CCWA Monthly Bulletin
June has flown by in what seems like an instant, and CCWA’s work has been continuing at a pace on campaigns and initiatives across the state. It would be remiss of us not to mention that the state has undergone something of a change this month – in political terms at least. Our last newsletter was sent out just before the shock resignation of former premier Mark McGowan and now we have a new person in the hotseat at Dumas House. We warmly welcome Roger Cook in his new role as Premier, while hoping for a positive change in terms of his government’s focus on conservation and environmental issues (more on that below). Earlier this week we were proud to co-host a nation-wide webinar with Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek, which saw a huge turnout of thousands of concerned citizens who took the opportunity to speak directly to the Minister. We also co-hosted a highly informative seminar on seabirds down at Rockingham Environment Centre, which brought to light emerging research on climate impacts to our local seabirds across the Shoalwater Islands. Exciting things are happening in our Fossil Fuels program as we prepare to launch Go Beyond Gas – a brand-new campaign designed to get WA off the gas and onto a clean energy future. Last but not least, we have a major next step for one of CCWA’s longest-standing campaigns – the nuclear free campaign – which has now become its own fully-fledged independent organisation. Congratulations to our friends at the newly-incorporated Nuclear Free WA – we look forward to continuing to work with you and engaging with your important priorities. For all that and more besides, please keep reading. The team at CCWA
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|There’s still time to play your part
|On behalf of the entire CCWA team, if you have contributed towards our work this year – thank you – the work we do is simply not possible without the generous support of our community. If you are yet to do so, there is still time to make your tax-deductible donation to CCWA this financial year! Please head to our donations page where you can submit your donation online and immediately receive your tax-deductible receipt. Together, we can make a real difference! DONATE NOW
|Evening with the Minister webinar CCWA co-hosted an inaugural online Australia-wide Zoom meeting with the Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek on Monday 26 June. This was a great opportunity to be part of a collective voice advocating for change in environmental conservation and climate action. It was such a success that we are already planning for another similar event later in the year. Watch this space! If you missed the webinar, you can catch the recording at the link below: WATCH WEBINAR
|Fossil Fuels CCWA’s Fossil Fuels program is launching a movement to solve WA’s biggest contribution to the climate crisis. Join the Go Beyond Gas Launch Party on Saturday 29 July in Perth to be a part of this campaign to shift the politics of fossil gas in WA, stand up to WA’s biggest polluters and bring down emissions in our state! Stay tuned for the event page shortly. Our amazing and empowered volunteers have already got the ball rolling by initiating several MP meetings. Stay tuned for upcoming MP Meeting Workshops or join us as a volunteer. FIND OUT MORE
|Citizen Science This month our Citizen Science Program Manager Kelly has been busy making plans for a few different upcoming Citizen Science projects. More info to be shared in the coming months – watch this space! Also, this month our little penguins project hosted a very successful and insightful Seabird Seminar, where guests got to learn about some of the challenges and actions needed to protect our local seabirds. To be first in the know and keep up to date with the latest Citizen Science news and opportunities sign up for our new monthly Citizen Science Newsletter – launching in July 2023! SIGN UP NOW
|Tickets are on sale for CCWA’s 2023 Annual Conference! Join us at UPLIFT: Supporting the work of youth & Aboriginal people in the conservation sector. We believe that everyone has a stake in the conservation of our unique and precious state. As such, for this year we’ve structured our conference to allow for a wide range of participation from those engaged in the environment sector and beyond. 1. Reconciliation & Truth-Telling: To initiate, support, and sustain a proactive partnership with Traditional Owners and learn about the deep interconnectedness and reciprocity between First Nations people and Country. 2. Youth Engagement: A combination of activities on inspiring, supporting and empowering young people to help build a more sustainable future, plus strategies on how we can help our members engage with them. 3. Partnerships: To initiate and sustain the widest possible proactive participation, support and engagement for the conservation of our state and the mitigation and adaptation strategies to deal with our warming climate. GET TICKETS NOW
|News & Media
|New group to focus on nuclear issues in Western Australia
Over the past 13 years, the CCWA uranium-free campaign has worked alongside like-minded organisations, government, unions and Traditional Owners to protect WA from the dangers and destruction of uranium mining. Now, it’s become an independent organisation.
|CCWA welcomes Rio Tinto’s withdrawal from South West forests – urges greater protection for iconic natural placesThe mining company had planned to explore for lithium and nickel in the state’s South West but told media it had abandoned plans ‘in response to concerns raised by local communities’. This is a big moment for the ongoing campaign to protect our native forests.
|‘The Grattan Institute is right – governments must ditch gas as quickly as possible and put their efforts into electrification.’ CCWA’s Jayde Rowlands takes a closer look at a new report from the Grattan Institute, which sets out the case for electrifying our homes and businesses – and ‘getting off gas’ in the process.
|Latest coal mine bailout is result of ‘unnecessarily slow’ renewables transition The Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) has expressed its concern over news that the state government has spent millions of dollars in order to help prop-up a failing, privately owned coal mine.
|Gas lobby’s charm offensive is hiding a few inconvenient truths An opinion piece by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) raised a few eyebrows when it appeared in the West Australian earlier this month. Here, CCWA’s Programs Director, Maggie Wood, picks apart APPEA’s piece and unearths some ‘inconvenient truths’ for the gas lobby.
|CCWA welcomes new premier, flags hope for ‘strong environmental leadership’This month, CCWA welcomed the new WA Premier, Roger Cook and expressed its hopes for a renewed focus on addressing environment and climate issues.
|CCWA respectfully acknowledges the Whadjuk People of the Noongar nation, along with the Traditional Owners of all Countries where it works. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. CCWA seeks to always walk alongside our Aboriginal partners, recognising their continued connection through land, sea, culture and community.