October 2017 Public Forum – Marine Invertebrates Museums Victoria

Tim-OHara

 

Tim O’Hara
Senior Curator
Marine Invertebrates
Museums Victoria

 

 

In this role, Tim investigates the distribution of biodiversity across the ocean seafloor, by combining data from museum collections from across the planet. This data allows his team to study the evolution of the deep-sea fauna, assist governments to plan for marine parks, and assist the United Nations to manage oceanic resources. His latest expedition was to the ‘abyss” off Eastern Australia where a large team of international scientists explored biodiversity from up to 4800 m below the sea surface, a feat not previously achieved in Australian waters.

Tim O’Hara will give a presentation about his work and the latest expedition he led surveying Australia’s ocean Abyss. He will show some of his latest findings and put them in a wider ecological and biogeographical context. He will show how marine biodiversity is distributed across the oceans and how this may be altered by climate change.

Uniting Church Hall
21 Trentham St Sandringham
Wed October 25 – 7.30pm
Donations requested

 

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September 2017 Public Forum – Nature as a Climate Solution

 

 

Tria Manley
Community Organiser
The Wilderness Society Victoria

 

The Great Forest National Park – Nature as a climate solution.

 

Land clearing and deforestation not only impact greatly on the native and endangered species that live in impacted areas, but contribute dramatically to climate change. Protecting forests is an often overlooked part of the solution to fighting climate change, particularly in the Central Highlands of Victoria, home to some of the most carbon-dense forests on Earth.

Hear about how creating the Great Forest National Park will help mitigate catastrophic climate change, as well as safeguard Melbourne’s water supply, provide a sanctuary for endangered species, rejuvenate regional communities through tourism and new job opportunities, and offer a playground on Melbourne’s doorstep for all Victorian’s to enjoy.

Uniting Church Hall
21 Trentham St  Sandringham
Wed September 27  –  7.30pm
Donations requested

BCCAG Annual Report – July 2017

Introduction

At the time of BCCAG’s last AGM, our hopes were still high that the new Turnbull
government would begin to take real action to deal with the challenges of climate
change looming large. But it soon became clear that any hopes the Government would
act were misplaced. The need for BCCAG and groups like BCCAG to act and grab the
attention of the public was paramount.

So we decided to start 2017 with a big event that would attract a large crowd,
particularly from amongst sections of the community we don’t normally attract. We
wanted to use that event to talk of a climate emergency.

The well-publicised ‘Facing the Climate Crisis’ event in February took place at
Brighton Grammar School and attracted a record attendance of some 350 participants.
They came to hear Tim Flannery on a panel with 2 other guest speakers, Alison Rowe
from the Future Business Council and Laura Sykes from the Australian Youth Climate
Coalition. It should be noted that roughly 60% of attendees were new to BCCAG. They
were not listed on our mailing list.

Flannery set the tone, not only for that event but for much of our activity to come
when he said that, in the absence of leadership from Government, leadership must
come from the community.

At the last AGM, we saw the election of an excellent group of keen members to the
BCCAG board but also the retirement of 2 long serving, dedicated and experienced
outgoing board members. Then, during the first few months that the new board had
been working together, 2 of its key members had to resign, each for pressing personal
reasons, our Secretary Anne Tourney and President, Lynette Luther.

That cumulative loss of experience and expertise made for a difficult few months of
reorganisation and redistribution of responsibilities.

In addition to running our monthly public forums on topical issues we decided to
pursue a range of additional activities. These included maintaining contact with and
lobbying of our local federal and state MPs, interaction with Bayside City Council on
sustainability and their ‘carbon neutrality by 2020 plan’ and running campaigns in coordination with other climate action and environment groups.

To continue reading, click here to download the full BCCAG Annual Report July 2017

August 2017 Public Forum – From Climate Doubt to Economic Doubt

 

 

Richard Denniss,
Chief Economist, The Australia Institute*

From Climate Doubt to Economic Doubt

 

 

 

How those who profit from doubt distort the facts & what you can do about it.

World leaders first agreed on climate action back in 1992. They agreed that rich countries should act first to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. But 25 years later Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, we are still building new coal mines and debating the need to subsidise the construction of new coal fired power stations. This is no accident.

In his talk Dr Richard Denniss, Chief Economist at The Australia Institute (tai.org.au), an independent Canberra based policy think tank, will explain why and how those who profit from the sale of fossil fuels have done so much to distort public debate and public policy in Australia. He will conclude with what can be done to improve not just climate policy but the functioning of public debate in Australia.

Richard is known for his ability to translate economic issues into everyday language.  His latest book, Econobabble, was launched by Laura Tingle.

Uniting Church Hall
21 Trentham St  Sandringham
Wed August 30 –  7.30pm
Donations welcome

July 2017 Annual General Meeting

The Bayside Climate Change Action Group AGM will be held on
July 26, 2017 at 7.30pm at

Uniting Church Hall,
21 Trentham St, Sandringham

If any BCCAG member is interested in joining the Board please contact David Rothfield, Secretary, BCCAG for more information: bccagsecretary@gmail.com

A very short film:
“Creating a Climate for Change”

Following a quick AGM we will see a short doco,  Climate Change Explained & The Way forward.
A discussion will follow led by a guest Climate For Change facilitator about how we can reach out to a wider audience and bring them on board.

Entry by donation – and there will be wine and nibbles available at the end of the evening for a small cost.

Uniting Church Hall
21 Trentham St  Sandringham
Wed July 26 –  7.30pm

June 2017 Public Forum The Role of Finance in the Climate Crisis & A Practical Guide to Divestment

The Role of Finance in the Climate Crisis

Will Van de Pol
Market Forces

Bachelor of Environments degree from Melbourne Uni
and currently completing a law degree at RMIT

 

Will explains what Market Forces is all about and how they work. He will then explain their four major campaigns – banks, superannuation, insurance, and shareholder activism – before going into a bit more detail about each of them. Finally, and most importantly, he will let us know what we can do to help cut off funding for climate-wrecking fossil fuels, and ensure their money is used as a force for good.

and

A Practical Guide to Divestment

Adam Carey MFP, MBA, F.Fin, B.Sc.
Financial Advisor
Authorised Representative of Ethical Investment Services Pty Ltd

Bayside resident and BCCAG member, Adam Carey is a Financial Adviser with Ethical Investment Services. He has a Master’s degree in Financial Planning from Deakin University, specialising in social responsible investment. His thesis evaluated how Australian socially responsible managed funds screen their investments. He now enjoys helping his clients select investments that reflect their personal and ethical values, such as divesting from fossil fuel investments.
Adam believes that the way we choose to invest will ultimately shape the world we live in, particularly in regards to addressing the environmental and social impact of the companies we invest in.

Uniting Church Hall
21 Trentham St Sandringham
Wed June 28 – 7.30pm
Donations welcome

Guarding the Galilee

Many of our Members have expressed an interest in the documentary – Guarding the Galilee: a new 30 minute documentary film that takes you inside the fight to stop Adani coal.  We are therefore happy to advise that in collaboration with Highett Neighbourhood Community Centre and Side Door Social Justice Hub, BCCAG are presenting this film on Tuesday June 13, at 7.30pm.  Discussion after the film will be facilitated by BCCAG.

Presented by award-winning actor Michael Caton, the film features farmers, dive instructors and boat operators all concerned about the impacts that Adani’s Carmichael coal mine would have on water resources, climate and the reef. To read more about the doco, visit the following website:  http://guardingthegalilee.weebly.com/

This is a free event but please go to this link to book so that we can arrange seating.

Where:        Highett Neighbourhood Community House
2 Livingston St, Highett

When           Tuesday June 13, 2017 at 7.30pm – 8.45pm

This is a free event, however donations are welcome.
Refreshments provided.

See map here