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Planning for Low Carbon Development

Posted in Events by Jessica Bird on January 30th, 2013

6 February , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

"Minegolia"
Photo by Al Jazeera English via Flickr CC.

The twin challenge of poverty eradication and emissions reductions.

In developing countries, where most of the world’s population lives, the daunting challenge for governments and policy makers is to reduce both poverty and greenhouse gas emissions. Professor Harald Winkler from the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre will offer his perspective on how this challenge might be tackled in South Africa, a country that, like Australia, has a heavy dependence on coal-based electricity generation. Prof Winkler argues that taking more ambitious action to reduce emissions can result in socio-economic advantages, or ‘co-benefits’, which should be considered primary rather than secondary benefits.

Professor Winkler will be joined by panellists, Tony Wood and Malte Meinshausen, to discuss the Australian parallels to South Africa’s experience.

Date: Wednesday 6th February, 2013, 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

Venue: Carrillo Ganter Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre,
Corner Swanston Street and Monash Road,
The University of Melbourne.

Hosted by the Grattan Institute.


BZE Film Nights present “Dirty Business” by Peter Bull

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on March 21st, 2012

5 April , 2012
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Beyond Zero Emissions Film Nights

Dirty Business:

“Clean Coal” and the Battle for Our Energy Future is a 90-minute documentary that investigates the true cost of our dependence on coal for electricity in the age of climate change. Politicians and corporate interests have mounted a formidable public relations campaign promoting “clean coal” as a solution to our energy/climate problem.
The film is the first major public media project to explain and demystify “clean coal” and to explore the extent to which increased energy efficiency and renewable energy sources such as wind and solar thermal power might make “clean coal” unnecessary and uneconomical.
At the end of the night we will open the floor to discussion. Lead by a member of the BZE team, we can discuss some of the issues raised in the film.

6.00pm, Thursday April 5

Entry: Donations welcome ($5 suggested)

Kindness House,
288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 3065
Tram 112, stop 16 (cnr Johnston & Brunswick St).

Read more about the film and watch trailers here – http://dirtybusinessthefilm.com/


Lock the Gate: Campaign Against Coal Seam Gas

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on May 30th, 2011

6 June , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Drew Hutton is a professional historian and environmental activist, co-authoring History of the Australian Environment Movement in 1999. He is now lead campaigner for Lock the Gate – a peaceful, non-cooperation campaign against mining companies – for Friends of the Earth.  The Six Degrees collective of Friends of the Earth, Brisbane has been campaigning against open cut coal mining on agricultural land and environmentally sensitive areas for over two years and, more recently, calling for a moratorium on coal seam gas development. Drew will join us via Skype to discuss coal seam gas mining.

Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 6 June 2011

Location: The Wood Theatre, ECONOMICS & COMMERCE (Building 148) Room:G09 ground floor. Enter building by main foyer (opposite Old Arts). (Theatre entrance is off the foyer and is clearly sign posted) University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC

Thank you to the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for joining us in bringing you this event.
Entry: Gold coin donation

Further reading:

http://lockthegate.org.au/
http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/special_eds/20110221/gas/
http://www.foe.org.au/climate-justice/media/news-items/archive/2010/the-…
http://www.foe.org.au/resources/chain-reaction/editions/111/frontline-co…
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/charged-green-wont-take-foot…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w5KpKe0ys4
http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item1144483/?site_locale=en_GB
http://www.beyondzeroemissions.org/media/radio/professor-robert-w-howart…