strides in amount of new wind production The Australian Wind Alliance has some great news about the record level of wind energy being produced.
And burning of brown coal has for electricity has decreased

Government plan – attack companies concerned about  climate change  while not having any policies itself
RBA, yet again, warns of risks to the financial system if climate change is not dealt with.
And most of the world’s biggest firms won’t meet Paris targets

How will the climate crisis affect you? Have a look at this interactive map from CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology. Be warned – no-one is immune.
This is that Climate Change Looks like – a guide from Climate Council