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.
Now: Visit www.facebook.com/warrandytecan and Like our page - loads of action + activism there.
There's still time: Have you signed Solar Citizens petition giving support to the RET? If not, please do it now. The voices of those who love renewable energy are not being heard.
Fri Aug 8 Peaceful Trains Not Toll Roads Protest. 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.
Friday Aug 22: Climate Change Fundraiser for the Pacific Islands. This benefit will feature performers hailing from places all over the Pacific, including dance, movement and voice performance group ANIVA, Samoan slap dance troupe, Tama Tatau, Polynesian dance group Nuholani and more. Also you'll learn all about the fight to stop climate change in the Pacific through short videos and storytelling.
Sun Sept 7, 14 - Sustainable House Day - Warranwood open house - gain inspiration and ideas 1 / 30 Kardinia Cres Warranwood (gold coin donation) 10am to 4pm.
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.
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
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.
28 July 2012, David Spratt- Climate Code Red
The final in this 3-part series has now been posted at:
The first part in this series described some characteristics of the climate debate and the climate action advocacy movement in Australia. Part two explored some of the forces which have moulded the shape of climate politics in Australia today. Part three looks at what can be done differently.