Updated – Climate Guardians Engie HQ Visitation

Updated – Climate Guardians Engie HQ Visitation

Press Release Thursday 10th December 2015 For immediate release. A flock of Climate Guardian Angels from Australia descended on Engie’s head office in Paris to decry the corporation’s appalling treatment of Victoria’s Latrobe Valley community and their environment....

Bonjour COP21 Paris!

It’s wonderful to be here in Paris—the City of Love & Light—for COP21. Signage about the UN conference from Monday 30 November until Friday 11 December is everywhere. So are police and gendarmes patrolling the streets and metros following the horrific terrorist...

Singing The Climate Blues

See Angel Harriet Ripley singing an acclimatized version of the blues anthem Summertime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDX7K6oB35w and an acclimatized version of Skinny Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PB4e2nUHr8

It’s official, Climate Guardians to perform in ArtCOP21!

It’s official, Climate Guardians to perform in ArtCOP21!

Climate Guardians are thrilled to be performing in Paris as part of ArtCOP21, an exceptional global climate festival connecting hundreds of thousands of people rising to the climate challenge. ArtCOP21 hosts an extensive global programme of over 180 major public art...

How to make your own DIY angel wings

How to make your own DIY angel wings

Anyone can adopt Angel symbolism to make a visual demand for climate justice:   To make it easier for others to undertake their own Climate Guardian actions, Zoe and her friend have developed a prototype set of wings that are durable and light-weight and can...

Climate Guardian Angels to Descend on the Paris COP21 Talks

Climate Guardian Angels to Descend on the Paris COP21 Talks

The announcement of Australia’s 26% emissions reduction target based on 2005 levels by the Federal government has incited the Climate Guardians to travel at their own expense to the Paris COP21 climate talks to express Australians’ widespread frustration at our...

Submission to the Inquiry into Unconventional Gas in Victoria

Submission to the Inquiry into Unconventional Gas in Victoria

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a submission regarding this important issue. Unconventional gas is a fossil fuel that is extracted through fracking (a layperson’s term for hydraulic fracturing), a process of fracturing rocks to allow collection of oil and...

Wings of Desire – Help The Climate Guardians Stay Elevated

Wings of Desire – Help The Climate Guardians Stay Elevated

We have planned a special treat for everyone to come along and join us for our fundraiser! Wings of Desire - Help The Climate Guardians Stay Elevated is to help with a stack of expenses that have mounted up over the 2 years we've been working on the campaign -...

#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.