Here they are - Coral Bleach and The Coal Heads - at Parliament station standing up for BUMS, ahem, YOUR rightful rights and entitlements on the eve of Australia's Federal Election 2022! Making sure that peeps don't be fooled by other peeps' FAKE NEWS*!...
COP26 Bridge to Zero Emissions Performance
Sunday, 31st October 2021, from 7pm to sunset in Melbourne (from 8am Glasgow, UK time)
A performed installation of newly created music to send a powerful message to United Nations delegates as they arrived for Day 1 of COP26 climate negotiations.
As dusk fell, seven Climate Guardians performed on Melbourne’s iconic Princes Bridge; one Angel for each of the Earth’s continents. Joining as Angels, composers/musicians Susan Bamford Caleo and Elissa Goodrich performed their specially created music arranged for Federation Handbells.
A Deadly Gas Grab
To mark World Environment Day 2021, we're challenging one of Australia's most polluting proposals - BHP & Woodside's Scarborough LNG project. Seriously dodgy carbon accounting practices are enabling fossil fuel companies to exempt emissions from projects that they...
Climate Guardians Visit Westernport’s Crib Point, Threatened by AGL’s Gas Import Project
Image courtesy of Julian Meehan As reported in The Mornington Peninsula News, Climate Guardians proudly joined concerned local citizens from Save Westernport at Crib Point’s Woolley’s Beach on Monday 22 February. Our visit was strategically timed to coincide with the...
Facts vs Falsehoods and other news
As challenging as well as deeply unfairly felt as lockdowns have been, COVID-19’s capacity to expose democracy’s diseases has been exceptional. At least it seems that a lot more people are seriously considering what the point is of: • leaders who wilfully ignore...
BUMS Stand Up for AGL!
What follows is BUMS official submission to this heinous Victorian Government Inquiry: 24 August 2020 Crib Point Inquiry and Advisory Committee Planning Panels Victoria SUBMISSION: Crib Point gas import jetty and gas pipeline project Dear Sir/Madam, This Inquiry is...
COALvid-19: “Hellscape” for Carbon Barons
In this leaked email from Coal Digger Coral Bleach to ScoMo, Aussie billionaire fossil fuel doyens plead for further massive public handouts. Dearly Devoted ScoMo, We can't thank you and your fossil fuel friendly office enough for entrusting us with Australia's...
Urgent Message to COP25 Delegates: Time for Cooperative Agreements
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...
BHP: Evolve Your Purpose
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...
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...
Climate Guardians Descend on US Consulate Melbourne
As the new US Republican Administration’s assaults on human rights and environmental protections continue to mount, they’re being met with ongoing and unprecedented demonstrations of determined resistance. Last monday’s ‘Presidents Day’ 2017 (20th February) saw further mass protests with thousands of people in 28 cities across the US taking to the streets, rallying against Donald Trump under the banner of ‘Not My President’
In support of those standing up against the neoliberal Republican agenda, Climate Guardians descended on the US Consulate in Melbourne early on Monday 20th February to demand urgent action to address the global climate emergency and decry the apparent hijacking of US politics by the fossil fuel industry.
The Climate Guardians ‘visitation’ followed the anticipated confirmation of Scott Pruitt as head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), despite him having built his career leading law suits against the EPA’s meagre environment protection laws. Pruitt’s confirmation was rushed through after an Oklahoma judge ordered that emails from a January 2015 open records request be released. The subsequently released documents from the Oklahoma attorney general’s office include more than 7,500 emails and other records exposing Pruitt’s extremely close ties with fossil fuel interests, including the billionaire Koch brothers. And then came the Whitehouse press briefing lock-out of journalists from the Guardian, New York Times, CNN, and Buzzfeed whose reporting of facts doesn’t suit the new US Republican administration’s agenda. No alternative facts can be found to deny that these are the well-oiled tactics of authoritarian dictators.
In the words of New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, ‘Personnel is policy, [Trump] is putting in place people that really are at odds—and in some case fundamentally at odds with the purposes of their agencies’. Like former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson (who was appointed as Secretary of State), Pruitt is a career fossil fuel advocate whose highly paid job demands that he aggressively deny climate change. However, the fact that US solar and wind industries are each creating jobs at a rate twelve times faster than the rest of the economy suggests that fossil fuels are already losing the war.
The Climate Guardians were later joined by dozens of activists from the Victorian Climate Action Network who are driving calls for a Climate Emergency Declaration, many of whom had come directly from the Melbourne launch of the national #StopAdani campaign. Led by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and 350 Australia, a series of actions were held outside Westpac offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, and Brisbane, calling on the bank to rule out funding Adani’s proposed megamine.
Meanwhile, this week the Andrews Victorian government succeeded in passing amendments to the Victorian Climate Change Act that enshrine a zero-net emissions target by 2050 into law, require governments to set five-yearly interim emissions reduction targets and implement adaptation action plans. In addition to cleaning up our air and water and making our electricity system more resilient, transitioning to smart and secure (battery backed) renewable zero pollution energy systems will create thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in investment in local communities and economies.
The fossil fuel industry has known this for a long time. This is not a new drama. The craven hijacking of democratic systems by entrenched vested interests seeking to maintain their power, suggests that the credits are starting to roll. People power will prevail.
* historically a public holiday in honour of George Washington—the first US President and a key ‘Founding Father’ of America’s democratic system—that over time has evolved into an occasion to recognise achievements of all US presidents