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road-to-paris-colour-square-logoArmidale Road to Paris aims to gain commitment from the Australian Government to act in the best interests of the Australian people and the broader global community by working towards limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees and protecting our future.

The vision of this action group is to raise awareness amongst the local Armidale community of the UN Climate Summit in Paris Nov-Dec 2015; the most critical meeting of world leaders since the Kyoto Agreement. We will convey to local and federal MP’s the community’s requests for the Australian Government to commit to evidence-based strategies to cap global warming to less than 2 degrees.

Paris climate accord to go into force, Australia misses out

Paris climate accord to go into force, Australia misses out

The Paris climate accord negotiated last year has been ratified by enough countries for it to go into force. A group of European nations raised support for the Paris Climate Change Agreement to countries that represent 56.75 per cent of world greenhouse gas emissions, above the 55 per cent needed for implementation. Germany, France, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia […] full article »

You need to RSVP now: Break Free from Fossil Fuels — Newcastle weekend of action

[ Saturday, 7 May to Sunday, 8 May. ] As people on every continent on earth shut down their countries’ most dangerous fossil fuel projects, hundreds of Australians will come together on the 7th-8th of May at the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle. Together we will create Australia’s largest ever action at a fossil fuel site. For decades now, Australia has allowed dirty and […] full article »

Watch Transition Network’s New Film: 8 days @ COP21

We have a new film set in Paris, our theme of ‘international begins looking at UK Devolution, Brexit or Bremain and the translations project. The importance of dreaming and imagination, plus trips to Ireland, Paris and Leicester plus healthy conflict, the joy of training and the new REconomy newsletter. Travelling to Paris with Rob Hopkins during […] full article »

Black Gully Festival 2015 and Armidale Urban Rivercare Group videos

Black Gully Festival 2015 and Armidale Urban Rivercare Group videos

These two videos were shown at our pop-up solar cinema in front of Tatts at Christmas in the Mall. It’s been a big year with over 500 photos published and 5 videos. full article »

Armidale People’s Climate Rally – afternoon in video and photos

Armidale People’s Climate Rally – afternoon in video and photos

[ Sunday, 29 Nov; 1:00 pm; ] The people of Armidale have created a long banner, a visual petition, a Road to Paris about the world we want to live in and what could be done to limit global temperature rises. It is 60 meters long with drawings and phrases, names and even a few poems. Here is the finished banner to […] full article »

December Forum: Party in the mall starting 6pm Thursday 3 December

December Forum: Party in the mall starting 6pm Thursday 3 December

[ Thursday, 3 Dec; 6:00 pm; ] Thanks members and volunteers for a big, successful year of events and forums continuing our vision for Armidale to be a more resilient and sustainable town. Let’s celebrate the wonderful work we have done this year with a party in the mall, and we will set up a Sustainable Living Armidale celebration area in amongst Christmas in the Mall […] full article »

Armidale joins Global Climate Rally

Armidale joins Global Climate Rally

[ Sunday, 29 Nov; 1:00 pm; ] On the weekend of the 28 and 29 November, as world leaders arrive in Paris for the UN Climate Summit, millions of people will take to the streets in hundreds of major cities around the globe – and Armidale will have its own Climate Rally starting 1pm this Sunday at Central Park. Thousands of events will […] full article »

Progressive Cinema presents ‘This Changes Everything’

Progressive Cinema presents ‘This Changes Everything’

[ Saturday, 28 Nov; 6:00 pm; ] Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate’, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting […] full article »

Be part of the Armidale Road to Paris video that will be sent to the Climate Summit

Be part of the Armidale Road to Paris video that will be sent to the Climate Summit

[ Sunday, 29 Nov; 1:00 pm; ] The people of Armidale have been creating a long banner, a visual petition, a Road to Paris about the world we want to live in and what could be done to limit global temperature rises. It is currently about 40 meters long with drawings and phrases, names and even a few poems. Everyone is welcome […] full article »

350 dot org suggests to write to the Vice-Chancellors of Australia’s universities today calling on them to divest from fossil fuels

350 dot org suggests to write to the Vice-Chancellors of Australia’s universities today calling on them to divest from fossil fuels

Dear friend, Over the past 2 days, students, staff and alumni from Australian universities came together to tell their universities to go fossil free and put divestment on the agenda of the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit in Melbourne. Whilst local councils, churches,superannuation funds and thousands of Australians get with the times and ditch their investments […] full article »

21 Stories of Transition: Compagnons de la Terre

In Liege, new local food enterprises are being considered in their wider context, that of a ‘Food Belt’ around the city, a joined-up learning network of microfarms. full article »

SLA Road To Paris banner: have you added to it?

The banner, or visual petition, has grown and grown. It’s been available for people to draw or write on at lots of events. If you’re an SLA supporter, and you haven’t yet put something on it, get in touch. The banner will be the centrepiece of our Climate Rally on Sunday 29th November at Central Park […] full article »

Armidale Urban Rivercare Tree Planting Day – Sunday 8 November, 8.30am

Armidale Urban Rivercare Tree Planting Day – Sunday 8 November, 8.30am

[ Sunday, 8 Nov; 8:30 am; ] A successful planting day was held on Sunday 11 October with 30 participants planting 480 trees! The day was in support of Sustainable Living Armidale’s focus on Road to Paris. Richelle Roberts SLA presented the case for planting trees and Angus Adair AURG thanked SLA for their support. The next working bee will involve completion of planting […] full article »

21 Stories of Transition: Greenslate Farm, England

As we proceed along the Road to Paris, Transition Network is posting one story every day for the 21 days leading up to COP21. Today’s story is of a formerly derelict farm being transformed into a community farm, providing a meeting place, caring services, an incubator for social enterprises, good food and so much more: full article »

The Global Climate March on November 29th is getting HUGE! wear colourful clothes

The Global Climate March on November 29th is getting HUGE! wear colourful clothes

[ Sunday, 1 Nov; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] This is going to be mega! Last year almost 700,000 people took to their streets and created the largest mobilisation on climate change in history. This year we are going even bigger! If hundreds of thousands of us join events in cities and towns everywhere, we’ll show our leaders meeting in Paris that our movement cannot […] full article »

Choose Your Climate Future

Choose Your Climate Future

Hi all, People often joke that three degrees warmer sounds like a nicer day. But three degrees of global warming has devastating impacts on the people, places and species we love. To help raise awareness of this important message, WWF Climate Change and Earth Hour teams have created this simple tool where you can see what’s happening, […] full article »

Black Gully Festival 2015 is here!

Black Gully Festival 2015 is here!

[ Sunday, 25 Oct; 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. ] The Black Gully Festival is on this Sunday, October 25th, at Black Gully, from 11pm to 8:30pm, NERAM grounds, 106-114 Kentucky Street. More music, more stalls, more commitment to keeping global warming under 2 degrees. Here is the schedule: Sound Stage 11am DJ Loki Loko & DJ Rip (all day) 11:40 Meteor Infant 12:20 Josh St Ledger 13:10 The Sundews 14:00 Dallas […] full article »

‘Global Warning’ an exhibition by Marty Branagan of mixed-media artworks relating to climate change

‘Global Warning’ an exhibition by Marty Branagan of mixed-media artworks relating to climate change

[ Friday, 23 Oct; 7:00 pm; ] Marty Branagan’s ‘Road to Paris’ event is jointly presented by Eco Arts Australis and Armidale Tree Group. Opening night is Friday October 23rd at 7pm at the Woodland Centre, 80 Mann St. Live music and nibbles. full article »

Reminder AURG / Armidale Road to Paris working bee this Sunday

Reminder AURG / Armidale Road to Paris working bee this Sunday

[ Sunday, 11 Oct; 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. ] Armidale Urban Rivercare Group (AURG) and Sustainable Living Armidale (SLA) are two local community action groups combining efforts this weekend to highlight the Armidale community’s support for real global action on climate change at the UN Paris Climate conference in December. “We are always looking for ways we can contribute to reducing our environmental impact at […] full article »

Thanks Armidale for all your names on the Road to Paris full-page newspaper ad, it’s another proud moment

Thanks Armidale for all your names on the Road to Paris full-page newspaper ad, it’s another proud moment

Hi Armidale, Click on the image above to see the whole ad. I hope your name or group is one of the 500 odd that are there. Personally I’ve been in this city a long time and recognise a lot of the names. Looking down those names, I got the same feeling that I felt back in […] full article »

Rockin’ the road to Paris

Rockin’ the road to Paris

The UNFCCC Newsroom has presented a new entry as part of their series of Climate Songs for Paris COP 21. The song “Set the World right Again” was submitted by Alan Atkisson. Alan Atkisson is an author, consultant, speaker, and executive trainer with a focus on sustainability. He mainly works as a strategic advisor, speaker, and […] full article »

David Attenborough and Professor Brian Cox call for Major Program to Combat Climate Change

In a 2-minute video, David Attenborough explains that our world and its wildlife are in danger because of climate change. In the 1960s, scientists overcame immense odds to put men on the moon. A similar effort is now needed to combat climate change, If we make renewable energy cheaper than coal, fossil fuels will stay in the […] full article »

Paris update: A report and video animation spelling out the implications of the Paris agreement for Australia and its economy

With just over two months left until negotiators and world leaders gather in Paris to negotiate the next global agreement to limit carbon pollution, The Climate Institute today released a report and video animation spelling out the implications of the Paris agreement for Australia and its economy. The Global Climate Leadership Review 2015 (also attached) […] full article »

Bob Brown at Armidale Town Hall – Free Event

Bob Brown at Armidale Town Hall – Free Event

[ Saturday, 19 Sep; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Former Senator and Parliamentary Leader for the Australian Greens, Bob Brown, will be speaking at Armidale Town Hall on the 19th of September, as part of SLA’s initiative, Armidale Road to Paris. Bob Brown, now heading the The Bob Brown Foundation, will give an hour talk titled “From Shenhua to Paris via the Tarkine”. This free event […] full article »

Armidale Bike Week 2015 – Pedal to Piney

Armidale Bike Week 2015 – Pedal to Piney

[ Sunday, 20 Sep; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] Bring your friends, bring your family and bring your pedal power for this fun social ride from the Armidale Farmers’ Market Curtis Park at 10am to the Pine Forest. This is along the cycleway for 5km, there is no riding on any roads in this activity for riders of all abilities. Dedicated cyclists will be accompanying the ride, to assist riders with […] full article »

Armidale Bike Week – Commute Challenge 2015

Armidale Bike Week – Commute Challenge 2015

[ Saturday, 12 Sep to Friday, 18 Sep. ] Show just how much pedal power you have during Armidale’s third annual Commute Challenge – a NSW Bike Week activity and continues the Armidale Road to Paris journey. Make a team or just ride yourself to be in the running for great prizes by riding either the furthest total distance, or the completing most individual trips during the week. for the chance […] full article »

The UN climate summit in Paris online course – Free registration open now!

The UN climate summit in Paris online course – Free registration open now!

[ Monday, 28 Sep; ] 2015 is a big year for the international politics of climate change. Just in time for the UN climate summit in Paris in December, the Interdisciplinary Distance Learning Programme in Environmental Sciences (infernum) at Hagen University, Germany has produced a massive open online course in collaboration with the Department of Political Science at Lund University […] full article »

Call to all students – make an ‘Energetic’ video – Deadline 12th October

Call to all students – make an ‘Energetic’ video – Deadline 12th October

[ Monday, 12 Oct; 11:00 pm; ] Dear Teachers and Students, we hope you take up the offer and make a video. Sincerely the Armidale Dumaresq Environmental Sustainability Committee full article »

The Top 100 documentaries we can use to change the world

The Top 100 documentaries we can use to change the world

Documentaries have an incredible power to raise awareness and create transformative changes in consciousness both at the personal and global levels. Over the last 8 years, Films for Action have watched hundreds of social change documentaries and cataloged the best of them on their site. There’s now so many that they realised there was a need to filter the list down even further. So […] full article »

Is even humanity now an endangered species?

The planet is entering a new period of extinction with top scientists warning that species all over the world are “essentially the walking dead” ~ including our own. The report, authored by scientists at Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley universities, found that vertebrates were vanishing at a rate 114 times faster than normal. The damning report was published in […] full article »

If everyone lived in an “ecovillage”, the Earth would still be in trouble

If everyone lived in the same way as Australians or North Americans we would need four or five planet Earths to sustain us. This “ecological footprint” analysis shows that even the most “green” western European nations, with their more progressive approaches to renewable energy, energy efficiency and public transport, would require more than three planets if everyone on […] full article »

Armidale Road to Paris needs help

Armidale Road to Paris needs help

We hope you have already heard of Armidale Road to Paris, a campaign to raise awareness throughout our community of the importance of the United Nations Climate Summit. This is the first of what we assume will be many specific requests for help. Armidale Road To Paris will co-sponsor a special Black Gully Festival on October […] full article »

Frackman is back for another showing and discussion

Frackman is back for another showing and discussion

[ Sunday, 12 Jul; 2:00 pm; ] Frackman will be showing at Kent House 2pm on the 12th of July followed by afternoon tea & a brief introduction to Sustainable Living Armidale’s latest action group – Armidale Road to Paris. Frackman tells the story of accidental activist Dayne Pratzky and his struggle against international gas companies. Australia will soon become the world’s biggest gas […] full article »

We’re on a road to Paris, come along for the ride

We’re on a road to Paris, come along for the ride

The Armidale Road To Paris campaign is shaping up to spread/reach throughout the Armidale community. There’s a small job for you, as a person concerned about climate change. Can you undertake to talk to a few of your friends, family, or colleagues, about this campaign? Armidale Road To Paris aims firstly to inform everyone in Armidale about […] full article »

The Climate Council publication now available – Galilee Basin – Unburnable Coal

The Climate Council publication now available – Galilee Basin – Unburnable Coal

If all of the Galilee Basin coal was burned, it’s estimated that 705 million tonnes of CO2 would be released each year – that’s more than 1.3 times Australia’s current annual emissions. Put simply, we cannot let this happen. Our latest report, ‘Galilee Basin – Unburnable Coal’, explores why any new coal mine is fundamentally at odds […] full article »

SMH Climate for Change series

SMH Climate for Change series

The Sydney Morning Herald is putting all its climate change articles on its website under ‘UN Climate Conference‘ Makes for interesting reading. full article »

Road to Paris’ first Extra article featured!

Road to Paris’ first Extra article featured!

[ Sunday, 7 Jun; 11:00 am; ] [caption id="attachment_9755" align="alignright" width="240"] Alain attracting a lot of attention at the Farmers Markets[/caption] A number of the Road to Paris crew donned their Frenchie gear on the 7th of June at the Farmers Markets, and distributed Road to Paris bookmarks to market goers. We engaged with a number of community members who took a strong interest in […] full article »

Fairy Bread, Vegemite Worms & Cutting Carbon Pollution

Australia’s pretty great. We have fairy bread, vegemite worms and the Big Pineapple. Not to mention clean air, water and land; healthy and safe fresh produce; beautiful coastal cities and beaches; and natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef. But so much of what makes Australia great is under threat from the impacts of global warming caused […] full article »

Road to Paris 6-step community engagement framework

Road to Paris 6-step community engagement framework

Community Engagement Strategy proposed at the Road to Paris (R2P) meeting held 16/04/15. It is one that is utilised by a similar transition town group in NZ. They use a 6-step process which keeps things simple and on-track. Find a team – identify a common vision and gain agreement on how we want to work. We need to […] full article »

The Great, or not so great, Acceleration

The Great, or not so great, Acceleration

Humanity has become the dominant force of change on Earth, surpassing in importance the geophysical forces that up until now have shaped the biosphere. In this new geological epoch ~ often called the Anthropocene ~ a profound new risk has been added to the conventional concerns of dwindling resources and local pollution: human action could push […] full article »

CSIRO and BOM create new site: Climate Change in Australia

CSIRO and BOM create new site: Climate Change in Australia

CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology have recently completed updated climate projections to supersede information released in 2007. The research is currently available on the Climate Change in Australia website as a pdf downloadable ‘Technical Report’ and represents the most comprehensive climate projections ever released in Australia. The Climate Change in Australia website will be updated this week to include […] full article »