The COVID-19 has stalled much of our projects, including climate action across the globe.
Locally, however, small actions are happening in our community. The Australian Multicultural Community Services, in partnership with the Brimbank City Council, has initiated the Grow Green Garden Talks Program. The aim is to bring significant change to people’s health, habits, practices, lifestyles with small, consistent, and practical steps. With climate change disrupting food supplies sending prices of goods and services higher, gardening offers solutions for self-sufficiency and helps the community to live for a more sustainable future.
Before the Victorian State Government enforced the COVID-19 restrictions In March this year, we came up with a gardening curriculum which has drawn significant interests from the community.
• Planning your food garden
• Preparing and building healthy soils
• Plant cycles and identifying seasonal crops
• Identifying seeds sources and seeds saving
• Plant varieties
• Planting and growing crops
• Managing bugs and pests
• Managing weeds
• Edible weeds
• Abundance: From harvesting to preserving
• Reducing food waste from roots to shoots
• Composting: Recycle from soil to soil
• Natural fertilisers
• Development of cost efficient meals
• Cooking: From the garden to the kitchen
• Climate Change and what we can do
*With monthly expert guest speaker sessions
Note that lockdown and restrictions scaled down our activities. The facilitator of the program (Rowena), however, endeavoured to work singlehandedly by planting a variety of winter vegetables on three new garden beds. Video clips have been filmed for a series of presentation. Here’s the first part of the series:
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.
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.
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.
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 campaignwill urged countries to forged commitments at the 21st Conference Of Parties for theUnited 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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: