Stop Adani400x400The Ballarat Climate Action Network has created a petition for the Ballarat community to present to Catherine King (MHR for Ballarat) to put pressure on her to change her position on the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine and Export Terminal Project. We hope that many of you will follow the link below to make “an environment of permission for politicians to act” by adding your name to the on line petition.

Click here to Sign the Petition

We know everyone is asked frequently to sign petitions however this is different because it is targeted , local and will have a greater effect because Catherine King isn't often the subject of scrutiny.

breaze logo145xOur new Board member Joe Natoli has prepared the following easy steps for members to follow when writing to local, state and federal politicians to take action on climate change by transitioning to renewable energy. Joe has provided some good web links for supporting information.

Writing a letter of influence.
How do you truly connect with your Parliamentary representative? Most of us feel that politicians are “out there”. That they are somehow removed from the (real) world and that our views don’t really matter when they are wrestling with big picture issues. Not true. The reality is that politicians want to be, need to be, very aware of how their constituents are thinking because, basically, they want to be re-elected. And if too many people disagree with the decisions their politicians are making – they can quickly lose their seat. The last Victorian election saw this reality sweep away many very disappointed MPs. It resulted in the Liberals losing Malcolm Turnbull’s blue ribbon seat in a by election because many voters just didn’t like what the Liberals were doing on key current issues.

Read more: How to Influence Political Change

Ballarat Screening of Guarding the Galilee - Stop Adani

A very successful gathering in the Lost Ones Bar (under gallery) on Wednesday, 31st May, with 50 people arriving to see the Ballarat premiere of a short (half-hour) film 'Guarding the Galilee' about Adani's proposed mega-coal mine on western Queensland's Galilee Basin coal seams.

We were joined by Deb Milera who gave the Acknowledgemnt to Country.

Dr Kristen Pearson  gave a short presentation about Doctors for the Environment Australia (details below)

Hosted and supported by BREAZE, Ballarat Climate Action Group and Ballarat Says No to Adani.

The film screening was supported nationally by 350.org, ACF and a coalition of groups called StopAdani.

For Posters, template of letters to send to your MP etc, please see - http://www.stopadani.com/community_resources

More on Doctors for the Environment:

Fact sheet: https://www.dea.org.au/adanis-carmichael-coal-mine-and-health/

Protests in the media

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4696466/ballarat-urged-to-stand-against-adani/

https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/4696466/ballarat-urged-to-stand-against-adani/?cs=62

Next Steps

 

Community Action is how people in the greater Ballarat region  engage in environmental activities.

Within BREAZE this is usually done within Action Groups.  

Our major Action Groups are our Programs

  • Social Solar
  • Smart Living Ballarat
  • Ballarat Farmers Market
  • Sustainable House Day

Our Action Groups are formed by members of BREAZE partaking in community actions in an area they are particularly interested in.   These may be ongoing activities like Local Food or a one off activity like a film screening.

There are also affiliated groups.   These are groups run semi independently from BREAZE but under the auspice of BREAZE.  These groups gain the benefits of BREAZE incorporation including insurance, marketing and other BREAZE resources.  

For more information read our Q&A or contact regarding setting up an affiliated groups.

Current Affiliated Groups

  • Buninyong Boomerasng Bags

BREAZE also acknowledges the efforts of a number of independent environmental groups.   If you are involved in an environmental group not listed here then please contact .

 

What is an Action Group?

An Action Group is a sub group within BREAZE which runs activities independently from the board.

What type of activities?

Any activity that that relates to BREAZE and its vision.

What Action Groups are there.

All the Action Groups are under the Community Action Menu Item 

Who can run an Action Group?

Any group of members can run an Action Group

 What are the benefits of running an Action Group within BREAZE?

  • As a group within the incorporated body "BREAZE" you are covered by the general protections of incorporated bodies.
  • You are covered by BREAZE's insurance.
  • BREAZE's not for profit  atxable donations may be avaialable to you.
  • Your activities can be 'marketed' through BREAZE newsletters, facebook etc.
  • Action Group will be part of the BREAZE website.

What are the restrictions.

  • All Action Group members need to be a member of BREAZE ( this is for legal and insurance reasons).
  • Can not be associated with a political party.

How are costs involved.

  • All Action Group Members need to be members of BREAZE.
  • There may be an incremental insurance cost if your activity is not covered by the current BREAZE insurance.

Can I apply for grants through Action Groups.

If the grant is relevant to BREAZE and does not conflict with any of BREAZE's programs then the BOARD would be pleased to work with your group on this.

How do I form an Action Group.

Talk to a board member.

Does the group need to be represented at Board Meetings.

  • BREAZE would welcome any represenations at the board meetings but this is not compulsory.
  • Any significant activity would need to be approved by the Board
  • One page executive summary either monthly or quarterly depending on current activity levels (provided 1 week prior to Board meetings)

What is a significant activity?

  • Any activity aiming to involve more than 5 people from the general public ?
  • Any activity aiming to involve more than 20 BREAZE members.
  • Any paid event ?
  • Any activity likely to get media attention.

Why does the Board need to approve significant activities?

  • BREAZE needs to protect its brand.
  • Ensure Board is aware of BREAZE activities.
  • Avoid conflicts of events within BREAZE and other related activities in Ballarat Region

How are finances handled.

  • The finances of the Action Group are kept seperate from the BREAZE finances.    The BREAZE treasurer (or representative) will need access to your bank account for governance purposes.
  • BREAZE may provide financial support, however in general action groups will be self sufficient.
  • The action group will need to nominate a minimum of 2 people to approve/manage transactions for the sub group.

We need to get the message across about the actions needed to avert climate chaos. The Adani mine should not go ahead on environmental, social and ecomonic grounds.

Join us for a protest march, 11am, Saturday the 22nd, from the Ballarat Town Hall.

 stop adani ballarat

Read more: Stop Adani - Ballarat

Hidden orchard imageRedistributing the fruit of unloved fruit trees to the Ballarat community is the purpose of this new group of volunteers - The Hidden Orchard.

 If you would like to help, or if you have, or know of a laden tree that could do with some help, please contact Kris via

Read more: The Hidden Orchard

Søren HermansenDanish Farmer and internationally-renowned renewable energy pioneer Søren Hermansen is set to visit Ballarart thanks to Hepburn Wind Farm, Committee for Ballarat and the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE).

Søren’s visit will share how his island community Samso successfully delivered a 100% renewable transition in a 10 year period and have built an Energy Academy to support this.

Read more: Community Renewable Energy Public Forum 23 Feb 2017
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