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 […]

Energy and economics: @albericie Vs @chriskkenny Twitter battle – @Qldaah #auspol

After Emma Alberici questioned Malcolm Turnbull’s commitment to liberalism, Chris Kenny lept to the defence of the PM. So we now have a Liberal PM who's whacking a tax on banks, interfering in energy mkt & now using taxpayer $ to prop up commercial media 🤔 — Emma Alberici (@albericie) September 13, 2017 The green left suddenly find an interest in economic rationalism. #theirABC all about the side, not the principle. No one in charge. https://t.co/Lc2llDH8gI — Chris Kenny (@chriskkenny) September 15, 2017 Have economics degree & was biz journo 20yrs while you carry legacy of Grech/Utegate fiasco. Lucky PM has serious chief of staff these days — Emma Alberici (@albericie) […]

Citizens of the planet unite demanding leaders save the #peoplesclimate: @jansant reports

The weekend saw more than 600,000 people take to the streets in 175 countries calling on world leaders to agree on binding emission reductions during the Paris Climate Talks. Melbourne led the way with 60,000 people attending, followed by London with 50,000, while Sydney’s crowd was estimated at 45,000. 60000 people have turned out in Melbourne for the first People’s #ClimateMarch of the weekend. #PeoplesClimate pic.twitter.com/3uUy5DCfmX — Greenpeace Aus Pac (@GreenpeaceAustP) November 27, 2015 In Paris, people defied the state of emergency called after the recent terrorist attack and there were clashes between protesters and police. In a symbolic gesture (after French authorities banned protests), Pope Francis and Ban Ki […]

BP has no right to risk the Bight’s #environment: @Wilderness_Aus comments

Just five years ago, one of the worst oil spill disasters in history shocked the world when BP’s undersea oil well, Deepwater Horizon, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, BP has its sights set on Australia. During the disaster, 11 workers tragically lost their lives and for 87 days, oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. Millions of animals died while local fishing and tourism industries collapsed. Here in Australia five years later, BP plan to drill four exploration wells in the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight. The Great Australian Bight is home to one of the world’s most important southern right whale nurseries and communities depend […]

Hastie’s climate change action focus on economy in #CanningVotes: @Jackthelad1947 reports

The Mandurah Pre-Poll voting centre is located at the beautiful SeaShells resort, voters arriving Tuesday were greeted by the Liberal, Labor, Greens and Palmer United parties. It was a sunny spring day and a steady stream of people were flowing in to vote. There was a lot of excitement among the parties after the Roy Morgan Poll results taken last night had, on a two party preferred basis, Labor leading by 10% nationally. Labor 55%, LNP 45% and the Greens were at a record high on 16.5%. Canning needs a swing of about 12% for the Liberals to lose. There is a strong feeling that Canning could swing against the […]

Role-modelling workforce participation at #G20Brisbane: @Sarah_Capper comment

Female leadership has been on display in recent weeks – despite weeks saturated by coverage of the G20 Brisbane meet, with a city on partial lockdown, bar an explosion of Queensland Cops, and punters and photo journalists alike, quietly hopeful the PM would, in this instance, keep to his word, with the promise of a good Rumble in the Vegas Jungle, with the heavyweights bout in the ‘outdoorsy / sporty / blokey’ leader division – Team Australia’s Oxford/Wall boxing and DT-clad PM Tony Abbott V former KGB turned topless-wilderness-roaming and bird migration gliding expert Russian President Vladamir Putin. But alas, for all Abbott’s threats of ‘shirt-fronting’ Putin-On-the-Ritz, it was not […]

Obama’s Brisbane climate clarion call to Australia and the world

As we develop, as we focus on our econ, we cannot forget the need to lead on the global fight against climate change.  Now, I know that’s — (applause) — I know there’s been a healthy debate in this country about it.  (Laughter.)  Here in the Asia Pacific, nobody has more at stake when it comes to thinking about and then acting on climate change. Here, a climate that increases in temperature will mean more extreme and frequent storms, more flooding, rising seas that submerge Pacific islands.  Here in Australia, it means longer droughts, more wildfires.  The incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef is threated.  Worldwide, this past […]

The #protectgloucester camp: @coolmccool reports

  The Protect Gloucester camp is now open and ready for business. Situated among breath-taking scenery close to AGL’s fracking site, the camp is manned by a team of dedicated locals, who have put in many hours of hard work to get the camp ready. Built to meet very stringent regulations demanded by the local council authorities, the camp has scores of neatly laid out and spacious drive-in/drive-out plots which would put many a paid caravan park to shame. Visitors are welcomed at the gate by volunteers and informed of the camp rules, briefed on the facilities available, and are made to feel very welcome. Some of the plots are […]

@RobinMosman calls on grandparents of Australia to unite for climate action

In August this year my husband Warwick and I went back to the Leard Blockade with a group of friends, and blockaded one of the roads to the Maules Creek mine for a few hours.  We’d made a number of signs to hold, but our favourite was one that said “Grandparents for Intergenerational Equity”.  I wrote an account of our trip that was published here on NoFibs and it included a photo of us with that sign. Messages started being posted on Twitter “Are you a group?  How do I join?” I had been thinking for some time about how to reach and engage a wider demographic on the issues […]

Burning issues for @TonyAbbottMHR: @burgewords #CreatingWaves on #DirectAction

CLIMATE change efforts in Australia have become a matter of simple mathematics. With the Coalition’s Direct Action Bill in place just this week, after a deal struck with the Palmer United Party and Senate crossbenchers, Australia is now attempting to reduce its carbon emissions by 5 per cent by 2020. It’s official: we’re trying, and we won’t have to wait very long to gauge if this policy of financial incentives for major atmosphere polluters to reduce emissions is working. Mind you, the repeal of the perfectly good carbon tax was supposed to reduce my electricity bill. So far, it’s gone dramatically skyward, no matter how many times Environment Minister Greg […]