The news that Energy Australia would close the Yallourn coal-burning power station in 2028, four years ahead of schedule, drew a chorus of golf claps from the environmental movement when announced last week. But it would have caused an uproar had the truth of the apparent dirty deal between the power company and the Victorian Government not been kept secret.
The new coronavirus, COVID-19, has many of us glued to the news, concerned for loved ones, and adapting our lives to deal with the changes the pandemic is having on our homes, schools, and work-places. It’s pretty tough.
As world leaders gather in Madrid this week for the COP25 UN Climate Change conference, we find ourselves at a critical moment in the climate emergency, writes Joseph Moeono-Kolio, Head of Greenpeace Pacific.
Following a wave of climate action, a Federal climate emergency motion was tabled and voted on by the Greens on Tuesday 15th October. It was narrowly defeated, blocked by the coal-loving Coalition.
That it is even being debated at the national level shows how far we’ve come. The defeat is not the end. Just three Liberal MPs need to cross the floor to get the climate emergency legislation voted through. We will keep pushing.
In 2015 I experienced extreme weather first-hand while living in Gillieston Heights, Maitland. With a two-month-old, and two other children, our suburb was turned into a virtual island following days of torrential rain.
This is honestly the last thing I ever imagined myself doing. I’ve always taken politics seriously, I’ve always carefully considered my vote, but I have never been politically active. But things have never been this desperate. And there’s only one antidote to despair. Action.