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ACT - Beyond Zero Emissions and SEE-Change Present Pathways to a Clean Energy Future

When: Saturday September 29th

Time: 1pm-3pm

Location: Downer Community Centre, Frencham Place, Downer ACT 2602

Cost: Free

Mark Spain will present Beyond Zero Emissions' ambitious plan for a comprehensive overhaul of Australia's power supply, followed by SEE-Change's Lawrence McIntosh detailing how our community can learn from overseas examples to rapidly achieve a clean energy future for Australia.

Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), a not-for-profit research and education organisation, has provided an answer to one of the key questions currently facing Australian Society – how do we as a nation transition to a sustainable, clean energy future?

The Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan released in 2010 by BZE provides a comprehensive, easy to understand road-map to a sustainable, clean energy future for Australia by the year 2020. Focusing on a “can do” campaign, this ambitious plan provides a pathway toward a more sustainable future for our country and our planet.

The first part of this talk will explain to the everyday Australian what steps are required, what technology we can employ and how we can transition our country to 100% renewable energy.

While technology and resources are definitely a big part of the puzzle, what else do we need to enable our clean energy future? Other countries have had big goals in renewable energy, but not all have achieved them.

20 years ago both Denmark and the UK announced similar goals - both wanted to take big steps in developing renewable energy. Now in 2012, many of us know Denmark as a world leader having left the UK far behind. What did these countries do differently? How does community engagement effect results? and what can we in the ACT learn from the different approaches they took?

Lawrence McIntosh from SEE-Change's Canberra Clean Energy Connection will let you know the answers and get you up-to-speed with the local renewable energy projects currently on offer. Discover the secret of how you can help achieve a 100% renewable energy future for Australia.


Entry by gold-coin donation.

BZE Unplugged: Open Night Series

When: Thursday October 4th

Time: 7pm

Location: Level 2, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Cost: Free

Intrigued by Beyond Zero Emissions’ research? Interested in having a casual chat with volunteers about what they do at BZE? Been volunteering for a couple of months but keen to get to know the content of the research a bit better?

If you fit any of these categories, the BZE Unplugged: Open Night Series is for you. The BZE Melbourne Branch has decided to start a new event aimed at connecting prospective and existing BZE volunteers and interested members of the public through an introduction to BZE’s major research reports. BZE Unplugged will happen every two months and each night will focus on a different research report. Volunteer presenters will get a chance to brush up on their skills at the same time as informing others in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

Please join us for a free night of conversation, information and ideas. The first BZE Unplugged will be held on the 4th of October from 7pm at Level 2, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. One of our excellent, trained presenters will give an overview of the Stationary Energy Plan and an introduction to the Repower Port Augusta Campaign, followed by an in-depth question and answer session. Nibbles and light refreshments will be supplied.

If you have any queries or would like to help out with this event, please contact Vicky Fysh at: vicky@beyondzeroemissions. org or 0401 087 085.
Intrigued by Beyond Zero Emissions’ research? Interested in having a casual chat with volunteers about what they do at BZE? Been volunteering for a couple of months but keen to get to know the content of the research a bit better?

Adelaide, SA: Repowering Port Augusta, Rally for Solar

When: SUNDAY September 30th


Location: Rundle Park, Adelaide (next to Rymill Park opposite the corner of East/North tce)

Want help to make SA the solar state? We know we need to move away from ancient fossil fuel technology, to clean renewable energy – now is our chance!

Port Augusta is a town at a crossroads. With two coal-fired power stations closing, there is the opportunity to decide what they are replaced with: Australia's first solar thermal plants or a combined cycle gas plant.

Recently, the Port Augusta community voted strongly (over 4000 for solar v 43 for gas) that they wanted a solar future for their town. The mayor, the business council and the owners of the coal stations all want it. Following this pressure and meeting with many politicians, the State government have said they support the idea too!

To build the solar plant, we need the Federal Government to chip in some funds. This means we need to make Port Augusta a national issue.

That's why 100 of us are walking 325km from Port Augusta to Adelaide in September, and we need you to join us in Adelaide to deliver the voices of thousands Australians who want SA to become the Solar State.

Come along with some friends to welcome the walkers and show South Australia our vision for a renewable energy future. There'll be bands, dancers and cyclists - it's a family friendly event!

VIC - Bimblebox film, discussion, craft beer!

When: 10th September 2012

Time: Drinks from 6pm, film starts approx 7pm. Stay after for another beer!

Where: Kindness House (Level 2), 288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065

Cost: $10 (presale or on the door)



Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Time: 21-22 August 2012
Cost: FREE

VIC - BZE Film Night: Revenge of the Electric Car in partnership with the ATA

Tickets have SOLD OUT for this event. If there is enough interest this film may be screened a second time. Please indicate your interest by emailing with Revenge in the subject line.

When: Friday 10th August, 2012

Time: Arrive from 6:15pm onwards for a 7pm start. Refreshments Provided from 6:15pm to 6:45pm

Location: The Banking Chamber Theatrette, Ground Floor, KPMG, 147 Collins St, Melbourne. (Disabled access via 161 Collins St) 

Cost: $10, pre purchase tickets online via ATA's Webshop

Laggard to Leader launches - Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane

Are you sick of hearing?

Australia is only a small part of the climate problem

We shouldn’t act before the rest of the world

Our actions won’t make a difference, anyway

BZE’s new report, Laggard to Leader, will challenge these excuses, expose the true extent of Australia’s contribution to the climate problem and demonstrate our extraordinary potential to forge solutions at home and abroad.

Launch details:

VIC - Students of Sustainability 2012



Location: La Trobe Uni (Bendigo Campus), Bendigo

VIC - BZE Film Night: Coal Seam Gas Story in Australia presented by Aidan Ricketts

Location: Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 3065

Time: Friday 29th June, 6.00pm

Transport: Tram 112, stop 16 (cnr Johnston & Brunswick St)

Price: Donations welcome ($5 suggested)

Beyond Coal and Gas Forum - 28th and 29th July - South of Mackay

"The rampant expansion of coal and gas in Central Queensland is out of hand. 
We need to come together: the conservation movement, landholders, the mining towns and the coastal communities need to work together to protect our communities, water, agriculture and the environment from unbalanced development."
- John Graham, Withersfield Station

Sydney World Environment Day Screening - Bimblebox Documentary

Location: Customs House, 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay NSW 2000

Time: Tuesday 5th June, 6.00pm

 Price: $22 Waged, $15 Unwaged

VIC - BZE Film Nights presents "Gasland"


Location: Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 3065

Time: Tuesday 22nd May, 6.00pm

Transport: Tram 112, stop 16 (cnr Johnston & Brunswick St)

Price: Donations welcome ($5 suggested)

Heard about fracking?

Want to know more about controversial plans to extract Coal Seam Gas (CSG) in Victoria?

This May, Beyond Zero Emissions and Friends of the Earth are hosting a screening of the Oscar nominated documentary, “Gasland”. Gasland brilliantly shows one man’s journey to explore the realities of CSG extraction on his doorstep. His journey to scrutinise the shady industry is essential and empowering viewing for anyone who stands to be affected by the procedure. That now includes ALL Victorians.

Historically, fossil-fuel exploration is easier to fight before it starts. Recent bans in Europe prove that there are considerable health and environmental concerns to deem fracking entirely unacceptable for any region that values a quality, secure food and water supply. By joining us for this evening you can educate yourself on the realities of fracking and learn how we can all work together to stop future CSG, coal and tight gas operations in Victoria.

The Victorian government wants more coal – the community wants farmland, clean water and a safe climate.

There is already growing opposition to this industry. “Community groups have formed across the ‘coal belt’ of southern Victoria, from the Otways to Wonthaggi to Toongabbie” said Friends of the Earth campaigns co-ordinator Cam Walker. “Clearly local farmers and residents do not want to see their lands and water sacrificed for short term fossil fuel development.”

We'll be kicking off the evening at 6, but feel free to come early and settle in. As well as seeing the film, there will be a discussion with Cam Walker (FoE) and Mark Ogge (BZE).

A $5 donation is suggested to cover costs, but we welcome everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

As always there will be tea and snacks provided. For more information contact Josh Brown on 0416 968 060 or josh.brown@beyondzeroemiss

Repowering Port Augusta - Launching tonight!

At this critical time for South Australian energy policy, Mark Ogge from the renewable energy think-tank, Beyond Zero Emissions, will launch the long-awaited Repowering Port Augusta report. This report presents the compelling economic and environmental case for why Port Augusta’s ageing coal-fired power stations should be replaced with concentrating solar thermal power (CST).


Adelaide launch

Thursday 19th April 7pm

Lecture Theatre 102, Napier Building, Adelaide University

Port Augusta launch

Saturday 21st April 2pm

Cooinda Hall, cnr Commercial Rd and Flinders Tce


Adelaide: Solar Thermal Power Training Session With Beyond Zero Emissions' Mark Ogge

Mark Ogge from Beyond Zero Emissions will conduct a special training session on the economic and environmental case for concentrating solar thermal power (CST) in Port Augusta.

The goal of this intensive training is to provide activists with the technical base to speak credibly on concentrating solar thermal power, give presentations out in the community (using BZE's comprehensive Port Augusta Report) on the compelling case for why Port Augusta should be the site for Australia's first CST facility, and to engage more effectively with the public, opponents, and key stakeholders in the community, business, and government.

A must-attend event for all climate activists, this session will help you get your head around all the tricky technical aspects of CST, have answered everything you've ever wanted to know about the economics and science behind solar thermal power, and ensure you're prepared for all and any hecklers!

Date: Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Time: -

Place: Adelaide Activist Centre
          Room 205, Level 2, 95 Currie Street, Adelaide, SA

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QLD's path to a 100% renewable future

Presented by national scientific think-tank group Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) and James Cook University's "TropEco" group, come along to these free public forums in Cairns and Townsville which will show how Queensland can move to a zero carbon future.

The forums will detail BZE's Stationary Energy Plan which outlines how Australia can rely on 100% renewable energy within 10 years.

NSW - 100% Ready: Stories from the clean energy frontline

A vast majority of Australians support a move to 100% clean energy. But a lot also wonder whether we can make it happen yet.

The NSW Nature Conservation Council is showcasing real stories from the clean energy frontline that prove we’re 100% ready to start making the switch.

You’ll hear from workers, farmers, small businesses, big businesses, inventors, investors and community leaders; all of whom are seeing big benefits for themselves, their communities and Australia from the work that’s going on around the country.

Sydney, NSW - Saving the Kimberley. Our land or Gasland?

Why the campaign to save the Kimberley from gas and industrialisation matters in Sydney and across NSW.


Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert from WA
Lyndon Schneiders, National Director of The Wilderness Society
Geoff Cameron from Beyond Zero Emissions
Chaired by Coal and Gas Campaigner Justin Field

Date: Thursday 19 April
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Place: Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney CBD
Price: $10, $5 (unwaged)

Cairns, QLD: Sustainability Leadership Conference

 Reinventing Progress

Sustainability Leadership for a New Era How do we position ourselves as leaders in a changing world?

Can our region prosper as a result of carbon pricing? Are ‘ecocities’ a dream of the future or a real possibility? A rare opportunity to hear from Australia’s leading experts in Sustainabtility, leadership and future planning.

VIC - BZE Film Nights present "Dirty Business" by Peter Bull

Dirty Business Coal Station

Location: Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 3065

Time: 6.00pm, Thursday 5th April

Transport: Tram 112, stop 16 (cnr Johnston & Brunswick St).

Price: Donations welcome ($5 suggested)

After a hiatus we're proud to return with our fifth BZE Film Night! Whether you're a fuel and renewable technology expert or a curious newcomer to the debate, this evening promises to be a fantastic opportunity to learn, discuss and be entertained.

DIRTY BUSINESS: "Clean Coal" and the Battle for Our Energy Future is a 90-minute documentary that investigates the true cost of our dependence on coal for electricity in the age of climate change. Politicians and corporate interests have mounted a formidable public relations campaign promoting "clean coal" as a solution to our energy/climate problem.

The film is the first major public media project to explain and demystify "clean coal" and to explore the extent to which increased energy efficiency and renewable energy sources such as wind and solar thermal power might make "clean coal" unnecessary and uneconomical.

Currumbin, QLD: Presentation - Zero Carbon Australia in Ten Years

Join BZE presenters Sue and Bruce Cooke and hear about how Australia can be zero carbon emitters by 2020. The focus of the talk will be BZE's Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan which is a ten year roadmap for 100% renewawble energy.

Presented by "Gecko".
About Gecko: Gecko – Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council Association Incorporated was founded in 1989 when representatives of six local conservation groups joined together.

They envisioned the organisation working for the care, protection and conservation of the natural environment and the improvement of the built environment so that it would become more ecologically sustainable.

ENTRY IS FREE BUT PLEASE RSVP by 3pm, 27th March to, or by calling 5534 1412
A gold coin donation is requested per glass or nibbles, alternatively, Gecko encourages the contribution of vegetarian/organic/environmentally-thoughtful food options at all of its events.

Date: Wednesday 28 March 2012
Time: 6.30 - 8pm
Place: Upstairs @ Gecko House, 139 Duringan St, Currumbin Qld 4223
Cost: Free ( A gold coin donation is requested per glass or nibbles, alternatively, Gecko encourages the contribution of vegetarian/organic/environmentally-thoughtful food options at all of its events.)

Cairns and Brisbane, QLD: Two-Speed Economy - Who wins and who loses in the mining boom?

Everyone has heard how good the mining industry is for Queensland but is this actually the case?

The world’s largest coal mine is being developed 400km inland from Cairns, with a proposal to ship coal through the Whitsundays. There is no doubt that it will destroy existing jobs in tourism and agriculture, and hurt manufacturing across Queensland.

In the lead up to the QLD state election, don't miss this forum which exposes the propoganda of the mining industry for what it is.

You can download the Mining the Truth report for the full picture.

Events are happening in Cairns and Brisbane:

BMW Edge, VIC: The Great Australian Home Retrofit - Part of the Sustainable Living Festival

Watch an average Australian house transform into a zero-carbon, low-energy, high-performance home before your eyes! Based on the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan, due for release in May 2012.


Date: Sunday 19 Feb 2012
Time: 1 - 2.30pm
Place: BMW Edge, Federation Square, VIC
Cost: Free

BMW Edge, VIC: Hans-Josef Fell (The Father of Renewable Energy) Lecture - Part of the Sustainable Living Festival

Hans-Josef Fell is a member of German parliament and architect of Germany's renewable energy policy, which has delivered its 2020 renewable energy targets 10 years ahead of schedule. His work contributes to more than 60% of the world's wind power and almost 90% of its solar electricity generation. His policy innovation is said to provide for enough electricity every year to power Australia twice over. Meet this extraordinary man and find out how Australia could go beyond its clean energy targets in record time.

Date: Saturday 18 Feb 2012
Time: 3 - 4.30pm
Place: BMW Edge, Federation Square, VIC
Cost: Free

Birrarung Marr, VIC: Australia: Fully Renewable In 10 Years - Lecture by Dr Karl - Part of the Sustainable Living Festival

Dr Karl's Big Plan To Brighten Up Australia

Australia's legendary science communicator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki makes the case for 100% renewable energy. See the nation's favourite sleek geek speak about the 10-year plan for Australia's switch to a zero-emission economy using proven technology.

Date: Saturday 18 Feb 2012
Time: 2.30 - 3.30pm
Place: The Greenhouse, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne, VIC
Cost: Free

BMW Edge, VIC: The Great Debate - Topic: Economic Growth Will Save The Planet - Part of the Sustainable Living Festival

Is Growth Our Salvation? Or Is It Destroying The Earth?

Should we be for or against ‘growth’? Just when you thought you had the growth issue pinned down, the Festival’s Great Debate will challenge your assumptions. Don’t miss this feature Festival event as some of the field’s finest present their case for economic pathways for a sustainable planet.

Friday 17 Feb 2012
Time: 7 - 10pm
Place: BMW Edge, Federation Square, VIC
Cost: $25 + booking fee (

Melbourne, VIC: Transitions Film Festival Opening Night - International Energy Futures

Transitions film festival presents International Energy Futures.

The transition towards a sustainable society will require an energy revolution, away from non-renewable fossil fuels toward clean renewable energy forms. The two documentaries in the International Energy Futures showcase prove that this clean energy future is not only possible, it’s happening now.

BZE is proud to be introducing this film.

Date: Saturday 11 Feb 2012
Time: 7pm
Place: State Library of Victoria (Village Roadshow Theatre), 328 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC
Cost: $15 + booking fee or $12 + booking fee (concession) (Use the discount code ZEROCARBON to get cheap tickets)

ENERGY AUTONOMY – Australian Premiere
Sun‭, ‬wind‭, ‬hydro and geothermal energy are natural sources accessible to everyone all over the world without making any difference‭. ‬And they are renewable‭, ‬free and available in the long run‭. ‬Only the widespread knowledge about the possibilities of renewable energy can ignite an international movement and take the absolutely necessary energy transition‭. ‬