BUMS Election Eve Blitz

BUMS Election Eve Blitz

  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...

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...

#COPThis

Oct 9, 2016

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Australia is one of the highest per capita contributors to global warming. It’s a double irony therefore that Australia is also the most vulnerable inhabited continent and the country most obviously resisting the ‘heavy lifting’ required to effectively combat the most dangerous impacts of runaway climate change.

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According to independent scientific analysis by Climate Tracker, Australia’s commitment at the Paris COP21 climate talks warranted an ‘inadequate’ rating, meaning that the promised emissions reductions are not in line with most interpretations of a “fair” approach to reach a 2°C pathway. In fact if most other countries followed the Australian approach, global warming would exceed 3–4°C.

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To make matters worse it has now emerged that Team Turnbull did not even have any proper emissions reduction modelling for its inadequate Paris commitment! It really must have been tough and awkward being in the dark on the world stage. No wonder other nations initially baulked at Australia being allowed to join the so-called “coalition for ambition” in Paris.

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Within weeks of signing the Paris Climate Agreement the Turnbull government moved to approve further mega coal and associated infrastructure projects, making a mockery of the Paris commitments. If those projects go ahead they will detonate a carbon bomb into the global atmosphere and contribute to the destruction of what remains of the Great Barrier Reef.

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If emissions from Australia’s fossil fuel exports are taken into account (which they plainly should fairly be) then our already profligate emissions are actually a staggering three times higher than current estimates! Expressed another way Australia’s modus operandi appears to be to flood the global market with as many fossil fuels as we possibly can (while we can still get away with it) while blaming other nations for burning them! It is particularly bad that Australia is a wealthy country and is doing this knowingly, thereby wilfully distorting energy markets and holding back the renewable energy solutions urgently needed to help fight global warming.

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So, it’s no surprise (but no less unsatisfactory) that Australia is dragging its feet over ratifying the Paris Agreement. There is even a Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into the Agreement that is being chaired by the embattled (again) MP Stuart Robert. While we can’t comment on Robert’s scientific qualifications, media reports of his apparent difficulty in discerning between the public interest and his own private interests are cause for further serious concerns.

ClimActs has made a detailed and considered submission to the Paris Agreement Inquiry. To give a voice to young people (who will unfairly bear the brunt of climate change), our submission includes a link to the huge number of children’s messages that the Climate Guardians hand delivered to COP21 delegates in Paris last year. We have urged the Committee to read them with open hearts and minds. It is to be hoped that they do.

Meanwhile, please stay tuned with our #KeepYourPromise campaign!

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