What's New?


COVID-19

Please bear with us over the coming months as the country deals with the COVID-19 crisis. We do not have access to our network of volunteers and like-minded people/organisations as many are either not working or do not have access to the Internet/computers. But we will bring you as much up-to-date information as we are able to.

Our application to National Register of Environmental Organsiations has been approved!

Great news! Our application for listing on the National Register of Environmental Organisations has been approved! Yahoo!! (21/04/2020)

And, our Deductible Gift Recipient Status (DGR) was confirmed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in the week ending 10 May 2020.

(See environment.gov.au/about-us/business/tax/register-environmental-organisations/listed-organisations)

We are now in a position to:

  • mount major fund-raising campaigns;
  • access a greater range grants with DGR as a requirement; and
  • apply for corporate sponsorship.

As of 1 July 2020, HOPE members and supporters will be able to make ‘tax deductible’ donations via our website at www.hopeaustralia.org.au/donations/ - with receipts being issued on request.

The office will presently be:

  • searching the Internet for more grant funding opportunities; and
  • updating our Sponsorship Prospectus with the view of attracting funding to support our operational activities; and certain projects, campaigns, events and activities.

Yours sincerely,

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph. 07 4639 2135


Kitchen or Cafe Conversations

Dear friends of the environment,

HOPE invites you to host your own “Kitchen or Cafe Conversations” discussing environmental issues of concern to you.

A 2018 study released by HP (Hewlett Packard) Australia and Plant Ark, stated that 91% of Australian consumers are concerned about the environment and sustainability, although only half of consumers and businesses think they do enough in their daily lives to address sustainable solutions to climate change.

It is evident that the Australian public is motivated to adopt changes in order to lessen their impact on the environment. What we need to do now is identify opportunities on how they can do that.

Through “Kitchen or Cafe Conversations” the aim is to mobilise individual action on environmental preservation by discussing critical environmental concerns and recommending what the average person can do to address that issue.

For example, if you think replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources is a key issue that should be at the forefront of conversation, then talk about it. Discuss your ideas on how the individual can address this issue – from lifestyle changes like driving and flying less or changing what you eat and buy, to advocating for system-wide change by writing a letter to your local MP to increase government subsidies for renewable energy.

So, if after your conversations(s) you feel strongly about a particular environmental issue, please consider writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper; and/or going a step further and writing to your local government councillor and state and federal members of parliament.

At the very least, put a post on your social media platforms, to share issues and outcomes.

YOUR IDEA; YOUR GATHERING; YOUR ACTIONS!

For more information, contact:

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph. 07 4639 2135 | office@hopeaustralia.org.au


New Body to Cut Australia's Food Waste in Half

Minister for the Environment and Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management Media Release: https://minister.awe.gov.au/ley/media-releases/new-body-cut-australias-food-waste-half

The Morrison Government has announced $4 million in seed funding to create a new independent entity that will be responsible for driving food waste reduction in Australia.

“As part of the government’s ambitious commitment to halve Australia’s food waste by 2030, partnership proposals are being sought to establish a new food waste governance body to drive our National Food Waste Strategy,” said the Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley.

“This new body will be a catalyst for tackling food waste in Australia by bringing together industry, businesses, government, research institutions and food rescue organisations to find innovative, practical solutions to our food waste problems.

“By reducing food waste, we can put money back into household budgets, improve business bottom lines and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

In total, Australia wastes more than 7.3 million tonnes of food every year costing our economy over $20 billion annually. Households account for around a third of Australia’s food waste, throwing away 3.1 million tonnes of edible food a year, which costs the average household between $2,200 and $3,800.

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. through our Charter and actions over 25 years + have been encouraging residents to minimise waste through better shopping/buying habits; growing their own fruit, vegetables and herbs; using composting and worm farms options; and even keeping chooks to eat scraps.




'For the Hibakusha' - Commemorating the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons, and for your ongoing support and solidarity as a partner organisaion of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Australia.

The upcoming 75th anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6th and 9th August present an opportunity for reflection, remembrance and action.

Here in Australia our activities will be in the theme of ‘For the Hibakusha’ - actions that honor the victims and survivors of nuclear attacks with action for nuclear disarmament. 

If your organisation is planning any commemorative activities to make the 75th Anniversaries, we invite you to list your event on our ‘For the Hibakusha’ events page.

We appreciate that we are living in unprecedented times, and capacity may be stretched, so I have also prepared a media kit (attached), with some ideas and suggested content for communicating these significant anniversaries with your supporters, and joining the commemorations digitally.

Some good news from the campaign:

Internationally, we're celebrating the 40th ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), with recent ratifications from Fiji and Botswana! After just 10 further ratifications the Treaty will enter into permanent legal force, entrenching the illegality and unacceptability of nuclear arms.

We are anticipating a number of Australian councils will soon mark the August anniversaries with an endorsement of the ICAN Cities Appeal.
This month the ‘Parliamentary Friends of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons’ was launched.  The group is co-chaired by Ged Kearney MP (Australian Labor Party), Senator Jordon Steele-John (Australian Greens) and Ken O’Dowd MP (The Nationals), and has 22 members in total from the Australian Labor Party, Australian Greens, the Liberal Party, Centre Alliance, the Nationals as well as independents.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself or ICAN Australia National Director gem@icanw.org if we can be of any assistance in furthering collaboration of these anniversaries. 

Sending my best, on behalf of all of us at ICAN Australia

Jemila Rushton

Campaigner 

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Nobel Peace Prize 2017)

www.icanw.org.au

+61 (0)426 962 506

workday - Monday


Media-Kit_For-the-Hibakusha.pdf


Invitation to Partner with HOPE

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. is keen to link up with more like-minded environmental NGOs and others.

“Our success to date has been built on the good will of our partners,” says Mr Frank Ondrus, HOPE Inc. President. The support HOPE Inc. has received, with access to expertise and resources, has been critical to undertaking an ever-broadening range of environmental pursuits.

“Our partners include several key environmental organisations in Australia and overseas. We are committed to supporting each other”, says Mr Ondrus. The Partnership/Alliance program has ‘full membership’ and ‘associate membership’ available for those that wish to partner with us.

“Our mission is simple, yet ambitious, and we have made great gains so far. But to keep this momentum going, we need to continue building our relationships with more like-minded organisations and others”. Mr Ondrus urges everyone to get in touch at the earliest convenience, with contact details for any organisations that may be interested in partnering with HOPE Inc.

For information about the Partnership/Alliance program, check our website out here: www.hopeaustralia.org.au/home/partnershipsalliances-ngos/




We are pleased to announce the June 15/June 16 webinar course, The role of the sacred in nurturing ecological law and governance, hosted by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance. Registration is required -please do so at the link below.

T h e  R o l e  o f  t h e  S a c r e d  i n  N u r t u r i n g  E c o l o g i c a l  L a w  a n d G o v e r n a n c e

Monday, 15 June 2020

7:00pm-8:30pm EDT (New York)

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

9:00am-10:30am AEST (Australia)

Link:https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-role-of-the-sacred-in-nurturing-ecological-law-and-governance-tickets-107640401338

Contact: Michelle Maloney


ELGA-webinar-series.pdf


National Bushfire Summit

Hi there,

It’s up to us. 

Today, Emergency Leaders for Climate Action announced that, due to ongoing Federal inaction, we’re going it alone and hosting our own 
National Bushfire and Emergency Summit.

Earlier this year, we issued a joint statement warning the government to act urgently to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and properly fund emergency services to combat worsening extreme weather. 

Now, the catastrophic fire conditions we’re experiencing are fuelling record numbers of emergency level fires, and putting communities and wildlife all over the country under siege from flames and smoke.

The fires we are battling today started earlier, burn more intensely, have destroyed more homes and covered more ground than anything we’ve seen before.

This is not normal. This is climate change, driven by mining and burning coal, oil and gas, and it is aggravating bushfires right across the country.  

As former senior fire and emergency service chiefs, we asked PM Scott Morrison to meet with us back in April, then in May, so that we could explain to him how climate change is supercharging extreme weather and natural disaster risks. But he declined.

I would like to take him to a fire front so that he can see what firefighters and communities are up against. 

Read my open letter to the Prime Minister, and then keep the pressure on him by sharing it with your networks.

Instead of acting swiftly and decisively to develop a coordinated response to combat worsening extreme weather, and bring down emissions, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been missing in action.

So, we’re stepping up to fill the leadership vacuum, and calling our own National Bushfire and Emergency Summit. It will unite all sectors to discuss the unprecedented conditions faced by our emergency services, funding and resourcing issues, and ways to address the fundamental driving factor: climate change.

Our National Bushfire and Emergency Summit will be held early next year. We will invite federal, state and local political leaders, the military, farmers, firefighters, as well as business, industry, health, science, community and Indigenous leaders. 

We’ll invite Scott Morrison again too, and this time I hope he comes - because these fires must be a wake-up call to us all.

Read my open letter to Prime Minister, and join me in asking Scott Morrison to step up and show some leadership, by sharing this article.

Every day we delay action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, lives, livelihoods and property are at greater risk. Fires are getting harder to fight, and our emergency services need better resources to cope. 

Just this week, NSW’s largest aerial water bomber was forced to fly to Western Australia to battle extreme fires there, at the same time fires were raging in the Blue Mountains. Our firefighting resources are stretched to the limit, and our firefighters are exhausted. On top of that, these bushfires have spewed an extra 250 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, a blowout of almost half our total annual emissions (1). 

We need national leadership and a coordinated response to cope with more intense and frequent extreme weather events. The Coalition Government must accept that climate change is fuelling the worsening bushfire conditions, develop a plan to urgently phase out fossil fuels and work with us to keep Australians safe.

The solutions are available, but we must all come together now to prepare for more dangerous conditions in the future.

The safety and well-being of communities, firefighters and wildlife is on the line.

I’ll keep you updated on our progress as we go. Until then, thank you for being in this with us.


Greg Mullins AO, AFSM
Climate Councillor
Former Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW, former President of the Australasian Fire & Emergency Service Authorities’ Council.

P.S. Want to hear more from the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action? Click here to watch a live-stream of today’s press conference, and click here to view our interview on the Today show this morning.

References

  1. Australia's bushfires have emitted 250m tonnes of CO2, almost half of country's annual emissions, The Guardian, 13 December 2019