You can Make a difference
In your own way, be part of the solution on climate change. The WarrandyteCAN community will assist you to make changes: work on a worthwhile project like 'No Plastic Bags', go solar with the best deal, grow your own, draught-proof your home and much more.
Despite being just a small part of a large planet, every action you take either helps or harms your world,your future and those for whom you are responsible. So, choose to be part of a community that thinks, speaks and acts as though it CAN make a positive difference, and You will!!
CAN is completely not-for-profit with all efforts contributed voluntarily. Your help is needed.
Post-Launch No Plastic Bags - Update
The no plastic bags project has been a terrific success to date, thanks to our community. Quintons Supa IGA reports a 90% reduction in its use of plastic bags with locals getting behind the change with gusto. Watch out for ongoing reminders in the Warrandyte Diary, designed to keep us committed to bringing our reusable bags when shopping.
Look out for Retailer Charters in store windows indicating those supporting the change.
Climate Action + Activism
Eradicate Plastic Bags:
Our current lead project is to substantially reduce the use of plastic bags in our community, as overwhelmingly supported, replacing them with Jute Bags. 90% of our community requested this but only 14% reported taking their own bags when shopping. Plastic Bags no longer free - MORE
For our part, WarrandyteCAN aims to assemble knowledge and ideas and to inspire personal action.
We recognise the need for positive and sometimes uncomfortable, unpleasant interaction with Government aiming to advance change much more rapidly than is happening.
We work with groups like 100% Renewable to help implement Australia wide community projects.
"The crisis is in the present not in the future." These are the words of Bill McKibben of 350. org spoken to the 'faithful' at the April 2012 Climate Summit. Mass action is required in all parts of the globe if Governments are going to listen to the people and work faster towards reducing climate emissions.
Mar 22, 23, Warrandyte Festival: Learn about Beyond Zero Emission Building Plan - how to achieve energy freedom.
Mar 16 Melbourne March in March: Let Politicians know current strategies on Climate Change aren't good enough. See Facebook page.
Wednes Feb 26, 2014 Information Night - Preparing your home for climate change and bushfires: Two top speakers: Hugh Venables from Monash Uni presents the BZE Building Plan for a Sustainable Australia - Plus Sustainable Building and Retrofitting to be Bushfire Prepared in Warrandyte from expert Bob Hern. Mechanics Hall, Yarra Street, Warra, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Gold Coin Entry thanks, Tea & Coffee.
WarrandyteCAN was delighted to be awarded Nillumbik’s Community Project Award 2013, at the recent Sustainability Awards night preceding the Practically Green Festival. See Facebook for more.
The next Riverflow Uniting Church Recycling Day is in Sat May 17, 2014. TV's Computers, Bikes, Specific clothing items, DVD's, etc Check out the link for the list of items all of which can be recycled to help the needy here and internationally.
Climate Change is happening NOW. View the (video) facts as collected and presented by Catalyst in Nov 2012:View video
March 23, 2013 started a new era in Warrandyte's shopping precinct with plastic carry bags no longer coming free to shoppers. Read why over 90% of Warrandyte's residents wanted this to happen. HERE Plus: SEE WHY ON VIDEO The Majestic Plastic Bag Mockumentory
The 100percent.org.au 'Solar Citizens' Campaign to Protect the Renewable Energy Target. Please sign petition
Local Food Connect's current Food Swap Dates
It’s been a little while between strategy updates from the 100% crew as we, like many of you, have been operating in that crazy space known as ‘election mode’.
Despite threats to renewable energy already becoming clear from the new government, we have to admit feeling a sense of relief that the election is over, and we can now get on with working out exactly how we are going to influence this next Parliament.
And, we know we can. Because our movement for more renewable energy in Australia is more active and even smarter than ever.
We saw some good evidence of this during the election campaign. Among the usual clamour, we launched our Solar Scorecard. In numbers, some of the highlights were:
• 123 candidates completed the solar survey, and we put up over 650 candidate profiles on our site.
• Not only that, but around a dozen Scorecard meetings were conducted with candidates, and many more were contacted about it by email or Twitter - including 26 high-profile Coalition candidates - many of whom now sit in Cabinet.
• Localised Solar Scorecards were created in 14 different electorates around the country and distributed via letterboxing, handing out at local candidate forums, train stations, published in local media and spread around online.
• We raised over $5K from supporters to fund targeted online advertising in 6 marginal seats, which translated to over 4,000 additional people visiting the site and learning about their candidates’ true stance on renewables.
Thanks to all of you for playing a part in making that happen - and special thanks to office interns Dominic and Morgan who did an amazing job.
While all of the Solar Scorecard work was unfolding, we also ran intensive Solar Citizens organising efforts in two Liberal-held marginal electorates - Macquarie west of Sydney and Fisher on the Sunshine Coast.
As part of this, I spent a good chunk of the frenzied pre-election weeks on the Sunshine Coast in a blur of volunteer meetings, markets stalls, phone calls to local solar companies and planning for a candidates forum focused entirely on solar power and renewable energy policy. Our Solar Citizens forum in Fisher created a big splash, with over 150 attendees and 8 candidates clarifying their positions on renewables policy.*
These on the ground activities mean that we have learned some great lessons about how to take Solar Citizens to a new level, bringing it to life with real conversations with solar owners and supporters, and solar businesses in neighbourhoods around the country.
Thinking about these experiences, this week the team here in Sydney have been taking stock of what we need to do next and what is going to be the best way to achieve the most we can out of this new government.
In brief, we have confirmed a couple of high-level strategic objectives, which are:
1. See the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) expanded.
2. Maintain and expand funding mechanisms capable of building large scale renewables (e.g. CEFC or similar).
3. Ensure no measures to undermine the confidence in or speed of the rollout of solar PV are implemented.
We are now working on drilling into campaign plans and pinpointing our targets - especially the new Senators who will hold the balance of power from July 1, 2014. We will be developing up a more detailed plan which we will share with you soon - and would love your feedback and ideas for great tactics.
Less than a week into an Abbott Government, there’s already a lot to be fired up about. The Coalition seems to be wasting no time getting stuck into dismantling some of the critical infrastructure for planning and implementing Australia’s transition to a cleaner energy system.
You may have seen our petition to Tony Abbott launched on Wednesday calling on him to NOT dismantle the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. It has been shared widely already, but please sign and share it if you haven’t already: http://bit.ly/savethecefc.
There’s clearly a lot of work to be done in the next three years, and we’re finalising our strategies now to best make sure we can still transition to a clean energy future. From the entire team here, we thank you for the work you’ve done so far - and look forward to continue working together to ensure that the future is a renewable one.
Taegen Edwards, Community Organising Manager, 100% Renewable
Source: 100percent Renewables, Lindsay Souter
Many thousands of you were involved in the 'big solar' campaign of last year. That campaign built substantial community pressure on our federal decision makers to support funding to build big solar projects across Australia. Today I’m writing with two bits of big solar news - one exciting, and one more disappointing.
First the good news. Just yesterday the Federal government announced it has sealed the deal with energy company AGL to build two huge solar farms in regional NSW. These two projects are well over ten times the largest solar farm currently operating in Australia, will create 450 new jobs in Broken Hill and Nyngan and stimulate significant regional investment in those areas.
Most amazingly of all the launch of these projects prompted NSW Energy Minister Chris Hartcher - previously a major renewable energy skeptic - to sing the praises of solar saying: "Can I say that Australians are very excited by solar... We are a country massively endowed with resources, and one of those resources is the sun. It is up to us to take advantage of it." And on he continued in that vein for quite some time!
Finally, it seems some Coalition MPs are waking up. Both these developments are a great step forward in building big solar - and we look forward to seeing many more projects like this getting off the ground in months and years ahead.
But now for the less good news from Port Augusta in South Australia.
Last week Alinta Energy, the company that owns the Port Augusta coal-fire power stations, had their funding application for a feasibility study for solar thermal in Port Augusta rejected by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
This announcement is a big disappointment for the Port Augusta community for whom the study was the first step towards getting a solar thermal plant built.
There has been quite a bit of speculation as to why the proposal was rejected - with some questions being asked about whether Alinta's application was only half hearted in the first place. While we are still waiting for clarity on exactly why Alinta’s application was rejected we need to make sure that Alinta don’t use this setback as a reason to turn their back on a solar thermal future for Port Augusta.
That is why yesterday locals in Port Augusta launched an open letter to Alinta’s CEO Jeff Dimery urging him not to abandon their town and to commit to funding their own feasibility study.
Over the next week the Repower Port Augusta Alliance and locals in Port Augusta will be taking this letter to their community to ask them to sign on - can you send an email to Alinta CEO Jeff Dimery, to add your voice in support of the Port Augustan's call?
It is more important than ever at this uncertain time that we support the Port Augusta community so that Alinta cannot say “well, we tried, but it was too hard”. We need to see industry and government commit to this, and to transitioning the Port Augustan jobs and economy away from coal and towards solar.
Please add your voice and sign this email action to Jeff Dimery and Alinta Energy to tell them not to turn their back on solar thermal in Port Augusta
The progress on the two big solar PV farms this week shows big solar can be done where the will and intention is there. Repeatedly I have heard from industry players and government decision makers that "community support is the best thing going for the chances for solar in Port Augusta." It's up to us to keep on the pressure on to make sure Alinta turns our best chance to build solar thermal in Australia from vision into reality.
Lindsay Souter, National Director100% Renewable (A member of the Repower Port Augusta Alliance)
18 July 2013 - Disappointing Responses from Politicians
In early June we wrote to the Federal and State Ministers and Shadow Ministers responsible for climate change and energy efficiency, and also to our two Local Government Mayors. The purpose of this letter was to update them on the successful outcomes to date associated with the 'no plastic bags for Warrandyte' campaign. We explained the great support both from retailers and the community and the overwhelming success in terms of the reduction of the number of plastic bags being used in Warrandyte. We specifically stated that we would encourage the Victorian Government to introduce legislation to ban the use of single use plastic carry bags.
Sadly we must report that there was only one response, that of Hon Ryan Smith MLA, Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change. He made no mention of our proposal or our campaign. Instead he summarised for us what the Victorian Government is currently doing to tackle littering of plastic bags, namely:
a. increasing the number of recycling bins in public places to make it easier for Victorians to dispose of their litter properly,
b. working in partnership with local government to strengthen enforcement activities to discourage littering and
c. providing funding for partnership programs that directly target common forms of litter such as cigarettes and beverage containers.
Thank you Minister Ryan but we need so much more action to lead the community towards an attitude of reducing waste, protecting wildlife and saving energy!