The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Climate Change
Corporate Interests vs The National Interest
Sam Castro is the Friends of the Earth Spokesperson on the TPP and Trade and a current board member. Sam is the cofounder of Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA) and has been campaigning to stop the TPP since 2011. Sam is part of the Economic Justice Collective at Friends of the Earth Melbourne which is one of the founding groups of the TPP Union and Community Roundtable. Sam comes from a media and communication background and previously worked in advertising before moving to the NGO sector to work on the Make Poverty History campaign for the peak International Aid and development body in Australia, ACFID. As well as her work with Friends of the Earth and WACA, Sam occasionally guest lectures at Victoria University and RMIT on climate change, militarism and global politics.
7.30pm Wednesday 26 October
Sandringham Uniting Church Hall
21 Trentham Street, Sandringham
Chris Cole, Director Melbourne Gardens
Chris Cole is Director of Melbourne Gardens at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Chris will speak on “A Landscape Succession Strategy 2016-2036 to adapt Melbourne Gardens to climate change projections of 2090”.
Chris is responsible for horticultural planning and operations, including landscape planning, management and development of living plant collections, arboriculture, environmental horticulture and research, nursery operations, and management of site facilities and infrastructure at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Chris also provides direction for the development and delivery of public programs for Melbourne Gardens and is responsible for managing the development and implementation of the Working Wetlands project.
David Spratt spoke at our August Pubic Forum on Climate Reality, Challenges and Solutions. David is a climate change policy analyst, writer and activist. He is the co-author of “Climate Code Red; The case for emergency action”, and blogs at climatecodered.org. His most recent work is “Climate Reality Check” , available at breakthroughonline.org.au.
David spoke about the urgent need to halt the use of fossil fuels to avoid climate system collapse. He suggested a need to announce an international Climate Emergency, to really focus resources and action to keeping global temperature rise under 1.5C.
The Bayside Climate Change Action Group AGM was held on July 27, 2016. Lynette Luther presented a report on BCCAG activities during 2015-16 and the new Board was elected (see Board page). One space remains vacant. If any member is interested to join the Board – please contact the BCCAG Secretary for more information via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
BCCAG Board would like to apologise to members that the performance of Music for a Warming World by the Simon Kerr Perspective was unfortunately cancelled at short notice due to illness. BCCAG is working to reschedule this event.
For the past 25 Years sculptor and artist Lisa Roet has been working with the image of the ape and monkey. Lisa spoke about the devastating effects that rainforest clearance for palm oil and climate change are having on primates in Asia.
Palm oil is produced cheaply from the nuts, but is high in trans fats and the trees permanently degrade the soil, turning it barren.
We should avoid buying any foodstuffs, soaps and make-up that contain ‘vegetable oil’. A handy app is provided by Palm Oil Investigations that can be used to scan bar codes prior to purchasing goods to ensure they are palm oil free.
Clearance is forcing apes out of the rainforests and new species are being found. Lisa has studied the rare Silvery Langur, the Spider Monkey and the Sneezy Snub Nose Monkey.
Read about Lisa in this Age article. See images of Lisa’s art in this Google Search.
HOW TO CHEAPLY AND COMFORTABLY HEAT
YOUR HOME WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY
The May 2016 Public Forum was a success with over 50 people attending, including the Liberal, Labor and Greens candidates for the forthcoming Federal Election on 2 July 2016.
Tim Forcey discussed the efficiency of Heat Pumps. We call them Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners in Australia. Every where else in the world they are called heat pumps. This name results in many people thinking of them as air conditioners only. They have never thought to press the HEAT heat button. Heating with an efficient heat pump can be much cheaper than heating with gas, but it will depend on your building.
A copy of Tim’s presentation can be viewed by clicking on the following link.
Tim Forcey is the Energy Advisor at the University of Melbourne Energy Institute and a member of BCCAG. His research found that Victorians can collectively save hundreds of millions of dollars per year on home heating bills by using Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners.
Read more in this article from The Age where you will find a video trailer of Tim’s presentation.
Tim Forcey can be contacted on 0419 019 864
Our April Public Forum featured two speakers, Berish Bilander, Campaign Manager for PTUA and David Rothfield, from BZE.
Bearish Bilander, Campaign Manager for PUBLIC TRANSPORT NOT TRAFFIC spoke about the need to improve the public bus network in Melbourne to meet the demands of a growing population, particularly in regional and suburban areas currently not served by train or tram services. People need an efficient alternative to the private car which is polluting and causing congestion. To attract users – the bus service needs to be frequent, connect well to train services, have travel priority over cars and run on direct routes.
Berish presented the concept of a new cross town electric bus system to connect key jobs and activity hubs, powered by renewable energy. Electric buses have already been deployed overseas, proving the technology is ready to go, and could easily be built right here in Victoria.
To become a member of PTUA visit: www.ptua.org.au/members
David Rothfield, a member of BCCAG Board and Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) explained how high speed rail (powered by renewable energy) could transform our nation, connecting highly populated zones of eastern Australia, economically and efficiently.
David participated in the preparation of BZE’s report on High Speed Rail
High Speed Rail is back in the news. According to our local former parliamentary member, Andrew Robb, “we should build it now, whilst the world is awash with cheap money”. The proposal is backed by both the ALP and The Greens.
The Very Fast Train