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.
Listen to A/Professor Malte Meinshausen of the Potsdam Institute, David Spratt co-author of Climate Code Red and Fiona Armstrong convenor of the Climate and Health Alliance. Global warming is already damaging our health and the health of the oceans and land. Having a target of no more than two degrees of warming is lulling us into complacency.
Artist Chris Jordan says it’s because we can’t see the enormity of what we are doing. Comedians Liz Conor and Deborah Hart think it’s because climate activists are too serious and Professor Mark Diesendorf thinks it’s because we don’t have the political imagination to stop the emissions even though the technology is all ready to roll. Chris Jordan is an US Photographer whose talks at SLF received standing ovations. He speaks about the emotion of grief which will galvanize us into environmental action. His film “Midway” will be out mid year.
The Climate Guardians Liz Conor and Deb Hart are activists who turn up as angels to beguile people away from climate insanity. Other times they turn up as Flat Earthers to welcome the likes of Lord Monkton or Coking Coal Snorters to do deals with Clive Palmer and Tony Abbott.
Professor Mark Diesendorf from University of NSW talks with A/Professor David Mc Knight ( co author of “Big Coal”). Find out why nuclear energy is not the answer and how energy models work. Mark pays tribute to BZE’s pioneering work. His new book is “Sustainable Energy Solutions for climate change” by UNSW press.
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?
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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