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Posted by anonymous

Dear MPCCC member,

I am a father of 3 young boys and after taking my oldest son Ronan to his soccer game on Saturday morning I will be heading out with 10 other members of my community group, the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, doorknocking my town of Castlemaine.

I and members of our group have been doorknocking and talking to people in street stalls now for 2 months about the need for more government support for renewable energy and putting a price on pollution. In this time we have had conversations with hundreds of people.

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Climate Committee members are heading into a long weekend of the negotiations about the carbon price tomorrow and the polluters are up to the their usual tricks putting claims on carbon price money that could otherwise be going into renewable energy.

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I have a confession to make.  In all my 31 years I have never been involved in any form of environmental activism, be it a rally, a sit-in or even petitioning.  Yet in less than two weeks I will be co-hosting a community forum for my local MP Tony Windsor, trying to persuade him that he should alter 2011's most controversial piece of legislation to reflect the views of his constituents.

How on earth did this happen?

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Posted by Shaun Scallan
From Group:

The committed team from Lighter Footprints braved the icy weather in Melbourne last Saturday to test their skills at doorknocking after a training session.  We all learned a lot and got a real feel from the experience about the effort required. Danae facilitated the day and did a great job, as always. Thanks to Fiona for the venue and the hospitality.  Thanks also to Lynne, Lynn, Jenny and Joan for committing the time to the cause.  National Doorknock Day next Saturday!

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Lindsay and Duncan from Climate Action Newcastle met with Minister Greg Combet on Tuesday, to share information with him about all of you - the very many committed community members who are working for renewable energy in their communities, and who will fight for a price on pollution that will deliver good renewable energy outcomes.

Expect a more detailed blog post from Lindsay later today with more interesting commentary as to how the meeting went, but in the meantime, we've put out the following media release:

17 May 2011

MEDIA RELEASE

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Posted by Jo Spangaro

Ryde Gladesville CAG finally succumbed to the shining example of the other CAGS and door kinocked today. You know, i didnt expect to be a door knock fan... so much easier in a group at the shopping centre, but no.. im a convert.  They are my neighbours. I am their neighbour and not selling encyclopedias or religion and most people are on side, cooperative and pleased we are there. Phew.

A couple of ripping letters from some regional Victorians in this week's Age. In support of Tony Windsors statements in this article.

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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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The coming weeks will prove to be very important for the future of renewable energy in Australia.

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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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