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Can a grassroots movement put carbon pricing back on the agenda?

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Is it time to bring back a price on carbon? The Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) thinks so, and have been successful in the US at gathering bi-partisan support in Congress for a ‘fee and dividend’ approach. Warwick Smith, local economist and writer for the Guardian and the Conversation, will speak with us about the advantages of this model, which is a little akin to a universal basic income paid for by climate polluters.

Can the Australian branch of CCL, which is gathering steam now after two years of existence, achieve similar support, or does the political context here demand a different approach? What are some ways a ‘fee and dividend’ model could be tweaked for best results? And what can a region like Mount Alexander offer in contribution or leadership? Recent publications from participants in Australia’s carbon market suggest that carbon farming could be an effective strategy for winning regional support at the same time making a unique global contribution to carbon abatement.

Conversation over two or three courses downstairs at Lola’s will progress from the technical to the socio-political, touching on global, regional and local contexts. Below are some suggested readings to whet your appetite.

Warwick’s 2014 article for the ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-29/smith-carbon-price-round-two:-lets-get-it-right-this-time/5705166

US Citizens’ Climate Lobby, achievements: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/about-ccl/accomplishments/

Australian CCL: https://au.citizensclimatelobby.org/

Article in The Conversation on carbon farming: https://theconversation.com/the-nationals-should-support-carbon-farming-not-coal-94112#comment_1579531

Carbon Farming Industry Roadmap: http://carbonmarketinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Carbon-Farming-Industry-Roadmap.pdf

CCL Aus video on winning over country MPs with prospects of carbon farming.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REStf58qB-M&feature=youtu.be


Tuesday 29 May, 7pm
Lola’s at the Theatre Royal
Price: $35 for two entrees and main + sides (set menu) or Pizza ($18-$22)
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