May member bulletin
It's been a busy few weeks! I’ve been collating news and updates since March, and a lot is happening. CANA members have been coordinating, cooperating and collaborating on some truly ambitious campaigns. It’s also been inspiring to see all the interest in CANA’s small grants and to imagine the creative and innovative projects that may soon be taking off. You can check out some updates below.
Good luck with everything that’s you're doing, and if you ever feel down, just remember the inspirational words of Senator Matt Canavan:
“A few people that angrily turned up to a Westpac dinner … changed the world.”
Announcements & campaign updates
- Repower has launched in Victoria and New South Wales! Various CANA members will be supporting and uniting communities to accelerate the clean energy revolution, supporting ‘Repower champions’ to repower local institutions, or target gentailers or state governments.
- Relatedly, Power for Change is kicking off! Thanks to Moira for sharing this excellent update.
- Repower Port Augusta is in the final stretches of a marathon campaign - they had a rally last Sunday and will soon be meeting Premier Weatherill, with a final decision expected before July. Dan Spencer wrote up this great summary.
- Plenty of good news for #StopAdani: Westpac has ruled out funding for coal projects in the Galilee basin, the ALP has taken their strongest stance yet, and more Coalition MPs are breaking ranks. With Westpac down, Commbank is the new target for the finance campaigning - with a week of action coming up from 5-13 May.
- CANA’s small grant scheme has now opened! There's been lots of interest, so please check it out. Any Australian individual, group, or organisation is welcome to apply. Applications close Sunday 21 May.
Network support team updates
- In March, some CANA members collaborated on a statement supporting the ACTU against the Fair Work Commission decision on weekend rates for low-paid workers. The statement was sent to the FWC and is now live on their website.
Comms Working Group
- The launch of Repower in Victoria and NSW is being used to roll out and test a shared national narrative around the energy transformation.
- Another focus has been the ongoing story wars around renewables versus gas. Handily, the Climate Council has published this terrific report on the many costs of gas.
Energy Transformation Working Group
- Submissions to the Government review into climate change policy close this Friday. CANA members have discussed what would be important in a submission and drafted a shared platform to assist individual groups with their own submissions. Please note that this document is not a “CANA position” and is not for public release.
Welcome to new members
We bid a warm welcome to some of the newest members of the Climate Action Network! If you are interested in getting in touch with people from these groups, feel free to reach out to them through CANAchat, or ask us to put you in touch.
- The Australian Forests and Climate Alliance is a network of groups and individuals working to protect our forests and secure a safe climate. Recently they have been doing writing and research around the climate impacts of wood-burning for energy.
- The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a grassroots advocacy organisation working on national climate policy. They train and support volunteers to engage with Members of Parliament, the media, and the public. Their next APH lobby day is coming up in September.