National launch of the Transition Decade

The Transition Decade is a community-wide engagement campaign to achieve the structural changes to the economy and lifestyles that are needed to restore a safe climate.  The campaign aims to help build greater collaboration among groups and individuals who are deeply concerned about the growing climate crisis.  
It was launched at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 14th February.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the launch! There was well over 1,100 people.

For videos of the day's talks, please check here.

We would welcome your feedback on the day, either via our Facebook page or direct email: cam.walker@foe.org.au

The T10 alliance is hoping other groups will want to join us. It is open to organisations who:

 * Hold a vision for a sustainable world
 * Recognise the climate emergency situation
 * Want to restore safe climate conditions
 * Grasp the scale of a national transition
 * Want to complete the transition in the next 10 years


You can sign up to the T10 initiative here.

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Details on the launch

12 NOON SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2010
MELBOURNE TOWN HALL
MASS CONVERGENCE + PUBLIC MEETING

> PRESENTING THE CASE TO RESTORE A SAFE CLIMATE
> PROMOTING A SHARED TIME FRAME FOR ACTION
> DEMONSTRATING THE POWER OF COLLABORATION

OPENING ADDRESS BY THE GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA PROFESSOR DAVID DE KRETSER, AC.

IT’S TIME TO RESTORE A SAFE CLIMATE

At both the state and national levels, local leadership has failed to deliver even very small cuts in carbon emissions. Not surprisingly at the international level, the recent Copenhagen negotiations have produced no meaningful outcome either.

We have to face it, conventional political change methods have not worked. We have run out of time for half-measures. It is now imperative that a safe climate is restored as fast as humanly possible. This will require zero emissions, and more, at emergency speed.

It seems that what is essential to accomplish is impossible to achieve.

Clearly a breakthrough is needed.

The Transition Decade campaign has been designed to meet this dual challenge of going for the goals that are really needed and getting effective change too.

The strategy is to harness the power of collaboration. An alliance of committed groups has been formed to drive a collaborative framework through a decade of structural and social change. The launch will create the opportunity to take the size and effectiveness of this alliance to a whole new level.

Already a growing cluster of groups has been working together to define how the safe climate goal can be achieved through technical and lifestyle change. This alliance is also working on how the whole of society can be engaged with such commitment and passion that governments and corporations realise that taking effective action is the only viable course.

The launch of the Transition Decade will showcase leading work by groups that are using this shared time frame and scale of change, and will set out the many ways that thousands of organisations and millions of people can join the alliance.

Can we do it together? Will a shared plan work? Come along and decide for yourself!

Details here soon.