Activism/campaigning

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.

Dangers of Coal Seam Gas and Shale Gas

Beyond Zero Emissions speaks about the dangers of Coal Seam Gas and Shale Gas, fugitive emissions and related issues associated with the industry.

BZE has called for an independent study of fugitive emissions from coal seam gas due to ”massive unaccounted-for liabilities.”

BZE’s figures suggest that a typical coal seam gas well producing a terajoule a day of methane, and giving off one per cent fugitive emissions, would incur a carbon tax liability of $31,700 a year at the current rate of $23 a tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent. A well that leaked four per cent would be liable to pay $126,800 a year due to the carbon tax.

Coal mining, civil disobedience and the public good

 

Commentators were outraged by activist Jonathan Moylan's fake media release that caused disruption to the stock market last week. But there was little concern about the the impact of coal mining on people's health and the climate, the issue that prompted what was called his act of civil disobedience. 

Decades ago, industry and government were slow to listen to the message of activists about the dangers of asbestos, and we are now paying the price. The effect of coal mining on the health of local communities is probably far less significant, but nevertheless overseas evidence suggests it could be serious and far-reaching. 

The Beyond Zero Emissions 2012 study Health and Social Harms of Coal Mining in Local Communities points to evidence of elevated mortality rates in Appalachian coal mining areas in the US. The authors stress the need to research the health effects of coal mining in the Hunter Valley and other regions. But instead governments appear to be granting mining licences indiscriminately and offeringfavourable treatment to the coal industry.

Sustainable Fashion & Climate Change

Have a look down at what you’re wearing. Do you know what that top’s made out of? Or where your jeans were made? How much did you pay for your dress? And how many times will you wear it before you throw it away? Do you wash those trousers each time you wear them? And throw them in the dryer as well?  Are you wearing something that you got from a second hand shop? Are you wearing something that has a special meaning or memory attached to it?

In this show, we take a look at the fashion industry and the ways it’s responding to issues like sustainability and climate change. We speak to four passionate ladies from the world of fashion design; Kate Fletcher, Georgia McCorkill, Genevive Edmonds and Patricia Brien.

Genevive Edmonds, of Little Green Dress.

Kate Fletcher, Leader in Sustainable Design at London College of Fashion and director of design for sustainability fashion consultancy; Slow Fashion.

Patricia Brien, Lecturer in Trend Forecasting, School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT.

Georgia McCorkill, Fashion Designer and PHD student with the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT

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