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...

#JustTransition #JustDoIt

Oct 2, 2016

At dawn on 25 September 2016, anticipating the arrival of Earthworker Walk With the Valley walkers

At dawn on 25 September 2016, anticipating the arrival of Earthworker Walk With the Valley walkers

This time last week a flock of Climate Guardians had just returned from a ‘visitation’ to the Latrobe Valley where they had joined community calls for a #LVTransition for workers (not speculative fossil fuel investors) who will be directly affected by the urgently required sustainable transition away from toxic and finite power sources towards zero pollution, 100 per cent renewable ones.

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Long impressed by the ongoing Voices of the Valley campaign, we timed our Latrobe Valley ‘visitation’ to support Earthworker’s Walk With The Valley fundraising event. Walking 100km from Pakenham to Morwell over 7 days, in solidarity with people in the Valley, the Earthworker Cooperative is calling on governments to “commit to concrete plans to support sustainable livelihoods and the environment.”

Visiting a local renewable energy retailer

Visiting a local renewable energy retailer

With determined, progressive government policies combined with collaborative community consultation, the Latrobe Valley could quickly become a global leader in demonstrating what a socially and environmentally sustainable #JustTransition looks like. Imagine the opportunities for local farmers* if the Valley’s fertile soils were properly rehabilitated (jobs!). And given the Valley’s existing power generating infrastructure, there are surely some exciting opportunities for solar and wind power supported by pumped hydro for energy storage

Carrying the red line symbolising a crossing of the Earth’s critical physical and social limits; it marks a non-negotiable no go zone where wholesale systems collapse^

Carrying the red line symbolising a crossing of the Earth’s critical physical and social limits; it marks a non-negotiable no go zone where wholesale systems collapse^

Within a few days a super storm was unleashing ferocious winds, rain and 80,000 lightening strikes across South Australia, smashing 22 transmission towers and causing a statewide blackout. In response—largely ignoring those affected and deserving of consideration—with impressive rapid fire efficiency, polluters and an embarrassing number of Australia’s leaders busily engaged in devil-may-care finger pointing at the wind power industry for causing the carnage. In fact, SA’s blackout ideally demonstrated just how vulnerable our electricity system is to climate change, and how urgently we need to build its resilience through a just transition to more decentralised renewable energy sources with backup storage capacities.

Latrobe Valley Vision for a Just Transition

Latrobe Valley Vision for a Just Transition

Meanwhile, the irony of blaming renewable energy (aka the solution) for the ferocious storm (aka the problem of unnatural weather due to climate change) wasn’t lost on climate activists as the #stuffwecanblameonrenewables took twitter by storm, thanks to Environment Victoria’s CEO Mark Wakeham.

At dusk on 25 September 2016, with the backdrop of Yallourn's power station and open cut coal mine

At dusk on 25 September 2016, with the backdrop of Yallourn’s power station and open cut coal mine

As if we needed any further reminders of how entrenched, globalised vested interests will shamelessly twist public debates to protect their profits, this last week served up a beauty. While it has made a minuscule proportion of the world’s people phenomenally rich, the free market has proven extraordinarily successful at dividing local communities and destroying the environments that support them, all the while fuelling gross inequity within and between nations.

 

So we think it’s time that everybody who believes in a ‘fair go’ and equal justice for All stands up to the greedy vested interests that are selling out our future on this beautiful planet just to protect their own short-term profits. Please join us in calling for an urgent #LVTransition now.

Supporting local companies installing renewable energy systems

Supporting local companies installing renewable energy systems

 

*as distinct from environmentally and socially destructive corporate/industrial scale farms

^this is the same Red Line fabric that helped lead a crowd of more than 10,000 through the streets of Paris on D12 (12 December 2015) of COP21. Activists from all around the world had marched that Red Line around five kms from L’avenue de la Grande Armée to the Eifel Tower where the bridge over the River Seine was occupied for more than an hour. The Red Line symbolises a crossing of the Earth’s critical physical and social limits; it marks a non-negotiable no go zone where wholesale systems collapse.