In this week's show, Vivien from Beyond Zero covers a public meeting called by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission about the Newcastle T4 expansion, the biggest coal export port in world.
Michael Osborne-Newcastle Council Chris Pavic-Mudgee Tony Webber-Svitzer Harbour master Steven O’Brien- Clean energy Jobs Rod Campbell-TAI Coal economics Justin Field- Greens candidate Sue wynn-Local candidate Justine Suthers-Wyong mine fires Further reading:
Beyond Zero's Vivien and Jane are joined by Julien Vincent, Lead Campaigner at Market Forces, a not-for-profit that believes that the banks, superannuation funds and governments that have custody of our money should use it to protect - not damage - our environment. The reality is that many of Australia’s superannuation funds are invested in these dirty industries. Market Forces is campaigning for super funds to divest from coal and gas. We’re also here to help Australians make sure their retirement isn’t funded by environmental destruction.
Isaac Astill is a divestment expert with FossilFree and Head of Communications, Future Super, Australia's first fossil fuel free super fund. FossilFree is a new social enterprise with a mission to make it easy for Australians to divest from fossil fuels, including coal, coal seam gas and oil. Isaac talks about the success of Divestment Day in Sydney on Saturday 18 October.
Caroline Le Couteur is the founding Executive Director of The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR). The ACCR is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to promote ethical investment. Caroline recently served four years as an elected member of the ACT Legislative Assembly. Prior to that she was an Executive Director of Australian Ethical Investment. She has a strong interest in environment and sustainability and served for 17 years on the national council of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
A jam packed show with reasons to divest from fossil fuels. Vivien talks to participants at an Erskenville workshop and Mara Bun and Bob Welsh speak to the good economics of divestment. Christine Milne defends the RET and the Pacific Warriors come to Australia to highlight that their homes are going under due to the rest of the world’s failure to take action on climate change.
It’s time to move our money out of the industry causing climate chaos. Join 350.org on October 18 for a national day of Divestment Action, where Australians will tell the “Big 4” banks to stop financing fossil fuels. As hundreds of us turn out across the country, we’ll be joined by a delegation of Pacific Island Climate Warriors, who will be arriving on our shores to peacefully stand up to the fossil fuel industry. You’ll want to be part of it!
This episode showcases two Australian community events supporting the worldwide protests in relation to the Climate Change Summit. First up is Bill Shorten, Mark Butler and Christine Milne at the Solar Council Public Meeting, Sydney, followed by speakers at a picnic for Climate Change.
Transition Towns is a global movement building resilient, sustainable, vibrant and happy communities. It is a community based response to the future challenges of climate change and peak oil. For more information on Transition Towns.
Lancer Lieber and Peter Dowson of Transitions Bondi talk about getting our food from local sources including urban gardens.Richard Heinberg, author of "The End of Growth" and “Powerdown” speaks with Vivien Langford from Beyond Zero Radio at his hotel in Sydney. Richard was visiting Australia on a speaking tour and spoke at the Festival of Dangerous ideas. Thanks to Peter Dowson for filming this interview (click YouTube video above).
Beyond Zero's Vivien Langford talks to Nigel Morris and Lindsay Soutar about the power of Solar Citizens in Australia. Nigel Morris is the Director of SolarBusinessServices and Australia's foremost solar industry expert. Lindsay Soutar is National Director and founder of Solar Citizens, a community project to bring together existing and future solar owners to ensure the rights of solar owners are protected and to help see Australia put a panel on every rooftop.
Lindsay and Nigel have joined forces to organise a series of meetings to help defend solar around Australia of huge numbers of Solar Citizens to hear from expert speakers, discuss the issues and prepare to act against the rapidly growing threats to solar.
Every year more than 3000 people die prematurely from exposure to air pollutions. Thousands more are made sick and lose years of healthy life from illness suffered as a result of exposure to air pollution. The impacts of air pollution affect everybody but they affect some far worse than others. The most polluted places are typically less well off and the most vulnerable are those who are already sick.
Dr Merryn Redenbach is completing advanced training in Paediatrics, specialising in Community Child Health. For the past five years, she has volunteered, and now works, for Doctors for the Environment Australia, who seek to protect human health through preventing harm from pollution and other environmental degradation. Merryn has presented to community groups, local and federal governments and other decision makers on the issues of air pollution as well as health risks of coal, coal dust and unconventional gas mining.
Kathleen Maltzahn is an author, women’s rights and anti-trafficking campaigner. She is a former councillor for the City of Yarra and the Greens candidate for the Victorian state seat of Richmond.
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