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Frontline Climate Alliance Vic Meeting w/ Dindi Transition

Climate impacts are already here. We need solutions, support and solidarity enacted now. 

In November we launched the Frontline Climate Alliance Victoria, to make the case for the Victorian government to resource adaptation for climate impacted Vic communities.

This meeting will feature Kim Croxford from the volunteer community group Dindi Transition in Taungurung Country who will be joining the call to present on their project. The group are working to determine their future locally in the transition away from native forest logging and build resilience to climate change.

 


The alliance will build grassroots power for community led adaptation solutions, and build pressure on the Victorian government to act on climate adaptation.

While there are lots of alliances focused on resisting extractive projects and cutting emissions, there is less work happening to bring communities together on the basis of building resilience to climate impacts. 

The Victorian government has made impressive investments into emissions reduction measures in the last ten years. However, in 2023, it seems bizarre that there is still no annual provision of resources in the budget for long term climate adaptation and resilience.

Communities need to make the case for the government to create a dedicated fund for climate adaptation. Through solidarity we can share knowledge and skills with each other as communities battle the same impacts. 

This call will progress discussions about climate impacts, our responses and solutions. We will share how grassroots communities across Victoria can benefit from a campaign for a Community Climate Adaptation Fund.

Many communities around the state are already experimenting with different ways to monitor and build resilience to impacts.  When climate disasters do happen, we want to be able to signal-boost messages from local communities about what support they need. 

This meeting is online.

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We acknowledge that the lands we meet and work on across so called Victoria are stolen from First Nations people. Climate justice means land back and there can be no climate justice without justice for First Nations communities everywhere. Act on Climate values the leadership of elders past and present in caring for country. Solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people under settler colonialism in so called Australia is critical in the fight for liberation from all oppressive systems that devalue and exploit people and the environment.
WHEN
May 27, 2024 at 12:00pm
WHERE
Zoom
Wurundjeri Country
Collingwood, VIC 3065
Australia
Google map and directions
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Frontline Climate Alliance Vic Meeting w/ Australia Remade

Climate impacts are already here. We need solutions, support and solidarity enacted now. 

In November we launched the Frontline Climate Alliance Victoria, to make the case for the Victorian government to resource adaptation for climate impacted Vic communities.

 


The alliance will build grassroots power for community led adaptation solutions, and build pressure on the Victorian government to act on climate adaptation.

While there are lots of alliances focused on resisting extractive projects and cutting emissions, there is less work happening to bring communities together on the basis of building resilience to climate impacts. 

The Victorian government has made impressive investments into emissions reduction measures in the last ten years. However, in 2023, it seems bizarre that there is still no annual provision of resources in the budget for long term climate adaptation and resilience.

Communities need to make the case for the government to create a dedicated fund for climate adaptation. Through solidarity we can share knowledge and skills with each other as communities battle the same impacts. 

This call will progress discussions about climate impacts, our responses and solutions. We will share how grassroots communities across Victoria can benefit from a campaign for a Community Climate Adaptation Fund.

Many communities around the state are already experimenting with different ways to monitor and build resilience to impacts.  When climate disasters do happen, we want to be able to signal-boost messages from local communities about what support they need. 

This meeting is online.

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We acknowledge that the lands we meet and work on across so called Victoria are stolen from First Nations people. Climate justice means land back and there can be no climate justice without justice for First Nations communities everywhere. Act on Climate values the leadership of elders past and present in caring for country. Solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people under settler colonialism in so called Australia is critical in the fight for liberation from all oppressive systems that devalue and exploit people and the environment.
WHEN
June 20, 2024 at 12:00pm
WHERE
Zoom
Wurundjeri Country
Collingwood, VIC 3065
Australia
Google map and directions
rsvp

Community Resilience Mapping: How To

Good climate resilience strategies that keep community members safe - this is the outcome of Community Resilience Mapping. The activity aids the exploration and understanding of a specific area's risk to climate impacts. It identifies the residents most at risk, where a community's has strong climate resilience, and where the gaps are in its climate impact readiness.


Read on for more on community resilience mapping and how to map your community's climate impact preparedness.

 

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Frankston Resilience Mapping with Sweltering Cities

Act on Climate's first community resilience mapping activity saw highly engaged attendees develop innovative, clear, and ambitious climate adaptation ideas for Frankston. The collective facilitated this activity at Sweltering Cities' HeatSafe Frankston event in February.

Good climate resilience strategies that keep community members safe - this is the outcome of Community Resilience Mapping. The activity aids the exploration and understanding of a specific area's risk to climate impacts. It identifies the residents most at risk, where a community's has strong climate resilience, and where the gaps are in its climate impact readiness.

We're offering support to anyone who wants to facilitate the activity in their own community. Check out our Submission Making Party Facilitation Guide, which you can use to guide the running of your own event!

Read on for more about how Frankston mapped its community resilience and the outcomes.

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Climate Resilience Inquiry: Make a Submission

The Victorian government is running an Inquiry into Climate Resilience, which will look into the preparedness of communities facing climate disasters across the state. This is an opportunity for you to share your experiences, stories, concerns and ideas for climate adaptation. Do you think Victoria is prepared for incoming climate impacts? What do you think the state needs to do to prepare?

Our submission guide below lines out the submission process and makes it easy for you to have your say to ensure VIC's climate adaptation is community led...

 

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Add Your Name: A Community Climate Adaptation Fund for Victoria

To prepare for locked-in climate impacts, we need ongoing funding for community-led adaptation work. 

Will you call on the Victorian government to support communities in building resilience to climate impacts?

 

When it comes to tackling the climate crisis, every inch of a degree of warming that we can prevent by rapidly reducing emissions still matters. But climate impacts like bushfires, floods, drought and extreme weather are already inflicting blows on communities around the country. We know we need to prepare for a certain amount of warming that is locked in.

The majority of funding to address climate impacts is currently put into disaster relief, but we can’t only be on a reactive footing to climate impacts. Communities want funding in advance of climate disasters to build resilience and lessen the damage of impacts when they hit.

We call on the Victorian government to establish a permanent Victorian Community Climate Adaptation Fund (VCCAF). The fund would distribute money annually to community groups that apply to undertake localised adaptation and resilience projects. This approach would help the government meet its obligations to the Victorian Climate Change Act (2017) and ensure Victorian communities can enhance their capacity to adapt to impacts.

When the Victorian government has provided one-off grant programs for communities to carry out adaptation work in the past, they have been dramatically oversubscribed. It is clear that there is strong demand for support of local solutions that empower communities.

The government can build on its previous successful grant scheme models by establishing a permanent VCCAF. The nature of the fund would take into account the highly localised nature of climate impacts, and accordingly take a bottom-up approach of dispersing money to local groups that know the unique needs of their communities well.

Add your name to show your support for a permanent Victorian Community Climate Adaptation Fund.

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Act on Climate collective meeting & dinner (online and in-person)

ORGANISING MEETINGS EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT


Act on Climate campaigns for climate justice with frontline communities, workers, and unions. The collective is building an alliance with grassroots groups towards climate resilience and local solutions with social justice at its' core.
Weekly collective meetings are the engine room for our campaigns. Dinner is included, with the meal cooked on rotation by a collective member.

Come along to get involved in grassroots action for climate justice. 


NOTE: Friends of the Earth is a COVID-safe workplace. At face-to-face meetings, we ask that attendees are fully vaccinated. 

We acknowledge that the lands we meet and work on across so called Victoria are stolen from First Nations people. There can be no climate justice without justice for First Nations communities everywhere. Solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people under settler colonialism in so called Australia is critical in the fight for liberation from all oppressive systems that devalue and exploit people and the environment.


WHEN
May 21, 2024 at 6:00pm
WHERE
Friends of the Earth Melbourne
312 Smith St
Wurundjeri Country
Collingwood, VIC 3065
Australia
Google map and directions
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Act on Climate collective meeting & dinner (online and in-person)

ORGANISING MEETINGS EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT


Act on Climate campaigns for climate justice with frontline communities, workers, and unions. The collective is building an alliance with grassroots groups towards climate resilience and local solutions with social justice at its' core.
Weekly collective meetings are the engine room for our campaigns. Dinner is included, cooked by a collective member.

Come along to get involved in grassroots action for climate justice. 


NOTE: Friends of the Earth is a COVID-safe workplace. At face-to-face meetings, we ask that attendees are fully vaccinated. 

We acknowledge that the lands we meet and work on across so called Victoria are stolen from First Nations people. There can be no climate justice without justice for First Nations communities everywhere. Solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people under settler colonialism in so called Australia is critical in the fight for liberation from all oppressive systems that devalue and exploit people and the environment.


WHEN
May 28, 2024 at 6:00pm
WHERE
Friends of the Earth Melbourne
312 Smith St
Wurundjeri Country
Collingwood, VIC 3065
Australia
Google map and directions
rsvp

Organising Training Series: Sign up


The Organising training series is for anyone interested in building their activist skills across Friends of the Earth or the wider climate movement. It aims to build capacity in our collectives and broader movement.

Sign up to the series for updates and resources after each session. Whether you're able to attend or not, you can recieve the content from the workshops and stay in touch with any changes and communications on the topics of upskilling.

 

The workshop series 2024 will return on a monthly basis from May 1st and will be on the last Wednesdays from then 6pm-8pm with dinner provided.

 

PROGRAM 2024

TBC. The training content and structure will differ from last years series. 

 

PROGRAM 2023

PART 1

#1: May 9 - Organising 101

Back to the basics of organising! We’ll kick off the series by diving into looking at the systems of power upholding our current society and draw on simple frameworks we can utilise to understand how we can be effective in our organising. RSVP here.

#2: May 23 - Relational organising and Facilitation

What does relational organising look like? Join this session to learn about the power of one on one conversations in collective building and why relationships are the foundation of everything we do. Facilitation is a skill we use regularly in our collectives. This is an opportunity to also spend time reflecting on what makes a good facilitator and how we can improve our skills to get more out of our meeting processes. RSVP here.

#3: June 6 - Building our base and collective capacity

Who is our base, and how effectively does our team work together? We’ll investigate how people are currently engaging with our collectives, discuss the role of leadership in movement building and what we can do to strengthen, expand and enhance our collectives. RSVP here.

#4: June 20 - Storytelling & effective conversations

What role do narratives play in movement building? The messages we use to communicate drive our campaigns, but we can also utilise our own story as a tool to organise. This workshop utilises formats of storytelling which connect our individual experience to our community. The interactions we have with people can move them to action if we approach the exchange with an awareness of how to best connect with people on issues. RSVP here.

#5: July 4 - Building alliances

As we build alliances with impacted communities, unions, and across FoE collectives, we can draw on the wisdom of movements from the past. What is involved in coalition building and how we can prepare our collective to engage with other groups behind common concerns? RSVP here.

 

PART 2

#6: Aug 1 - White Supremacy Culture with guest facilitator Imo

Imo and a group of their peers founded the Racial Justice Learning collective at Tomorrow Movement, an educational space led by People Of Colour, open to anyone committed to critically engaging with racial justice content and organising.

RSVP here.

#7: Aug 29 - Mid way reflection on learnings 

This is an opportunity to look back at the months of content in part one of the organising series. How are we adapting the learnings from the workshops into the practices of our current work?

RSVP here.

Sept 12: TRANSPORT EQUITY WEEK ACTION ORGANISING

Transport Equity Week is happening September 17-23, lead by the Sustainable Cities collective. FoEM collectives will be joining organising behind this call for transport equity as an integral element of climate justice.

RSVP to join action organising with the Sustainable Cities collective here.

RSVP to join action organising with the Act on Climate collective here.

#8: Sept 26 - Climate Justice & Intersectionality with guest facilitators Jess & Kirsty Pt 1

How do we build solidarity with climate impacted marginalised communities through an intersectional feminist lense? with guest facilitators Jess Tran & Kirsty Lau. RSVP here.

#9 Oct 25 (Wednesday) - Intersectional feminist Climate Justice Visioning with guest facilitators Jess & Kirsty Pt 2

The most just, resilient, powerful, intersectional movements have a strong sense of solidarity. The purpose of this workshop is to apply our feminist climate justice learnings to our collective work. RSVP here

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First Nations Clean Energy Network launch Ten Principles for Clean Energy

The opportunity of renewable energy should and can be available to all. But we know for many communities that affordable, secure and clean power is not yet a reality.

Members from Friends of the Earth were privileged to join an online webinar on the 30th November, 2022 for the launch of the First Nations Clean Energy Network's Ten Principles for Clean Energy Projects.

The First Nations Clean Energy Network (FNCEN) was formed to ensure First Nations People play a central role in Australia’s renewable energy transition, and to make sure this transition occurs fairly for First Nations people and communities.

The Ten Principles provide First Nations communities with guidance about how to engage with medium or large scale renewable energy projects proposed on or near their land and waters. According to the FNCEN, the Principles will also be helpful for all groups involved in developing renewable energy projects to make sure this happens in a collaborative and respectful way.

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