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Urban Trees and Climate

Urban Trees and Climate

Canopy tree and climate change in Boroondara. Why should we be concerned? Benefits of Canopy Trees Whether in public spaces or on private land, trees enhance our sense of well-being, help reduce the urban heat island effect and support biodiversity. Canopy trees cool...

Federal Climate Policy, reactions, some questions and responses

Federal Climate Policy, reactions, some questions and responses

Overview Labor's climate bill passes the lower house Amended by Greens and independents to make 43% by 2030 a floor, not a ceiling, Labor's climate bill passes the lower house, and heads to a Senate inquiry which is due to report by the end of August. The Liberals...

CARBON CREDITS: Dodgy offsets or the real deal?

CARBON CREDITS: Dodgy offsets or the real deal?

Photo credit: Jaccob McKay/Unsplash The following is a summary of the Lighter Footprints event "CARBON CREDITS: Dodgy offsets or the real deal?" held on Wednesday 27 July 2022. The recording is available here. Moderator Tim Baxter, Senior Researcher for Climate...

An unfolding situation with carbon markets

An unfolding situation with carbon markets

The situation with carbon markets is becoming more fluid by the day! Welcome to this diary style blog, with updates and links to useful papers, public discussion and media responses to issues recently raised about the integrity of our carbon markets. Lighter Footpints...

Responses to the Victorian Gas Substitution Roadmap

Responses to the Victorian Gas Substitution Roadmap

Summary Although the Victorian Gas Substitution Roadmap (VGSR) creates an expectation that Victoria will move away from fossil gas, the limited measures proposed fall short of what is needed to move Victoria, the heaviest gas-using state, away from gas at a speed that...

Star of the South – Offshore Wind in Victoria

Star of the South – Offshore Wind in Victoria

Lighter Footprints: June 29th on Offshore Wind We were fortunate to have Naomi Campbell, the Development Director of Star of the South and Pat Simons, Yes2Renewables Coordinator speaking at our June 29th event on offshore wind. You can listen to our speakers again on...

Offshore Wind

Offshore Wind

Offshore Wind in Australia Australian Potential The potential for offshore wind is huge. University of Technology, Sydney experts writing in the Conversation state that “Offshore wind projects can provide a win-win-win for Australia: creating jobs for displaced fossil...

Protecting our beautiful, carbon dense Victorian forests

Protecting our beautiful, carbon dense Victorian forests

The Bill has passed the Upper House. It was proposed by Mary-Anne Thomas, Minister for Health, (03) 8392 2261 on reception.thomas@minstaff.vic.gov.au or mary-anne.thomas@parliament.vic.gov.au, Electorate Office (03) 5428 2138. With proposed legislation that includes...

Carbon credits and carbon markets

Carbon credits and carbon markets

As countries move to decarbonise their economies, companies are trying to offset their emissions by buying carbon credits. You can think of carbon credits as a “permission slip” to emit up to a certain set amount of CO2e that year. Most of today’s interim solutions to...

Congratulations! Campaign highlights for Kooyong, Chisholm and Higgins

Congratulations! Campaign highlights for Kooyong, Chisholm and Higgins

Finally a climate election! No-one will forget watching the results on Saturday 21st, glued to the screen, excitement mounting as results trickled, then flooded across the country. As Vote Compass reminds us, the top voting issue in all of our electorate is climate,...

The 2022 Kooyong Candidates Forum

The 2022 Kooyong Candidates Forum

On Wednesday 27 April, a packed hall of around 500 people (plus 200 more on Facebook Live) heard from candidates Dr Peter Lynch (Labor), Mr Piers Mitchem (Greens) and Dr Monique Ryan (Independent) how they would represent the voters of Kooyong with a particular focus...

The Big Switch- Australia’s electric future

The Big Switch- Australia’s electric future

Introduction In his book, "The Big Switch- Australia’s electric future", Saul Griffith tells us that he wrote this book because the world has a climate emergency and he, as an innovative engineer, wants passionately to help solve it. Benefits here would include lower...

Climate Change and Action: An Overview

Climate Change and Action: An Overview

I hope that this op-ed will help readers understand the basics of climate change on planet Earth; the solutions for mitigating it; and inspire their passion for doing so. Background- our wonderful luck and responsibility in being part of Earth’s evolution of life Our...

The health impacts of climate change 

The health impacts of climate change 

Source: Lens, Monash University, "Bushfire smoke, air quality and the risk to your health" Health impacts of climate change are happening everywhere. It is happening now and is getting worse. The World Health Organisation has declared climate change to be one of the...

Climate Change and National Security

Climate Change and National Security

While national security may not be the first concern that comes to mind in terms of climate risk, the Australian Security Leaders Climate Group (ASLCG) has significant concerns about the security implications of climate change in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Successive Australian governments have underestimated climate risk.

Floods and climate change

Floods and climate change

The PM, Scott Morrison, declared the recent catastrophic floods a national emergency and called it an unprecedented “1-in-500 year event” that “no-one was predicting.” But was it? Was the government warned? What is the science behind this extreme recent flooding event? What are the chances of it happening again? And how should Australia respond now?

Climate change and food security

Climate change and food security

The impact of climate change on the food supply is being felt in Australia and around the world. For adaptation and mitigation to be effective throughout the food system, enabling conditions need to be created through policies, markets, institutions and governance. Adaptation is not sustainable without deep cuts to emissions and government leadership.

Superpower 2022 with Simon Holmes à Court

Superpower 2022 with Simon Holmes à Court

Australia is so well positioned to transition rapidly to clean energy, with vast potential to rapidly clean up our manufacturing and value add clean energy in decarbonised exports. Our energy system is becoming more resilient and distributed, and households are likely...

Touring Tassie in a Tesla

Touring Tassie in a Tesla

Touring Tassie in ‘Tezzie’ the Tesla As Australia’s EV uptake begins to gather speed, my family feel privileged to be among thousands who purchased a Tesla Model 3 last year. It was the first brand new car we have ever owned. The lure of going electric and optimising...

Clean energy and VoteClimate in Chisholm!

Clean energy and VoteClimate in Chisholm!

Chisholm Federal seat is so quiet on climate and creating clean jobs  With a razor thin margin of 0.57%, the Chisholm Federal Seat  is poised on a knife edge. Chisholm is probably one of a the critical seats where a win for a climate candidate could have a very...

Reasons to Vote Climate

Reasons to Vote Climate

HERE ARE FOUR A strong economy needs a healthy climate Climate change is a serious health issue Climate change is a security issue Life on Earth depends upon a healthy climate CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ECONOMY Good management of the economy requires good management of...

#VoteClimate action!

#VoteClimate action!

Australia has been awarded yet another Colossal Fossil, this time at Glasgow, for "appalling performance" on climate. Although moving away from fossil fuels was mentioned in a COP statement for the first time, Australia has helped to water down the text, opposing...

Solar Advantage

Solar Advantage

So what are the benefits of using solar power and just how can you get started? This short article will help you with these questions. You can also check out Yarra Energy Foundation's great summary page on solar here, Interested in a clear summary? Watch Peter...

Meet Our Community

Meet Our Community

Writer Matilda Bowra, photographer Julian Meehan and IT expert Simon Grosser worked to together to create profiles of the Lighter Footprints community members. Many thanks to Matilda, Julian and Simon for putting together the Community Climate Action page which...

Putting on Solar – Lighter Footprints Solar Stories

Putting on Solar – Lighter Footprints Solar Stories

Rooftop Solar PV is now very affordable, reducing your energy bills and lowering your carbon emissions However, for many people wanting to install solar, they often face difficulty in deciding the type and size of solar rooftop installation or finding a reputable...

Act now or face the consequences

Act now or face the consequences

For far too long politicians and voters have avoided taking climate action because it is difficult or because they can leave it to future generations. The “too hard” option is now the only option.  Massive change is already taking place. We must take immediate action...

Join the resistance – to gas

Join the resistance – to gas

The case against Australia's gas expansion 1) The Australian government is banking on a tax payer funded 'gas-fired recovery' The government has put its 5 Basin gas-fired recovery plan as central to its economic vision for exports, ignoring industry forecasts and...

Gas-fired recovery facts

Gas-fired recovery facts

Gas is a dirty fuel, and a gas-fired recovery won’t lower prices or bring new jobs. Instead of throwing potentially “billions” of public funds at an industry in deep distress we could transition straight through to large scale renewables, and free up gas for industry by saving money with electric heating and cooling.

OUR TAXES AT WORK – Incentivising Fossil Fuels

OUR TAXES AT WORK – Incentivising Fossil Fuels

Expanding gas production in Australia mostly now means unconventional gas, from fracking or horizontal drilling. This photo shows coal seam gas wells in Queensland, where producers talk about eventually drilling 40,000 such wells, with detrimental effects on water and...

Joint Statement on Victoria Getting Off Fossil Gas

Joint Statement on Victoria Getting Off Fossil Gas

Victoria is due to release its Gas Substitution Roadmap by the end of the year. A number of climate focused organisations, including Lighter Footprints, have issued a Joint Statement on Victoria Getting Off Fossil Gas. The Lighter Footprints MP engagement group is...

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