You can Make a difference
In your own way, be part of the solution on climate change. The WarrandyteCAN community will assist you to make changes: work on a worthwhile project like 'No Plastic Bags', go solar with the best deal, grow your own, draught-proof your home and much more.
Despite being just a small part of a large planet, every action you take either helps or harms your world,your future and those for whom you are responsible. So, choose to be part of a community that thinks, speaks and acts as though it CAN make a positive difference, and You will!!
CAN is completely not-for-profit with all efforts contributed voluntarily. Your help is needed.
Climate Action + Activism
Our current lead project is to substantially reduce the use of plastic bags in our community, as overwhelmingly supported, replacing them with Jute Bags. 90% of our community requested this but only 14% reported taking their own bags when shopping. Plastic Bags no longer free - MORE
For our part, WarrandyteCAN aims to assemble knowledge and ideas and to inspire personal action.
We recognise the need for positive and sometimes uncomfortable, unpleasant interaction with Government aiming to advance change much more rapidly than is happening.
We work with groups like 100% Renewable to help implement Australia wide community projects.
"The crisis is in the present not in the future." These are the words of Bill McKibben of 350. org spoken to the 'faithful' at the April 2012 Climate Summit. Mass action is required in all parts of the globe if Governments are going to listen to the people and work faster towards reducing climate emissions.
Fri 24 May 7.30pm: Thin Ice - The Movie. See the astonishing range of human activity as well as scientific endeavour that is required to help us understand our changing climate.
May: Fire Ready Message to Manningham Warrandyte's Fire Ready Project appears to have no place in Manningham's future budget, as reported in The Leader. Let your voice be heard now.
Post-Launch No Plastic Bags - Update
The no plastic bags project has been a terrific success to date, thanks to our community. Quintons Supa IGA reports a 90% reduction in its use of plastic bags with locals getting behind the change with gusto. Watch out for ongoing reminders in the Warrandyte Diary, designed to keep us committed to bringing our reusable bags when shopping.
Look out for Retailer Charters in store windows indicating those supporting the change.
May 18, Sat 10-noon: Recycling with Riverflow is on again in Warrandyte at the Uniting Church. This time, besides your old tv's and bikes and much more, bring your bras and shoes!! A good home will be found for them!!! Details Here
June 22: 2013 Australian Climate Action Summit Weekend, Sydney Secondary College, Blackwattle Bay, Syd. Check it out at the Facebook Page and consider attending.
Climate Change is happening NOW. View the (video) facts as collected and presented by Catalyst in Nov 2012:View video
March 23 started a new era in Warrandyte's shopping precinct with plastic carry bags no longer coming free to shoppers. Read why over 90% of Warrandyte's residents wanted this to happen. HERE Plus: SEE WHY ON VIDEO The Majestic Plastic Bag Mockumentory
The 100percent.org.au 'Big Solar' Your voice is needed on the Big Solar Poll.
Local Food Connect's current Food Swap Dates
May 15, 2013
$1.1 billion of our taxpayer dollars will no longer be going to line the pockets of big polluters in this country. And it’s thanks to the actions of people like you.
Over the next four years Australian taxpayers will now save $1.1 billion thanks to changes to accelerated depreciation rules for mining exploration and prospecting in yesterday’s federal budget.
However, unfortunately the budget was not the knock-out blow for fossil fuel subsidies that we had hoped for.
Despite these few positive elements, overall this budget missed a golden opportunity to consolidate Australia's transition to a low carbon economy and cut pollution by ending over $10 billion in wasteful and polluting fossil fuel subsidies. In fact, the subsidy for fuel use by the mining industry is projected to increase by $352 million in the next financial year!
It may seem like one step back for every two steps forward. But it's worth reminding ourselves that three months ago nothing at all was on the table. The fossil fuel industry was pocketing over $10 billion a year in handouts, confident that no one would dare to challenge the status quo.
Enter the Paid to Pollute alliance.
In the last three months, we’ve waged a bold campaign alongside 84 of Australia’s leading environment and community organisations to strip the big polluters of these wasteful and polluting handouts. Along the way, we’ve held actions outside dozens of MPs’ offices and petrol stations nationwide, sent over 8000 emails to the Treasurer and MPs from our amazing supporters and made headlines everywhere from The Australian to the Port Macquarie News.
And thanks to everyone who took action, we’ve just delivered a reduction to polluter handouts of $1.1 billion. That's not a bad return on investment for a campaign that’s only been up and running for three months! The fact that we were able to have an impact on the federal budget in such a short time is an amazing testament to the validity of our cause. But there is still a lot of work to do.
The fact that other polluter handouts, like paying diesel bills for the mining industry or carbon bills for our dirtiest power stations, were not reduced shows that the fossil fuel industry is fighting hard to hold on to their handouts. We knew the campaign to end polluter handouts would be tough, but with the strength of our alliance and public support on our side, we’re prepared for the challenge ahead.
The next year is crucial for this campaign, with a number of clear opportunities to end polluter handouts – the federal election, the G20 meeting in Australia in 2014 and next year’s federal budget. Our alliance has vowed to fight on. It's a long road ahead, but thanks to you, we’re stronger than ever and ready to step up.
Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, Safe Climate Campaign Manager, Environment Victoria.
April 22, 2013 - Register your concern before the Fed Budget, May 14 2013.
The Australian Government gives over $10 billion worth of fossil fuel subsides every year. That’s the equivalent of $65 million from the people in our electorate alone!
This week, some of the biggest and most influential environment and community groups from around Australia have launched a new campaign to end polluter handouts – and we’re a part of it!
Please, join the campaign to end polluter handouts that this year’s federal budget by signing and sharing this petition now.
Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, Environment Victoria
Dec 3, 2012 global plans for a post carbon world
A very interesting talk last night from the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia and BZE re evaluation of global plans for a post carbon world. Some very positive news as well as some challenging messages.
For the full presentation visit: