Welcome to the Voices for Nature Podcast — Cocktails, Controversy and Conservation.
In this show, Chris Gambian and Jacqui Mumford talk to some great guests about some of the best stories of our movement.
Expect to be inspired, challenged and hopefully, entertained.
We’ve been the voice for nature for 65 years, and now you can hear that voice from the convenience of your favourite podcast player.
Riled up in Rylstone
The latest scientific reports on climate change have spurred the United Nations to formally call for a rapid phase out of coal.
Meanwhile, the NSW Government is conducting a consultation to issue new coal exploration licenses.
The area it’s looking at near Rylstone is calculated to contain 910 million tonnes of coal. Yet, over the last decade we’ve seen a string of new coal mines rejected by the planning system, or withdrawing after sustained community opposition.
Caroona, Shenhua, Bylong, Rocky Hill, Angus Place, Hume Coal, have all been stopped. Casting a shadow on this good news is the approval of massive expansions to existing coal mines that have quietly been approved.
In this episode we talk to activists and campaigners who are on the ground fighting for the Rylstone area and look at what’s really happening with coal in NSW.
Voices for Nature Podcast: Climate Pricing
It’s been over seven years since Tony Abbott abolished Australia’s carbon price. Now the international community has indicated it will not tolerate Australia being a laggard on climate action and is set to implement carbon tariffs on imports to stop their own climate policies being undermined. With the next United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Glasgow this November, many nations are ratcheting up their ambition. Yet, the Australian government continues obstinate resistance despite broad public support for action on climate change.
The Voices for Nature Podcast: Tipping Point
Kosciuszko National Park is under threat from plans to let development rip! A new proposal, being pushed by Deputy Premier John Barilaro, would see thousands of new beds on the mountain, gas heated ‘thermal pools’ and helicopter transport to resorts in Kosciuszko National Park.
The primary purpose of Kosciuszko National Park is to protect the unique and fragile alpine ecosystem, but proposed changes to the Plan of Management would allow huge development with a massive impact on the environment.
To unpack this further we spoke to Gary Dunnett from the National Parks Association, author and academic Deirdre Slattery, and former Environment Minister Bob Debus.
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The Voices for Nature Podcast: Pesticide Pests
We're back in lockdown so we decided to give some of our friends a call and keep up the conservation conversation!
Today we caught up with Bruce Maynard to discuss the concerning pesticide pollution he’s seen from over spraying that is causing damages and disease to surrounding crops and vegetation.
Bruce is the owner and developer of one of the most inspirational regenerative farms in Australia.
Bruce has become well known for the invention and development of a number of innovations in Agriculture including: No Kill Cropping, Stress Free Stockmanship and Self Herding (with Dr Dean Revell).
Infestation - the NSW Mouse Plague
This week on the Voices for Nature Podcast we speak to ecologist Phil Sparks and Xavier Martin Vice President of NSW Farmers on the current mouse plague that is running through western NSW.
In what locals are calling the worst mouse plague in living memory, millions of mice are infesting western NSW and eating away the futures of many residents.
The plague is also responsible for major ecological damage as the ecosystem is thrown out of balance. But is bulk poison the answer? What ecological impacts will various poisons have? What can we do to help out our farmers?
Asleep at the wheel?
Transport is the biggest cause of climate change after coal power in NSW, with nearly 20% of our emissions coming from this sector. Overseas, they’re dealing with the transport issue by implementing policies, tax cuts and incentives to get more electric vehicles on the road, but here in Australia – we're asleep at the wheel.
Thanks for doing these - good to hear what’s going on and what solutions are being put in place
Excellent deep dives into environmental, social and political issues in Australia
It’s great to have these in-depth discussions with well-informed guests on such important environmental and social issues.
Western Sydney heat wave entrapment
It’s great to see that there’s an attempt at the concept of mitigation against a body boiling heatwave. The so called ‘that’s a great question’ had responses equil to being slapped by scumo’s wet lettuce.
If you say seek refuge in a supermarket how many people will fit in? Your talking about people being slowly cooked as the ambient temp is unrelievingly above 38 deg C
The circumstances you describe are too close in time to pat a few people on the arm and say arghhh well let’s put that wet towel on your fan. Perhaps solar energy. Your talking about a survival crisis as if it’s an ice cream problem. I’d commend a read at least of EO Wilson with his half earth project and if brave Kim Stanley Robinson - start with 2312 then bite the tuff topic of now and The Ministry for the Future