On-line Electric Vehicle Forum
Cars are responsible for half of all transport emissions in Australia.  So, switching to an electric vehicle (EV) sounds like it would be great for the planet, but how viable is it in Australia in terms of cost, availability and re-charging? UCAN have asked Dr Jake Whitehead, of the Electric Vehicle Council to speak to these and other issues as well as answer participant questions.

The Electric Vehicle Forum is aimed at the Uniting Church community but any interested people are very welcome. So please feel free to share this information with friends and family and in your other church and community networks.
The forum will take place on Wednesday September 7, from 7.00pm – 8.30pmYou can register for the event here and the Zoom link will be emailed to you before the evening.
If you have any questions please contact Jon O’Brien at joobrien@uniting.org or 0477 725 528

Move Beyond Coal
This is your chance to join the new, unstoppable movement to solve Australia’s biggest contribution to the climate crisis. Are you in?
Did you know that Australia is the world’s biggest exporter of coal pollution? Today, Australia faces the biggest coal expansion threat on the planet. Coal corporations plan to dig 69 dangerous new coal projects, the big banks are willing to fund them, and our government has no plans to stop them.

We can still protect a liveable world for communities and nature everywhere, but we must act now to stop new coal projects and phase out coal by 2030. That’s where you come in. Building on the lessons and successes of #StopAdani, we’re launching a bold new people-powered movement – and we want you to be part of it. It will be launching officially mid-September, including online on Thursday 22 September 6pm and in-person in Melbourne on Wednesday 28 September 6pm, 75 Reid StFitzroy North.

Climate Futures Summit
From COP26 in Glasgow, through catastrophic weather events, to damning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, climate has remained an unrelenting, urgent subject over the past year. Continuing research insights and the absence of effective climate policy paint a dire picture of what our climate future might be. But there is also momentum for change. Researchers continue to innovate and develop new ideas, and we have seen industry and local communities taking real action.

The inaugural Climate Futures Summit is an opportunity to work together, share ideas and continue to make strides towards change. Melbourne Climate Futureswill bring the breadth of University of Melbourne research together with voices from policy, industry, Indigenous people, and youth that make up our rich community.Speakers include:

  • Henry Puna, Pacific Island Forum Secretary General and former Cook Islands Prime Minister
  • Ross Garnaut, Economist and Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • Karina Gistelinck, Vice President of Strategy, BHP
  • Karrina Nolan, Executive Director, Original Power
  • And more than 20 others.

Join this free, one-day hybrid event on Thursday 6 October September 9.00am – 4.30pm to share ideas and collaborate, so that we can bring about a positive climate future. Registrants attending in person will receive lunch and refreshments and have the opportunity to participate in interactive side events between forum sessions. Places are limited and registration by 29 September is essential. Register here today.

Faiths 4 Climate Justice Australia
ARRCC will be holding a day of action on Thursday, 13th October. including the publication of an open letter and the multi-faith services, preceded by the all-night Vigils. In Melbourne, there will be a multi-faith service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne at 5.10pm.
Join with people of all faiths both in Australia and around the Pacific to show solidarity with those suffering because of humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels. We will show the strength of grassroots support for an open letter to Prime Minister Albanese, signed by senior faith leaders in Australia and the Pacific. It will call on the Australian Government to:

  • stop approving new coal and gas projects
  • End public subsidies for coal and gas projects
  • Fully respect First Nations peoples’ rights to protect Country
  • Actively participate in creating a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to phase out fossil fuels
  • support a just transition
  • Re-start contributions to the United Nations Green Climate Fund.

Like many people who care about the climate, people of faith are excited by the potential of this new government to take Australia in a different direction. Yet they also need encouragement to go further.

More information can be found here: https://www.arrcc.org.au/f4cj2022

Sign-on Faith letter, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
Green Faith International has integrated the essentials from the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty into a faith-inspired statement they are asking people of faith and faith-based organisations to sign. Please add your voice here if you agree

Contemplative Tuesdays for climate justice – today!
There are now 9 weeks until November 7th, the start of COP27. A multi-faith group meets weekly at 11 – 11.30 am AEST on Tuesdays, to pray and meditate for an outcome of COP27 that brings us much closer to climate justice. See more here, including the link to join.
This is an open group and would warmly welcome anyone who would like to meditate in silence with like-minded supporters of climate justice.

BUC Climate Action group
This BUC Climate Action group will meet after worship on Sunday 4th September at around 11 am in the Youth Group Hall. All are welcome.