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. Complete the Survey too - See Events
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.
Sept 21, Sunday - People's Climate Mobilisation - Be there - join the march - and be part of a world event to tell our leaders we must have a strong climate action policy as we're fast running out of time to save the planet from devastating heat. See facebook/warrandytecan for details and walk with us. (State Library 11.00am to Treasury Gardens) More details 350.org.au
Sept 18 Info Night on the power of Divesting from fossil fuel companies: You hold considerable power when you join with this major Divestment Movement helping to moderate and change the plans of major miners and energy retailers by moving your Super and savings away from investments supporting these industries. Two expert speakers (from 350.org and from Responsible Investment Assoc Aust'asia. 8.00pm at the Neighbourhood House, L 1, Yarra Street. Rear door entrance. Gold Coin entry. See story below.
Now: Visit www.facebook.com/warrandytecan and Like our page - loads of action + activism there.
Have you signed Solar Citizens petition giving support to the RET? It still counts! Please do it now. The voices of those who love renewable energy are not being heard.
Fri Sept 5 Get Involved -Trains - Not Toll Roads. Your help is needed: 7.15am to 8.30am on the corner of Hoddle Street and Alexandra Parade. The event, which are organised by members of Yarra’s Public Transport Advocacy Community Committee (PTACC), has been running for 12 mths every Friday morning, except for over the Christmas break.
Sun Sept 7, 14 - Sustainable House Day - Visit a Warranwood open house - gain inspiration and ideas 1 / 30 Kardinia Cres Warranwood (gold coin donation) 10am to 4pm.
Sun Oct 19, The Practically Green Festival, Edendale, Eltham - Celebrating sustainable living. We'll be there - discussing Wicking! (Google it!) and Divesting! 10.00 to 4.30pm, 30 Gastons Rd, Eltham. A great day.
Sat Nov 15 - Start Spring Cleaning Early: Set aside now to recycle all that stuff so valuable to others but not to you. Check out the list of recyclables at Riverflow and bring along to the Uniting Church 10-12pm.
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.
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
Local Food Connect's current Food Swap Dates
14 August, 2012 - Keith Muir, The Colong Foundation for Wilderness
D-Day in the push to save environmental law
I regret to advise you that the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has decided to cut environmental laws across the board. A few months ago when environment groups were drawing up defence plans, they decided today would be the day to start the push back against this, and we need, Australia needs, your help.
First and foremost, the leaders of the major political parties need to hear of your passion for the environment. Tell them that passionate environmentalists vote right across the political spectrum, not just Green. Somehow this blindingly obvious and basic political fact has been lost to our political leaders. It’s not 10 per cent green vote when it comes to protecting our nation’s heritage; it’s a majority vote. We’re all nuts about Australia’s heritage and wild places, we love them.
In particular, Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the head of COAG, needs to hear that COAG’s environmental deregulation plans go in precisely the wrong direction. We need stronger Federal laws that can protect our wild places and wildlife. To help there is a sample letter in the tool kit Take action: www.placesyoulove.org
16 August 2012 - David Spratt
Dramatic lessons from the Arctic big melt of 2012: It's already too hot, as Greenland melt record is smashed
Greenland melt index (2012 red bar) Source: Marco Tedesco
News today of a dramatic increase in melting of the Greenland ice sheet this northern summer, and the likelihood of a new record low in summer Arctic sea-ice extent, demand a new look at what safe climate action means.
Today, Marco Tedesco, assistant professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences at The City College of New York, reported that melting over the Greenland ice sheet shattered the seasonal record in the modern era, a full four weeks before the close of the melting season. The melting season in Greenland usually lasts from June – when the first puddles of meltwater appear – to early September, when temperatures cool. This year, cumulative melting by 8 August had already exceeded the record of 2010 (chart above, year 2012 in red). "With more yet to come in August, this year's overall melting will fall way above the old records. That's a goliath year -- the greatest melt since satellite recording began in 1979," said Professor Tedesco. Read more
July 30, 2012 NEM-wide summary of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) growth
Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 6 August 2012 , Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2), McCoy Building
University of Melbourne, Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton
The National Electricity Market (NEM) has experienced a rapid uptake of rooftop solar PV over the last four years with PV estimated to have produced 1,200 GWh, or 0.6% of annual energy in 2011. Although the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) notes there has been no significant operational impact on the wholesale market to date, these increasing levels of PV have the potential to impact investments in the network and/or large scale generation and contribute to the Merit Order Effect. AEMO is now including rooftop PV into their demand forecasts.
Andrew Reddaway, of AEMO, is author of the Rooftop PV Information Paper 2012 which supports the main National Electricity Forecasting Report. (This report also has other supporting information papers focusing on issues such as maximum demands for summer and winter, electricity prices and economic outlook.)
Andrew will present this NEM-wide summary of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) growth to date, and its possible growth over the next 20 years.
The Rooftop PV Information Paper 2012 can be downloaded from: http://www.aemo.com.au/en/Electricity/Forecasting/2012-Information-Papers
Entry: Gold coin donation Click here for more information.