Warm is Not Cool: A Musical Protest


A 2016 and 2019 Musical Protests Against Inaction on Global Warming


Our long-awaited first public outing was on Sunday 19 June 2016.

A marvellous experiment in public protest, inspired by the New Orleans brass bands, the English football crowds, and Brazilian samba.  We brought our delicious hybrid to the streets.

It was highly enjoyable, highly effective and downright dead, dirty funky. The three contingents of voice, horns and drums intersected in every cool way possible as we protested the woeful lack of attention in these election weeks to the elephant in the policy room: CLIMATE CHANGE.

To get people started, we rehearsed in public on the steps outside the Victorian State Library.  Here we are, learning and brushing up our songs, chants, and grooves.

Video 1: (1) watcha gonna do (2) Warm is not cool

After the warm-up,  we strutted our stuff at the old shot tower in the Melbourne Central Arcade.  (Sorry, you may need to be owned by Facebook to see the next two links.)

Video 2: (1) warm is not cool (2) watcha gonna do


Video 3: (1) warm is not cool


Later we were in the Melbourne City Square

Video 4: (1) warm is not cool (2) Whatcha gonna do

Then we did our thing in Federation square.
And called it a day.

Warm is not Cool: The Sequel: 26 June 2016:

Video 5: In Melbourne Central again: (1) warm is not cool (2) Whatcha gonna do.

Vote the bastards out: 2019

We sang this in the streets prior to the 2019 election – to no avail.

Vote the bastards out: Spookey Men’s Chorale

The songs and chants: Lyrics and tunes

Not too many words.  Lots of repetition, harmony and jive

****** Song: Warm is not cool

You can hear this on the sound cloud links and videos

Warm’s not cool

Warm is not cool
Warm is not
Warm is not
Is not

Yo de aye
Warm is not cool

Did you know that’s the case so
We got to fix up this place

We don’t want to mess up the future

***** Song :  A message to you Turnbull

You can hear this on the sound cloud links and videos

Stop your messing around
Better think of our future
Time to straighten right out
This problem in town

Turnbull, a message to you Turnbull
, a message to you Turnbull
, a message to you Turnbull
, a message to you Turnbull

22 percent of the reef is gone
Turn the coal off.  Turn the solar on

***** Song 3: Malcolm

You can hear this on the sound cloud links and videos.
Each part: bass, mid and top is separate on sound cloud.

Malcolm Turnbull’s got a very nice face
So let’s find him a lovely job in another place

***** Whatcha gonna do:  Call and Response Chant

Whatcha gonna do                  What
When the world gets hot      What
Whatcha going to do               Whatcha going to do
What                                                  When the world gets hot
What                                                  Whatcha going to do

Then Repeat

Try this chant while listening to the above video of us outside the State Library.

***** Chant: Coal Don’t Dig it

Coal don’t dig it
Leave it in the ground
You’ve gotta get with it


Stephen Taberner taught us these songs and chants

He knows how to work a group!
Here he is leading the Spooky Men’s Choir at a folk festival in Shrewsbury, England.  Good song.  You might even laugh.

Another top song

We Are Not a Men’s Group – The Spooky Men’s Chorale

As you might be able to tell, I’ve borrowed a lot of these “dirty funky” words from Stephen’s event promotion.

Andrew Gunner

Safe batteries using salt water available in Australia

Aquion Hybrid Ion (AHI) batteries run off salt water.  They are imported from the US and available in Australia.  The raw materials are not toxic – and are abundant

The Aqion batteries have a long life as they can be:

  • Charged and discharged (cycled) 3,000 times compared with under 1,000 cycles for lead-acid batteries.
  • Fully discharged without ill effect.  Most batteries cannot be fully discharged as if they discharged to below 60% of their full charge, they stop being able hold charge.

The inherently safe chemistry of AHI batteries require:

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A Solar powered winery on the Greek island of Sikinos

A remote winery on the island of Sikinos in Greece has more than a spectacular view.  It has solar panels on the roof and battery storage along with the expected large stainless steel wine vats.  Across the world, it seems to be happening more and more.  Away from the grid, it’s economic to be self sufficient. (Feedback Reigns) Read More

Temperature, CO2 and Sea Levels move together

Sea levels, Carbon dioxide concentrations, and Global temperatures have moved together over the last 450,000 years.


The graphs show the movement over the last 420,000 years of:
. Sea levels (the blue line)
. Carbon dioxide concentrations in the air (the green line), and
. Global temperatures (the red line).

The carbon dioxide concentrations have fluctuated between about 180 and 280 parts per million (ppm) over this period of 420,000 years, but in the last 50 years, it has rocketed to above 410 ppm. (See the red circle on the green carbon dioxide graph.)  

The sea levels and temperatures have moved with carbon dioxide levels in the past.  This suggests that the recent increase in carbon dioxide will lead to large rises in sea level and temperature.

The graph shows five periods of high temperatures. We are living in one of those warm periods. During the previous warm period, about 120,000 years ago, the temperature was a few degrees warmer than at present, and the sea level rose about 8 meters higher than the present – and carbon dioxide levels were a lot lower than they are now.

The work of Hansen and Sato provided the basis of this graph

(John Englander: Oceanographer)

Glaciers in retreat:

Glaciers around the world are in retreat. The Taku Glacier in Alaska has been studied since 1946, and only now, in 2019, has it started retreating. Out of 250 alpine glaciers studied, this had been the only one not in retreat. Now there are none. At 1,500 metres thick, it’s one of the world’s thickest mountain glaciers, now retreating by up to 390 billion tons of snow and ice a year.

This is a big deal. Mighty glacier finally succumbs to climate change. (The Age: 8 Nov 2019)

Glacial altitude feedback loops

As you descend from the top of a mountain, the air-temperature normally increases. Now, some alpine glaciers are 1,500 metres thick and some Greenland glaciers are 3,000 metres thick. So, as these glacial surfaces drop, there are significant potential increases in air-temperatures at the glacier surface.

This temperature difference is the basis for a feedback dynamic that can amplify glacial retreat or growth. While this glacial altitude feedback loop is dominant:

  • a decrease in the altitude of the glacier’s surface increases the average temperature at the surface of the glacier,
  • this increases the melting of snow and ice on the surface,
  • this decreases the altitude of the glacier’s surface and closes the feedback loop.

This feedback loop is reversible, as if the glacier’s altitude increases, the average temperatures decrease.

The Extreme Ice Survey

The Extreme Ice Survey collects visual evidence of the impact of global warming on our planet, like time-lapse photos of the contraction of the glaciers.  Outside of the Antarctic, 95% of the world’s glaciers are retreating.

See the film “Chasing Ice”, produced in cooperation with National Geographic. It won an Emmy award as an outstanding nature program.

Also a TED talk by James Balog in July 2009

Related pages

Updated 10 Nov 2019

Solar plane circling the globe

Solar Impulse is the only aeroplane of perpetual endurance.  It can fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel. 

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg flew 40,000 km around the world in the Solar Impulse in 2016. A historic first.

On their sixth leg of this flight, from Chongqing to Nanjing, China, in 2015. Piccard flew 1344 km over 17 hours and 22 minutes.

Satirical song on climate denial

The “Denial Tango” by “Men with Day Jobs” from Sydney

They say the planet’s warming, but I’m convinced it’s not.
Last Tuesday it was rather cool. Today it’s not so hot.
And if it’s getting hotter, I’m sure it’s not by much,
Probably due to sunspots, volcanoes or some such.
Maybe it’s the Chinese. They make more smoke than us
I know there’s many more of them, so let them catch the bus

Key Words: Climate Change, song
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