Loud voices for climate
Staff and students at St Mary of the Angels Secondary College are joining forces and adding their voices to the campaign for climate justice through a wide-reaching petition which includes hundreds of schools and faith-based organisations across the country.
The campaign, which is being run through Caritas together with a variety of other faith organisations, aims to create the largest multi-electorate petition in Australia’s history and will involve every member of parliament in the country.
‘‘The aim behind the petition is to create a wide-reaching voice which is so significant that hopefully, it will be impossible for the government to ignore,’’ St Mary of the Angels Year 12 domain leader Ruth Bakogianis said.
‘‘Climate change is fast becoming one of the greatest human rights challenges of our generation and if we don’t take strong and urgent action right now, the results may be irreversible.”
The petition urges to commit to deeper and more urgent reductions of greenhouse emissions; develop a plan to ensure Australia achieves zero net greenhouse emissions well before 2050, and support families and communities affected by the transition towards renewable energy and more sustainable land use; and provide additional assistance to help our poorest neighbours adapt to the harmful impacts of climate change.
It will be presented directly to Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum on August 7.
Forest Fire Management Victoria is warning firewood collectors that the autumn domestic firewood collection season will end across the state on Friday.
‘‘If people are needing firewood for the coming winter, then they need to do so before the season closes,’’ Forest Fire Operations regional manager Shaun Lawlor said.
‘‘Make sure firewood collection is only carried out in designated collection areas.
‘‘If you need help locating domestic firewood designated collection areas, the Forest Fire Management Victoria website has maps of all sites available in the Hume region.’’
Mr Lawlor said FFMV couldn’t guarantee the availability of firewood at all sites and would be available in varying sizes and quality, with some sites already closed due to low supplies.
‘‘Firewood collectors are reminded that it is illegal to sell firewood collected on public land without an appropriate permit or licence or to take more than the allowed amount,’’ he said.
‘‘Under the Forest Act 1958, people who collect firewood outside designated firewood collection areas or a firewood collection season, take more than the maximum allowable amounts or sell firewood they have collected can face on-thespot fines of $607, or a maximum penalty in court of one year imprisonment or a $7583.50 fine, or both.’’
People can report information about illegal removal of firewood for sale to DELWP on 136 186 and quote ‘Operation Block Splitter’.
The spring firewood collection season will open on September 1. For more information, visit: www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood/firewoodcollection-in-your-region
Sharing their voice: St Mary of the Angels Secondary College social justice leaders Kate Berend, Liv Sooriarachchi and Jessee Champion join the Australiawide movement petitioning for change.