Climate Guardian Angels on Minister for the Environment’s rooftop protesting his approval of the Carmichael coal mine

Press Release

A host of Climate Guardian Angels have descended on the rooftop of Minister Greg Hunt’s office in Hastings, and are refusing to get down until he revokes his approval of the Carmichael coal mine.

What: A protest/sit in

When: 11am, Friday 16th October

Where: 184 Salmon St, Hastings Victoria.photo(1)

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A host of Climate Guardian Angels have descended on Minister for the Environment’s rooftop to protest his approval of the Carmichael coal mine.

The project, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani will produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal for export a year, transported through the Abbot Point terminals which are located close to the Great Barrier Reef.

As climate scientists are finding new evidence of accelerated global warming with methane plumes erupting from seabeds, and new modeling on ‘unstoppable’ Arctic sea ice melt with 30-100 cm seal level rises by 2100, this approval of this mine is grossly negligent towards future generations and their intergenerational right to a safe and just climate.

The Carmichael mine has been declared ‘unbankable’ by the Queensland treasury, as the price of thermal coal slips to beneath $60 a tonne, widely considered in structural decline as the world moves towards renewable energy sources to combat the worst impacts of runaway climate change. 14 major global banks have refused to fund it.

As the warmest year on record draws to a close, and in the lead up to the UN COP21 climate talks, the decision by the Australian government to further lock our economy into dirty polluting fossil fuels makes a mockery of the pitiful commitment we have made of a 26% cut in emission on 2005 levels by 2030.

Climate Guardian co-convener Dr Liz Conor said, ‘to be actively expanding Australia’s coal export industry now is beyond irresponsible; it is staggeringly negligent. It will consign our children and theirs to a volatile, dangerous climate system, with far reaching repercussions for their lives. If Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Environment Minister Greg Hunt will not listen to the science on climate change — before leaders from the international community — we entreat them to heed the warnings of Guardian Angels.

The Climate Guardians are travelling to Paris to hand deliver letters and artworks by Australian children to UN delegates since their own government is indifferent to their fears about their future in a volatile climate.

Contact: 0424 132 605. Climacts.org.au

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.

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ArtCOP21 hosts an extensive global programme of over 180 major public art installations, exhibitions, concerts, performances, talks, conferences, workshops, family events and film screenings, taking place right around Paris as well as in 22 countries (and counting) around the world. ArtCOP21 events will “highlight the need for governments meeting in Paris to support strong climate action and signal the end of the fossil fuel era – making climate change a people issue, not one to be left solely to the politicians.”

Why such urgency now? Everything we know and love depends on a healthy climate. Yet, for more than two decades of United Nations climate negotiations, fossil fuel corporations and their global financiers have continued to make gargantuan profits while knowingly and carelessly, polluting our world and gravely threatening our collective climate. Meanwhile, they have covertly funded climate denier campaigns to mislead and deceive the public and decision makers in order to continue ‘business as usual’. It is immeasurably unjust that those most responsible for forcing climate change have become the most wealthy and powerful people while those least responsible – underprivileged communities, children and future generations – suffer the most from its effects. Enough is enough.

Graceful, haunting, and iconic, the Climate Guardians performances will both challenge and inspire.

Any donations to support Climate Guardians work will be most appreciated by Angels.

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 government’s inaction on climate change on the world stage.

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The Climate Guardians plan to descend on the Paris COP21 climate talks in December to entreat international leaders to override the ineffective targets announced by former Prime Minister Abbott and upheld by current PM Malcolm Turnbull, which ignore key findings released by the Climate Institute showing the vast majority of Australians demand a transition to clean energy away from coal and want deeper cuts in carbon emissions.

Climate Guardian co-convener Dr Liz Conor said, ‘This woeful commitment to our share of the climate responsibility is an international embarrassment. It smears all Australians as climate shirkers. It is abjectly derelict in our duty of care to all people and life on earth’.

‘Given Australia is the world’s highest greenhouse gas emitter (on a per capita basis), it is unconscionable that our government continues to ignore the increasingly dire warnings by the world’s climate scientists while expanding Australia’s coal export industry.

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The Climate Guardians will be standing in defiance of the fossil fuel corporations whose lobbyists are distorting our democratic system in their rapacious quest to profit from a business model that is rapidly and irreversibly destroying the world’s natural assets.

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In Paris we will be delivering letters written especially by Australian Children imploring international climate leaders to secure their future in a safe and just climate by withstanding our Government’s attempts to scuttle the progress of the talks. Read our full statement.

Please contact us if you would like more information or are interested in participating in the letter writing campaign!

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 – costumes (thermals!!), banners, printing, flares, etc, lots of little bits and pieces.

Join us on Friday, 3rd of July, 7pm, for a screening of Wim Wender’s ‘Wings of Desire’.
Tickets are $55 and includes food & film
Longplay Bar, 318 St George’s Road, North Fitzroy

The Climate Guardians had a big year last year, beginning with opening the Lorne Sculpture Biennale with the spectacular performance Coal Requiem

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Then later in the year the Climate Guardians (otherwise simply known as the ‘Angels’) made a big splash at last year’s G20 Summit, including being awarded the Most Aussie Moment in the Courier Mail, after negotiating with police to drop them off at the pub after a hard day’s protesting: G20 Brisbane: Our Top 10 Moments

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Another highlight of 2014 was being a part of the successful campaign to shut down the Anglesea coal plant and mine, which included a visitation of the site.

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More recently the Angels were out there raising awareness about the need for climate justice, this time supporting Climate Action Moreland and 350.org in a divestment action at a Commonwealth Bank branch in Melbourne’s CBD

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We also used this recent outing to meet and greet with members of the public – Our spectacular wings always get us plenty of attention!

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So if you want to help us keep flying high – including a planned visitation to Paris for the international COP21 climate talks in November; make sure you come to our fundraiser!

Climate Guardians: A Visual Account of Past Visitations

 

Stencilling Westpac

Stencilling Westpac

Stencilling the Commonwealth Bank

Stencilling the Commonwealth Bank

Stencilling NAB

Stencilling NAB

Stencilling ANZ

Stencilling ANZ

Jerry Hall wears a Climate Guardian Lapel

Jerry Hall wears a Climate Guardian Lapel

The Climate Guardians pay a visitation to the Headquarters of BHP Billiton and stencil next to  their logo

The Climate Guardians pay a visitation to the Headquarters of BHP Billiton and stencil next to their logo

Stencilling BHP

Stencilling BHP

Portending at Treasury

Portending at Treasury

Choir of Climate Guardians at Treasury

Choir of Climate Guardians at Treasury

Seeking a meeting with the Minister for Energy and Resources at the Shell Building

Seeking a meeting with the Minister for Energy and Resources at the Shell Building

Upsetting security at the Shell Building

Upsetting security at the Shell Building

Stencilling the electoral office of the Minister for Energy and Resources

Stencilling the electoral office of the Minister for Energy and Resources

Visitation to the electoral office of the Minister for Energy and Resources Nick Kotsiras

Visitation to the electoral office of the Minister for Energy and Resources Nick Kotsiras

Lock the Gate Angels

Lock the Gate Angels

Lakes Oil Visitation

Lakes Oil Visitation

Lakes Oil Office Stencil

Lakes Oil Office Stencil

Stencilling Lakes Oil office

Stencilling Lakes Oil office

Parliament House visitation

Parliament House visitation

Park Visitation - on our way back from an action

Park Visitation – on our way back from an action

Visiting Federal Minister for Resources, Martin Ferguson

Visiting Federal Minister for Resources, Martin Ferguson

Seeking relief from unprecedented Autumn heatwave

Seeking relief from unprecedented Autumn heatwave

Frolicking in a fountain during heatwave

Frolicking in a fountain during heatwave

Environment Victoria's Paid to Pollute campaign, MP Michael Danby's office

Environment Victoria’s Paid to Pollute campaign, MP Michael Danby’s office

Visitation to the offices of Kelvin Thompson MP

Visitation to the offices of Kelvin Thompson MP

Angels on Bikezilla. Sustainable Living Festival

Angels on Bikezilla. Sustainable Living Festival

Climate Guardians debut at ACMI

Climate Guardians debut at ACMI