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#AustraliansForCoal is the latest sign of an industry in values freefall

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 17:12 by David Ritter

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 ‘The problem for coal is that it is the single greatest driver of climate change’. Photograph: Tim Wimborne/Reuters

Originally published in The Guardian

During the second world war, my dad performed his war service down the coal mines in the UK. The work cost him his sense of smell, but gave him a profound sense of camaraderie and regard for the men he served with down in the coal pits. Until the end of his life, my dad was proud of his modest contribution to the peoples’ war against fascism. (more…)

Twitter responds to #AustraliansForCoal

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 10:15 by Tom Ganderton

When the Australian Minerals Council launched their million-dollar pro-coal advertising campaign yesterday, Australians for Coal, they weren’t expecting this. They were trying to build a movement of people committed to supporting good ol’ fashioned coal to power Australia’s energy needs for the next 100 years and beyond. But the Internet had better ideas.

The public response to #AustraliansForCoal is not only incredibly funny to follow, it also demonstrates that people are acutely aware of the big risks that a dependency on coal poses for our climate, air quality, and beautiful natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef. People want viable alternatives like solar and wind power to be embraced by our political leaders.

Scroll down and see our round-up of responses to #AustraliansForCoal below. And if you have any gems you’d like to share with us, just post them in the comments section underneath.

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More cans than cigarette butts in clean-up campaign

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 10:57 by Ian Kiernan AO

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Why is it every time I try to pay a visit to the managing director of Coca Cola I’m met by police?

It started when a small group of us delivered bags of empty bottles and cans to then managing director Terry Davis at his office.

It continued when I attempted, with a couple of friends from the environment movement, to deliver a giant invoice for $6 million to the beverage giant. We were asking Coke to pay back taxpayers for the costs of the court action it took to shut down the Northern Territory government’s container deposit recycling scheme.

Coca Cola calling in the police is an overreaction, and suggests disregard for the spending of taxpayers’ dollars. (more…)

Thumbs up for 100,000 fans!

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 16:15 by Alex Harris

Today we celebrate a new milestone – 100,000 Facebook fans. While some of you may be thinking “oh, so what!” I wanted to explain why this is actually a significant achievement for digital activism. Why Facebook matters It’s just a ‘like’ right? Well actually it isn’t. By liking our page and posts, you’re helping spread Continue reading →

Consumer power! Procter & Gamble decides to wash its bad palm oil away

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:04 by Alex Harris

About 400,000 emails to Procter & Gamble CEO. Thousands of phone calls to P&G offices around the world. Dozens of protests throughout the planet. 7300 Sumatran orangutans at risk of being made homeless. As few as 400 tigers at risk of being made homeless. 620,000 hectares of forest potentially destroyed every year. These numbers summarize Continue reading →

Cash for Containers: it makes cents

Posted on April 08, 2014 at 16:32 by Isobel Marasigan

It’s not often you get a chance to talk directly to your State Premier about something you’re passionate about. But as chance would have it, on Monday night I was able to represent my local area and attend the NSW Community Cabinet Meeting as an advocate for a container deposit scheme.   South-West Sydney may not Continue reading →

These 6 shocking graphs show you how bad the climate crisis is becoming

Posted on April 07, 2014 at 11:45 by Alex Harris

(c) Tom Jefferson / Greenpeace Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its highly anticipated report, Climate Change 2014: impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, the most comprehensive assessment of climate change to date. The report takes a look at climate change impacts and future risks. It concludes that the effects of climate change Continue reading →