Michael Hoexter: Movement from soft denial to an emergency position

Building a road out of soft climate denial: “The effective fight against climate change requires a new understanding of the connections between macro-scale policy and our micro-scale subjective experience,” writes Michael Hoexter, PhD, in an essay published by New Economic Perspectives on 6 September 2016, ‘Living in the Web of Soft Climate Denial’. He describes Read more about Michael Hoexter: Movement from soft denial to an emergency position[…]

Metamorphosis from wild idea into a no-brainer

By Margaret Hender You might recall, not so many years ago, nobody was asking for 100 per cent renewable electricity, or even thinking about it or imagining it might be possible. So what happened? One evening a group of climate campaigners were sitting around a kitchen table trying to devise strategies for reducing carbon emissions. Read more about Metamorphosis from wild idea into a no-brainer[…]

Ian Dunlop: What we need is a Government of National Unity

Ian Dunlop’s Engineers Australia keynote address starts at 34:38 in this video. Duration: one hour “We have to change the fundamentals of society in a way which is much deeper than we are currently thinking. We are not going to see growth in the conventional sense – it will be a different form of growth, I would Read more about Ian Dunlop: What we need is a Government of National Unity[…]

Making the seemingly impossible, possible

Breakthrough, the National Centre for Climate Restoration, based in Melbourne, has launched a special series of discussion papers to explore the science, politics, economics and social change dimensions for climate restoration. On 31 August 2016, Breakthrough published Paul Gilding’s discussion paper ‘War – What Is It Good For? – WWII Economic Mobilisation: An Analogy for Climate Read more about Making the seemingly impossible, possible[…]

Dire warnings coming from Australian climate scientists

154 Australian scientists demand climate policy that matches the science “While the Paris Agreement remains unbinding and global warming has received minimal attention in the recent elections, governments worldwide are presiding over a large-scale demise of the planetary ecosystems, which threatens to leave large parts of Earth uninhabitable. We call on the Australian government to tackle the root Read more about Dire warnings coming from Australian climate scientists[…]

Bill McKibben: Our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII

American author Bill McKibben writes: “We’re under attack from climate change — and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII.” With a cover story in The New Republic, Bill McKibben made his most forceful statement on the climate crisis yet: “It’s not that global warming is like a world war. It Read more about Bill McKibben: Our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII[…]

Russell Greene: US Democratic Party platform recognises the climate emergency

In Orlando, USA, on 9 July 2016, the platform committee of the Democratic Party added language into their platform acknowledging the official position of the Democratic Party to be that we are in a global climate emergency. Russell Greene wrote: The platform acknowledges the scale of the threat to be so large that it will Read more about Russell Greene: US Democratic Party platform recognises the climate emergency[…]

Philip Sutton: What a Climate Emergency Act could look like

Currently there is no legislation under which Parliament could declare a Climate Emergency and mobilise resources accordingly. The Model Act drafted by Philip Sutton, the 40-page ‘Climate Emergency (Restructuring & Mobilisation) Act’, is an example of the type of legislation that would be required in order to declare a Climate Emergency and establish the mechanisms Read more about Philip Sutton: What a Climate Emergency Act could look like[…]

Scientists, business leaders and prominent Australians say climate is already too hot, call for emergency action

More than 20 prominent Australians today – 23 June 2016 – call for emergency-scale action on climate change in an open letter to the new parliament, published in The Age. Signatories run across the political spectrum, and include business leaders, scientists, a former Australian of the Year and a Nobel Laureate. The statement calls for an immediate Read more about Scientists, business leaders and prominent Australians say climate is already too hot, call for emergency action[…]

Christine Milne: ‘Depoliticise the climate emergency’

Radio interview with Christine Milne » Download the audio file “We are in an emergency, and I think that the more we can use that word the better. At the moment, to a lot of people, that seems like an extreme thing to say, but it is actually an acknowledgement of the physical reality,” said Christine Read more about Christine Milne: ‘Depoliticise the climate emergency’[…]