Flannery calls for the Community to lead

At BCCAG’s February ‘Climate Forum’, Professor Tim Flannery called for the community to take leadership on the critical issue of climate change, where the federal government has failed to do so.

His call was made to the nearly 400 attendees at the successful event, held at Brighton Grammar School’s, Rosstrevor Hall.

Professor Flannery described some of the consequences of climate change, we are dealing with already. From the warming oceans that precipitated the record mass coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef to successive, record damaging weather and storm events that the country has witnessed over the past 3 years.

Flannery said he was not a political animal. But he has become increasingly disappointed at the lack of leadership shown by the government to formulate effective climate solutions, such as promoting investment in clean energy, rather than coal.

Alison Rowe, the CEO of the Moreland Energy Foundation and Chair of the Future Business Council spoke about business opportunities in a zero emissions economy. She reminded the audience that company directors are responsible to shareholders for carrying out climate risk assessments and that they can be held accountable for failing in that duty. Since then, an Executive Board Member of APRA Geoff Summerhayes, in referring to the obligation to address Climate Change risk has stated “ .. if you’re an investor and you’re not already asking questions about how the companies you invest in approach these issues – perhaps you should be” . Alison spoke of the benefits of having a triple bottom line on company balance sheets.

Laura Sykes is Schools Program coordinator of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. She described how their members are encouraging schools and school communities to embrace renewable energy and some of the successes they have had to date.

After the event, many attendees queued up to sign BCCAG’s petition that calls on Australia’s parliaments to declare a climate emergency and mobilise a coordinated effort to restore a safe climate. Some 190 additional signatures were added to the petition.

BCCAG will be holding a ‘Follow Up’ Gathering and Debrief for those wishing to take part in further planned action. This will take place at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 22nd February at Sandringham Uniting Church Hall, 21 Trentham St Sandringham.

Sustainable Living Festival

BCCAG are appearing at the Sustainable Living Festival on Sunday February 12th between 9am – 1.00pm.

We have committed to looking after the VCAN (Victorian Climate Change Action Network) stall at the SLF Festival during this time slot and will be promoting the Climate Emergency petition along with our upcoming Forum on the 15th February (see below for details). The stall is located at the “Green Market”, in Federation Square.

Come along and say hello to some of the members of our cheerful group on this day.

February 2017 Public Forum Facing the Climate Crisis: Challenges for Government, Business and the Community.

To make a booking for the event listed in this newsletter please click on the Eventbrite link, select the Register button, and nominate number of tickets you require and print the tickets.


Prof. Tim Flannery, acclaimed writer, scientist and conservationist,

Alison Rowe, CEO of Moreland Energy Foundation and Chair of the Future Business Council,

Laura Sykes, AYCC National Schools Program Coordinator

and our MC for the evening:

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, President of the Climate Action Network Australia (CANA).

On the topic:

Facing the Climate Crisis: Challenges for Government, Business and the Community.

speak on

Why we must declare a Climate Emergency

Tim Flannery

Professor Flannery is an internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist.  An author of many books and presenter of several TV documentaries, Tim was named Australian of the Year in 2007.





Alison Rowe
will speak on

“Untapped Opportunities for business in the shift to a zero emissions economy”

Alison RoweAlison Rowe is the CEO for Moreland Energy Foundation Limited. She has been in the sustainability field for over 12 years with global responsibility for strategy development, program design & delivery, product development, consulting, marketing and advocacy. Alison is the Chair of the Future Business Council and a Non-Executive Director for the Infrastructure Sustainability Council Australia. She completed the Business & Environment program at Cambridge and holds an MBA and Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Management. She was Climate Alliance  Business Leader of the Year in 2013 and is renowned globally for her public speaking.


Laura Sykes
talks about the

Repower our Schools campaign

Laura SykesLaura is a dedicated advocate for sustainability and climate justice and passionate about empowering young people to take meaningful action on climate in their communities. She coordinates the Australian Youth Climate Coalition ‘Switched On’ Schools Program and has worked with youth-led campaigning organisations for the past 7 years on a variety of social and environmental justice campaigns. She was awarded the Southern Cross Young Achievers Entrepreneurship Award in 2012.


Victoria McKenzie-McHarg
will be our MC for the evening

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg is an environmentalist who has led community driven campaigns for government action against fossil fuel subsidies, on climate change and sustainable transport and putting a price on pollution nationally.

In 2012, Victoria was listed by the Melbourne Age as one of the top 100 most influential, inspirational, provocative and creative Victorians for her work leading a successful legal and community campaign against a proposed new coal-fired power station.

She is the current President of the Climate Action Network Australia (CANA).

The venue for this Forum is:

The Rosstrevor Hall
Brighton Grammar School
Allee Street Brighton
Wed 15 February 2017, 7.15 pm  for a 7.30 pm start

Booking information

Notification of this event is being circulated by many environmental groups so you will need to make a booking – click on this link book here to register, obtain your ticket and bring it with you to make sure you have a seat at this important event.

The event is FREE but your gold coin donation to help offset the expenses would be appreciated.

Helen Keller

Following the Forum on the 15th, the BCCAG Board invites you to join with other concerned citizens from Bayside and surrounds in a follow up meeting the next week. For our climate emergency petition to be effective we need to mobilise a large group of volunteers to work with us to spread the word, staff stalls, write letters and gather as many signatures as possible.

The current rate of change in the climate system highlights the immediacy of the climate crisis for us – it’s no longer our grandchildren’s problem. The old argument – that we have to act now for our children – is no longer the case. The real sense of urgency in the scientific community is that we must act now or never.

The only way this climate emergency petition will work is if it’s driven from the bottom up by people like you.

The meeting will be held:
Wednesday 22nd February, 7.30pm
Uniting Church Hall
21 Trentham St, Sandringham

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 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.