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150,000 people march for climate in Australia


On the last weekend in November 150,000 people across the country marched together as part of a Global Climate March ahead of climate talks in Paris. See pictures of Curtin’s CASE at the march on our Facebook page.

and other images of the Perth march

It was the biggest climate mobilisation moment ever in Australia: 60,000 people in Melbourne, 45,000 in Sydney, 6,000 outside Parliament in Canberra, 8,000 in Perth.

From powerful gatherings in regional towns to teeming crowds in our cities, we made our message unmissable.

Many countries, from Bangladesh to Ireland, saw the largest climate marches in their history. In Australia, 120,000 people marched, in India, over 100,000. And in towns across the planet small groups  joined together in beautiful local events. Even in Sana’a, Yemen, organisers went ahead with their march despite bombs falling close to the route!

Pope Francis’ envoy said of our marches: “The Pope is in spirit with hundreds of thousands today, hand in hand with the poor and those who seek climate justice.”

Today, in his opening address to world leaders, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed: “The peoples of the world are also on the move. They have taken to the streets, in cities and towns across the world, in a mass mobilization for change… They expect each and every one of you to show leadership equal to the test. History is calling.”

And Christiana Figueres, the head of the UN climate talks, thanked us all and announced: “I am working with Avaaz to install a large screen for your voices to be heard. All delegates will be able to see your support for a strong climate change agreement that protects our common home.’’

Australians are disappointed that our Prime Minister did not take a more popular and realistic target to the UN Paris talks and was so out of step with other world leaders announcing their countries’ commitments.

Sadly, our new prime minister could not stride to the lectern like Canada’s new prime minister Justin Trudeau who declared “Canada is back, my friends. We’re here to help.” Sadly, our new prime minister could not stride to the lectern like Canada’s new prime minister Justin Trudeau who declared “Canada is back, my friends. We’re here to help.” 

  • Despite claims that Australia had already met its 2020 target of 5%, there was no commitment to ramp this up as had  been promised if other countries had strong targets (which they do).
  • The commitment of an extra $800m over 4 years to the Green Climate Fund will be taken from an aid budget already severely cut. (And the Climate Institute estimates Australia’s fair commitment should be $1.5b).
  • Australia was missing from a list of nations pledging $343 million for the most vulnerable countries – some of which are South Pacific neighbours.
  • Australia’s commitment to the Emission Innovation Initiative is less than half the money the government took out of R&D for clean energy research, e.g through ARENA and the CFEC.
  • The Prime Minister refused to sign a communique with almost 40 nations to promote the elimination of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. He claimed it was because the communique adopted the IMF definition of a subsidy which accepts the health and climate costs of fossil fuels and recommends pricing coal, oil and gas for these costs. The diesel rebate will cost Australians $26 billion over the next four years. Fossil fuel subsidies outpace those for renewable energy by a factor of more than four-to-one (In 2014, $695 billion subsidies to fossil fuels – International Energy Association).

Labor leader Bill Shorten has indicated his party will support a cut of 45 per cent of 2005-level carbon pollution by 2030 and net-zero emissions for Australia by 2050.

The Greens say Australia should aim for a 63-82 per cent cut by 2030 and a net-zero carbon economy by 2040.

Presbyterian Ladies College students will lead the Blue – Futures Section of the People’s Climate March this Sunday, 29 November, 1pm in Wellington Square

This is one reason why they were chosen:

In September 2015, PLC held a PLC to Paris Climate Change Forum for Year 10 students. Student designed and led workshops on what young people wanted Julie Bishop to say on their behalf at the United Nations climate talks in December produced thoughtful and hopeful responses, which they delivered to Minister Bishop this week as she heads for Paris.  Their thoughts included:

 The federal government placing more weight and support on the issue and recognising its severity
• Specific goals to reduce carbon emissions, rather than simply discussion, reflecting research that a 40% carbon reduction would steer us towards a safer climate
• Goals outlined simply for the average person to understand to personally involve us
• The public and their sentiments being considered while these goals are set
• Australia setting an example for other countries to follow, so that we may increase participation globally 
• The nation and especially you, Hon. Julie Bishop, taking a stand and being decisive about leading the world
• Australia helping developing nations in terms of economic and social liabilities 
Finally, as the representative for Australia at the Paris Climate Talks, the youth ask that you keep in mind our request to consider the future, and the people will be our future. As our representative, it is your task to set the example for other nations and achieve realistic yet ambitious goals for emission reduction. We request that you be a leader in negotiating for international cooperation on the issue, while putting pressure on high emitting nations to implement measures that will create a more sustainable future.
Hon. Julie Bishop, many students referred to you as a role model, an inspiration, and even their preferred option for Prime Minister. They place their faith in you to take a moment to listen and consider them, and to fight for long-term sustainable solutions. Please use your influence in your electorate, ministerial position, federal parliament, and on the international stage to assist us in leading the way. Generation “Me” wants to change its title. Tell us what to do, and we will do it. Because we want to.


Phoebe Metcalf, Danielle Tan, and students of Presbyterian Ladies’ College



Curtin’s CASE is proud to be on the organising committee of the biggest climate march the world has ever seen.

On the eve of world leaders meeting in Paris for the United Nations climate summit, Australians will gather in Perth  and across Australia and walk alongside millions of people in hundreds of major cities around the world.

Join hundreds of thousands of Australians as we march for a transition to renewable energy, for secure job creation, for clean air, for a healthy environment and a safe climate.

Check out the website – you can book a ticket for Naomi Klein’s documentary This Changes Everything, join a neighbourhood doorknock in Julie Bishop’s electorate and of course sign up for the march!

29 November is our last chance before Paris to tell Julie Bishop her constituents want a safe climate future for us all.


What does Malcolm Turnbull really think?

The majority of Australians who understand the need for climate change have been watching our new Prime Minister. We have been reading his adjectives like tea leaves: does an ‘agile’ and ‘flexible’ economy mean he will support the new clean technologies of renewables increasingly embraced by China, India, European Union and USA?  When he repeats Greg Hunt’s falsehood that Direct Action is the best emissions reduction policy in the world, can he really have made such an about turn since describing it as fiscal recklessness?  Curtin’s CASE waits in the hope that Turnbull’s intelligence and compassion will prevail over his desire for power at any cost.

Read Lenore Taylor on Turnbull’s claims:

Talking to Julie Bishop about climate disruption through the language of emojis

On Saturday 22nd August, an eleven strong French delegation brought a taste of Paris to Rokeby Road, Subiaco, with a new strategy for drawing Julie Bishop’s attention to the pressing concern of climate disruption. Julie Bishop is the Member of Parliament for Curtin, and as Australia’s Foreign Minister, she will represent Australia as the lead negotiator at the UN climate talks in Paris in November-December.

Curtin’s CASE (Climate Action for a Safe Environment) has been sharing her electorate’s concerns with Julie Bishop for the last four months: with a petition of 4,500 signatures and letters signed by 1400 people.

The target recently agreed to by the Australian Government is a 26-28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels (a peak emitting year for Australia). At this target, in 2030 Australia’s per capita emissions will be higher than any other western nation and twice as much per capita as Germany and Japan. The government’s target is well below the Climate Change Authority’s recommendation of 45-63% by 2030.

Curtin’s CASE, a climate action group based in the Curtin electorate, decided Julie Bishop might just get the message from her constituents if it was said in emoji. Following an interview in February with Buzzfeed, almost entirely in emoji, Julie Bishop has become famous for her fluency in this international language.

Dressed in French outfits inspired by the Paris conference, CASE supporters invited passers-by to express their feelings about climate change, and about the Government’s emission reduction commitments, by drawing their own emojis on postcards addressed to Ms Bishop. Over 100 emojis were pinned to Julie Bishop’s office wall to express the concern of her constituents.

‘The government’s target is well behind other countries, for example the OECD has a target of 34% below their 2005 levels and the USA of 41% below their 2005 levels by 2030. Australia is the third highest per capita emitter in the world, so we should be doing more than most countries to make up for our long delay in acting on climate disruption’, said Curtin’s CASE convenor, Chilla Bulbeck. ‘The Australian government’s target, if adopted by other countries, would not keep global warming below the 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels to which we and other nations have committed’.

‘Many Australians want stronger action. Surveys undertaken by Curtin’s CASE within the Curtin electorate show that 75% of respondents are concerned ‘a great deal’ about climate change and 20% are ‘somewhat’ concerned. A national Lowy poll found almost two-thirds wanted Australia to take significant action, even if the rest of the world did not. ‘Instead of leading the world, Australia is an embarrassing laggard’ said Chilla Bulbeck.

‘The government is lying about the impact of significantly cutting emissions, claiming it will cost the economy millions, when in fact there will be job and investment opportunities in the booming global renewable energy sector. Thus Climate Change Authority chairman and former Reserve Bank Governor Bernie Fraser says that the Government’s claims that stronger emissions targets will hurt the economy are not founded in fact’, noted Natasha Kepert, who came up with the emoji idea.

‘Basically, we’ve chosen a peak year where we were belching out emissions like nobody’s business (2005, thanks to the mining boom), and we’ve announced a 26% reduction from that amount. It still leaves us per capita as the biggest emitters in the world by far; a commitment so much less than the UK or Europe’, said Natasha Kepert.

If you would like to obtain postcards to draw your own emojis for Julie Bishop, please contact CASE at or download your own postcards: juliebishoppostcardstwopages.


Join the action to tell Julie Bishop how disappointed you are:
Do us proud in Paris, Julie – Parlez-vous Emoji ???
Saturday, August 22 at 9:30am
Subiaco Train Station in Perth, Western Australia

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The Coalition government has announced its greenhouse emissions reduction target of a minimum 26 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, with the possibility of a 28 per cent target as the economic costs become clearer.

This target is not consistent with the minimum target to meet the (dangerous) goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees on pre-industrial levels (a position shared by New Zealand, Japan, and Canada). Many other countries have made much larger contributions, in some cases almost DOUBLE Australia’s commitment:
USA – 41% below 2005 emissions by 2030
Japan – 25%
Canada – 30%
EU – 34%
UK – 48%
Germany – 46%

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop claimed that Australia will halve emissions per person over the next fifteen years. “That is more than any other major economy or any other comparable country.”

Actually China is planning to achieve something similar by 2020:
reduce carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 40-45% from the 2005 level and to increase the share of non
fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to about 15%

Because we have failed to move with the rest of the world into renewables instead increasing our emissions since Kyoto, Australia will still have higher emissions per person and emissions intensity than the countries listed above (see chart below)

Our target, which translates into a 19 per cent cut below 2000 levels by 2030, is what the independent Climate Change Authority says Australia should be trying to achieve within 5 years, rather than 15, and it is less than half the 40-60 per cent reductions on 2000 levels for 2030 recommended by the CCA.

An appropriate timeframe, one which will ensure Australia shares the economic advantage of the global shift to a clean economy and a reduction in the health costs of pollution and climate change as well as giving the planet a chance of avoiding the most serious climate change catastrophes are:
40-60% reduction on 2000 levels by 2025
60-80% reduction on 2000 levels by 2030
Net zero by 2050 at the very latest.

A number of studies have shown that Australia can achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and live within its recommended carbon budget, using technologies that exist today, while maintaining economic prosperity. Major technological transitions and many activities are needed in some industries, but no fundamental change to Australia’s economy is required. The technologies required for decarbonisation are currently available or under development.

For information and comparison, the major parties have these targets:
Liberal Party, National Party: 5% by 2020; 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030
ALP: 5-25% by 2020; 50% of energy from renewables by 2030 but the recent National Conference baulked at announcing an overall emission reduction target
Greens: 40-50% on 2000 levels by 2025; 60-80% by 2030; and net-zero greenhouse gas pollution by 2040.

For a fuller discussioncca-effort

Tell the government NOW to sign up for effective emission reduction targets

The Australian government has not released its intended emission reduction targets although most major countries have. This may well be a sign of debate within the Coalition.  We have two weeks to tell the government we want action on climate change: SEND AN EMAIL to Julie Bishop asking the government to act on climate change: DON’T FORGET TO SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF EMAIL AND INSERT YOUR NAME

And do our survey – we will be sending the results to Julie Bishop and the government to show that Australians want a fair future:

So far 80% of respondents say climate change will be an important issue for them in the next election. This is the kind of statistic the government needs to hear.

And then tell your friends, family and acqaintances to send an email and do the survey.

thank you


Curtin’s CASE a proud signatory to letter to Australian parliamentarians to sign up for a carbon pollution free future


Yesterday the letter asking for effective action on post-2020 emissions reduction co-ordinated by Prue Pickering of the Climate Institute was delivered to our parliamentarians.  Read the letter and see Curtin’s CASE amongst the signatories.

Check out the following media coverage:


The Guardian

Sky News ( this was also run in the Daily Mail and The West Australian)


Graphic: thanks to Bronte from 1 Million Women.

Australia singled out as international embarrassment again

The 2015 Global Climate Change Legislation study, released by the UK Grantham Institute on Climate Change and Environment reveals that Australia has become the first developed country to take a legislative step backwards from action on climate change.

The good news is that 75% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are now limited by national targets.

More bad news:  Australia’s paltry 5% reduction target by 2020 compares with the US which is on track to meet its 17% target.  The Coalition initially agreed to a 5 to 25% target and many forecasters say they will have trouble meeting the minimum 5%.

Further bad news: lagging behind the world is not good for our economy and for the jobs our young people need

Read the post here: