The #climate journey of Kermit the Growling Grass Frog from Craigieburn to #COP23 with @takvera

Part travelogue, part storytelling about the UN climate conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany, this article was originally published at Sustainable Fawkner blog by Nofibs reporter John Englart. Kermit, the Growling Grass Frog couldn’t resist the opportunity of hitching a ride in my bag to Bonn, Germany and COP23. What frog doesn’t want to see the world beyond their own wetlands? Especially when their species is declining and climate change may be an important factor determining future species survival? Kermit was centre stage at the Fossil of the Day awards on Day 2 of the conference, when Australia received it’s first Fossil of the Day award for the Adani coal mine. […]

Beaten and tired #refugees protest rough sleeping at East Lorengau after removal from #Manus RPC: @jansant reports

Refugees are currently holding a protest at the new East Lorengau prison on Manus upon discovering at least 65 are without anywhere to sleep, after being forcibly removed from the closed Regional Processing Centre (RPC). The refugees are protesting in East Lorengau bcz there s no room for them. immigration and police are not help to find a place for them pic.twitter.com/TFhOkknnTC — Abdul Aziz Adam (@Aziz58825713) November 24, 2017 Over 65 refugees have no place to sleep in East Lorengau even West is not really they put some refugees in class room still some left behind pic.twitter.com/kFbYnblrID — Abdul Aziz Adam (@Aziz58825713) November 24, 2017 There are reports locals […]

PNG Police arrest award winning journalist @BehrouzBoochani as #Manus brutality breaks #auspol: @Jansant reports

PNG police have arrested award winning journalist and Manus detainee, @BehrouzBoochani. Behrouz’s last tweet before being arrested: Peter Dutton stop propaganda against https://t.co/blgYw5Elt7 created this situation and you are responsible. You are lying to people that you built new accommodation. Those places are real prison, stop using ppl for your political benefits. — Behrouz Boochani (@BehrouzBoochani) November 23, 2017 During the arrest fellow detainee, Abdul Aziz Adam‏ (@Aziz58825713) tweeted: They are looking for me and Behrouz they found him but they are not going to find me. These are police are taking Behrouz. pic.twitter.com/G01bA46ETC — Abdul Aziz Adam (@Aziz58825713) November 23, 2017 Journalists union, Media Enterainment Arts Alliance said in a […]

Bad fairy at the wedding: @burgewords on the curse of #MarriageEquality activism

I’D like to briefly hold your attention in this short period before marriage equality is legislated in Australia, because nobody will ever give a second thought to the years of struggle that led to this week’s resounding public vote for same-sex dignity. The concept of marriage equality first hit me like a bullet in 2004, in the moment I realised I’d been completely and utterly duped by this ‘lucky country’. My partner Jono had died suddenly just weeks before, and I was struggling with acute, identity-killing grief. I had no idea that this profound amputation would come to be treated as though it was a paper cut. Unbeknownst to me, […]

First Fossil award shines a ray on everyone taking #climateaction at #COP23 – @takvera

Bonn, Germany: The first Climate Action Network (CAN) Fossil of the Day award at the UN Climate Conference COP23 was a small Ray of the Day. There is a certain leader who is on everyone’s mind at this UN Climate Conference, so the first CAN Fossil of the Day award is actually an award for the rest of us that have stayed committed, eyes on the horizon and not on the bumps in the road. For all the cities, states, universities, businesses and individuals that have not been deterred by the spectacle of a leader that absolutely craves attention like a 3 year old child.. The citation for the award […]

March for #climatejustice in Bonn at #COP23 calls for #endcoal by @takvera

Latest report from Nofibs reporter John Englart in Bonn Germany for the UN Climate Change Conference: In the immediate vicinity of the latest UN climate change conference COP23 and the largest lignite mining area of Europe, twenty five thousand people demonstrated for the immediate implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement in the city of Bonn, Germany, calling for climate justice and an end to coal. Just ahead of the 23rd World UN Climate Conference (COP23) a broad alliance of civil society groups made clear that the Paris climate agreement needs to be followed by further action to phase out fossil fuels such as coal. More than 100 climate, environmental and […]

Australia and coal at Bonn Climate conference #COP23 by @takvera

On an international level, the politics around climate action have moved substantially since 2015 and the signing of the Paris Agreement. I was at the UN climate change conference in Paris – COP21 – and it was a significant moment. But the politics in Australia is still heavily mired in the past, and the vested interests that make up our energy and mining sector. The Federal climate and energy policy of the Abbott/Turnbull government, including the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) is all built around prolonging coal use, impeding the growth of renewables and the energy transition, and doing as little as possible to meet Australia’s already ‘insufficient’ climate targets, let […]

The hate that dare not speak its name: @burgewords comments on #VoteNo to #MarriageEquality

It would make for a better, fairer and more entertaining match if #TeamNo owned the term ‘homophobes’. AUSTRALIA is fighting a very old battle. It’s been Trojan-Horsed into every household in the form of the Turnbull Government’s postal survey on federal marriage law. Like all wars, the propaganda is rife. We’re being asked to vote on altering the Marriage Act to allow equal access to couples of the same gender. Naturally enough for Aussies, we’re dealing with it by forming teams in a numbers game over the country’s oldest political football. In one corner we have gay-friendly #TeamYes in bright, inclusive colours, although the commentators can’t avoid the war references, […]

#VoteYes in the #MarriageEquality survey, just don’t expect a unifying moment: @burgewords comments

A sad, embarrassing uncle – let’s call him Malcolm – is trying to get us to pull his cracker, but we know what’s coming. A PUBLIC vote on marriage equality is delivering what some Australians have craved for years: an excuse to publicly trash LGBTIQ dignity. The usual pundits are hailing the Coalition’s survey as a victorious tipping point for the fortunes of the Turnbull Government, but at best it’s a hand-holding exercise for the prime minister. Because when the 122-million-dollar show comes to an end – and regardless of the result – if he wants to harness the voice of the people Mr Turnbull will still need to stand on […]

Tripartisan #Auspol launch of #ClimateHealthStrategy in Canberra reports @takvera

In a rare note of tripartisan support, Liberal, Labor and Greens politicians were all present at the launch of the ground breaking National Strategy on Climate and Health and Well-being for Australia by the Climate and Health Alliance. The world’s first health and climate framework policy initiative has been in development for over a year with a large degree of consultation with health professionals. It is endorsed by more than 30 medical and health professional organisations around Australia. Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt MP, Greens leader and health spokesperson Senator Richard Di Natale, and Labor’s health spokesperson Christine King MP all attended and spoke […]