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Ramp up the pressure in Bali

by Claire 12/11/2007 12:36:00 AM

Please consider supporting these 2 Getup campaigns.

The first is a petition that Al Gore will present to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali in a few days calling for "a visionary treaty to be completed, ratified and brought into effect everywhere in the world by 2010".

The second is Getup's "Climate Action Now" campaign.  This new government is showing signs of resisting short term action on climate change, as they have overruled the official Australian delegation's endorsement of a 25 to 40 per cent cut in 1990 greenhouse gases levels by 2020.  Instead they will wait until the release of the Climate Change Review Committee's Garnaut report in 6 months time.  Resistance is to be expected from the government of course, which is why we need to keep the pressure on.

Despite any misgivings you may have about Al Gore & Getup, they are out there in the public domain, and we are not, so I believe we must support them.


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Another plug for a political party who cares.

by Claire 11/13/2007 8:57:00 AM

Gary Warden & Sarah Bishop on Wake up WA last Friday.

We all care about our planet earth.  The survival of our species depends on us staying on this planet long enough to develop the technology to go out to other worlds.  This isn't going to happen any time soon, and it wont happen at all if we cook our planet before we've got the means to escape from it!  Think about it - we're not that special in the great universal scheme of things.

The UN Secretary General has declared climate change a global "emergency"

You care.  We all do if we put aside our selfish ways for a moment.  But, because of government's unhealthy relationship with polluting industries, the major parties simply cannot be trusted to do anything useful about reducing greenhouse emissions.  They will not do what is necessary until the crisis has become too overwhelming to ignore.  This is why we need the influence of people like Gary Warden in our senate.

On November 24th: 

Vote for the Climate Change Coaliton.

Vote below the line to specify your own preferences. 

The major parties cannot be trusted to do anything substantial on this issue - we are fools to think otherwise.

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Walk against Warming

by Claire 11/13/2007 8:00:00 AM

100,000 people took to the streets Australia-wide yesterday in the Walk against Warming, demanding immediate action from our politicians on carbon reduction.  Here's the ABC news report about it.  Not surprisingly Western Australia doesn't get a mention, but we were there in Fremantle, and so were thousands of others (about 5000). It was hot, really hot.

The Liberal party didn't bother to show up to say their piece, but then that's not surprising either given their complete denial of the issue - you weren't really fooled by the "Climate Clever" ads were you?  What did disappoint me was the ABC radio news reports this morning giving plenty of air time to Steve Thomas, the State shadow minister for Transport & the Environment, criticising Transperth for putting on free transport for the day and accusing the Labor state govt of politicising the Climate Change issue.

How depressing. Our politicians really have got a very long way to go before climate change is seen as a bipartisan issue, and there's no time left for inaction. 



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So what exactly is "Clean Coal" anyway?

by Claire 11/2/2007 7:00:00 AM

The libs are really pushing this "Clean Coal" thing at the moment in the runup to the election.  It all sounds very nice, like they're acknowledging that global warming is a problem, and that they're doing something about it while at the same time protecting the workers in the coal industry. 

But what exactly is Clean Coal anyway?

I'm not one for watching commercial TV so I might have missed out on the detailed explanation that I'm sure we've all been given so that we can make a truly informed choice when we go to vote.

So I looked it up, and apparently it's about capturing the nasty CO2 emissions as the coal is burnt to boil water to run the machines that make this country go, and then storing the stuff in the ground somewhere, or maybe underwater. 

But the trouble is that there's so much of it!  My understanding is that for every tonne of coal burnt, 3 tonnes of CO2 are produced, and an ever increasing quantity of coal is dug up and burnt every day.  So the quantity of CO2 to bury must be extraordinary.

Here's Doctor Karl Kruszelnicki take on it.

It's not the magic bullet the major parties are trying to sell us.  We can't go on squandering electricity in the happy knowledge that it'll all be ok now cos clean coal's come to the rescue. 

The reasons why we should embrace non-polluting power generation are very compelling, and it's all very, very possible.

Vote 1 the Climate Change Coalition on November 24th! 

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