Climate summit 2011 planned for Melbourne

The 2009 Climate Summit culminated with a protest outside federal parliament. Photo:

Climate action groups from across Australia will assemble in Melbourne over April 9 to 11 for the third Climate Action Summit.

Organised by the Community Climate Network, which involves more than 100 grassroots climate action groups, the summit will provide an opportunity for activists to share information and discuss ways to build a stronger movement for real action on climate change.

The 2011 summit will build on the successes of the previous two events, both of which took place in Canberra and involved between 300 and 500 climate activists.

In 2010, summit participants called for an end to fossil fuel subsidies, a moratorium on new coal-fired power stations, a guarantee for a just transition to clean jobs for workers in polluting industries, direct investment to create 100% renewable energy, the replacement of Australia's dirtiest power station, Hazelwood, with clean energy by 2012 and for a price on carbon through an effective carbon levy.

The climate summit will conclude with a public protest action in central Melbourne.

Climate Action Network Australia’s “Eleventh Hour” conference will take place in Melbourne immediately after the climate summit, on April 12 and 13.

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