‘The death rattle of the fossil fuel industry is likely to become extremely nasty.’

It seems that Australia’s new Prime Minister really meant it when he said he’d dismantle even the moderate steps taken by previous governments to meet the challenge of climate change.

Luckily, however, the future isn’t completely determined by Tony Abbott, the Murdoch media and those whose interests they serve. Among myriad initiatives taken by non-government, non-Murdoch people, 350 Australia recently launched a divestment campaign, Go Fossil Free Australia. From their web site:

As members, beneficiaries, and customers of super funds, banks, educational and religious institutions, and governments, each of us can play a powerful role in divesting Australia’s economy from fossil fuels.

As part of their project of building public dialogue and awareness of fossil fuel divestment and alternative investments, 350 Australia is hosting public forums around the country in September and October 2013, with the intention of presenting a variety of perspectives, both for and against divestment.

Just in case you were hoping you could trust in the Murdoch–Abbott complacency, here’s a talk by Ian Dunlop at a recent forum, outlining just how grim things are.

A 2 degree increase in temperature, which apparently is pretty inevitable, will be bad enough, but if we keep on as we are, we’ll have a 4 degree increase, and the planet then would only be able to  sustain 1 billion humans. I guess anyone reading this will all be dead anyhow before that load of disaster hits the fan, but Tony, how stupid do you have to be not to even try to stop it from happening?

4 responses to “‘The death rattle of the fossil fuel industry is likely to become extremely nasty.’

  1. Hi Jonathan and Penny, Thanks for dinner and time spent with you and the others on Saturday night. Euan and I did enjoy it and came away with ideas of how to make our renovation look as coolly sophisticated as your place! Then it was Blue Jasmine with Richard and Agnes on Sunday and the general verdict was 4out of 5 for Cate but less for Woody and his film. And we got a parking fine which dampened the whole experience. Let’s do it (dinner) again some time. Libby

    • Hi Libby. Thanks for being fabulous dinner guests! I have to admit that all the cool renovations were done by the people who lived here before the people we bought it from. We did a lot, but mostly invisible. This was Cate’s return to the screen after running the STC – maybe she could draw on that memory when she needed to be really messed up. J

  2. Jonathan – Thanks for the Ian DUNLOP link. As Greg HUNT might say – this is democracy in action – Ian D. able to say what he believes – just not proper governmental democracy! I do think though that we are in need of a new word to replace the old by – of – and – for the people model “democracy” – rather than the one now in which it means mandate as right to rule for the vested interests and lobbyists.

    I am in Marmaris – to-morrow Bodrum – then our second visit to Ephesus since 1988 (while then staying some weeks on nearby Samos). What a marvel this country! Looked at Kastellorizo a couple of days ago just two kms from Kas! Zeny GILES of Newcastle has a book coming out this next month: Daughters of Castellorizo. Zeny’s mother left Kastellorizo in the 1920s I think – as a girl – and went to Australia – as did just about every other Castellorizian.

    I have just finished Patrick WHITE’s: Memoirs of Many in One by Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray – 1986. References to Alexandria, Smyrna, and Nisos (actually Samos). A Leeton friend was telling me his Greek-born father had a great uncle who was the Metropolitan/Bishop of Smyrna (1909-1914 & 1919-1922) – martyred in 1922 – having refused good
    advice to depart the city. Sainted by the Eastern Orthodox Church in c.1992-1993 – St Chrysostomos. …

  3. Hi Jim. How right you are about that use of the word democracy! Your Turkey trip sounds fabulous.