Anti-coal campaigns heat up
Posted on 9 May 2013 by e-news
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Become an activist this Saturday! Become a slacktivist from your computer, at any time!
There’s work to do either way, so roll up your sleeves …
The proposed Council Plan 2013-2017 has been prepared incorporating feedback from over 450 residents, and the residents have been invited to make submissions on the draft Plan.
Submissions will be received up to 4.30pm on 29 May, 2013. Any person who would like to speak to their submission will be able to do so at a Special Meeting of Council to be held on 4 June 2013 at 7.30pm in the Castlemaine Senior Citizens Centre. Council will consider submissions and adopt the Plan at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on 25 June 2013 at 7.30 pm in the Castlemaine Senior Citizens Centre.
To make a submission you can either use the on-line form, or make a submission in writing addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine, VIC, 3450.
Help the government come up with a spare $10 billion for the budget by ending fossil fuel subsidies.
Use your car this Saturday to help bring an end to fossil fuels. Join the 100% Renewable Campaign as part of the national Paid to Pollute campaign week of pre-budget action.
This Saturday morning, 10 May at 10am. Top End Service Station, Castlemaine. Group photo and leafletting of motorists.
Or pull in to refuel at 10.15am and ask for a leaflet from the activists to help support the action. They will have a large sign next to the petrol prices highlighting that mining companies pay 36 cents a litre less than the rest of us because we subsidise their fossil fuel consumption.
Simple actions and awareness raising like this will help de-legitimise fossil fuels and open up the space for Renewables – your presence/support will build climate movement political power around this issue and help ‘change the narrative’ in our society around a clean energy future.
For more information or to find out how you can help, contact Bernie Tonkin on 0459 472 558 Amy Sattler 0427 047 437 or visit http://paidtopollute.org.au/
The Hub Plot jottings
Although lamenting the lack of rain for gardening we’ve been busy enough at the Hub Plot in the last two weeks.
On Monday we went on an excursion to Castlemaine Aquaponics for a very informative session. We heard the reasoning behind aquaponics and learnt how to set up and maintain a system. Thanks to Lachlan who fielded lots of questions from us.
From there we went to Tutes Cottage where we had a great session with Matthew, Tute’s inspired and inspiring gardener. Matthew shared a number of his views and tips on gardening.
On Monday, 20 May we will be holding a shared lunch at the Hub Plot.
If you are interested in celebrating the harvest and local food initiatives in the area please join us and bring a plate to share: 12 noon at the Hub Plot.
Also if you have seeds, cuttings or plants you’d like to swap. Come along and join in.
National Volunteer Week
Monday 13 May, at 11am we are holding a special morning tea at The Hub Plot to thank all the volunteers who have helped at The Hub Plot. All welcome as we also want to thank those who would like to be volunteers at the Hub Plot as well!
Biodynamic Farming and Gardening
One-day autumn course at ‘Bress Winery’, 3894 Old Calder Highway, Harcourt. Presented by Australia Biodynamics-Victoria Inc. Sunday 26 May
Inquiries Tel: Narelle, 0439 402 325
Skeptical Science has developed an excellent collection of one-line responses to deniers of climate change. Here are the top 99 with links to the science.
Growing food on nature strips
Some Banyule residents will soon be able to cultivate food plants on the nature strip in front of their homes under a council initiative.
Councillor Craig Langdon said the council had been inspired to look at the option after discussing the possibility with environment groups Transition Banyule and Transition 3081.
Tear down those laws, Dr Napthine!
FoE and Quit Coal are having a fantastic impact on this government. How wonderful if every MASG member signed the petition.
As a customer of ANZ, Commonwealth, National Australia Bank or Westpac, you have a right to know what the banks are doing with your money – they’re using it fund the expansion of the coal industry.
Instead of investing in more pollution, the banks could drive the energy revolution forward. The first step they should take is to oppose the twelve new coal power stations that are on the drawing board for around Australia.
End polluter handouts
Class action to end polluter handouts It’s not every day that a bunch of school kids challenge Australia’s big polluters about their claim that fossil fuels are good for people and the economy, says Environment Victoria.
How much renewable energy could Australia install for $10 billion each year? A lot!
Ten billion dollars is the amount of money the Australian Government hands over every year in subsidies to fossil fuel companies to help them keep polluting.
Sign the petition to end polluter handouts now: http://paidtopollute.org.au/
Is 70 per cent renewable power possible?
Yes! Portugal just did it for three months
Portugal’s electricity network operator announced that renewable energy supplied 70 percent of total consumption in the first quarter of this year. This increase was largely due to favorable weather conditions resulting in increased wind and water flow, as well as lower demand.
Flinders Street Station targeted