Climate change has remained a vexed and contested issue in Australia because around 70% of Australia’s media are owned by one man, Rupert Murdoch, who has employed a relentless anti science campaign to muddy the waters on climate science and play to people’s fears.
The University of Western Australia decided last year that it will conduct research which will help build the Burrup Hub, to the tune of $600,000 from both Woodside and Chevron. Stop the Centre for Climate Damage is a student led campaign which opposes the establishment of the catchy-titled ‘Centre For Long Subsea Tiebacks’, UWA’s proposed LNG research centre.
The aim of Anti Chevron Day is to shine a light on the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitting private company in history. Chevron are a bad corporate citizen around the world; fueling further climate change, endangering human lives, the environment, avoiding tax and refusing to pay to clean up their own oil spills.
As politicians voted on the Burrup Hub, we projected a message onto Parliament Building showing who holds real influence there. At the Australasian Oil and Gas Expo we handed Premier Mark McGowan a report on pollution from the Burrup Hub.
Rio Tinto pays over $3 million a year to the Minerals Council of Australia – a major climate-wrecking lobby group. Rio Tinto claims to be a climate champion. Now’s the time to pressure Rio Tinto to cut their ties with MCA.
As the economy craters, big corporations will expect government assistance. Governments must attach strings to this assistance. Airlines must show how they will lower emissions; banks must end funding fossil-fuel projects; fossil fuel industries stop exploring for new oil.
XR Grandparents – affiliated to Extinction Rebellion – held successful vigils in February and March across the road from Parliament House. They were demanding real government action on climate change and protesting about the imminent passing of the notorious Burrup Bill which went through Parliament on March 10th.
Last December, as bushfires raged across Australia, the WA districts of Yanchep, Two Rocks and Gin Gin were badly affected. Our correspondent spoke to survivors in Breakwater and reports on their experiences.
Women in Environmental Action Awards Night was held on Friday 6th March. Timed to counter the Women in Resources Awards sponsored by the big mining companies, our event was a celebration of Women’s achievements as well as a criticism of the fossil fuel industry.
Jeff Wilson met Albany Council officials, inviting the Council to divest from banks that fund fossil fuels. The Finance Manager will report to Council.
Jeff also addressed Denmark Shire Council, which has requested a report on divestment from the CEO.