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In the Aftermath of the Yanchep Bushfires

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

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.

Fossil Free UWA

With annual funding of $600,000 from Woodside and Chevron, UWA plans to establish a research centre that will provide vital research for undersea gas projects. In response, groups including Fossil Free UWA have started a campaign: “Stop the Centre for Climate Damage”.

Australia’s low-carbon future

“Australia has the potential to be an economic superpower of the future post-carbon world”. If Australia rises to the challenge of climate change, it will emerge as a global superpower in energy, low-carbon industry, and absorption of carbon in the landscape.

Toxic Inheritance

A local community group, Cockburn Pollution Stoppers, have raised funds for children living near the lime/cement factory operated by Cockburn Cement Limited at Munster to have hair tests measuring their exposure to toxic heavy metals. The tests revealed shocking results.

Climate change stays on Joondalup City Council agenda

When a motion at Joondalup City Council to divest from fossil-fuels was defeated only by the Mayor’s casting vote, 350 Perth members did not give up. Using their knowledge of Council procedures, they brought the issue up again at three further Council meetings.

Why aren’t we alarmed?

Despite 30 years of warning, firm science, and consequences being worse than predicted, we still act as though climate change is no big deal and there is no rush to deal with it. How can the urgency be better explained? I make an attempt below.

Vote for Renewables

When it comes to the energy industry there is a clear choice to be made in this coming state election, regardless of if you wish to see the government prioritize the environment, state finances, or jobs. Please do not reward the government for their abysmal failure in renewables.

Fossil Free Future

As another federal election comes and goes, Australia finds itself caught between a choice of two transactional leaders. This was always destined to happen considering that we as a society have consistently failed to think beyond the next year, let alone the next 3 or 30. However, the threat of climate change has caused a stir within the population – a stir which has turned into a cyclone.

Western Australian Local Government Divestment

The divestment campaign to move funds away from supporting fossil
fuels is one of the fastest in history. Announcements are occurring with increasing regularity including recently the Newcastle Council with $270 million in investments and the ACT Government.