Jun 7, 2013 0
Check out the activities happening around Canberra relevant to Canberra’s 40% target, along with other interesting news.
Collaborating on Light Rail
There is now a commitment in the ACT budget for the ‘Capital Metro’ project of $18.7 million. This funding is allocated for:
- preliminary design work – $5 million for designing the Light Rail Transit corridor between Gungahlin and the city; and
- a coordinating agency – $12.3 million for the establishment of a Capital Metro agency, which consists of a project director and board president.
The feasibility of a Canberra-wide light rail network will also be assessed in a $1.4 million master plan process.
Canberra Loves 40% is glad to see that there is now a serious commitment to getting the Light Rail project on track, but are still keen to see the Government capitalise on the support for light rail by getting the community engaged early, and giving the community the opportunity to put forward what they would like to see from this project, and what ideas they have for solutions.
What can you do about this today?
- Contact Simon Corbell MLA, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, and ask for collaborative community engagement on the Capital Metro project.
Renewable energy for the community
SolarShare have launched in Canberra and now anyone in the Canberra community can register to be part of ACT’s first community owned solar farm – one of the first of its kind in Australia.
A community solar farm is a solar power plant which is owned by members of the nearby community. SolarShare is for anyone that wants to be part of the transition to a renewable energy economy. This includes people previously left out of the solar power market such as renters, or people who have a roof that isn’t right for solar.
To register or invest visit: solarshare.com.au.
Green Drinks Canberra – 11 June
Green Drinks Canberra is a monthly event for socialising and professional networking, created for those interested in environmental sustainability and eco-efficiency. Essentially, the aim is to be a social think-tank with the environment as the common denominator. Green Drinks are agenda-free and non-politically aligned. Individuals from businesses, not-for-profits, government, academia, and community groups are welcome, as well as those with personal projects!
So come along to the next Green Drinks Canberra at the Wig and Pen from 5.30pm until late on Tuesday 11 June 2013! Click here for more details.
Canberra Community Forum – 17 June
What does a changing climate mean for our future?
Professor Tim Flannery and the Climate Commission is holding a community forum on 17 June 2013 about what climate change means for Australia and the world. This is your opportunity to learn more about the latest climate science, what it means for our communities and what we need to do about it.
Entry is free and all welcome. For more details, visit: http://climatecommission.gov.au/events/canberra-community-forum-3/
Home Energy Efficiency Workshop – 19 June
SEE-Change and Alexander Watson are offering a free workshop about how you can improve the energy efficiency of your home.
On top of great advice from Lish Fejer and other experts in home energy efficiency, everyone is being offered a draught-sealing gift bag, a lucky door prize, and savings on SEE-Change memberships.
In one hour you can learn how to spend one weekend and about $100 to make your home cosier this winter, and save you money on your heating bill.
The workshop is taking place on 19 June 2013 in Lyneham at the Yowani Country Club, from 6.00 to 7.00pm. Light refreshments will be served.
To register, please visit: http://coldesthouseincanberra19062013.eventbrite.com.au/ or contact the SEE-Change office on 6162 2320.
(Thank you SEE-Change for providing this contribution.)
Power Shift 2013 – July
Power Shift 2013 is Australia’s largest ever youth climate summit. This July, 2,000 young people will come together in Melbourne for an incredible 3-day summit about climate change, sustainability and campaigning.
The big focus of the summit will be the Federal Election. Held 8 weeks before the election, young people will be putting climate change front and centre on the political agenda.
The three days will include:
- Incredible speakers (e.g. James Hansen NASA, Tim Flannery, Paul Gilding, Bill McKibben, more)
- A political Q&A with all major political parties
- Valuable skill workshops
- A huge action
- The inspiration of meeting so many other active young people
For more information about this event visit www.powershift.org.au.
(Thank you AYCC for providing this contribution.)
Practical activities that you can do to reduce emissions
- Join in the ‘Carbon Challenge‘ to reduce your personal carbon footprint.
- Learn more at workshops held at the Canberra Environment Centre.
- Join Climate Action Canberra and get active on climate change issues.
- Find out all about SEE-Change for local climate change and sustainability information.
- Join the climate action movement of over 70,000 young people with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
- Join Conservation Council ACT to learn more about conservation activities happening around the Canberra region.
Contact Simon Corbell MLA, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, asking for action that is resourced to meet ACT carbon emission reduction targets.
Upcoming key dates for the diary
- Tuesday 11 June 2013 – Green Drinks Canberra
- Monday 17 June 2013 – Climate Commission Canberra Community Forum
- Wednesday 19 June 2013 – Home Energy Efficiency Workshop
- July 2013 – AYCC Power Shift
For a range of other activities happening around Canberra, check out climateXchange.