Natural History Museum misses Anthropocene #climate education opportunity says @takvera

Like many visitors and tourists to London I took the opportunity to visit the London Natural History Museum. I visited this museum 19 years ago and spent a whole day there with my older step children when they were 11 and 9 years old. So I was keen to go back and share a new experience at the museum with my 15 year old daughter. Many interactive exhibits had changed, but many case exhibits looked pretty much exactly as I remembered them. I remember my visit to the Mammals room with the Blue Whale as the centre piece hanging from the ceiling. The blue whale was still there but surrounded […]

The next #leardblockade bat attack on #liverpoolplains, by local Ros Druce

Stop Work…Independent Audit into the Approval of Whitehaven’s Maules Creek Project…Before the Forest Falls! In my Renegade' #frightbat colony, no gender/politics bar. We fight for Truth, Justice, Nature & the Australian Way. pic.twitter.com/4vjvUt8HTC — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) June 19, 2014 I wonder if Nathan Tinkler ever envisaged so much opposition from the locals of Maules Creek when he planned to exploit the Leard State Forest and surrounding farming district to build Aston Coal Mine? Aston Resources merged with Whitehaven after Mr Tinkler’s empire came to a crashing halt, the company is now simply known as ‘The Maules Creek Project’ or Whitehaven Coal. Tarrawonga Coal Mine also destroying the forest is […]

Maules Creep Coal Mine #leardblockade. Who’s the umpire? asks @greekmcchic

The moans of senior mining industry identities are increasing as they condemn environmental protestors for “not accepting the umpire’s decision” on mining approvals and conditions. The problem is, it’s them who refuse to accept the umpire’s decision Stephen Galilee, Mark Vaile and Phillip Christensen have all emerged recently condemning legitimate community protests while big mining fails to honour key planning conditions. Controversial miner Whitehaven Coal has the ambition to be “one of Australia’s largest, and lowest-cost, producers of high-quality coal” according to the 2014 Annual General Meeting statement of its Chairman Mark Vaile. This would be largely off the back of its Maules Creek NSW coal mine, which will more […]

Whitehaven enviro offsets farce; by @greekmcchic on the ground at #leardblockade

  The two coal mines at Boggabri and Maules Creek  NSW are causing a death-by-a-thousand-cuts destruction of the Leard State Forest. To get approval at Federal and State level, coal miners Whitehaven and Idemitsu have relied on biodiversity offsets that promise “like for like” or “equal to or better” habitat for the critically endangered ecological community (CEEC) and vulnerable plants and animals that inhabit the Leard. Last week in the company of a team of photo-journalists, an arborist, a member of the Leard Blockade and a drone, I visited the two largest of Whitehaven’s “offsets”. They are degraded, over-stocked and over-grazed land, totally unsuitable for the critically endangered and vulnerable […]

From winter clearing to spring slaughter: @RobinMosman reports on #leardblockade

The stopping of winter clearing of the Leard State Forest for  Whitehaven’s massive coal mine may have been just a stay of execution for the threatened species for whom the forest is  home. A week before their amended 2014 Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) was due to be legally challenged in the Land and Environment Court, Whitehaven have lodged a new one. If this new BMP is approved, it will allow Whitehaven to resume clearing in the spring, from 1 November.  This will turn the forest, which provides habitat for 34 threatened species, including the Koala and the Masked Owl, into a spring slaughterhouse. Threatened bird and bats species are breeding in […]

Only taking it to the streets will stop #csg: Bob Debus to @RobinMosman #Pilliga

About three years ago, when I first started to become really aware of the threats presented by coal seam gas mining, I happened to meet up with Bob Debus. Some of you will remember him as NSW’s longest serving Environment Minister. Such was his capability that he typically held 4 ministries at any one time. Here in the Blue Mountains where we were lucky enough to have him as our local Member, he was affectionately known as “the Minister for Everything”. During part of that time I was president of the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, and we met fairly often about various issues. In 2007 he went on to serve […]

NSW lets hibernating animals die to speed up Whitehaven mine, by a sad @georgefwoods at #leardblockade

[clear] The bitter truth and the bitter cold: chainsaw surgery for the animals of Leard State Forest You can be aware that something is true, without really feeling it, and only come up against your illusions, and your naivety, when your knowledge is made real, and you actually experience the terrible truth first hand. It’s a truism in #nswpol that coal mining companies can “say anything they like before approval, and do anything they like afterwards.” It’s a pattern with which coal-affected communities are familiar that conditions of mine approvals are regularly broken and changed after approval is secured. Mines get bigger, creeks get polluted, offset deadlines get forgiven and […]

Dear @mikebairdMP, respect the people and tell police not to smash #BentleyBlockade, by @janbarham

Margo: Jan Barham was the Mayor of Byron Shire, the first directly elected Green mayor in Australia. She is a Greens member of the NSW Legislative Council, and the Party’s spokesperson on Northern NSW. Here is her speech to Parliament on May 6 imploring the Government to reverse its order for riot police to smash the #BentleyBlockade, most likely on May 19 or 20. She will join several other local, State and Federal politicians at the blockade in the days preceding the expected police attack.  By Ms Jan BARHAM, MLC 12 May 2014 Democracy is alive and well in regional New South Wales, where communities are showing up and speaking up […]

Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 14

Storify by The Geek Wed, Jan 29 2014 04:01:07 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 14 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email War veteran fights for the future  http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/2052094/war-veteran-fights-for-the-future/ … via @The_NDL #leardblockade pic with @kodivine 21 pic.twitter.com/rk1wZguO4e margo [email protected] · Tue, Jan 28 2014 13:39:50 ReplyRetweetFavorite Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Bill Ryan on page 1 of @The_NDL #leardblockade pic.twitter.com/IIGqAdLmdD margo [email protected] · Tue, Jan 28 2014 13:45:22 ReplyRetweetFavorite Add to story or collection […]

Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 12

Storify by The Geek Mon, Jan 27 2014 04:17:31 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 12 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Ishbel Cullen, 20, Canberra – “I’m here to take direct action on climate change – no new coal mines!” #leardblockade pic.twitter.com/45zPJagffk margo [email protected] · Sun, Jan 26 2014 17:32:19 ReplyRetweetFavorite Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Georgina [email protected] Honour roll. Arrests at #leardblockade climb to ten via @abcnewengland  http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-26/arrests-at-mine-protest-climb-to-10/5219742 … @margokingston1 · Sun, Jan 26 2014 11:14:41 […]