This forum took place on Wednesday 25 May 2016 at the University of Melbourne
Achieving the global emissions reduction targets set in Paris in November 2015 requires profound and urgent change across the Australian economy – namely the transition to a zero-carbon future. How this transition is managed will impact us all, but has particular implications for people affected by poverty and disadvantage. Cassandra Goldie (ACOSS) and Tony Nicholson (Brotherhood of St Laurence) invite you to join leaders from the sector, government, business and academia to deliberate a planned and just transition.
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In November 2015, 193 nations agreed at the Paris COP21 to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. Achieving the Paris target requires swift and deep decarbonisation of the global economy and a move towards net-zero carbon in the second half of this century. This will require massive investment in renewable energy, dramatic improvements in energy efficiency and productivity, a shift towards electric vehicles, changes in agricultural practices and land use, and improvements in urban design.
What will be the impacts of deep decarbonisation on low-income Australian households? What role should the community sector play in helping disadvantaged households and communities adapt to climate change and to the transition to deep decarbonisation?
For more information: contact Damian Sullivan dsullivan(at)bsl.org.au (03) 9483 1176
After Paris: Emissions reductions, the risks and opportunities for low income and disadvantaged Australians and the social service sector
What are the implications of the transition for low-income Australians?
Panel discussion: A fair transition – social and economic sustainability in the shift from coal to renewables
Ben Davison (ACTU), Frank Jotzo (ANU), Miriam Lyons (Centre for Policy Development, GetUp), Tim Nelson (AGL), Tennant Reed (Australian Industry Group) – view Tennant Reed's presentation (PDF, 837 KB)
Playing our part: decarbonising the sector
Discussion leaders: Erwin Jackson (The Climate Institute), Mark Henley (Uniting Communities) - view Mark Henley's presentation (PDF, 1.16MB), Terrona Ramsay (Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service) – view Terrona Ramsay's presentation (PDF, 566 KB), Facilitator Bridget Tehan (VCOSS)
Housing and energy efficiency
Discussion leaders: Mark O'Brien (Tenants Union of Victoria), Damian Sullivan (Brotherhood of St Laurence) – view Damian Sullivan's presentation (PDF, 235 KB), Jacob Wallace (DHHS) – view Jacob Wallace's presentation (PDF, 205 KB). Facilitator: John Thwaites (Climate Works)
Adapting to unavoidable change
Discussion leaders: Bridget Tehan (VCOSS), Kris Newton (Mountains Community Resource Network), Alianne Rance (Loop & Co.) Facilitator: Emily Hamilton (ACOSS)
Renewables, energy prices and a low carbon future
Discussion leaders: Bruce Mountain (CME), Miriam Lyons (Centre for Policy Development, GetUp) - view Miriam Lyons' presentation (PDF, 1.32 MB), Jo De Silva (SACOSS) - view Jo De Silva's presentation (PDF, 1.5 MB). Facilitator: John Wiseman (Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne)
For more information: Contact Damian Sullivan dsullivan(at)bsl.org.au (03) 9483 1176
This forum was organised by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Australian Council of Social Service
Photography and video interviews courtesy of Janak Rogers
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Acknowledgement of country
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.