Climate Action Sydney Eastern Suburbs (CASES)

Climate Action Sydney Eastern Suburbs (CASES) is a coalition of climate concerned residents of Sydney's eastern suburbs, taking in the Federal electorates of Wentworth (Malcom Turnbull - Lib) and Kingsford-Smith (Peter Garett - ALP) as well as the NSW state seats of  Maroubra (Michael Daley - ALP), Coogee (Bruce Notley-Smith - Lib), Vaucluse (Peter Debnam - Lib) and a bit of Heffron (Kristina Keneally - ALP). We are active in seeking community and political support for action on climate change, especially the transition to 100% renewable energy production and sustainable lifestyles.
Email:
sustainabilityatexemail [dot] com [dot] au
Phone:
0293113857
State:
NSW
Postcode:
2031
Posted by Antonia Flowers

Antonia goes behind the scenes of the 100% Renewable campaign as part of her Year 10 work experience.

The reason I was so interested in doing work experience with 100%, is that we’ve been learning a lot about global warming in Geography at school lately, and how important it is to protect and conserve our environment, especially by reducing carbon emissions.

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Say YES to climate action!

05/06/2011 11:00 am

Across Australia on June 5 people will stand up and say YES to action on climate change a price on pollution!

At 11am (1pm in Brisbane, 1.30 in Canberra) on Sunday, June 5, we'll come together in every major city to show our support for action on climate change.

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In today's Canberra Times, Greens senator, Christine Milne, stated, almost verbatim, 100% Renewables demand for Australia to implement the transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

''While Labor is still wedded to its outdated target to reduce Australia's pollution by 60per cent by 2050, the Greens read and understand the climate science and are committed to setting Australia on the path to a zero emissions economy as soon as possible,'' Senator Milne said.

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Here's is a link to an article in the Climate Spectator which covers the 1,000 page IPCC report which details how, and at what cost, the world could be powered by renewables by 80%: http://www.climatespectator.co

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The Australian Conservation Fund (ACF) has recently published a report detailing the $12 billion of subsidies being paid in support of fossil fuels: http://www.acfonline.org.au/uploads/res/climate_expenditure_and_subsidies.pdf

Wouldn't be great if this hypocrisy was turned around 180% and those funds given to renewables!  There'd be no need for a market based carbon pollution price and they could get on with implementing  a national FiT insteadl!!

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Today, I'm writing through bleary eyes home in Sydney following my return from six weekends of campaign workshops in six towns across the country. I'm not quite sure what city I'm in and my bedroom looks like a hurricane has hit, hurling used butchers paper, scrunched clothes and old flyers around the room.

My topsy turvy home life is only matched by the topsy turvy world outside - a world where angry Abbott and his attempted people's revolt, together with parts of the the media, are doing their darnedest to block any action on climate change.

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I'm sick up and fed with the ignorant misinformation and opinions given by those opposed to a price on carbon.  For example, an article in the Herald Sun on April 6, 2011, which reported on a survey of 1,036 people, one third of whom supported a price on carbon pollution as long as it was accompanied by suitable compensation measures for low and middle income households, attracted 442 comments, most of which abused the article and it's su

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Beyond Zero Emissions released ther Zero Carbon Australian 2020 Plan in Canberra  on Tuesday, June 22.  Finally there are some pollies on board: 

www.beyondzeroemissions.org/

There's been national media coverage too:

www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2932909.htm

and www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2010/s2933567.htm


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Here's a link to the 2010 Deakin Lectures in which the reality of the politics of climate change is discussed. Please note the excellent contribution from the Greens' Nick McKim, Tasmania's Minister for Climate Change: http://wheelercentre.com/videos/tag/deakins-2010/

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Nicholas Rowley speaks on ABC's Inside Business on June 14 about the realities of tackling climate change in today's political environment: www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/  It's the second last video on the scroll.

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Check out ABC TVs June 14 edition of Inside Business which updates Wizard Power's concentrated solar power plant (CSPP) in Whyalla, SA.  It's interesting to note that this an alternative CSP technology to the ones in Spain and now the UAE: www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/  It's the final clip on the scroll.  :-)

100 MW concentrated solar power station to be built in Abu Dhabi  by 2012 at a cost of $A742 million, http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/uae-to-get-worlds-largest-solar-plant-20100609-xx1n.html

C'mon Aussie Pollies and Captains Of Industry, get with the trend!!

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OK, we've see the launch of the 100% Renewable Campaign.  Well done all.  But what's next?

Many of us are members of multiple organisations that are at the 'coal face' of ideas and policy regarding the general 100% renewable philosophy we embrace. I trust these bodies, who represent us in the public forum, unlike the Life of Brian's People's Front of Judea, they want to initiate real action.

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A Billion Acts of Green - Film Screening at the Ritz Cinema
 
Special showing of two short films:
The Future Makers & The Mechanicals
 
Wednesday 21 April
6.00pm
Ritz Cinema
43-47 Pauls Street
Randwick (The Spot)
 
Doors open at 6pm for a prompt 6:15pm start. Film screening is followed by special guest discussion with drinks and nibbles in the bar.
 

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Great news, folks!  After 11 months of planning and acting, our sustainable home retrofit is complete .. well almost!

In June 2009 we installed an evacuated tube solar hot water system (SHWS), on February 19, 2010 our 2.09 kW of photovoltaic (PV) panels was connected to the grid and on March 19 our 'whole of house' 6,000 litre rainwater harvesting system (RWHA) was commissioned!

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Beyond Zero Emissions have released a paper entitled Zero Carbon Australia 2020 (ZCA2020) Stationary Energy Plan.  

If implemented by the Federal and State Governments would achieve 100% Renewable's goal of 100% renewable energy and therefore zero carbon emissions by using a combination of Solar Thermal and Wind power stations by 2020.  It'll cost between 3% and 3.5% of our GDP. Certainly achievable!!!!!

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