Mobilising for the world’s biggest climate march ever

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With Victoria McKenzie McHart, Australian Conservation Foundation’s climate manager, David Spratt, coordinator of The People’s Climate March in Melbourne, and Jack Nyhof, 14-year-old high school student, who spoke at the opening of the Act on Climate Festival in Geelong.



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“There can be no peace on earth while our atmosphere is choked with carbon,” said Australian author and columnist Liz Conor. But 30 years after the science showed the destructive path we were on, humanity continues to pump the atmosphere full of greenhouse gasses. 40 billion tonnes every year, and rising. Over 2,000 new coal-fired power stations being planned, new coal mines opened.

Australia’s leaders are caught in the past, or rather: caught in a spin of vested interests. Instead of protecting the people by acting on the threat of global warming and climate change, according to science, they protect the polluters and ignore the science.

It is time we let our elected leaders know that we, the people, are deeply concerned about their inaction. We want to see rapid change. We want a ban on new coal mines and on onshore gas mining. We want fossil fuel subsidies phased out quickly and replaced with subsidies to renewables, energy efficiency, research and innovation.

This is what the People’s Climate March in the weekend of 27-29 November 2015 is all about. And this is what The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse on 25 November 2015 is all about as well.

Music provided by the Climate Guardian Angels. More info below.


“Our conscious destruction of a planet friendly to humans and other species is the most significant development in history. ”
Robert Manne, Emeritus Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University, Australia



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Climate justice and the role of community

Speech by Victoria McKenzie-McHarg

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg
Victoria McKenzie-McHarg


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Victoria McKenzie-McHarg is Climate Manager at Australian Conservation Foundation. She was listed as one of The Age Melbourne Magazine’s top 100 most influential, inspirational, provocative and creative Victorians for her work. She is director of the Board at the Australian Conservation Foundation.



A youth perspective on climate change

Speech by Jack Nyhof

Jack Nyhof
Jack Nyhof


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Jack Nyhof, 14, is a student at Geelong High School and founder of Earth People Animals.

» More information about Jack Nyhof:
Geelong teen to take centre stage on climate

» Listen to more speeches from the Act on Climate festival opening night



The two songs we played

Climate Guardian Angel Harriet Ripley sings for her generation’s future with a rewrite of ‘Skinny Love’, pleading for action at the UN COP21 Paris climate talks in December 2015.

Published on youtube.com on 13 November 2015


The Climate Guardians acclimatise (rewrite) the blues anthem ‘Summertime’. Sung by Harriet Ripley. Filmed by Sean Bedlam.


» See more on www.climacts.org.au



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The good news

Canada: Climate change warning stickers at gas stations now a reality
City in Canada becomes the first in the world to implement climate change warning stickers at gas stations.

“The message is that burning fossil fuels causes climate change and … to add a positive spin, here are some tips when using your automobile on how to make it more fuel efficient,” North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto told the CBC.

“We all say in Canada, ‘shame on Alberta, shame on tar sands,’ but by pointing finger up-stream, we distance ourselves from the problem. We’re providing most of the demand for that product.”

North Vancouver’s mayor told the CBC that the city hopes to get the stickers, which will cost $3,000 to $5,000 to produce, implemented in gas stations across the city by early 2016.

» www.cbc.ca

» www.thinkprogress.org


Climate action brought to the courtroom
Judge protects right to stable climate in groundbreaking decision in Washington case.

Washington court recognises constitutional rights and announces government agency’s legal duty to protect atmosphere for present and future generations.

“Kids understand the threats climate change will have on our future. I’m not going to sit by and watch my government do nothing. We don’t have time to waste. I’m pushing my government to take real action on climate, and I won’t stop until change is made.”
Zoe Foster, 13 – a petitioner in the Washington state case which argues that govenments have a legal duty to protect atmosphere for present and future generations

» Our Childrens Trust – article:
BREAKING: Judge protects right to stable climate in groundbreaking decision in Washington case!

» Catholic Climate Movement – article:
Constitutional right to life argument applied to climate

» Western Law – article:
Washington State Youth Win Unprecedented Decision in their Climate Change Lawsuit

» Judge Hill’s decision (PDF):

» Press release (PDF):

Much more of the good news

» Read more about all the good climate action news stories on www.climatesafety.info/now



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Pope Francis: “We are at the limits of suicide”

The pope was asked if the U.N. climate summit in Paris would mark a turnaround in the fight against global warming. “I am not sure, but I can say to you ‘now or never’,” he told a group of reporters aboard the papal plane, en route home from Africa, according to Reuters. “Every year the problems are getting worse. We are at the limits. If I may use a strong word I would say that we are at the limits of suicide.”

» www.catholicclimatemovement.global


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Podcast: Are we on course to find the solution to Earth’s energy crisis?

As the Paris climate change conference takes place, professor Tim Flannery, author of ‘Atmosphere of Hope’, talks to Ian Sample about the prospects for preventing irreversible climate change. Tim Flannery gives his assessment of new technology designed to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and the importance of the Paris summit.
Duration time: 28:32

» www.theguardian.com








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