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Rally to Replace ALL of Hazelwood

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 4th, 2010

6 November , 2010
1:00 pmto3:00 pm

This Saturday 6 November 2010 @ 1pm, State Library, cnr Swanston and Latrobe Streets, Melbourne

The pressure on our politicians is rising and the excitement in the lead up to the Rally to Replace All of Hazelwood is building. The Victorian election campaign has begun and Hazelwood has featured in the media many times in the past weeks. We’ve now got a real contest on to see which parties can deliver a commitment at this election to replace ALL of Hazelwood.

This Saturday, the Rally to Replace ALL of Hazelwood could be the final push our politicians need to get across the line. Will you be there?  We’ve all been working hard to promote the rally so that Victorians have an opportunity to show their concern about this issue. Now, make sure that all political parties know that you want Hazelwood replaced by attending the rally with your family and friends this Saturday.

If you can do just one thing on climate change this election, make sure that you attend this rally.  The weather is forecast to be sunny and warm so bring your friends and family, don a hat and enjoy the spring day.

Help us promote the event:

* Please forward this to your friends.
* Join our facebook group and send an invitation to your friends to join. Click here!/event.php?eid=109819842415237
* If you want to help on the day contact

See you Saturday at 1pm at the State Library!

Visit for background information on the power station and the campaign.

Switch Off Hazelwood: Community Protest

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 28th, 2010

10 October , 2010
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Replace Hazelwood with Clean Energy: Ongoing Campaign

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on May 25th, 2010

Image: takver via flickr CC

A growing coalition of community groups are campaigning for the State and Federal governments to make an election commitment to replace Hazelwood power station with clean energy by 2012.  This will be a key election test for the Federal and State Labor governments.  Hazelwood is the dirtiest coal fired power station in Australia and one of the most polluting in the developed world.

Upcoming actions & events

6.30pm, Tuesday 25 May Public forum on Climate Change and Our Energy Choices, Concert Hall, rear of the Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St Coburg. (Climate Action Moreland)

Join us in Door Knocking the inner city throughout June

7pm-9pm Wed June 23 Community Forum – Truth and Lies about climate change – the science and solutions, Northcote Town Hall, High St. Darebin Climate Action Network

July 19 National Day of Action (details soon)

Sign a letter to State Politicians


Climate Disobedience

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on August 27th, 2009

Source: Greenleap

Extracts from “Climate disobedience: Is a new “Seattle” in the making?“, Mark Engler, via grist

Image: Hazelwood Power Station by kingey1971, via flickr

In the early morning of October 8, 2007, a small group of British Greenpeace activists slipped inside a hulking smokestack that towers more than 600 feet above a coal-fired power plant in Kent, England. While other activists cut electricity on the plant’s grounds, they prepared to climb the interior of the structure to its top, rappel down its outside, and paint in block letters a demand that Prime Minister Gordon Brown put an end to plants like the Kingsnorth facility, which releases nearly 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each day.

In the end, the fatigued, soot-covered climbers were only able to paint the word “Gordon” on the chimney before, facing dizzying heights, police helicopters, and a high court injunction, they were compelled to abandon the attempt and submit to arrest.

The case took on historic weight after the Kingsnorth Six went to court, where they presented to a jury what is known in the United States as a “necessity” defense. This defense applies to situations in which a person violates a law to prevent a greater, imminent harm from occurring: for example, when someone breaks down a door to put out a fire in a burning building.

In the Kingsnorth case, world-renowned climate scientist James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, flew to England to testify. According to the Guardian, he presented evidence that the Kingsnorth plant alone could be expected to cause sufficient global warming to prompt “the extinction of 400 species over its lifetime.” Citing a British government study showing that each ton of released carbon dioxide incurs $85 in future climate-change costs, the activists contended that shutting the plant down for the day had prevented $1.6 million in damages—a far greater harm to society than any rendered by their paint—and that their transgressions should therefore be excused.

What surprised both Greenpeace and the prosecution was that 12 ordinary Britons agreed.

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Hazlewood Trivia Night – All Welcome

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on August 5th, 2009

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Bookings and Website.