Richard Di Natale puts Climate Change priorities in place, in the context of National Security
Come celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th with ParraCAN:
5 pm onwards, Ginger Indian Restaurant, 94 Wigram St, Harris Park (9635 9680)
Enjoy a delicious Indian meal and great company and presentations
Speakers from 6 pm : Mehreen Faruqi, Joseph Zane Sikuli, Leigh Martin
Our ticket of $45 ($35 for concession) will contribute a little to ParraCAN’s fundraising effort to sustain its work for the community.
Reading this linked article, did not know whether to laugh or cry. I hope my earnest scribblings rate a bit higher. This describes ( . . a news story of a quality that is becoming more common in journalism, and that in the immortal words of Henry Luce, scrawled across an inept submission for publication in TIME, “subtracts from the sum total of human knowledge.” And we really can’t afford to lose any more. . . ). Looking for more by the same author, I found the title "Great Barrier Reef Damage is caused by Coral Bleaching". Really, that's how Greg Hunt must think. The site is aptly titled "Modern Readers". Watch out for politician-speak induced brain damage during this election campaign.
Australia has signed the Paris agreement to limit global warming to 2 degrees. Simple modelling by the Climate Institute in its report "A Switch in Time" shows that Australia's electricity sector needs a policy framework, that ensures existing high carbon generators have an urgent exit timeline to 2035, and be replaced with zero or near-zero emission energy. Too bad the ALP, LNP and major media don't have carbon credibility.
We live in interesting and self - contradictory times. The day after Malcolm started the Double Dissapointment election process, the big papers came out with coverage that practically excluded the Australian Greens Party. The next day papers are noticing that the major parties have "turned their backs" on the Greens. Apparently the editors are incapable of stating that they also have done so. What are they afraid off?
Firestorm in Tar Sands town of Fort McMurray. This article quotes a CNN journalist - "society needs to ditch fossil fuels between 2050 and 2100 ". The fossil fuel corporations love to hear that. Transition from fossil fuel dependency has to be Now. It is "Break Free Now or Burn in Hell soon". Interesting Times never go away for long.
More than ever, the rich and the poor is a line of survival and death when inequality and climate change combine to create new extremes of oppression.
This meeting will discuss how to avert that.
Climate Change Denial has a generational and racial mal-distribution. It is more likely to be from older white men in the USA.
Australia has a different cultural mix, but it is most likely that fossil fuel funded climate change denial caters most for the same conservative white male privilege. This privilege is most concentrated in the power and wealth represented by the LNP and right wing ALP in our politics.
" . . . The ethnicity gap (and the age gap) can likely be explained in part by certain groups’ general preferences for maintaining the status quo. Social scientists have identified what they’ve termed the “white male effect,” describing the fact that white males tend to be less concerned about various sources of risk than minorities and women. . . . ".
The Dirty - Dozen Shills for Coal. Until proved otherwise, a majority of ALP and LNP politicians are sponsored by Big Coal. None of these parties have ever stood up as a majority in their own party in government, for the environment or climate change, as reasons enough to go against government decisions that favour big coal . Failure by history, failure by silence, failure by design. As for the rest of the Coal "sheep" and "sleeper" politicians, sign the pollution free politics pledge or resign.