From Paris to the Pilliga

At 3.15am on Tuesday 9 February we scrambled out of bed in time to meet other ‘climate angels’ from the Pilliga Push camp on the Newell Highway 6kms northwards. From there it was about a 45-minute drive to Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project that is constructing 850 coal...

#Breakfree2016

  Heralding the start of a global wave of resistance to keep coal, oil & gas in the ground, on the eve of Mother's Day 2016 in the hottest year in recorded history, flocks of Climate Guardian Mother-Angels descended on the offices of Federal Ministers for...

#KeepYourPromise: reduce Australia’s emissions now

The Climate Guardians had a wonderful time on Sunday meeting both young people and caring grown ups at Templestowe College’s Sustainability Festival. We chose this inspiring community occasion to officially launch our #KeepYourPromise campaign, which demands that...

Coal Diggers Frack with Josh Frydenberg @Kooyong 200 Club

Coal Digger CO2 Coral Bleach and her daughter Bianca Bleach (who only tantrum threatens to sue when not snorting) joined Barnaby Coalala to raise $$$s at the exclusive (read secretive) Kooyong 200 Club. The BUMS* called on Josh Frydenberg to ignore the ideological...

#AngelPost

Of all of the incredible and unforgettable actions taken in Paris during COP21, the Climate Guardians’ experiences delivering messages on behalf of Australian children were highlights. Here and in France, not a single person has failed to be moved by the poignancy of...

Angels Arrested at Pilliga Blockade

See coverage and videos here: http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/3715013/where-climate-guardian-angels-didnt-fear-to-tread/

2016: Organised and Armed

2016: Organised and Armed

Of COP21, James Hansen, NASA’s former chief climatologist, said: “It’s a fraud really, a fake. It’s just bullshit for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.’ It’s just worthless words. There is no action, just...

2015: Reflections

2015: Reflections

2015 was a big year for the Climate Guardians, especially with our big adventure in Paris for the international UN climate summit COP21 in November and December. We are still going through all of the memories and images that have been created, but in the meantime here...

Who Wants Dirty Coal for Christmas?

Early on Christmas Eve 2015 Santa and a bevy of pin-up elves got stuck on the Minister Who Stole Christmas' rooftop  Santa and his elves have got stuck on the Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt’s, rooftop to protest his approval of the Abbot Point coal port. Just...

#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.