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

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...

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...

Tell the Truth

Tell the Truth

Who is responsible for News Corp's non-compliance with basic journalistic codes of ethics that underpin the right to hold media licences? Climate Guardians are staging ongoing 'visitations' to highlight that the media giant's shameless championing of climate deniers...

Facts vs Falsehoods and other news

Nov 17, 2020

Early 28th October, as Melbourne released from unprecedented lockdown, Climate Guardians sang songs of gratitude at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Image courtesy of Julian Meehan

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 experts to justify putting short-term personal gains for a few above the health and wellbeing of all else;
• a health system that largely ignores the interdependencies between human and ecological health and allows private interests to profit from systemic illness;
• news and information services (regardless of platform) that are permitted to profit from peddling propaganda;
• complex regulations (so-called) that consistently fail to protect consumers from abuse;
• an economy that largely underpays/undervalues its most ‘essential workers’ and puts profits before needs;
• law makers who demonstrate scant respect for the law and/or do not practice the values and standards they preach; and
• a democracy that allows staggering levels of inequality and injustice (racial, gender, sexual orientation and so on)?

Have we forgotten anything?

Climate Guardians launching their #BreakMurdochMonopoly campaign, 23 April 2019. Image courtesy of Julian Meehan

As you may recall, a few weeks prior to the announcement of Australia’s 2019 Federal election campaign, Climate Guardians launched their #BreakMurdochMonopoly campaign at Melbourne’s Herald & Weekly Times HQ. And prior to lockdown more than a dozen ‘visitations’ from angels with messages had been ‘performed’ at the site since. On only one occasion were angels met with hostile police, and to be fair only the officer who happened to be in charge. With generous pro bono assistance from Stary Norton Halphen, those two angels are appearing in court this week to challenge the ensuing charges of trespass and besetting of premises.

17th May 2019, the ‘visitation’ that resulted in charges of trespass and besetting of premises.

During Melbourne’s lockdown, we focussed on submissions, including a major complaint to the ACCC arguing that consumers of news and information services should be entitled to the same protections against false and misleading claims as are other consumers. Thanks to a wee twist of fate, our complaint’s submission was delayed by one day (10th October), thus enabling us to discover and reference former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s noble #MurdochRoyalCommission as ecstatic enthusiasm for it was crashing Australian federal government’s website. Naturally, we applaud Rudd and former Coalition PM Malcolm Turnbull for taking a united, bi-partisan stand to call out News Corp’s appalling media power abuse, as well as Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s subsequent Inquiry into Media Diversity.

Royal Melbourne Hospital, 28th October. Image courtesy of Julian Meehan

In preparing our ACCC media power abuse submission, we’ve certainly learned how effectively Australia’s defamation laws can protect powerful interests. We appreciate the wonderful pro bono support we’ve received from legal experts at Russell Kennedy Lawyers in guiding us through these defamation laws, and appreciate the awesome people at Justice Connect for sourcing this pro bono support.

Image courtesy of Julian Meehan

Further to this, in response to her effluent submission to the Victorian government’s Inquiry into AGL’s Crib Point gas import jetty and pipeline project, our Carbon Doyen Ms Coral Bleach has been called as a witness and will be giving evidence on Monday 7 December between 12.45pm and 1pm. Seriously!

Coral Bleach celebrating seismic news that Australia is now officially the world’s biggest digger & dealer 

Meanwhile, in the hopes of discovering opportunities to take legal challenges, ClimActs has become an incorporated association. Expressed another way, after seven years of joyful (and yes occasionally highly stressful!) climate and social justice advocacy, we’re official!

Image courtesy of Julian Meehan

So, it really seemed fitting that our first post-incorporating ‘visitation’ was to sing songs of gratitude for Victoria’s essential workers, and for our decision makers’ courage and steadfast determination to be guided by best available independent science, data, facts and evidence re COVID19. This is precisely the decision making we need in relation to, well, everything. As this global pandemic has shown, no responsible government should ever allow private profits to compromise the safety and wellbeing of its people and the ecosystems all life depends on.

Image courtesy of Julian Meehan

This week it’s also a great privilege to participate in some excellent public discussions including Responding to the Ecological Emergency (Wednesday 18/11, 1pm – 2.30pm) with Systems Change and the Arts, and Understanding Ecological Threats, Resilience and Peace (Thursday 19/11, 5.30pm – 7pm) with the United Nations Association of Australia Victorian Young Professionals in partnership with Institute of Economics and Peace. We hope you will join us too!

Thanks for engaging and please contact us with any tips or queries about our efforts towards a cleaner and fairer world.