Everyday Climate Action

- a Wheeler Centre talk at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute

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With progress on climate action sluggish at the global and national levels, many concerned Australians are turning their attention and energy to local activities.

In September 2019, School Strike 4 Climate Australia saw students striking from their classes – demanding politicians take their futures seriously. Organised by young people at a grassroots level, the strike united an estimated 300,000 people across 100 cities and towns in Australia. It’s part of a growing popular activist movement driven by everyday Australians.

Ballarat is an example of a local community where motivated citizens are making real change happen. For many years, a local action group named BREAZE has been at the forefront of climate action in the region. Through various action groups – and through intervention in residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors – they’re working towards a zero emissions 2030.

In this conversation, we'll learn about the practical steps that have been taken in Ballarat – what's working, what's not and what's next on the agenda. We'll hear about different community-based environmental initiatives across the world and discuss how local climate action can be part of global solutions.

‘Everyday Climate Action’ – a Wheeler Centre talk at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute

On 25 March at 6:00 pm, the Melbourne-based Wheeler Centre will be running a special talk in Ballarat in collaboration with the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute. Titled, ‘Everyday climate action,’ the talk has come about because Ballarat is now recognised as a community that is actively engaging with the transition to renewable energy, and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ensure a safe climate for the future.

The panel of speakers includes:
• Kira Dawson from the School Strike for Climate (SS4C) and Ballarat Action for Climate Co-op (SA4CC)
• Peter Reid, OAM, Treasurer, Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero emissions Incorporated (BREAZE Inc.)
• Vanessa Petrie, CEO, Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE)

The panel will be chaired by Prue Bentley, chief of staff for ABC Ballarat and Southwest Victoria.