Greens MP Adam Bandt and former Liberal leader John Hewson call for Parliamentary vote on Climate Emergency declaration – 12th September 2019

UPDATE OF: Greenpeace Australia claims today the Australian Federal Parliament is about to vote on declaring a Climate Emergency – 11th September 2019

The email below was circulated by Federal Greens MP Adam Bandt today calling for Labor and the Liberals to join the Greens, former Liberal leader John Hewson and the federal parliamentary backbench in declaring a Climate Emergency.

Federal MP's John-Hewson, Zali Steggall, Adam Bandt and Andrew Wilkie call for declaration of Climate Emergency Sept 2019

Federal MP’s John-Hewson, Zali Steggall, Adam Bandt and Andrew Wilkie are calling for a declaration of Climate Emergency by the Australian Parliament.

I’m excited to share that our campaign calling on Parliament to declare a climate emergency has taken a massive step forward, with the crossbench joining today with former Liberal leader John Hewson to call on Parliament to declare a climate emergency.

Will you join our campaign asking for Parliament to declare a climate emergency? Now it’s up to Labor and Liberal to join us. We’re confident we can get this motion passed, but it’s up to all of us to make sure they hear the message loud and clear that they want Parliament to declare a climate emergency.

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Greenpeace Australia claims today the Australian Federal Parliament is about to vote on declaring a Climate Emergency – 11th September 2019

BREAKING: Australian Parliament to vote on climate emergency.

Greenpeace Australia is claiming that the nations’ Federal Parliament is about to vote on declaring a Climate Emergency.

An extraordinary email is being sent around apparently from Greenpeace stating that Australia maybe preparing to declare a Climate Emergency.

Is it a hoax? Or is it real?

Randwick Greens Councillors support the School Strike 4 Climate organised for September 20th 2019 in Sydney

On a motion from Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch Randwick City Council has voted to support the climate-emergency strike organised by students around the world including Sydney.

School Strike for Climate
Friday, Sept 20, 2019 – 12:00 PM
The Domain, St Marys Rd, Sydney
#ClimateStrike

Councillor Veitch urges the broader community to support their local students who choose to attend the strike.

“People all over the world will use their power to stop ‘business as usual’ in the face of the climate emergency. Concern about the unfolding climate crisis is particularly high among young people, who will be the ones living longest with the impact of climate policy being made now. Continue reading

Philipa Veitch: Greens Councillor motion – Submission to the  Parliamentary Inquiry into Sustainability of Energy Supply and Resources in NSW – 7th September 2019

As a result of a motion from Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch Randwick City Council will make a submission to a NSW Government sustainable energy inquiry supporting the attaining of net zero emissions in NSW by 2030 and expressing concern over the impact of coal mining.

Randwick City Council will be making a submission supporting  sustainable energy goals to the NSW parliament  following a  motion from Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch.

Resolution to Councillor Veitch’s successful motion to the Randwick City Council meeting of the 27th of August 2019.

That Randwick City Council make a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Sustainability of Energy Supply and Resources in NSW, including discussion of Council’s:

  1. Support for a state-wide goal of net zero emissions by 2030 (as per the RCC motion to the 2017 LG conference motion, and subsequent conference resolution);
  2. Strong concern regarding the impact of coal mining and emissions from coal fired power stations on the climate, the environment, human health and water security;
  3. Strong support for economic and other initiatives to assist regional communities and workers that may be affected by changing energy and resource markets.

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Murray Matson: Greens Council motion to Local Government NSW 2019 Annual Conference – Financially stimulating the emergence of an effective waste recycling industry in NSW – 5th September 2019

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson wants this year’s Local Government NSW Conference (LGNSW) to call on the State Government to allow Councils to use the waste levy imposed on them to fund domestic markets for Australia’s waste.

If the state Government is serious about reducing the waste stream to our dwindling land fills it should give us Councils back some of the Waste Levy they extract from us.

Below is the full resolution to Councillor Matson’s “Financially stimulating the emergence of an effective waste recycling industry in NSW” motion (seconded Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey) that he successfully put to the Randwick City Council meeting of the 27th August 2019:

That NSWLG continues to note the limited domestic recycling options available in Australia for waste products as a result of the declining international market and responds by liaising with the NSW State Government to establish a fair and reasonable formula for the redirection of the Government’s share of the domestic waste levy back to Councils to enable Councils to:

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Lindsay Shurey – Greens Council motion: Working towards a plastic bag free Randwick City Council LGA – 3rd September 2019

Randwick Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey is positioning her NSW council to become plastic-bag free.

Lindsay Shurey - Randwick City Greens Councillor in North Ward

Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey is aiming at making Randwick City Council plastic bag free.

Below is the full resolution to Councillor Shurey’s “Working towards a plastic bag free Randwick LGA”  motion that she successfully put to the Randwick Council meeting of the 27th August 2019.

That:

  1.  Consistent with Council’s commitment to reduce single use plastics within the Randwick LGA, and consistent with other Councils across Australia, that Council develop a business education campaign to encourage local businesses to move towards a plastic bag free environment; and;
  2. The campaign be funded from existing waste education budgets.

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Philipa Veitch – Greens Council motion: Declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency at the NSW state level – 30th August 2019

Randwick Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch will be pushing for this year’s Local Government NSW Conference to start calling on the State Government to declare a climate emergency.

Councillor Philipa Veitch has been campaign on climate issues since her election to West Ward of Randwick City Council in 2017.

Below is the full resolution to Councillor Veitch’s “Climate Change and Planning in NSW” motion that she put to the Randwick Council meeting of the 27th August 2019:

That Local Government NSW calls on the NSW State Government to:

  1. Declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency;
  2. Take immediate steps to amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and relevant State Environmental Planning Policies to ensure that all new development is required to meet the highest environmental standards, and funding sources are made available to local government to address the impact of climate change, including measures to:

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Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson applauds Court’s upholding of protection for old Coogee home at 39 Dudley Street – 27th August 2019

The  NSW Land & Environment Court has dismissed an appeal against the imposing of an interim heritage protection order on number 39 Dudley Street, Coogee by Randwick City Council.

The older style home at 39 Dudley Street Coogee is part of the proposed Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson who has been leading the fight on Council against the demolition of the old home on the site stated today that:

“The news will come as a great morale boost for residents who have been proactive in calling on Councillors to stop the destruction of Coogee’s old homes.”

Councillor Matson praised local residents:

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Randwick City Council Declares Climate Emergency – 30th April 2019

In April 2019 Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch successful moved that Randwick would become one of the world’s local Councils that recognises that there is a climate emergency.

Randwick Council’s residents are accustomed to view iconic Wedding Cake island of Coogee Beach. But will the Climate Emergency mean its eventual submergence as a tourist attraction?

Australia’s poor response to adverse climate change can be compared to other countries via the Climate Action Tracker site.

The following content is sourced from the background material to Councillor Veitch’s motion.

In the absence of policies global warming is expected, to reach 4.1 °C – 4.8 °C above pre-industrial by the end of the century.

The emissions that drive this warming are often called Baseline scenarios and are taken from the IPCC AR5 Working Group III. Current policies presently in place around the world are projected to reduce baseline emissions and result in about 3.3°C 1 warming above pre-industrial levels. Continue reading

Kingsford Smith Greens candidate James Cruz at Maroubra meet-the-candidate forum last night – 7th May 2019

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