In conjunction with Climate Change Australia (Hastings)
Steve Posselt is paddling from Ballina to Moruya then hauling his kayak up the range to Canberra to present the Climate Emergency Declaration.
He will be in Port Macquarie on Friday 13 January and Saturday 14 January 2017
On Friday 13 January we welcome Steve to Port Macquarie - Westport Park boat ramp, 9 am.
Steve will give a talk on his campaign, including his trip to the Paris climate talks in December 2015, on Friday evening at the CWA Rooms starting at 6pm.
Next day the big event is on land and water:
Saturday 14 January 2017
Westport Park boat ramp.
12.30 pm start
Steve Posselt is an engineer, author, adventurer, eco-warrior, grandfather and raconteur. He has over 40 years’ experience in the water industry and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia. His story is about adaptation, agility, intelligence, experience and pure persistence to achieve the goal of getting there. Humour, especially encounters with local police, break the relentless grind of reaching Paris. People, equipment, weather, and bureaucracy, contribute to having audiences on the edge of their seats.
CCA contacts – Harry Creamer 0431 158 252 and Mick Lyons 0438 172 348
A message from our President:
As 2016 ends, it’s time to take stock and have some rest and relaxation with friends and family. It’s been a tough year for all of us in climate campaigning - from the largest mass bleaching of the Reef in January to the federal policy chaos of this month.
Throughout, we excelled as a safe climate and clean energy action group. Our membership continues to rise and the commitment of our members remains strong – seen at networking events like the end-of-year party last Friday, in meetings with MPs, attendance at workshops, and in the policy submissions we make. Without doubt, our high point was the federal election. We attended forums, took to the streets with letterboxing, held two ‘Pollution-Free Politics’ rallies, staged a flash action to greet the deputy PM, and even launched a new website. We may not have changed the outcome in 2016, but just wait until 2019!
2017 is shaping up to be another big year. Our work with Council in urging them to become more engaged with our community on sustainability issues, to make ours a truly transition region, is an example. We will again be wearing out shoe leather with a Solar Citizens post card campaign. There are tremendous opportunities in the transition to clean energy. Not only is it inevitable, it may still be able to secure a barely-safe climate, and will create new jobs and modernise the economy. The support is there - 76% of swinging voters are concerned about climate change.
We are there - our membership is our strength. We must remain active - activism is the rent we pay for living on Mother Earth. I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
President, CCA Hastings
A Message From Our President:
There are some months between newsletters when events move so quickly I can barely keep up. This has been one of them. As always there is a mix of good and bad news, but I’ll stick to the good – I’m feeling optimistic!
Good news: the Paris agreement has come into force in record time for a global deal. What it means for all developed nations to meet our commitments with a 66% chance of staying below +2°C of global warming is that Australia now must cut 40% by 2018, 70% by 2024 and 90% by 2030, to achieve net zero emissions by 2032. Not much chance, but that is what the science is telling us and that is what we must campaign for.
Good news: to help us get there the Hazelwood brown coal power station is to close next March, removing 3% of emissions from the national inventory. The owners made it clear that no government policy influenced their decision; maybe because there is no policy to retire old polluting coal power stations. An inspiring short video from AYCC shows what can now be achieved:
Good news: the NSW government has announced a climate and energy policy which looks like a big improvement on what it had before. It sets two objectives: achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and making NSW more resilient. If you would like to have a closer look, click on this link: NSW Climate Change Policy Framework
Good news: CSIRO and the BoM have released their fourth biennial State of the Climate Report. Why good news when there’s a lot of bad news I hear you ask! I think that clear and informative climate science is worthwhile because it keeps us in touch with a reality we cannot walk away from and armed with that, we can act. Watch the State of the Climate 2016 summary video
If you’ve heard about Energy Forever, but haven’t yet sponsored a panel (or even a part-panel), please do. This is a local initiative ‘walking the talk’ on think global, act local: http://www.pmhsn.org.au/energy-forever/
Finally, I’ve finished reading Laudato Si’, the Pope’s encyclical on ecology and climate. I heard back in May 2015 it would be a powerful document, and it is. The fact is that many of the words he uses could be used by any one of us in the movement. At nearly 200 pages it’s a long read but the good news is that I’ve written a short summary as a 4-page PDF which I’m happy to share. Let me know if you’d like me to email it to you, and/or you can see more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laudato_si’