Beyond Zero's Vivien Langford talks to Friends of the Earth's (FoE) Cam Walker on the $20 Billion Cost of Natural disasters, made worse by climate inaction. Yes2Renewables Shaun Murray on fighting to keep the Renewable Energy Target (RET). MP Dan van Holst Pelekaan on the feasibility of a Big Solar plant to replace coal fired power at Port Augusta.
Future visions: BZE talks to the producers from the US film 'The Future of Energy' showing at the Transitions Film Festival and the Festival curator's, Tim Parish. We also talk to Adam Bandt MP about his climate change campaign & his future vision.
Leave it in the Ground is an exhibition by the Williams River Valley Artists Project protesting against the impact of the recent explosion in coal mining. The Project is a collective of environmentally alarmed artists formed in 2009 to use their varied art practices to oppose then NSW government’s plans to build the Tillegra Dam near Dungog. After the NSW government sensibly shelved these plans in 2011 the Williams River Valley Artists’ Project turned its attention to another environmental problem-the explosion in coal mining.
Join Beyond Zero's Vivien and Beth to hear about how weaving the rights of nature into our legal system will help us to live within our limits. We talk with Michelle Maloney, Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) and the 2013 Wild Law Conference in Brisbane, Professor Brendan Mackey Director of the Climate Change Response Programme at Griffith University and Adam Bandt, Greens MP for Melbourne. We explore how we reign in humanity’s use of the Earth and create governance systems that nurture, rather than destroy the natural world?
Join Beyond Zero's Vivien and Beth for a program called "Over our dead bodies". Stay tuned for the positive message at the end, which makes reference to the fun video above.
Community based campaign warrior, Drew Hutton, from the Lock the Gate Alliance provides an update on blocking Coal Seam Gas (CSG) projects. He talks about the success of Lock the Gate's model around QLD and the rest of Australia; and he encourages campaigners to talk to people you don't necessarily agree with.
In September 2013 the Australian Earth Laws Alliance hosted a multi-disciplinary conference aimed at exploring key questions for living within our ecological limits and titled:
“Living within our ecological limits: law and governance to nurture the Earth community”
Wild Law (or Earth Jurisprudence) is a new form of lawyering helping communities fight for Eco-Justice at a time when we are destroying species and ecosystems at a great rate and actually changing our climate. They helped the Ecuadorian government put the rights of nature into that country's constitution and have democracy schools for municipal workers.
In this episode, Beyond Zero talks to three prominent Australians about climate change action.
Dr Haydn Washington, Visiting Fellow at UNSW, has a thirty eight year history as an environmental scientist, writer and activist. As a biologist, his views follow Edward Abbey's quote that endless "growth is the ideology of the cancer cell" in nature. Our growth has brought about the environmental crisis, in which the climate crisis is a critical part. The solution is steady state economy. Sustainable growth is an oxymoron, as in a finite planet you cannot keep growing forever.
Dr Washington has written widely, with his most recent books being: Human Dependence on Nature: How to Help Solve the Environmental Crisis (2013)
Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand (2011) by Haydn Washington, John Cook
Singer/ songwriter, author and activist, David Rovics, chatted with Beyond Zero's Vivien Langford on his recent Australian tour. She recorded an in-depth interview after Rovics' Sydney concert and she introduces the segment here:
Mike Pulsford was one of the organisers for the Australian leg of Bill McKibben's 'Do the Maths' tour earlier this year, and is working to on the gofossilfree.org campaign. Jane and Vote Climate is a communication network linking community groups working on solutions to the climate crisis. Our network includes local climate action groups, groups opposing new coal and gas developments, groups protecting forests, and groups working for a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy. Then Basil tells us about ASEN, the network of student environment groups from around Australia committed to building grassroots movements for change.
BZE has launched Energy Freedom, helping Australians to transform their homes into renewable energy powerhouses. Check out our new website for the 9 steps to energy freedom.
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