Preview “Lights out” Screening

(Join CLEAN for street campaigning at this event)
Waterside, March 29 11.30am
11 Nile Street, PORT ADELAIDE
The Hon Mark Butler MP Federal Member for Port Adelaide invites you to a free community preview screening of Lights Out for the Reef plus guest speaker Daniel Spencer, National Campaigner, Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Info and reservations:  or call 08 82420733

National Day of Divestment Action

Divestment Day : 3rd May, 2014 9:30am, Beehive Corner

UPDATE : The event date and location has changed, it is no longer on the 2nd of May

If you’re with one of the major banks, it’s time to divest in style, telling your bank that funding the fossil fuel industry means losing your support.  Click here to visit the campaign page where you can register to take part. If you’re not with a bank that is funding the fossil fuel industry – congratulations! You can help by spreading the word and encouraging family and friends to divest. View the recent Westpac group divestment action in Sydney and Melbourne. Check out the video of the activity here and you can also find photos on the website and Facebook page.

Location : Beehive Corner, Adelaide CBD – Where Rundle Mall and King William Road meet, by the Haighs store.
Date : Saturday 3rd of May, at 9:30am

Earth Hour Fliers

You can download the CLEANSA/RPA Earth Hour Fliers below.

They are designed to be printed onto a normal A4 and cut up into A6 sizes for handing out at Earth Hour events. Thanks!

You can also get the front flier in a greyscale version if you aren’t sure how to print without colour.

For those that don’t know about Earth Hour :

Earth Hour – It’s Lights Out for the Reef , Saturday March 29, 8:30 – 9:30pm
It’s that time of year again, where people turn out their lights for an hour and think about climate change. You can check out Adelaide events at and read articles about the pros and cons of Earth Hour here and here.

Concentrating Solar Thermal – The Clean Energy “Killer App”

By Renfrey Clarke

Outside the city of Port Augusta in South Australia, the firm Alinta Energy runs the ageing, brown coal-fired Northern Power Station. Environmentalists and local campaigners want the plant replaced with state-of-the-art solar power generation. Alinta, domiciled in the Cayman Islands tax haven, would rather solar power were used to pre-heat water for the existing plant, which would then stay in operation for further decades.

But at least some things seem to be moving. In January it was announced that a $2.3 million study would investigate the potential for using Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) generating technology at Port Augusta. The study is to be funded jointly by the federal government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency, by Alinta, and by the South Australian government.

CST technology involves capturing the sun’s heat and using it to create steam, which is then passed through a turbine to generate electricity. Most existing CST installations use parabolic mirrors to focus the sun’s rays on a pipe containing a synthetic oil able to be heated to high temperatures. A more modern method has a field of flat mirrors tracking the sun and reflecting its energy onto a central “power tower” collector, where it is used to heat molten salts. Continue reading

Say No to Abbott’s ‘Direct Action’ Fraud!

Say No to Abbott’s ‘Direct Action’ Fraud!

For Real Climate Action Now!

Australians know bushfires and mega-droughts when they see them – and by a large margin, they agree that carbon emissions are changing our climate in dangerous ways. To reassure citizens that his government means to address the threat, Tony Abbott needs to present a ‘plan’.

Enter ‘Direct Action’ – perhaps the dodgiest offering ever put before Australian voters as major-party policy.

The scientists, no doubt, are fuming. Nothing in their research suggests the main ‘Direct Action’ climate fix – locking carbon emissions away in soils – would provide more than a fraction of the abatement claimed.

Likewise the economists. Competitive grant schemes such as ‘Direct Action’ are notoriously complex and expensive to run, and are often rorted. They have a record of working slowly and badly.

Large-scale carbon polluters, though, seem to like ‘Direct Action’ – as well they might. If the polluters think they can cut their emissions cheaply, they’re invited to put in for taxpayer-funded incentives. If they decide lowering pollution won’t pay for them – well, they don’t have to.

A Department of Climate Change analysis in 2010 concluded that with ‘Direct Action’, Australian emissions would actually rise instead of falling. But even assuming the scheme met all its targets, would this have anything like the effect required?

‘Direct Action’ sets a target of cutting Australian carbon emissions, by 2020, to a level 5 per cent below where they stood in 1990. Through to the end of the present decade, that amounts to cutting emissions by about 1 per cent per year.

One much-cited scientific study, though, concludes that global greenhouse emissions need to fall by 4 per cent per year from 2015, to provide a 50 per cent chance of avoiding ‘highly dangerous’ outcomes. (1) In a further study, the authors take up the issue of global climate justice, and argue that developed, historically high-emitting countries like Australia should aim at annual cuts of more than 10 per cent per year. (2)

‘Direct Action’won’t provide more than a small fraction of those reductions. The truth is, it’s not even meant to work – just to fool the ignorant and unwary.

For the polluters, Abbott has corporate welfare. For the mass of Australians, he has a snow job. For our environment, he offers devastation. And for our children and grandchildren, he has the promise of short, unpleasant lives.

For determined, effective strategies

Like the Coalition, the Labor Party has failed the test of climate change.

Perhaps if Labor’s cap-and-trade scheme had had a meaningful target; if it hadn’t featured generous exemptions for polluters; and if it had been in place from the 1980s, when the danger from climate change was already well established, then it might have formed the core of a workable strategy.

Today, though, there’s no way attempts to deal with climate change by simply tweaking the market can work. Apart from everything else, time has simply run out.

There’s no alternative now to a strategy based around state regulation and planned public investment. Indeed, there’s a strong case for restoring broad public ownership of the energy generating sector, as was used effectively in Australia throughout the second half of last century.

Further, why can’t Australian governments support and promote the Danish and German model in which communities get together to fund, build and run renewable energy?

That’s something of what governments need to do. But how can we make them do it?

The climate movement needs to put blunt, clear demands on politicians, but we can’t trust them to do the right thing. Before major-party politicians listen to reason, they’ll mostly listen to their donors.

And if lobbying Labor parliamentarians couldn’t move them to effective action, what are the odds with the Coalition?

That’s why the climate movement needs to look beyond a strategy based on lobbying the powerful. We need a model of independent grass-roots action, aimed at involving, educating and mobilising the largest possible numbers of people – whether the politicians like it or not. That creates critical-minded electors who ask questions and vote on the issues.

For changing the mind of a politician, there’s nothing like the threat of being driven out of office.

(1) Kevin Anderson and Alice Bows. Reframing the climate change challenge in light of post-2000 emission trends. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. 2008 366 no. 1882 3863-3882.

(2) Kevin Anderson and Alice Bows. Beyond ‘dangerous’ climate change: emission scenarios for a new world. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. 2011 369, 20-44.

CLEAN, the Climate Emergency Action Network of SA, calls for the following:

  • Phase out coal use, the worst source of carbon pollution.
  • End subsidies to fossil fuel corporations. Use the billions freed up to fund renewable energy and associated infrastructure.
  • No to unconventional fossil fuel development. Lock the gate on coal seam gas and shale oil and gas.
  • 100% renewable grid energy within a decade. Solar thermal for Port Augusta!

CLEAN SA is a grassroots climate action group, linked nationally with the Community Climate Network.

Find us on facebook: Climate Emergency Action Network of South Australia, or phone 0403 679 742. 

A printable PDF version of the above leaflet is available for download.

Climate Science Conference 3rd Oct

In a joint collaboration between CLEAN SA and the AEU (Australian Education Union), this one day conference on Thursday the 3rd of October is for community members, activists and educators. It features expert guest speakers such as  :

There will be talks about the impacts of climate change, panels and discussions about effective campaigning and a range of practical workshops about how to take action. The educational materials will have an Australian Curriculum focus.

You can download the (final) of the Conference Program here and register on the AEUSA website or have a look at their event information. If you want to follow the latest updates then check out the Facebook event.

AEU and CLEANSA climate Conference Poster, 3rd Oct 2013

Costs :

– Teacher (non-AEU member) : $110
– General Admission : $22
– BBQ lunch : $109

The Program :

Climate Science Conference Program - Draft

For more information contact Gemma on 0437 714 786 or email

Upcoming climate events

July 3rd, 2013    CLEANSA Dinner and Brainstorm Session
The Climate Science Conference: Education and action for climate will be held on 2 – 3 October 2013 in Adelaide, and is being organised by CLEAN and the Australian Education Union. We need your ideas and energy! Come along, enjoy a meal,  view the draft program and share your ideas.
6:30 – 8:30pm, Adelaide Activist Centre, Level 2, 95 Currie St, Adelaide.
June 20    Mining the Truth
Film screening at Flinders Uni this Thursday at 6pm.
June 21 – 23 Australian Climate Action Summit
The fifth Grass Roots Climate Summit being held at Blackwattle Bay Campus of the Sydney Secondary College, Taylor St. Glebe.
June 26  Clean Land and Water SA (CLAW)
New anti-gas group meeting at 6.30pm at the Conservation Council of SA
Level 1 157 Franklin St Adelaide/ Form more info contact
June 29  to “End the Age of Coal” International Day of Action
July 1  Lock the Gate Workshop with Annie Kia.
Annie has been very successful in helping communities mobilise against coal and gas mining interstate.
North Adelaide Community Centre (next to Library) 176 Tynte St North Adelaide
7.30pm to 9pm Charge: $5.00  $3.00 low income. RSVP
Save the Planet Party
A new party running three candidates in Victoria, including Adrian Whitehead, the co-founder of Beyond Zero Emissions and Phillip Sutton (co-author Climate Code Red). They are seeking members, friends and financial support.