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Australia’s Bushfire Royal Commission finds Climate Change fuelled Black Summer fires

From the Australian Parents for Climate Action Facebook Group

The report from the Bushfire Royal Commission has just been made public. It unequivocally states that climate change fuelled the Black Summer bushfires, just as every other State and Federal Inquiry within the past 12 months has acknowledged.

Australians are already paying too heavy a price for climate change:

-33 people died in the Black Summer bushfires, with over 400 deaths from bushfire smoke.

-2,439 homes lost in NSW alone (worst on record)

-The bushfire smoke that blanketed Sydney is estimated to have cost the city $12-50 million per day.

-More than 23,000 bushfire related insurance claims were lodged across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria between November and February, totalling an estimated value of $1.9 billion

.-The tourism sector alone is set to lose at least $4.5 billion because of the bushfires.

The Federal Government needs to act now on the recommendations made by the Commissioners. It should provide a timeline for when it will accept and implement these recommendations.

More info here: The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Report

Read more in the Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/…/australia-must-prepare…

The Emergency Leaders for Climate Action have a “Bushfire & Climate Action Plan” calling for climate mitigation, among other measures.

Funding for additional firefighting aircraft in 2019 was strongly recommended in letters to the PM by ELCA and via the media but was continually rejected.

You can sign a Petition to implement ELCA’s Plan and download and read the Plan, from the page below.

https://www.change.org/p/scott-morrison-implement-the-emergency-leaders-for-climate-action-s-plan

Call Marsh in New York to not insure the Adani Mine

Adani’s giant coalmine planned for Queensland has won federal and state approval despite major gaps in knowledge including how the pit would affect important springs nearby.

But to go ahead, Adani needs financial backers, so we are contacting the banks and insurers to ask them not to support this climate-wrecking move.

In response to the pressure of the #StopAdani movement, global insurance broker Marsh announced they had a new policy to decide which clients they would and would not work with.

The “policy” was one-page long and woefully inadequate – a slap in the face to the community and to Marsh’s own staff.

But it left the door wide open for Marsh to rule out Adani. 

The policy states that a key issue is ‘climate change mitigation’ and that if a project conflicts with this issue then Marsh ‘will review the proposed project to evaluate whether the work can proceed’. 

Adani’s coal project clearly conflicts with a safe climate future

We need to call on Marsh to live up their own rules and dump Adani!

Will you call Marsh CEO John Doyle and Marsh and McLennan Companies CEO Dan Glaser and ask them to rule out further work on Adani’s climate-wrecking coal project?

Visit: the Stop Adani website – to find out what to tell Marsh

Stop the Australian COVID Commission’s dirty gas plans

Scott Morrison’s Covid Commission is stacked with gas executives, and are spruiking new gas projects almost every day. Not only are there significant concerns around conflicts of interest, these new gas projects would be a disaster for our climate.

350 Australia has started Fossil Fuel Watch which lists requests by the fossil fuel industry and and the government’s responses or lack of to date.

It is vital to put pressure on State Governments and the Federal government to realise that coal and oil have had their days, and it makes sense to roll out renewable energy technology in ALL facets of life.

It’s important to support politicians like Zali Steggal who support climate action, and to keep a watch on government actions to show that they do not have your consent.

Sign up with 350 Australia and other groups for emails with direct actions toward campaigns and strategies as part of the social movement to reduce carbon emissions and to increase renewable energy use NOW.

Click on the link below for a form letter to send to your Member of Parliament

https://fossilfuelwatch.good.do/stopthegas-firedrecovery/fossilfuelwatch/

Even If Climate Change Wasn’t Happening, Phasing Out Coal Is A ‘No-Regret’ Solution #auspol #qldpol #StopAdani #ClimateEmergency

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Climate Action Australia

The benefits of phasing out coal far outweigh the real-world costs, scientists say, and that’s the case even when climate change is left out of the equation entirely.

Of all the fossil fuels in the world, coal is the biggest source of carbon dioxide, and its impacts on air pollution and public health are profound.

Since the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, large-scale coal burninghas cost lives, yet we’ve beenstruggling to kick it. Our global reliance on coal runs deep, so deep that even though we know it’s bad for us, we continue to burn it at unprecedented levels.

Now, new computer simulations on the regional effects of phasing out coal suggest that continuing on this trajectory is a big mistake, with negative impacts not only on the environment and human health, but also the economy.

“We’re well into the 21st century now and still heavily…

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Ask Rio Tinto to leave the Minerals Council of Australia

Get out your iPhone or mobile device and record yourself holding a short message for Rio Tinto, and saying your message aloud.

You can then upload your video file to a free DropBox account and send the link to SFA via the Contact form.

Your video message will be added to our YouTube Chanel, Save Our Earth-S.O.E. and a Play-list, once there are a lot of video messages, will be emailed to Simon Thompson, the Chairman of Rio Tinto.

Click here for the YouTube Channel

Visit 350.org for information. Be informed and take action NOW

https://350.org/science

Global warming is the slow increase in the average temperature of the earth’s atmosphere because an increased amount of the energy (heat) striking the earth from the sun is being trapped in the atmosphere and not radiated out into space.

HERE ARE THE FACTS

1.Fossil fuels (coal and natural gas) are taken from the Earth.

2. These are burned to produce power for factories and machines and for electricity.

3. These produce carbon dioxide or carbon emissions.

4. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases trap the sun’s energy, warming the Earth.

5. The recent warming of the Earth is NOT natural, any natural greenhouse effect has been tremendously magnified by human activity.

6. Scientists around the world have given governments and ruling organisations and corporations the aforementioned advice.

7. Scientists have WARNED governments of accelerated man-made climate change.

8. Humanity HAS the technology and tools and intellect to stop the damage.

9. Humanity needs the WILL to do this!

10. Every single person has a responsibility to help bring about climate balance.

11. EARTH has started to balance herself.

12. This restoration MUST continue.

We need a new HUMANITY – one without people gallivanting all around the World just to amuse or entertain themselves, we have the technology to learn and do FROM OUR HOMES. We DO NOT NEED to go on cruises or planes, or drive one to a car in our carbon-emitting cars, every day to somewhere or other.

WE….CAN DO THIS ! SAVE OUR EARTH HAS TO BE OUR NEW STANDARD OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Please don’t ignore the urgency or think someone else will take action, as everyone is needed to do their bit. Learn about the challenges and do what you can ( e.g. take one action per week, like join in the Rio Tinto challenge OR comment on Rio Tinto’s Facebook Page, if you’re more comfortable with that, then comment on Price Waterhouse-Cooper and others invested in the Minerals Council of Australia another week).

Rio Tinto’s Facebook page

Welcome to S.O.E. (Australia)

In business language S.O.E. means Standard Operating Environment.

We put forward that the “standard operating environment” of human beings is to save our Earth, or to help our Planet and all Life and matter on Earth maintain balance.

While we acknowledge there is a lot to do to reset our Earth back to harmony or balance, this blog started with a YouTube Channel with a focus on climate action, run by Australians.

As this site evolves, more categories of news, information and actions, and more organisations and movements will be added to cover areas other than climate action.

YOU are called to educate yourself and to share your knowledge, concerns and actions; and to let the authorities and polluting companies know that you want changes NOW. Write / email / telephone / lobby / march & rally….Earth needs YOU.

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Fremantle, Western Australia. December 2014
This entry was posted on April 21, 2020, in News.