Listen to this week’s news bulletin from Jack Nyhof in The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse:
12 August 2015 was the United Nations’ International Youth Day, and inspired by this, Jack Nyhof also produced this special report from Geelong High School and the school’s Green Team:
The bulletin and special report were part of the 85th Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse, which ran a theme on the intergenerational call for climate action.
CALL FROM CITY OF GREATER GEELONG COUNCIL:
Environmental Youth Action Group
Passionate about the environment? Want to meet like minded people? Keen to volunteer?
Want to be a leader of sustainable change in your community?
Open to young people aged 12–25 years old
No experience or knowledge needed – just enthusiasm to get involved!
WE ARE LISTENING TO YOU!
Young people in the 3216 area have said that they want to see more opportunities to be involved in environmental groups and activities. Here is your opportunity!
» If you think you would be interested or just want to learn more please contact Karina Donkers on 0419 504 329 or on email
‘Never doubt that a group of thoughtful committed citizens could change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has’ Margaret Mead
Youth group starts landmark climate change lawsuit
On International Youth Day, 21 young people from across the U.S. filed a landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.
Also acting as a plaintiff is world-renowned climate scientist Dr. James E. Hansen, serving as guardian for future generations, Hansen’s granddaughter and Earth Guardians, representing young citizen beneficiaries of the public trust.
The complaint asserts that, in causing climate change, the federal government has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, property and has failed to protect essential public trust resources.
» Read more on www.ecowatch.com
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 15-year-old indigenous climate activist and Youth Director of Earth Guardians, made these remarks at a high-level UN event, the United Nations General Assembly on Climate Change.
STATE OF THE EARTH
Earth Overshoot Day
WWF writes: 13 August 2015 is Earth Overshoot Day which means that in less than eight months, we have used more natural resources than the planet is able to produce in a single year. For the rest of 2015 we are living on resources taken from future generations.
Later this year, governments will meet to decide on a new global climate deal. We need them to listen to climate science, think of our one and only planet and take steps to safeguard our future.
The technology is here.
The people are ready. Scientists have spoken.
Progressive businesses are stepping forward.
Now we need governments to take climate action.
Will our leaders listen? Add your voice and send a Tweet to the World!
— Changes Everything (@thischanges) August 13, 2015
If We Cared About The Environment Like We Care About Sports
CALL FROM AUSTRALIAN YOUTH CLIMATE COALITION:
Give a FAIL grade to Abbott for his climate inaction
On the same morning when the Australian government announced its emissions target, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition delivered the Prime Minister a FAIL grade for the it’s announcement. “Because like children who haven’t done their science homework, they failed,” AYCC wrote in an email:
- “They have failed our generation, who will have to clean up their mess
- They have failed the rest of the world who are leaving Australia behind in climate action and renewable energy momentum
- And they have failed every single community who is facing the impacts of climate change right now.
Since Tony Abbott was elected, he has left Australia behind the world by cutting renewable energy, declaring dangerous coal mines “good for humanity”, and failing to reduce Australia’s pollution in line with the science.
Share this important information with your friends, OR take the message straight to your MP by organising a snap action in your area, click here to hand deliver the FAIL grade to your local Coalition MP.
In the past week, the government has shown their true colours, with the PM coming swinging for Adani’s coal dangerous mine, favouring coal mines over common sense and communities. We must show the government that their actions do not represent that of the Australian public.
Keen on doing more? Organise your friends to deliver the report card to your local Coalition MP.
We’ll give you everything you need to organise it, supporting you all the way. If you’ve never done anything like this before, that’s okay, we’re here to help!
When world leaders come together in Paris at the end of the year to make commitments to solving the climate crisis, we can’t afford for the Australian government to hold us back. As young people, we’ve got to stand up and fight for our right to a safe climate future.
Kirsty, Ella, Kelly and Dan, on behalf of the whole AYCC team.”
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