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Lord Deben calls on Australia to join the global partnership on climate solutions

Cohesive Politics Are Possible

Cohesive politicians reducing environmental harm; cohesive politicians choreographing a united front; cohesive politicians able to withstand cooperate lobby groups; to an Australian audience all this may sound too good to be true but we invite you to listen to our interview with Lord Deben from The United Kingdom.  Lord Deben retains a central role in both British and international climate politics.  

Lord Deben previously prioritised environmental security within the agriculture portfolio of a conservative government as a Tory politician under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Prime Minister John Major and moreover Lord Deben still works far and wide to advocate and implement environmental harm reduction policies.  Our Beyond Zero radio show was fortunate to interview Lord Deben about British, European and Australian climate politics.  Lord Deben gave generously with his time, expertise and authority.  

During the interview Lord Deben discredited Australia’s official platform of amplifying a so called moral case for coal and also highlighted the diplomatic legacy Australia forgoes while we shun climate leadership.  Lord Deben discredited this so called moral case for coal by citing a higher probability of Prime Minister Modi accepting renewable electricity while forgoing dependence upon imported coal.  Lord Deben also discredited this so called moral case for coal by citing a lower probability of big business providing moral guidance.  Lord Deben clearly warned against the evermore expansion of Australian coal mining and export capacity as a most foolish commercial investment.

Lord Deben warns Australia must realise that the age of coal is over!

Lord Deben is a hardworking and effective climate politician.  Our Beyond Zero radio show is grateful he shared persuasive insights for our audience.  Once again we invite you to listen to a recognised authority on both environmental harm reduction and cohesive politics.  

Solar Powered Port Augusta?

 This show was broadcast on Mon 2nd November 2015
Things are moving fast around Port Augusta. The coal mine and power plant are closing. Will Australia's first  Concentrated Solar Thermal plant with storage  be built here in its place?
Vivien called on local MP Dan Van Holst Pellekaan, to find out about the Sundrop Glasshouses and found out a lot more.

Ellen Roberts talks to us from the Mackay Conservation group about the Adani coal project. Is it time for a court case  more about climate impacts than skinks and lizards?
Billions of people trust their religious leaders more than politicians or environmentalists. We need them to get behind climate action. The Islamic Declaration and Pope Francis's "Laudato Si " call for rapid decarbonisation in words that will surprise you.

Thea Ormerod founded the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. She talks to us about how climate unites Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians  and Jewish people.

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Further Reading:

Link to share on social media: http://on.fb.me/1P54Hny
 
Malcolm Turnbull's five mistakes about Coal:
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/malcolm-turnbulls-five-mistakes-about-coal-20151028-gkldzv.html

http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/solar-tower-and-storage-still-on-cards-for-port-augusta-as-bid-confirmed-16610

Goodbye Coal: The Campaign to Close Hazelwood

This show was broadcast on Mon 19th October 2015

Tonight we'll hear about a successful campaign to close down the Anglesea coal mine, Barrister Andrew Laird will be discussing that issue.
And then we hear from Greens MP's Adam Bandt, Ellen Sandell, and John Grimes from the Australian Solar Council. The campaign to close down the Hazelwood power station gaining momentum and they want your supprt.

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Further Reading:
http://www.lockthegate.org.au/never_again?utm_campaign=george_vigils&utm_medium=email&utm_source=lockthegate

http://www.peoplesclimate.org.au/melbourne

http://www.peoplesclimate.org.au/film_screenings?utm_medium=email

Psychology for a Safe Climate

This show was broadcast  on Mon 12th October 2015
How are we coping with climate fuelled disasters? How can we cope better? Why are so many still in denial?
Listen to Psychologists for a safe climate shrink the problem.
Hear from Lyn Bender, Charles Le Feuvre, Susie Burke, and Sue Pratt.

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ADANI VERSUS THE LAW

This show was broadcast on Mon 7th September 2015

Court Case leaves the climate change question unanswered

Do citizens have a right to take a mine project to court? Is this vigilante litigation?
Joining BZE Radio are Professor Samantha Hepburn, Lawyer Jeff Smith for the Mackay Conservation Group, and Law lecturer Cristy Clark.

"One of the other considerations raised by the Mackay Conservation Group – the greenhouse gas emissions released from burning extracted coal overseas – was left unresolved by the court." – Prof Samantha Hepburn
https://theconversation.com/adani-court-case-leaves-the-climate-change-question-unanswered-45706
"...under a democratic system, the rule of law means that the government is constrained by law and can be held accountable by the people." – Cristy Clark
https://theconversation.com/the-government-vs-the-environment-lawfare-in-australia-46205

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Further Reading:
http://www.aycc.org.au/galilee

social media: http://on.fb.me/1QjuFBa

"Guarding Eden"

Tune in on Mon 31 August 2015
Melbourne AM Radio 3CR 855
5:00PM
Or Live Stream at:

http://www.3cr.org.au/
What would it take for you to climb an industrial chimney, blockade a coal mine or make a speech to hundreds of people?

The answer for the people in "Guarding Eden" is climate change.

Meet author Deborah Hart and the people who inspire her.

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Carbon Zombies,Axe the Tax. Who is Frightening Off Climate Action?

This show was broadcast on Mon 24th August 2015

David Holmes
senior lecturer in Communications and media studies at Monash University on the IPA, Bjorn Lomborg  and other merchants of doubt.

Professor Roger Dargaville  from Melbourne University on how we could actually cut emisions by 50% without dire consequences.

 

 
 Roger Dargaville   David Holmes

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Health and Climate Change

This show was broadcast on Mon 10th August 2015

Will global warming reverse ALL the advances made by modern medicine?

The Lancet Commission report urges us to engage medical people into future planning. They are already on the front line, as hospitals are flooded and heat stress makes morgues overflow.
In this show Vivien interviews Professor Peter Sainsbury and Dr Helen Redmond discussing the recent report from The Lancet:

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Further Reading:
https://laborfringe.org/

ALP conference and Resolution on Climate Action (Part 2)

This show was broadcast on Mon 3rd August 2015

ALP Conference Part 2: Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Climate change, John Grimes­ of the Australian Solar Council and Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition announce bold new support for renewables. 
BUT... Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier of QLD says coal mines like Adani will go ahead "We need the jobs".
ALP conference speakers from the CFMEU (Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union National) and others talk about taking care of workers as we decarbonise.
Professor... Roger Dargaville from Melbourne University explains how the 50% by 2030 target could be achieved. Interview courtesy of Radio National's Michael Mackenzie (ABC RN).

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Politicians, Financiers and Solar Business

This show was broadcast on Mon 20th July 2015

As government puts renewables on go slow and the opposition searches for fresh policies to slow climate change, BZE talks to the people who are  striding ahead.

BZE talks to Oliver Yates (The Clean Energy Finance Corporation), John Grimes (The Australian Solar Council) and Mark Butler (The ALP).

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Further Reading:
https://laborfringe.org/
http://www.cleanenergyfinancecorp.com.au/
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2015/07/18/abbotts-cam...

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