Urgent Message to COP25 Delegates: Time for Cooperative Agreements

Image courtesy of Julian Meehan

As United Nations delegates were arriving for Day 1 of COP25 climate negotiations in Madrid, 624 pairs of hand cast clay skins from Bridget Nicholson’s Touch This Earth Lightly project lay in tight neat rows on the banks of the Yarra River opposite Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia.
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BHP: Evolve Your Purpose

BHP’s global headquarters, Melbourne Australia, Image courtesy of Julian Meehan

Dear Mr Henry,

Congratulations on your new role as BHP’s CEO.

We feel encouraged by reports suggesting that you intend continuing BHP’s progress in response to fast evolving community expectations that companies take responsibility for their impacts on communities and the natural world as together we face terrifying, converging climate and mass extermin Continue reading

Here To Win Not Fight: IMARC Blockade for Climate Justice

Climate Guardians are immensely proud to have joined hundreds of courageous people from all walks of life—teachers, musicians, traditional custodians, doctors, writers, artists, labourers, nurses, academics and so on—at the recent IMARC (International Mining and Resources Conference) Blockade for Climate Justice in Melbourne.

All images courtesy of Julian Meehan

At the time of writing, around 90 fires are raging across Australia. In Spring. Continue reading

Digging Deeper: Secrets of the Neo-COALonial Movement Unearthed! A Review and a Reflection

Lignite Pitt QC, Hazel Wood, Professor Lord Gaseous Mockington, Pentecostal Minister Sergei Carbonacious III and Coral Bleach Digging Deeper on The Butterfly Club’s main stage

Inspired by a genuine desire to properly acknowledge and honour the mentors and minions who do the most to enable Aussie Coal Diggers’ uniquely entitled ‘way of life’, as well as to warn ordinary citizens of grave dangers to safety and security from extremist-alarmist-elitist-warmists, inner city avocado people and Solar Panelista Revolutionaries, Digging Deeper: Secrets of the Neo-COALonial Movement Unearthed! was a deliciously stunning interactive production like none other ever seen! Continue reading

Digging Deeper: Secrets of the Neo-COALonial Movement Unearthed! live on stage

Pentecostal Minister Sergei Carbonacious III*, BUMS CE02 Coral Bleach, Professor Lord Gaseous Mockington^ and Lignite Pitt QC

Digging Deeper is a satirical exploration of the ties between billionaires, dictators, aggressive ‘fake news’ assaults on democracy and human and environmental abuse. None of that is at all funny, but this show is! Continue reading

‘What Lies Beneath’

The MCA is Australia’s leading contemporary art gallery, aiming to present work that stimulates the imagination, creatively engages our senses and has the power to transform lives.

It was a great privilege for the Climate Guardians to help launch Janet Laurence: After Nature at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney on the last official day of Australia’s “unprecedented” Summer of 2019*. Continue reading

A resounding mandate to properly clean up Victoria’s economy

Climate Guardians descended upon the devastated coupes of the logged Mountain Ash Forest to stand with the Knitting Nanas of Toolangi demanding these precious natural forests be protected as part of the Great Forest National Park, May 2016

Dear Daniel Andrews and Team,

We wholeheartedly congratulate you All for your win. Your determined progressive policies to transition our economy away from dirty and wasteful energy systems to clean and renewable power, and investment in long neglected public infrastructure and services to address deep societal inequities and injustice have proven enormously popular. Continue reading

#ExtinctionRebellion: a movement goes global

“We refuse to bequeath a dying planet to future generations by failing to act now. We act in peace, with ferocious love of these lands in our hearts. We act on behalf of life.” — #ExtinctionRebellion

Strategically timed to help support the global day of climate action on Saturday 17 November – with demonstrations and civil disobedience expected in a dozen or so countries – in Melbourne Climate Guardians heralded the Australian chapter of the international #ExtinctionRebellion movement calling for radical action to address the escalating global climate emergency.

London’s Parliament Square during the #ExtinctionRebellion day of action on 17 November 2018. Image courtesy of Fields of Light Photography

In London on Saturday thousands of #ExtinctionRebellion protesters occupied five bridges across the Thames, leading to 85 arrests. These arrests follow many others in the UK during recent months, as more and more people are prepared to engage in peaceful civil disobedience to defend the living systems we all depend on. “The ‘social contract’ has been broken … [and] it is therefore not only our right but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty and to rebel to defend life itself,” said Gail Bradbrook, one of the #ExtinctionRebellion organisers.

Police gathered and were cordial, making no attempts to prevent Climate Guardians from conducting their prominent #ExtinctionRebellionOz ‘photo shoot’

No longer content with rallies, petitions and marches, the focus of the #ExtinctionRebellion movement is direct action, with people prepared not only to be arrested, but also to go to jail in large numbers. “This preparedness for sacrifice, a long history of political and religious revolt suggests, is essential to motivate and mobilise people to join an existential struggle. It is among such people that you find the public and civic sense now lacking in government. That we have to take such drastic action to defend the common realm shows how badly we have been abandoned,” said UK writer and long-time activist George Monbiot.

Join Australia’s School Strike 4 Climate, Friday 30 November

“Why bother to learn anything in school if politicians won’t pay attention to the facts?” Greta Thunberg, September 2018

Only the strongest possible action can preserve a livable planet for our children and theirs. Please join us in supporting the global #ExtinctionRebellion movement, and its Australian chapter #ExtinctionRebellionOz.