NEWS | Climate Guardians in London

ClimActs' Climate Guardians have just returned from London and Paris, presenting their climate message to a number of festivals, Australian Embassies, and general passers-by. Here's a blog from ClimActs' Deborah Hart - click here to read the full update>>

When we touched down in the UK we were in Europe. When we left a few days later it felt like we were fleeing the ‘Brexit’ rubble—a deeply polarised nation.

Meanwhile as the mass media obsessed over regional percentages of ‘stay’ or ‘leave’ votes London’s underground transport system was in chaos due to mass flooding. Again. Nobody we spoke with denied that human-induced climate change was largely responsible for the ongoing—at times tropical-style—torrential rain.

There’s no question that the ‘Brexit’ narrative was nasty and base in frightening ways. Given the artful methods in which UK’s ruling elite has been further amassing obscene wealth via EU land subsidies while imposing harsh austerity measures on the most vulnerable local workers, it's no wonder that so many disenfranchised people employed what little power they do have to vote for change. Uncertain as it may be.

In such situations we think it best to unpack what independent information is available for public scrutiny with a pragmatic approach.

And to follow $-trails behind what may be hidden agendas. To ask questions such as:

  1. Which country appears married to gas fracking as the highly destructive and controversial extraction technology is being banned in successive European Union countries?
  2. Which country stands to lose the most from a Financial Transaction Tax (aka Robin-hood or Tobin Tax) on institutional share market trading?
  3. In which country does the Murdoch media empire—a key mouthpiece for environmentally-destructive industries—control the so-called ‘news’ of the day?

Arranged by the awesome Pippa Bailey from Performing Lines, the Climate Guardians performances at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) reached several thousand people between the 24th and 27th June 2016. With children, parents and carers we conducted ‘Climate Guardian’ wing-making workshops while discussing the necessary steps leaders must take to preserve nature and safeguard humanity.

At the Festival we met people from all around the world and found that most were already aware and deeply concerned that the Great Barrier Reef is dying, and feel strongly that the Australian government is failing to protect this precious world heritage listed environment asset.

It goes without saying that people were entirely shocked to learn that within days of committing to the Paris Climate Agreement, the Turnbull Government had approved the world’s largest coal extraction project adjacent to the Reef’s Marine Park. We assured them that a growing number of Australians are now pressuring decision makers at all levels to consider both our precious Reef and the global climate re all decision making. Of course, with more voices calling for climate and environment security the louder we’ll be heard.

-- Deborah Hart, ClimActs. Click here for the full article>>