Climate Emergency Rally, July 5

John Brumby and Kevin Rudd say that climate change is the biggest challenge humanity faces and their top priority, but their actions tell a different story.

We are calling for Victorians to join the Climate Emergency Rally on July 5. We want to send a wake-up call to state and federal governments that they are heading in the wrong direction. New coal, new freeways and desalination plants increase our use of and reliance on fossil fuels dramatically at a time when we must be cutting our use even more dramatically. We are calling on
governments to implement sustainable alternatives to these irresponsible and expensive projects. Alternatives such as renewable energy and public transport.

We call on all community groups and individuals to join us to send this important message to the government. We are going to form a 140-metre-long human sign to spell the words "Climate Emergency". Please organise your group to send endorsement, tell everyone you know, and come on the day wearing something red to symbolise emergency.

We are facing a climate emergency, the time for real action is now!

Come for the rally, stay for the giant human sign.

Saturday 5 July 2008

Time 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location City Square (cnr Swanston & Collins streets)

Endorsed by:

  • Bayside Climate Action Group
  • Climate Emergency Network
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Socialist Alliance
  • Yarra Climate Action Now
  • Your Water Your Say

For further information, see:
http://climaterally.blogspot.com

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Speeding towards dangerous climate change

Hear what the world's leading climate scientists are discovering about the speed of climate change, the potential impacts on our way of life, and what we need to do to safeguard our future.

  • Sir Rod Eddington has recommended we spend $18 billion on transport infrastructure, but says this will have â??minimalâ?? impact on transport emission trends. Meanwhile transport emissions are forecast to grow by more than 60% over 1999 levels by 2020. Can we do better?
  • Government ministers claim freeways offer environmental benefits and getting more â??cleanâ?? cars on the road is the solution, but are they effective?

Guest speakers include:

David Spratt
David Spratt is a climate-policy analyst and co-founder of Carbon Equity. Together with Philip Sutton, David co-authored Climate Code Red which meticulously documents extensive scientific evidence that the global warming crisis is far worse than official reports and national governments have indicated â?? and that weâ??re almost at the point of no return.

Dr Patrick Moriarty
Paddy Moriarty is an Honorary Research Associate at Monash University undertaking research in areas such as urban land use and transport and alternative energy. Paddy is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Australasian Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport (GAMUT) at the University of Melbourne and has published extensively on alternative fuels, energy efficiency and transport systems.

Elliot Fishman
Elliot Fishman is a policy advisor with the Cycling Promotion Fund and Director of the Institute for Sensible Transport. Elliot has recently co-authored a report on the health benefits of cycling and what governments need to do to encourage more people to ride instead of drive.

When: Sunday 15 June 2008, 2.30pm - 5pm
Where: Supper Room, Melbourne Town Hall, cnr Swanston & Collins Streets, Melbourne
RSVP: office@ptua.org.au

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The Barmah Collection: a month of music

Get excited about Thursdays in May... at the Edinburgh Castle in Brunswick you are in for treat with a seductive selection of musical delicacies ranging from ambient pop and acoustic folk to hip-hop
and gypsy punk.

All proceeds go directly to the Barmah-Millewa Campaign, to save
the worldâ??s largest river red gum forest from logging and
achieve land justice for the Yorta Yorta people.

Where: Edinburgh Castle, cnr Sydney Rd and Albion St
When: Thursdays in May. Doors open 8:30pm
How much: $6 / $10

Check out the line-up below. It will be updated weekly. Just click
on a band to sample their tunes...

 

Thursday 1st May 2008

Busted
Spies

Dirty Old Dogs

more tbc

Thursday 8th May 2008

"A night of luscious electro acoustics and ambient vision"

Nervous
Doll Dancing

Justin
Ashworth

Max
& Isnod

Visuals by Guy Harris & River
River

Thursday 15th May 2008

Pataphysics

Joelistics (from TZU)

Ultraviolet
MC
& B12Shot

Thursday 22nd May 2008

Milk

more TBC

29th May 2008

Jamie Hay (from Fear
Like Us
)

Chalga
Party

more tbc

 

So get down to the Edinburgh Castle on a Thursday, treat yourself
to a delicious feed from their menu, get a cold beer in one hand
and set back and enjoy a musical soirée. Support the campaign
for Victoriaâ??s first Aboriginal Owned National Park, whilst
enjoying great local music and cuisine!

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Radioactive Exposure Tour 2008 May 9th - 18th

The Radioactive Exposure Tour is on again. Join Friends of the Earth for a journey to remote northern South Australia where we will visit the Olympic Dam uranium mine at Roxby Downs, the Beverley Uranium Project in the Gammon Ranges, the beautiful Lake Eyre and Mound Springs environments and meet with indigenous peoples and local communities campaigning against the nuclear industry. The tour offers a unique opportunity to go out on to country and witness the impacts of the nuclear industry on people and the environment. Indigenous people across the world suffer most directly from the impacts of the nuclear industry, this â??radioactive racism' is a major focus of the tour.

You won't see this on reality TV.....So get on the bus, get out under the desert stars and get ready to listen!

Cost: $600 per person or $450 concession.

Total cost of the tour will include travel, accommodation and organic vegetarian food plus paying the rent to aboriginal communities.
Sponsorship request letters are available should you wish to apply for donation from an organisation that you are involved with.

For more information and applications please contact: Jessie Boylan: jessie.boylan@gmail.com 0408 448 493
Steve Holdsworth: 0430 354 887
Friends of the Earth: 03) 9419 8700

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HRL - Burning Coal at Three Minutes to Midnight

With $150 million of state and federal government grants this new coal fire power station has benefited from a large injection of taxpayer money to continue Victoriaís reliance on coal based electricity. The proposed HRL coal fire power plant is one of the first of the so-called ëclean coalí power plants scheduled to be built, and if allowed to go ahead will expand Australiaís reliance on polluting fossil fuel sources of energy such as coal, to the detriment of the clean, green renewable energy solutions available to us. A key component of the FoEM climate campaign is to create ways in which people from all walks of life can become part of the rapidly growing campaign to halt climate change. With a strong focus on community engagement and movement building, as well as tackling Victoria's incredibly polluting brown coal based power sector. FoEM provides a strong climate campaign in Victoria that recognises we need urgent action to halt climate change; combining deep cuts in our greenhouse pollution, a shift to clean green renewable energy sources, energy and resource efficiency with the need for doing so in a just and equitable way.

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Climate Code Red Report

The case for a sustainability emergency published by FoE, finds that serious climate-change impacts are already happening, more quickly and at lower global temperature rises than previously projected. Download this must-read report to learn more about the latest science on climate change and what we can do to halt dangerous climate change here
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Managed Investment Schemes Enter Melbourne's Water Supply, Pesticide Risk Exposed

Strawberry crops near Woori Yallock. The person who took this photograph ended up in hospital due to pesticide exposure. For more information click here Woori Yallock.
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Bay dredging alert

Please take the time (less than a minute) to send a letter to Peter Garrett and help stop the proposed dredging of Port Phillip Bay - just click here to use our simple form now. (This link will take you to an e-lobby on the FoE International website)

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Goldmines in Melbourne's Water Supplies?

Friends of the Earth today raised concerns about the possibility of gold mining occurring within water supplies that supply Melbournians with drinking water. For background on this issue also see: www.baddevelopers.green.net.au

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Sustainable palm oil campaign launched

Members of the Palm Oil Action Group are ;

Check out our new website at: http://www.palmoilaction.org.au/

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