WHEN: 12PM, Friday May 21st
WHERE: South Lawn
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School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) has called a #ClimateStrike for May 21. Melbourne Uni staff and students will turn out in force to join the rally in the city. Workers and students are mobilising to demand that the Morrison Government #FundOurFutureNotGas:
1. Resource Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country.
2. Fund the creation of jobs that fast track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover.
3. Fund Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.
Speakers list: TBA
We acknowledge that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

The Climate Emergency has accelerated under the pandemic, with floods and bushfires ravaging the east coast. Despite this, Scott Morrison and the Liberals plan to pour billions into new gas projects around the country, trampling over unceded Aboriginal land and locking in decades of disastrous carbon emissions.
We cannot rely on this government and the market to implement a fair and just transition to renewables. Two major renewables projects (the Port Augusta solar thermal plant in SA and the Portland wind turbine factory in Victoria) have fallen through because the government refused to fund them when private investors pulled out.
We need to stop the Climate Emergency with a Climate Powered Recovery. That means forcing the government to directly invest in building 100% renewable energy by 2030, with planned shutdowns of existing fossil fuel plants. If we are to make this target in time, public investment in a mass rollout is the only way.
Our new renewable energy system must be publicly owned and operated by unionised labour, to preserve jobs, conditions and cost of living. We must guarantee that no worker loses out as a result of this transition. We cannot have a repeat of the rushed transition at Hazelwood, which left hundreds of coal plant workers jobless and with no alternative work.
We must tax the rich to pay for the transition. Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, doubled her wealth to $29 billion under the pandemic. Scott Morrison has just committed $90 billion to a new fleet of attack submarines. This money should be poured into renewables, public transit and sustainability research.
First Nations voices and rights must be at the forefront of the just transition. There should be no new developments without permission from Traditional Owners, so that travesties like the destruction of Wiradjuri artefacts by solar company METKA EGN are not repeated. The Government must commit to funding Indigenous land management programmes. We stand with the Indigenous resistance to new fossil projects at Narrabri, Beetaloo and elsewhere.
Help us spread this climate strike across our campus so we can give the school strikers a massive show of support on May 21. Get involved with the Enviro Collective and invite your friends, classmates, club mates, housemates, students, tutors and lecturers to strike on the day. 

Enviro 🤝 Welfare = 😎🍽

Love food? Need a lunch buddy? Want to know more about the Environment and Welfare departments? Then head to our Hopin Session at 12PM, Tuesday 23rd Feb and cook along with us! 

We’ll be preparing and cooking up ingredients for a some bangin’, sustainable Viet spring rolls. Hop in (😏) to the ‘Sessions’ section of Hopin and chat with us about anything everything! Give us dumb hypotheticals, ask us funny questions, and join in our convo! See ya there.

Event location: ‘Sessions’ section of Hopin

Time & date: 12-1PM, Tuesday 23rd February

Facebook event link: TBC

We acknowledge that this event will be hosted on stolen Wurundjeri land and that sovereignty was never ceded. The Enviro and Welfare department pays its respects to elders past, present and emerging.

Bike Co-op x Enviro: So I heard you like Bikes…

You like Bikes? 🐝😏

After an eventful series of false-starts and interruptions the Bike Collective is once again gearing up for an exciting year of events.  Although the extent of our physical re-opening is yet to be determined and subject to change, we will persevere to bring you livestreams, video-guides, cycling tours and maybe even a breakfast or two! If you’ve been bitten by the biking bike during Covid, have always been an avid cyclist or just have a burning question about that funny squeak your bike makes, then you won’t want to miss our first livestream of the year.

Friday February 26th, 2pm on the Bike Collective’s Facebook– the perfect way to finish off your Summerfest and learn about the basics of bike maintenance, how to do it yourself and when to seek more expert care. We will also briefly discuss how to pick up a new bike for yourself (or possibly build one from scratch!) for commuting or more specialised purposes.

Bike Collective Facebook page:

Event link: to be updated

We acknowledge that this event will be streamed on stolen Wurundjeri land and that sovereignty was never ceded. The Bike Collective pays its respects to elders past, present and emerging.

Campus Sustainability Walking Tour

Come along on a walking tour with the Environment Department and find out how UMSU keeps it sustainable on campus!
Beginning at the new Bike Co-Op site, and making tracks towards the Community Garden, Food Co-Op, Enviro Office, with a bit of DIY planting, sustainable + delicious cooking, and activism history thrown in along the way, we’ll finish up the tour with a picnic in Systems Garden with the Environment Collective.

Check out the digital map of our route and make sure to get to the Bike Co-op at 11am for this FREE Summerfest event:

Come find our stall on South Lawn during Carnival Day! We’ll be serving up vegan and GF rice paper rolls and treats with our friends from the Fair Food Challenge, Melbourne Uni Food Co-op, as well as being the hub for the Community Garden and Fossil Free and Lockout Lockheed campaigns.

20 February – 1 March