Category Archives: Events

Climate Reality Community Workshops

Community workshop stall organised by Climate Reality Melbourne North-West.

Climate Reality Community Workshops have ran at the Flemington Farmers Market and the Moonee Valley Festival. The workshops engaged visitors from all walks of life to speak up and share how can they help address climate change in their daily life. The team received overwhelming response and ideas (see coloured sticky posts).

The event has eventually gained the interest of the wider Climate Reality team in Washington DC and we have been asked to contribute to the coming 24-Hours of Climate Reality in early December. A short video will be packaged up and streamed to a global audience.

To set the scene for the video, we have been asked to run another workshop this coming Sunday, 15-Oct at the North Melbourne Spring Festival .

Interested in educating your community about climate change and what they can do to make a difference? Please contact us.

Post-COP21 and Beyond

The Paris climate summit held last month sealed a historic agreement among 196 countries to limit greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to keep earth’s temperature below two degrees Celsius.

The agreement is historic as signatories finally acknowledged the reality and threat of climate change. The deal is a positive step that needs to be worked on.

This year — 2016–is the time to keep up the momentum for global action. Climate Reality leaders are available to speak at events organised by educational institutions, businesses, communities, NGOs and other organisations. Feel free to contact me to discuss.

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Al Gore greets friends at The Wheelers Centre

 

Al Gore speaks at The Wheelers Centre, Melbourne on 26 July 2015. (Photo: Australian Conservation Foundation)
Al Gore speaks at The Wheelers Centre, Melbourne on 26 July 2015. (Photo: Australian Conservation Foundation)

The Climate Reality Project Chair Al Gore greets climate leaders and friends at The Wheelers Centre in Melbourne during his  Australian tour in  July 2015. Hosted by the Australian Conservation Foundation, Gore thanks supporters and said the movement is winning the fight against climate denial.  He also met with state government ministers and senior business figures as part of efforts to build global momentum towards the Paris climate change summit later this year.

 

Road to Paris , Live Earth Campaigns

The Climate Reality Project (CRP) is launching the Road to Paris, a global campaign that will bring together citizens, business leaders, non-profit organizations, and NGOs to galvanize climate action and encourage participating countries to commit strong carbon emission cuts. The campaign will urged countries to forged commitments at the 21st Conference Of Parties for the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change in December this year.

Road to Paris would include emissions reductions commitments based on national circumstances, a system of periodic review for these commitments, and a long-term goal of net zero carbon emissions.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, from left, primatologist Jane Goodall, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and  U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon participate in the People's Climate March in New York, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of Manhattan on Sunday, accompanied by drumbeats, wearing costumes and carrying signs as they urged policy makers to take global action on climate change. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

It will focus on mobilizing public support from the global community and citizens in eight countries that hold strategic significance for the upcoming negotiations, as a building block for a strong international agreement. Target countries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Philippines, South Africa, and the United States. The CRP will also have a programmatic presence in Mexico and Europe.

Former United States Vice President Al Gore, chairman of The CRP, said the UN climate negotiations in December mark a crucial opportunity for the international community to come to a bold, universal agreement to make significant emissions reductions commitments, including a long term goal for zero net carbon emissions.

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COP20 – Climate summit in Lima, Peru

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Climate diplomats from over 195 countries have been expected to attend the 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) in Lima, Peru scheduled on Dec 1 – 9 to draft and formalize commitments to cap carbon emission targets which will be sealed in Paris this coming April.

The April conference (COP21)  is significant as it could be the last chance for nations to close a deal which will be culminated in Paris towards the end of 2015. Discussions will focus on limiting earth’s temperature below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), a target scientists have said could save humanity from catastrophic global warming.

The forum on Dec 9 expects to generate robust debate and sharing of ideas on technology and solutions that can turn into positive actions to climate-proof the post-2015 development. The event is organised by Climate Action, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) alongside the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP), the forum generates

Stay tuned for more updates.

Update Here’s a breakdown of the most significant developments at COP20 , the 20th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC: highlights from the draft negotiating text; information and assessment of countries’ actions; finance; adaptation and loss and damage; pre-2020 ambition; forests and restoration, and cities.

From G20 Summit Brisbane to Road to Paris 2015

The recently-concluded G20 Summit held in Brisbane, 16-17 Nov, re-confirmed the significance of climate change and the urgency to take collective action to address the climate crisis. Twenty-one points were outlined in the communique, including energy efficiency (No. 18) and climate change (No.19).

 No.19. “We support strong and effective action to address climate change. Consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its agreed outcomes, our actions will support sustainable development, economic growth, and certainty for business and investment. We will work together to adopt successfully a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the UNFCCC that is applicable to all parties at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in 2015. We encourage parties that are ready to communicate their intended nationally determined contributions well in advance of COP21 (by the first quarter of 2015 for those parties ready to do so). We reaffirm our support for mobilising finance for adaptation and mitigation, such as the Green Climate Fund.”

World leaders have made progressive steps leading to the Road to Paris, COP21, next year. During the World Climate Summit 2013, at COP19, Warsaw, Poland, a multi-sector representing businesses, finance, and governments agreed to create a bottom-up public-private initiative to provide practical and impactful solutions to address climate change.

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UN Peace Ambassador for Climate Change Leonardo Di Caprio and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Al Gore. Di Caprio confirmed his attendance for the COP21.

A clear roadmap, realistic and comprehensive targets, bottom-up initiatives and commitments, and various other aspects were being called for.  These are presented in details in the Road to Paris action statement. Visit the Road to Paris 2015 portal here.

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UN Climate Summit 2014

The People’s March for Climate Action will kick off tomorrow in major cities all over the world to demand action on climate change for our common future. This is in time of the UN Climate Summit 2014 which will gather over 140 heads of state and government, alongside business leaders, activists, philanthropists, celebrities, media, and more to tackle the most pressing issues of our time.

The Climate Reality Project, meanwhile, has come up with proposed solutions and reasons for hope. On September 16-17, it broadcasted for 24 hours, exploring 24 reasons to be hopeful on the issue of climate change. Here’s a look at the good news the project has covered:

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