BREAZE eNews - March

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President's Report 17 March

Photo on 19 1 20 at 2.20 pm 2The BREAZE Board has decided to take a conservative approach to the Coronavirus pandemic, in line with advice regarding social gatherings and maintaining social distancing. Our monthly talks programs—Smart Living Ballarat and Green Drinks—will not be going ahead in their usual physical locations. However, whenever possible, BREAZE Talks Coordinator, Paul Duggan will be live-streaming the Smart Living Ballarat talks advertised in our 2020 program, via the SLB Facebook page. Audience members will be able to post questions for these talks online as they happen. In the spirit of the BREAZE mission of sustainable living and a zero emissions target we urge you to continue to participate in these shared experiences albeit as a virtual audience. Green Drinks has been cancelled for the duration of the pandemic. 

 Recent commentary has understandably, drawn comparisons between the official response to the coronavirus pandemic and the disengaged response to the climate crisis. While the immediate risk to human life posed by COVID 19 is obviously perceived very differently to the slower moving, changing climate, nevertheless, with the devastation of this seasons's bushfires and glaciers now collapsing it is clear that calamitous and sudden changes to the environment also pose immediate and sudden risk to life. We mustn't let the current health crisis distract governments from the climate emergency and the need for action. They need to multitask. It has been heartening to see medical scientists treated and respected as experts in this health emergency. It would certainly be good if this current respect for science translated to an equivalent respect for climate scientists and our environmental emergency once the pandemic is past. At present media and public focus on COVID 19 makes it too hard for climate action to cut through. This was something Zali Steggall acknowledged today when she announced that she was delaying tabling her bill for a National Climate Act in federal parliament.  If you haven't yet signed the petition to support the Act please consider doing so today. There is a link on the BREAZE website. We can only hope the current public health emergency will establish useful precedents for making the case for a  climate emergency in due course.


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Bushfire Forum Report

Climate Reality 2 RGB1The bushfires of the devastating 2019-20 Black Summer, were already underway in regional NSW, when BREAZE Inc. in collaboration with BEN, DELWP, RSAB, Federation University and the City of Ballarat held the New Bushfire Reality Climate Adaptation Forum on 10th November 2019. According to Forum Convenor Joe Natoli’s calculations, about 120 people attended to hear the impressive panel of speakers:
• Michael Boatman – Operations Manager Ballarat Country Fire Authority (CFA),
Chair Grampians Fire Emergency Committee
• Adrian Whitehead – from Council Action in the Climate Emergency (CACE)
• Bill Cook – Municipal Emergency Manager, City of Ballarat and CFA volunteer.
• Tony Brady – CFA Vegetation Management Officer

Community members who attended also participated in discussion groups after the speakers’ presentations. Questions and comments from those discussions, plus post-forum feedback gathered by email, have been compiled into a report on the Forum which has been forwarded to the Ballarat Emergency Management Planning Committee. BREAZE Inc. thanks all those who attended for taking the time to engage with this very important topic.

pdfCopy of the Report

 


Climate Change Act - Sign Now

Zali Steggal billZali Steggall has proposed a Climate Change Act

The bill includes a proposal for a net zero emissions target by 2050, a carbon emissions budget, and assessments every five years of national climate change risk. Zali has called on the major parties to bring the bill to the floor and allow a conscience vote.

Find out more and sign the petition.



 

Upcoming Events :


BREAZE Event Updates - Covid 19

breaze logo145xSummary of event status

BREAZE and affiliated groups

  • Smart Living Ballarat - No physical event - where possible will be streamed on the Smart Living Facebook
  • Green Drinks - Cancelled until further notice
  • Repair Cafe - March Cancelled - following months under review
  • Buninyong Community Collective - still operating, reviewing operating procedures and risk review
  • Boomerang Bags - no Tuesday workshops until further notice
  • Biodiversity Forum - not scheduled, awaiting Covid19 updates

Also cancelled due to Covid19

  • 21 March - Action Day Camp St, Ballarat Action Climate Co-Op (BACC), a group affiliated with School Strike for Climate Australia,
  • 25 March – Wheeler Centre Talk at the BMI – ‘Everyday Climate Action’. The Wheeler Centre’s events page notes that bookings will be automatically refunded.

 

 


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