School Strike The next School Strike will be held on 25 September. For details of how you can participate go to https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/buildourfuture
ABC Environment series The ABC is running a series until November called Your Planet. It includes documentaries and the next series of War on Waste. For more info go to http://abc.net.au/yourplanet
Speak up for Climate Justice The federal government is hell-bent on gas for a Covid-19 recovery. In September AYCC and Seed are asking you to talk to friends, family and acquaintances about this. For information https://speakup4climate.com.au/signup
WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING
Made a submission to IPC objecting to Narrabri Gas Project
MEETING with JOHN ALEXANDER
We had a Zoom meeting with John Alexander. His main interest is in hydrogen and its use as an energy source particularly in mass transport such a fast trains. We emphasised that it would have to be sourced from renewable energy and not fossil fuels.
We expressed our deep concern about the NCCC and its lack of transparency and accountability to the Australian public. In the meeting we highlighted the environmental damage done with the mining of gas as well as the world-wide glut of gas; the decrease demand for gas and the low employment possibilities in its extraction.
We also expressed our concern the federal government was relying solely on gas as the way for the economy to recover from COVID-19 and mentioned industry and insurance companies as well as BZE were calling for a recovery that concentrated on renewable energy, building, manufacturing, training, recycling, and landuse which would provide more long-lasting employment.
We also raised our concerns about the reduction of ARENA funding.
He once again said that the economy could not be compromised in moving to renewables too quickly so there was still no sense of urgency for action on climate change. However he did admit we had to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
We later sent him links to BZE’s report, articles on the negatives on gas and the Australian Energy Market Commissions proposal to charge PV owners for their energy output to the grid.
We also encouraged him to join the Parliamentary Friends of Climate Change, Parliamentary Friends of Bushfire Recovery and to support Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Bill. He said he was happy for us to send him information about climate change and what needs to be done.
Overall, it was a positive meeting.
NEWS AND EVENTS
EPBC The federal government is pushing through Environmental Laws that will be weaker than what we have now. Sign the letter asking senators not to support it. https://wilderness.good.do/EPBCsenator/bilatbill/
NCCC pushing gas Nev Powers, who heads the NCCC, says renewables are not part of the Covid-19 recovery. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/11/australias-covid-commission-downplays-green-recovery-and-confirms-gas-push
Why a gas recovery is no good – Podcast https://www.tai.org.au/content/backfire-part-1-why-gas-fired-recovery-would-increase-emissions-and-energy-costs-and
Gas increasingly a stranded asset for Australia https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/lng-chiefs-fight-to-revive-tattered-dream-20200731-p55hff
Covid-19 recovery Australian business chiefs wants government to invest sustainably for Covid-19 recovery https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/business-chiefs-urge-pm-to-invest-sustainably-for-covid-19-recovery-20200807-p55jm2.html
Australian Climate Roundtable has members from industry and climate groups calling for action on climate change. https://www.australianclimateroundtable.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ACR_statement_on_climate_impacts-August_2020.pdf
PwC Sign the petition calling on PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers, an accountancy firm) to cut its ties with Minerals Council https://act.350.org/sign/pwc-its-time-cut-all-ties-coal-lobby/
Carbon pricing – it works!! This study shows why. https://theconversation.com/carbon-pricing-works-the-largest-ever-study-puts-it-beyond-doubt-142034
NSW The NSW government is interested in funding four battery projects https://reneweconomy.com.au/nsw-to-fund-four-new-big-battery-projects-as-it-flicks-switch-on-transition-from-coal-82272/
AGL planning grid-scale batteries to replace Liddell power station https://www.energynewsbulletin.net/new-energy/news/1393097/grid-scale-batteries-to-replace-liddell-coal-agl
Adani The people in Godda, India, where Adani wants to build a power station using coal from the Carmichael mine, are fighting. Watch the video then sign the petition. https://www.stopadani.com/godda
Could Adani drop Carmichael and move to NSW?
Transitioning to renewables There is a misconeption this will lead to economic disaster. https://www.sustainabilitymatters.net.au/content/energy/article/researchers-reveal-misconceptions-over-renewable-energy-transition-1391493150
Clean Jobs Plan The Climate Council has put together a plan that looks to the jobs not just in the renewable energy sector. Read and then forward to your state MP asking they adopt it. https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/covid-recovery/climate-council-s-clean-jobs-plan-nsw/demand-clean-jobs-in-nsw
Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative This is a group of industry heavyweights looking to reduce their carbon emissions. https://www.sustainabilitymatters.net.au/content/sustainability/news/industry-heavyweights-join-carbon-reduction-initiative-591093330
Australia needs to do more The Glasgow COP has been postponed till next year but pressure is on Australia to do more to deal with emissions.
Coal It’s decreasing in value. Glencore is suspending its Hunter Valley mines https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/glencore-to-suspend-hunter-valley-coal-mines-as-china-restricts-imports-20200807-p55jlw.html BHP’s coal assets worth less https://ieefa.org/ieefa-report-bhp-coal-assets-worth-a-billion-less-than-just-two-years-ago/ Peabody writes down its coal mines https://reneweconomy.com.au/peabodys-massive-write-down-concedes-coal-mines-have-little-value-and-a-dim-future-68676/
Whitehaven’s Vickery Mine gets approval by IPC https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/12/whitehaven-vickery-mine-expansion-to-extract-250-more-coal-approved-by-nsw And its profits have slumped https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/whitehaven-profit-falls-95-percent-as-australia-s-coal-prices-collapse-202008
Coal-generated electricity down in Australia to lowest levels since 1998 https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6878056/coal-generated-electricity-at-lowest-levels-since-1998/
BHP The mining giant wants powerful lobby groups to stop backing projects that support fossil fuels https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/bhp-puts-powerful-lobby-groups-on-notice-over-climate-change-20200814-p55lom.html
and no longer supports the Federal government’s use of carry-over credits
But has repeatedly applied for and been granted approval to increase its emissions under a federal goverment policy that promised to limit carbon pollution from big industry. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/feb/17/australian-government-granted-bhp-repeated-approval-to-increase-carbon-emissions
RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY
Repair Cafe Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the Repair Cafe remains closed. However, if you have something you want repaired you can contact them for advice on how to do the repair yourself. Send details of the broken item and a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org