Time to Call out the Climate Liars
We need to tell the truth about our climate emergency, and start working together for change, local and nationally to bring our strong climate action before it is too late.
On Friday May the 31st a determined group of Kooyong campaigners stood outside Josh Frydenberg's office to call out the climate liars, and listen to Miriam Robinson of Grey Power Climate Protectors strengthen our resolve.
Traditional owner James Williams, whose country is next door Wangan and Jagalingou's sacred lands called for respect and defence of Country. He spelt out the lies involved in the bussed in, paid for ILUA, and made sure that we understood the grave threat to land, water and culture the Adani Mine spells out.
The Wangan and Jagalingou have cared for their lands from time immemorial - and now, for as little as 100 permanent jobs, the Adani Mine risks draining their sacred Doongmabulla Springs, the home of the Rainbow Serpent, the origin of Time.
Please consider supporting Wangan and Jagalingou in their hour of need - Adani has pushed the mine ever closer to reality, and now we must hold firm, and they have been doing for years and years, and as they are now doing in our highest Court.
Targets and Agenda
We’re only 1.3% of the world, we can’t make a difference
- We’re the highest per capita emitter in the world.
- We originate over 5% of global carbon
- If you count our fossil fuel exports, we are responsible for more global warming than the UK and Germany combined, with 6 times our populations
- the biggest difference we can make is stopping our fossil fuel exports. (But drug dealers defence: someone else (like Indonesia) will jut fill the gap, we’ll just lose the money.
- Actually its the mining companies, not Australians who get any benefit - Australia gets little royalties and very few jobs, and profits get shunted round a web of companies and are often offshored.
The Climate Solutions Package will reduce emissions.
- It takes average 9 years of the contracts (for people to reduce emissions) to work. Too late then.
We are on target to meet our Paris commitments
- Our carbon emissions are going up, not down
- The commitment is too low, at 26%, to do what’s needed
- They picked a year as a base when there was a big emissions load, so the 26% is already dodgy
- The government wants to use Kyoto credits to meet about half of the committent
One of the biggest lies is that climate action is too expensive.
- The costs of inaction are five times worse (Stern) and could cost us absolutely everything if we delay.
Mandates and Motivation
Bob Brown lost the election in Queensland
- Greens votes went up in Queensland, including in some regional and rural electorates
Queensland rural and regional voters want Adani
- Nearly half rural voters (and more in regions) are against Adani, and fewer for it.
Adani Mine will proceed on market grounds
- Sweetheart deals from Indian and Australian politicians that socialise costs and privatise profit are helping to stitch up funding for the Adani Mine
- Politicians have thrown money for privatised profits and socialised debts at a massive scale. (Tim Buckley and Michael West)
Bill will take your utes and your weekend
- We have the dirtiest fuel in the developed world. We won’t be able to buy vehicles that will run on it by 2030 because no-one will make them.
Galilee Basin coal is cleaner than Indonesian coal (actually, they say “Australian coal is”)
- Galilee coal is much dirtier