“Climate change is the great moral challenge of our generation”
– Kevin Rudd, 31 March 2007 at the
National Climate Summit
at Parliament House,
Paradigm Shift This week we talk climate change action. We speak with climate scientist Andrew King about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on reducing global warming to 1.5 degrees; and with Ruth Cobbold about blockading and partying for the climate.
Andrew King (University of Melbourne) says the Paris agreement was to keep the temperature to below 2 degrees rise above pre-industrial levels. Result could be bad even at 1.5 degrees, we would lose 70% of our coral reefs. Lose an whole eco-system. Hotter summer temperatures. 50 degree days in Melbourne and Sydney. we are on track for further global warming. By 2030 we should reduce emissions by 50% and completely by 2050. Those goals are not achieveable without change in the way we live. We are looking at 3 degrees the way we are going now. Bad storm surges, more tropical cyclones. 1.5 degree target very optimistic. To turn around we need to work out which countries need to reduce emissions.
Ruth Cobbold who grew up in Tasmania strikes an optimistic note, mentions the Dutch court action on its government.
A Dutch court has ordered the country to slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent by 2020, after a group of citizens took their government to court.
“The court orders the state to reduce the overall volume of greenhouse gas emissions in such a way that they are at least 25 per cent less in 2020 compared to 1990,” judge Hans Hofhuis said.
The ruling came after almost 900 Dutch citizens took their government to court in April in a bid to force a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions [from WBT archives].
Ruth & friends are organising a BOZONE layer party, artists and musicians coming together to support carbon neutrality. P. Hunt and the vessels. What is the value of this way of organising. Turnstyles organised the Leard forest blockade. Camp Nuga at Bowen is run by front line action of coal (a grassroots group) and organised Act Up which stopped the world largest coal port for a day.
IPCC report – Climate Change report warnings
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released on 8 Oct 2018 predicts global warming of between 1.5°C and 2°C, which means death of coral reefs and melting of Arctic Ice.
Meanwhile, both Queensland and Australian governments say our future lies with coal. In graph form the prediction looks like this:
Tim Flannery immediately called on the Australian government to stop burning coal (ABCs Radio National LNL program).
No renewable energy policy, the National Energy Guarantee is no longer supported by Australian government (ditched by Scott Morrison).
The Prime Minister says that the problem lies elsewhere.
What can we do?
1. Buy the most energy efficient appliance when we upgrade our washing machine, refrigerator, use LED lights etc.
2. Install solar electricity in our home if we don’t have it. Increase the size of our solar electricity system to offset pollution from fossil fuels. Flying burns a lot of fossil fuels so fly less.
3. Switch to electric transport charged from renewable energy. There’s lots of different types of electric vehicles. This counter to greenhouse and other toxic emissions comes with the advent of the electric car. There is an Electric Vehicle Association exhibition coming to the Brisbane convention & exhibition centre on Friday and Saturday 9th and 10th of November 2018. Go and see how this innovation can combat fossil fuels.
4. Make sure any electricity that we purchased at night is from renewable energy.
5. Eat less meat and buy organic fruit and vegetables as much as possible to reduce fossil fuel imports into agriculture.
6. Use Electric garden tools such as mowers and trimmers, they can run from our solar energy systems. All electric options for travel, garden tools etc are much quieter as well as cleaner, so our neighbourhoods are a more pleasant place to live.
7. Share more. Set up the neighbourhood garden and workshop to grow organic fruit and veg and share tools.
8. Divest from banks that invest in fossil fuels.
These are all very good suggestions, but how do they address the problem all Australian governments, both state and federal, support the cold economy?
Can capitalism fix climate change?
Great Barrier Reef
Damage to the Great Barrier Reef is why, since 2016, the Environmental Defender’s Office (EDO) has organised a swim to the Reef to raise money for legal challenges to governments and coal companies exporting coal through the reef.
The Wello pointers, each year in January, organise a swim for the reef from Wellington Point to King Island (Yerabin) to raise money for EDO’s legal challenges (eg against Adani and the Qld government).
Worker at Liddell Power Station in the Hunter Valley.
The Lurkers – DIY armageddon
Combat Wombat – Alternative energy
Rose Carrousel – Love for the future
Strike Anywhere – Amplify/blaze
Astro Travellers – Move actively
via Climate Change