Protest occupies Downer EDI office: Don’t get into bed with #Adani reports @takvera

Climate activists are this morning occupying the Melbourne offices of Downer EDI, a mining infrastructure company, to protest participation in developing the Adani Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin of Queensland. The mine is widely seen as a climate carbonbomb with no social license. [View the story “Protest occupies Downer EDI office: Don’t get into bed with Adani” on Storify]

Photo Gallery: Melburnians #marchforscience by @takvera

Police were predicting 400 people might turn up, instead up to 5000 scientists and science supporters rallied and marched through Melbourne streets as part of the global #marchforscience rallies organized in about 600 cities and towns around the world. Australia’s scientists have already felt Federal budget cuts for science research and funding for the CSIRO reduced, and have campaigned against such attacks on science with some limited success, with the aid of international colleagues. The inauguration of the Trump regime in the United States and the spectacular success of the women’s march on Washington DC the day after inauguration were strong motivating factors for scientists to organise this very public […]

#Solar to power Melbourne trams as Australia’s GHG emissions rise reports @takvera

Lily D’Ambrosio, the Victorian Energy and Environment Minister, stepped forward today to announce that Melbourne’s tram network will be powered by 100 per cent Solar. Not directly of course. But the government will issue a tender for a new 75MW capacity large scale solar farm to supply the equivalent power needed for the tram network to the electricity grid. The Government will voluntarily surrender renewable energy certificates matching the amount of electricity used by all of Melbourne’s trams. About 35MW from the solar farm will be allocated for powering the tram network. “We’ve got the biggest tram network in the world and we’re powering it with renewables and creating local […]

What impact #sealevelrise on Melbourne’s privatised port facilities? asks @takvera

The Andrews Victorian state government has been successful with the sale of the Port of Melbourne for $9.7 billion, an election promise. The government had been expecting around $7 billion for the asset. Technically, its not a sale, but a 50 year lease of the port’s commercial operations. The long term lease of Australia’s largest port facilities had bipartisan support, with the State Liberal Party, when in power, doing much of the initial paperwork to bring about the privatisation. The new owners of the Port of Melbourne are the Lonsdale consortium which includes the Queensland Investment Corporation, the Future Fund, GIP and OMERS. This is another public asset sale deriving […]

Photo Gallery: #CSIROcuts #SupportCSIRO rally in Melbourne photos by @takvera

In a sea of white balloons with the message in blue, ‘Save CSIRO Jobs’, about 500 people rallied in Melbourne in support of CSIRO staff to protest the staff cuts announced by CEO Larry Marshall in early February. Many of the 350 job cuts will go from the Atmosphere and Oceans Division, and the Land and Water division. Both of these areas specialise in climate change research, key for projecting changes enabling adaptation strategies to be worked out. The rally was organised by the CSIRO Staff Association, a section of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU). See background article: Climate science staff cuts #CSIROcuts labelled as science vandalism Speakers […]

Gallery: Melbourne Refugee Sanctuary rally calls out to #LetThemStay by @takvera

Thousands of people rallied as part of the refugee sanctuary movement in Melbourne on Monday. Our citizen journalist John Englart was there to capture on photo the rally and the many posters present. The rally was in response to the High Court ruling on sending refugee families back to Nauru detention. The Sanctuary movement grew rapidly in response from church groups prepared to offer sanctuary to every one of these people and families to stop them being deported. It was led by the Anglican Dean of Brisbane, Peter Catt. A wide range of people have come out and implored the Federal government to stop the planned deportation of 267 people […]

City summit commits to 100 percent #renewables by 2050 #go100RE reports @takvera from #COP21

A meeting of nearly a 1,000 city mayors from around the world meeting in Paris signed a declaration on Friday that supports a municipal transition to 100 percent Renewable Energy. Read the declaration (PDF) Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said according to a report on Citiscope, “As I told the negotiators when bringing them our contribution, cities are not waiting for them to give us the solution,” she said. “We are moving ahead and making a solution possible.” Michael Bloomberg, 3 times Mayor of New York, spoke to the gathering and said, “Climate change is the most fundamental and existential threat to our species,” he said. “The consequences are unthinkable and […]

Writers talking Climate Change and Place at #MWF15 Footscray – @takvera

How we communicate climate change is important. Whether it remains a distant event in time or space, or can be intimately connected to the present and locations we know and love, can make all the difference in how people perceive and act on the issue. Writers are coming to terms with this in different ways, in different places. The Melbourne Writers Festival in 2015 features several sessions associated with climate change, including two sessions with Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein. I attended one at Victoria University at Footscray on ‘Climate Change and Place’ which proved thought provoking and interesting. The panelists for this session included Tony Birch, a writer/lecturer […]

Melbourne #OurABC rally in pictures by @takvera and @Jansant

Thousands rally worldwide to demand action on #PeoplesClimate: @takvera reports from Melbourne march

A beautiful spring day brought out the crowds to attend the Peoples Climate Melbourne rally. But a hum had been in the air that this was going to draw a large crowd. As it turns out, over 30,000 people turned up and marched from the State Library of Victoria to the Treasury Gardens through Melbourne’s streets demanding greater action on climate change . There were short speeches outside the State Library of Victoria by Labor’s Shadow Minister for the Environment, Mark Butler MP (watch video), Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens (watch video), and Professor Tim Flannery of the Climate Council (watch video). Pacific Warriors also did a […]