Forming the Bass Coast Climate Action Network by Maddy Harford

There’s a new kid on the block: Bass Coast Climate Action Network, or Bass Coast CAN to its friends.

We’re a small group of Bass Coasters committed to getting the word out about the reality and the impacts of climate change. 

An increasing number of individuals and organisations are coming to understand the stark ramifications of the remorseless increase in overall global temperatures: rising levels – and acidification – of the oceans, increasing frequency of extreme weather events and melting ice caps to name a few.

​Is this a climate emergency?  We think so!

We want to start a community conversation.  Bass Coast CAN is inviting people and groups to combine their voices, networks and resources, with the aim of raising awareness of the issue and developing ways to address climate change at the local level.  ​

​Our first event will be the screening of Accelerate; a film produced by the organisation* and distributed across the globe (but tailored to Australian issues).  The film runs for 30 minutes and will be followed by a panel discussion, including local experts and community members.

Accelerate will screen on Friday, May 10 at the Wonthaggi Baptist Church, corner McBride St and Broome Crescent at 6.30pm for 7pm, with supper and discussion afterwards.

​Those interested in joining voices with Bass Coast CAN and/or attending the film can contact Michael on ; Graeme on or Maddy on .

* The number 350 means climate safety: scientists tell us that to preserve a liveable planet, we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 410 parts per million, and heading north, to below 350 ppm.

Reprinted from Bass Coast Post.