Activism/campaigning

Kurri Kurri Gathering part 2

This is part 2 of a series of interviews recorded at Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley, at The Sunrise Project's:
Our Land, Our Water, Our Future: Beyond Coal and Gas Gathering 2013 from 18-20 May.

Featuring interviews from international activists against coal, coal seam gas (CSG) and local leaders in the community - Julie Lyford and Graeme Healey, Nicki Chirlian, Srinivas Krishnaswamy and Sredar Ramamurthy.

Julie Lyford, former shire mayor and spokesperson for the community-based organisation, Barrington-Gloucester-Stroud Preservation Alliance, and its chairman, Graham Healy, are fighting the state government renewing two large mining exploration licences in Gloucester. BGSP-Alliance was established in 2006 in response to the sudden and dramatic expansion of proposed coal and coal seam gas exploration and possible mining within the Gloucester Valley.

Megan Kuhn, Liverpool Plains farmer, Regional Coordinator for CSG Free North West, Member of the Bundella community. Nicky Chirlian from Save Our Soils Liverpool Plains. John Krey, Vice-President of the Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association, who with the help of Environmental Defender's Office of NSW, recently won a three-year battle against Rio Tinto when a court overturned a state government-endorsed decision to allow it to dig an open-cut coalmine next to the town.

Srinivas Krishnaswamy, CEO, Vasudha Foundation, India.

Dr Sreedhar Ramamurthy from mines, minerals & PEOPLE (mm&P) India, a growing alliance of individuals, institutions and communities who are concerned and affected by mining.

Repower Port Augusta Part 3

As the parliamentary select committee into repowering Port Augusta prepares to visit Gemasolar in Spain, we are building up community knowledge and desire to see Australia's first big solar thermal power plant in South Australia. This is part 3 of Beyond Zero's series into the Repower Port Augusta campaign.

Vivien and Beth talk to Dan van Holst Pellekaan - MP for Port Augusta, Terry Mc Bride - BZE activist in Adelaide and Dr Karl Kruzelnicki.

See BZE's and Repower Port Augusta's submissions to the SA Select Committee on the Port Augusta Power Stations here.

Success Stories & John Hepburn

To restore our faith in community climate action, Beyond Zero's Vivien and Nick celebrate success stories. Recent success against the fossil fuel giants include: 

Newcastle Coal Terminal Rally

Beyond Zero's Vivien Langford in Newcastle and Beth Shepherd cover the Newcastle rally in March 2013 to protest against the region's proposed fourth coal terminal. Thousands of people across the across the Hunter and New South Wales attended.

Community Responses to Climate Change - Occupy Sandy

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Beyond Zero's Nick Carson looks at Community Responses to Climate Change exacerbated natural disasters, particularly the Occupy Sandy relief effort.

The Story of Change by Annie Leonard

Beyond Zero's Vivien and Anthony talk to Tim Parish, Director of the Transitions Film Festival and Lori Joyce, Director of 'Arise', one of the films featured at the festival. The film captures the portraits and stories of extraordinary women around the world who are coming together to heal the injustices against the earth.

Then Annie Leonard, activist and film maker, talks about 'The Story of Change' featured at the Sustainable Living Festival 2013. Annie's new short aminated film, 'The Story of Change', urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world.This follows the success of 2007's 'The Story of Stuff' which with over 15 million views, is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time. Also at SLF 2013, April Seymoure ran the very popular Fix It workshops again. Fix It! is a community resource for people who like to fix stuff and people who need stuff fixed.

We also have a treat - live original music by BZE's own Hannah Aulby, campaign coordinator for the Repower Port Augusta campaign.

Fire, forest management and the Sustainable Living Festival

 

Dr. Chris Taylor, at the University of Melbourne, talks about fire and forest management. Then we talk to Luke Taylor, Director of the Sustainable Living Festival in Victoria and Liz Franzmann who is organising the Jason Roberts Better Block - Australian regional tour as part of the festival.

Fire, heatwaves and the climate emergency

    

Associate Professor Peter Christoff at Melbourne University and Dr Elizabeth Hanna, National Convenor - Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Human Health at  ANU and President -  Climate and Health Alliance, were among fourteen prominent Australians, scientists and academics who recently published a statement calling on Australia to cease the expansion of coal ports.

'Let's talk about coal' dares to name the greatest contribution Australia is making to climate change and the impacts we are suffering right now through the recent fires, heatwaves, floods and droughts.

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