Category Archives: Environment

Video: If we don’t work together we are going to die together

Roger Hallam talks about how the October Rebellion is based on the “movement of movements” theme and why this focus is crucial to our success. In his inimitable direct yet larrikin style, Roger emphasises that now is the time for all of us to unite, to put any ideological differences between us into their proper context and to suspend any animosity towards others with different points of view. Or as Roger puts it, “We don’t have time to be snotty”. Solidarity, unity in diversity, compassion and love for all life… these are our antidotes to the massive climate and ecological crisis that confronts us.

Video by Extinction Rebellion

Victoria’s teachers to support student strikers for climate

Contributed by a member of the Australian Education union

The Victorian Branch of the Australian Education Union (AEU) has thrown its support behind the next school students climate strike, which is going to take place on 20 September. The AEU is the union that represents teachers across Australia.

School students are timing their walk out of the classroom for shortly before the United Nations Climate Summit, and will joining similar action by school students across a range of countries.

The Climate Summit, which will happen on 23 November, is supposed to be the defining moment, where global agreement to accelerate implementing the terms of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is supposed to take place. But this is far from a foregone conclusion, in the face of pressure from vested interests and reluctant governments.

Our young have a vital role in calling out, exposing and making those who wish to prevent change pull back, and allow humanity to steer a course away from disaster.

The union’s support came at a Sate Council meeting, where it was unanimously agreed, “to ensure students participating in…are afforded their democratic rights and can do so safely.”  A union delegation will be sent to the 20 September march in the city.

Union members are to be encouraged to attend the strike associated march, organise a workplace action and use social media to show support. Most importantly, members are being asked to make it as easy as possible for students in terms of classroom content.

The school student strikers are acting for the third time since late last year, because they believe that we are now in a climate crisis, and have no other choice but to take decisive action, to push for a serious reduction in carbon emissions.

Government moves to open up to produce more coal, oil and gas is raising the level of anger and determination. The fact that it is young people who will inherit the damage, has driven home a high level of awareness and recognition of the seriousness of the problem need to now and in a big enough way.

Being less blinkered than some older people, they know that we are already hurting from climate change and that it is going to get much worse, if not enough is done.

Consequently, the school strikers are calling for a fair and swift transition from fossil fuels, to hundred percent renewable energy.

This time around they are asking adults to join them by at least taking a day off work.

The rise of Extinction Rebellion is a very positive development in battle to end global warming

By Joe Montero

We are Hearing quite lot about the new ecological movement known as Extinction Rebellion. But what is this movement, which first emerged in the united kingdom, began to spread around the world, and is now to emerging in Australia? Continue reading The rise of Extinction Rebellion is a very positive development in battle to end global warming

What an effective Murray-Darling water policy should look like

The following was originally published on the Australia’s Science Channel website (28 March 2019). It outlines measures that must be taken to restore and protect the Murray-Darling river system. Blaming the drought is wrong. According to experts, river crisis is the result of human mismanagement of the water, and only proper management can fix the problem. Continue reading What an effective Murray-Darling water policy should look like

Starting with QBE – insurance companies are being pushed to quit coal

By Ben Wilson

It takes no genius to work out that if we don’t do enough to combat the threat of global warming, the world and humanity are in serious trouble. Most people want real action on this. The block is those people representing interests that are profiting from polluting our planet and those few that they manage to fool. Continue reading Starting with QBE – insurance companies are being pushed to quit coal

Another huge school strike for climate action hits Australia

By Jim Hayes

Tens of thousands of young Australians, if not more, have once again taken part in the global school strike. Students in 123 countries and 2,000 cities called on governments to step up their game and take decisive action and cut back carbon emissions, which threaten catastrophic global warming. Continue reading Another huge school strike for climate action hits Australia