Climate Newsletter 21 April 2019

The Stop Adani Convoy led by Bob Brown is a peaceful protest against the proposed coal mega-mine in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland. Having left Hobart on 17 April, the convoy is in Coffs Harbour and Mullumbimby today. It heads to Queensland tomorrow and will be in the Galilee area on 28 April. After that, it heads south to Canberra and it will all culminate in a rally on Parliament House lawns, two weeks today. Be there if you can!
WHAT: Vote Climate Rally
WHEN: 10:30 am, Sunday 5 May
WHERE: Lawns of Parliament House, Canberra

According to the ABC, contrary to the Environment Minister Melissa Price’s statements around the time she signed Adani’s groundwater plans, Adani had not accepted in full those changes sought by CSIRO and Geoscience scientists during the approvals process. Their concerns and advice around water impacts of the company’s Carmichael coal mine were apparently ignored.  

Meanwhile, in London, the Extinction Rebellion is getting the climate change message across. First, protesters demonstrated at critical road junctions then closed down the rail network in places.  Over 400 have been arrested. Sweden’s Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old schoolgirl behind the global School Strike for Climate movement, will join Extinction Rebellion protesters in London today. She will speak in a rally at Marble Arch then, during the week, meet with British environment secretary, Michael Gove, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and the Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas. All this after meeting the Pope recently and addressing the European parliament. What a hero.

Back in Australia, some are hoping that the federal election (less than 4 weeks ago now), will focus on climate, and indeed polls show that is what youth cares about most. The Greens have put the issue front and foremost and also the newly registered party, Independents for Climate Action Now (ICAN).  The local ICAN candidate will probably be stalwart climate activist and “knitting nanna”, Annette Schneider, from Burra.

Neither PM Morrison nor Labor leader Shorten, however, are giving climate change the attention it deserves. Shorten has possibly been too worn out from fending off ridiculous attacks by the Murdoch press about Labor’s electric vehicle policy. Labor has very good climate policies overall yet Shorten has not voiced his outright opposition to Adani. SBS News has summarised the differences between the three major parties on emissions reduction, electric vehicles and power prices.

Former coal executive Ian Dunlop has sent this message: “You may find the following short documentary on climate change and national security of interest.  Part 1 is being released now, on the challenge.  Part 2 will focus on solutions – we are seeking funding to complete it at present:”. I commend it to you, and please distribute.

Newsletter by Jenny Goldie
President Climate Action Monaro

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