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Going flight free changed Charlie Mgee's life, for the better
Charlie Mgee (pictured) was the first person to sign Flight Free Oz's flight free pledge, and it has changed his life.
Charlie, a musician based in Western Australia feels the pledge has changed his life for the better as he has been forced to slow down, stop the mind-altering international travel and "re-localise" himself - he's more contented and more connected.
A panel of four speakers, of which Charlie was one, appeared on the Flight Free Oz webinar that was a part of the National Sustainable Living Festival.
Other speakers were an inaugural Beyond Zero Emissions Fellow, Professor David A. Hood; musician and art student at the University of Melbourne, Uma Dingemans, who campaigned against the "flights to nowhere"; and U.S. clinical psychologist, Margaret Klein Salamon, who helps people to face the deeply frightening, painful truths of the climate emergency and transform their despair into effective action.
Her work can be found on the website, "Facing the Climate Emergency".
Reflections on a vanishing future - Danielle Celemajer
Danielle Celemajer from the Sydney Environment Institute has written a rather personal book about the climate catastrophe, the life of herself and her partner, and that of her animals, on her rainforest property in New South Wales.
Her book - "Summertime: reflections on a vanishing future" - gives us a glimpse of the climate crisis through a whole new prism and helps us better understand Australia's incomprehensible "Black Summer", the bushfires that devastated much of the country's east coast.
Critical to the book is Celemajer's grasp and understanding of social and environmental justice, not just for humans, but for all those other species with whom share our home.
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Greg McGarvie talks about his dream, the ACE Electric Vehicles
Greg McGarvie (pictured) has been "green" all his life playing a key role in the establishment of the Marine Teachers Association of Queensland, the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association, the Australian Association for Environmental Education, he ran Seaweek 89 nationally, won a BHP prize for Science as a result of setting up a Snorkel Adventure Trail Brampton Island and Marine Curricula and now, in what he says will be his last environmental organization, he has pulled together the Australian Clean Energy Electric Vehicles Group.
The Australian motor vehicle industry is dead and Greg has defied all the doubters to establish ACE Electric Vehicles.
His story is inspiring and he will be in Shepparton (at least on Zoom - https://bit.ly/2NzLmSK and the passcode is "ACE") to talk about the ACE line-up of cars and where they fit in the Australian landscape.
Australia is a 'poster-child' for climate inaction - Bill Hare
Bill Hare (pictured), the founder and CEO of Climate Analytics, has said in a Guardian story that the Australian Federal Government is a poster-child for inaction on the climate crisis.
Hare discusses the likelihood of border taxes on Australia's carbon-intensive exports and slams the Morrison Government for its weak stance on dealing with the climate crisis.
Recently, Climate Conversations discussed those border taxes and the government's disinterest in an episode entitled 'Nationals Leader appears to be working on his own demise'.
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Australia's Nationals leader appears to be working on his own demise
Nationals leader, Michael McCormack (pictured) appears to be worsening his political future with comments about his disinterest in what Australia will be like in 30 years time.
He made that observation in relation to the suggestion that Australia should set a net-zero carbon target for 2050. Here is a comment about that by Rachelle Meyer on The Conversation.
Also, here is a link to a story in the Financial Review about Europe's carbon club.
And finally, a story by Oliver Milman in The Guardian about deaths caused by fossil fuels.
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'Wild Things' will help us understand how much people care for the natural world, and inspire us
Sally Ingleton (pictured) from 360 Degree Films has produced and directed the new documentary "Wild Things".
Sally made the movie to help us understand what people, ordinary people, do to protect the Australian environment from assault by loggers, miners and others who disregard the richness and vitality of nature, something that is critical for the thriving and wellbeing of us, humans.
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