August was another active month for Climate Action Burwood-Canada Bay, both locally and as part of our national movement.
Ferragosto street festival
An estimated 125,000 people passed through the Ferragosto food festival in Five Dock on Sunday August 20, and more than a few dropped by the joint stall shared by CABCB with Inner West Community Energy (IWCE) and Canada Bay Zero Carbon Community (CBZCC). All three groups managed to gain new ‘customers’ seeking information about our various projects. We also got the chance to catch up with our local MPs, Sally Sitou and Stephanie di Pasqua, and even to speak briefly with state Opposition leader, Mark Speakman.
CANA National Conference
CABCB is a member of Climate Action Network Australia (CANA) which held its annual conference in Brisbane on August 23-24. This year’s was “Power Through Collaboration”. Ken and Robin attended, with Ken taking part in a panel discussion titled “Shifting The Rock: Building People Power To Shift Federal Climate Politics”, presenting our mobilisation of the local community during the 2022 Federal Election as a case study. On the day following the main conference, Ken participated in a workshop that brainstormed ideas for promoting an ambitious economic climate proposal tentatively called “The Big Ask”.
The annual Footprints Ecofestival was held at Whites Creek Valley Park in Annandale on Sunday August 27. Although CABCB didn’t have a stall, our people were there handing out flyers and signing up email subscribers. The festival has a focus on the environment and sustainable living including practical workshops and panel discussions featuring special guests, including Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis.