Be a part of it! Geelong turns a page for renewables!
On Tuesday, Geelong’s Environmental Management Strategy based on the One Planet Living principles is expected to be approved and launched. Will you join us for a celebration on the steps of City Hall before Tuesday’s Council meeting?
“The only true ban on fracking is to build the alternative – democratic, renewable energy.”
Josh Fox, American musician and documentary film maker
Just two weeks ago we witnessed a remarkable decision when the City of Greater Geelong councillors unanimously determined they would take a very strong position against onshore gas extraction.
Eight councillors spoke against fracking during the meeting. Cr Jock Irvine led the way by proposing a motion that would ask not only for an extension of the existing moratorium, but for a permanent ban on fracking, as a petition of 1,170 Geelong residents had requested.
Several councillors talked warmly about investing in renewables, and it was decided that council will “write to the Victorian and Federal governments requesting support for the development of renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels in the provision of heating, cooling and power.”
Cr Rod Macdonald said that it is the time to look to the future and not backwards: “It is very apparent around the world that the renewable energy movement is well and truly on,” he said.
“We look across the world and see the restrictions being placed on fossil fuels, and I think it says to us the time for us now is to invest in renewable industry and not the industries of the 18th and 19th centuries. I think it is time to send a message. This municipality can be amongst the leaders to say that we want a renewable sector developed, and we want it now!”
We have been so encouraged by this decision and such positive comments about renewables we think it’s time for a celebration. Let’s give the councillors a pat on the back and see where we can take Geelong too from here.
WHAT: Sustainability Celebration at CoGG Council meeting
WHERE: The steps of City Hall, Little Malop Street, Geelong
WHEN: 6.30pm, Tuesday, 28 October 2014
RSVP: Please RSVP so we know you are coming
BRING: Party mood, cake, home-made windmills, balloons… or an idea of your own!
New strategy for Geelong
This particular council meeting is important because councillors are also expected to endorse a new Environmental Management Strategy which includes One Planet Living principles, as well as making decisions about Future Proofing Geelong partnerships which support the continuation of the city’s low carbon growth plan.
We want to celebrate the Council’s recent achievements and encourage much more in the near future. We have an opportunity to see Geelong transform into a 21st century smart city. We just need to give our leaders a push in the right direction.
See you Tuesday at 6:30pm.
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— Geelong Sustain Gp (@geelongsustain) October 25, 2014
Bring your own windmill
» Use this pinwheel pattern (PDF) to build your celebration turbine
See the strategy document
If you live in Geelong, you can obtain a hard copy the Environment Management Strategy 2014-2017 from Councils Environment department. You can also download a digital PDF copy:
» Download the strategy document (PDF, 4.5MB)
» Council’s web page about the EMS:
Gas: “Good news for Geelong”?
Did you see the full page ad which “the voice of Australia’s oil and gas industy” put in Geelong Independent this week?
If you don’t agree that gas mining and fossil fuels are “good news for Geelong”, then this is the perfect time to get up from the couch and join us at the City Hall to support Council in its new anti-gas position.
If you would like to donate a financial contribution to a full-page ‘counter-ad’ about clean energy in Geelong Independent, then send us an email with your expression of interest.