November 2016 Public Forum Music For A Warming World

Join us to celebrate 10 years of BCCAG, with the help of some amazing live music.

Simon Kerr

Simon Kerr

This concert moves minds & hearts, is entertaining, sad, funny, informative and empowering.
$10.00 donation to cover costs

‘They tackle the overpowering zeitgeist of climate change, turning it into climate courage. See it and your hope and energy could be restored’
(Prof Adrian Evans, Faculty of Law, Monash University).

‘Intelligent, thought provoking and entertaining, festival audiences will love it’
(Michael Stewart, Festival Director, Newport Folk Festival)

‘A wonderful mix of music and visuals that entertains, moves and informs. I thoroughly recommend it’
(Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens Senator for Victoria)

‘Artistically beautiful … it touches the soul and the conscience of our generation’
(Prof John Braithwaite, Australian National University)

7.30pm Wednesday 30 November
Sandringham Uniting Church Hall
21 Trentham Street, Sandringham

$10 Donation to cover costs
Tea, coffee and a glass of wine afterwards

October 2016 Public Forum Trans Pacific Partnership and Climate Change

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Climate Change
Corporate Interests vs The National Interest

Sam Castro

Sam Castro

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

September 2016 Public Forum Adaption to Climate Change

Chris Cole, Director  Melbourne Gardens

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.

August 2016 Public Forum Climate Reality, Challenges and Solutions

David Spratt

David Spratt

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  His most recent work is “Climate Reality Check” , available at

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

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.

June 2016 Public Forum Endangered Primates and Palm Oil

Lisa Roet

Lisa Roet

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.

May 2016 Public Forum


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

Tim Forcey

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