A Planetary Emergency: Earth on the boil
IMAGE: Small Iceberg at Sunset; Antarctica - December, 2005. (taken with Cano 5D with 24-105mm f/4L IS lens @ ISO 400). Thanks very much for the terrific photos stored at Michael Reichmann's The Lumionous Landscape photo archive.
Below is the text of our "Climate Call to Action", sent out to coincide with the start of the screening of An Inconvenient Truth in Australia, and of former US Vice-president Al Gore's visit to Australia. The email was sent to all our supporters and contacts between 16 and 19 September 2006.
This mailout was also the first occasion for us, where we made the cross-over from 'refugee issues' to Climate Justice as a human right.
(we know, it's highly unusual for a Project SafeCom mailout, but this email includes a small attachment, as a pdf file, which opens with Adobe Acrobat Reader program - the attachment is our New Climate Justice brochure - and, our apologies if you receive this message more than once!
IN THIS EMAIL
Declaring a Planetary Emergency
Declaring a Planetary Emergency is no longer something extraordinary - although if you live in Australia, and if - right now - you are already being taken aback by this statement, consider that this may be a result of the publicity - or lack of it - about the State of Our Planet in our most beautiful country. There have been some questionable reports in Australia's mainstream newspapers, that deliberately seem to underplay how serious the issues are - no wonder, with our government silencing the issue, and Ministers being in denial of the gravity of the situation....
So this week, of all weeks in the year, seems a most opportune week to send you Project SafeCom's 'brand-new' publication - the brochure From Climate Change to Climate Justice. If you're connected to Project SafeCom because of your concern about Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers and refugees, and you're wondering what the connection is, please read it, and you'll be convinced.
Below are some snippets of information that may further inform you - from those programs on Australian television that give at least an impression of where we're at - and that are not "cooked up" by government influences that seek to bury the State of the Planet under the proverbial carpet.
Our Climate Justice brochure
If you've already opened the attachment, you'll see that it's easy to print: one A4 page, printed on both sides; fold it in three, and there you have it. We've broken the spell, and supported an entire stop to the use of coal as a fossil fuel as well: it's the planet worst polluter!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. The brochure
2. The Government, the Minister and the ALP
We're highly unlikely to have "instant success", for example in demanding that we in Australia stop using coal to make electricity. Below is an example of just this week how the Environment minister Senator Ian Campbell dismissed the alarm about global warming as "a Y2K bug story"... And, as if that's not enough, Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane added to the discrediting of Al Gore and stated that he was just in Australia to "promote his movie", thus trying to discredit Mr Gore's commitment and intent.
In addition to this, the ALP opposition may well claim the "moral high ground", but there is no indication in the recently released ALP policy that it shows any commitment to halting the use of coal for this purpose, or halting any form of coal production. Therefore, below also, a link to the ALP policy release media reports.
Silencing the climate change prophets
Burning Coal and burning the planet
If we suggest a halt to coal production and its use in Australia, we'll also have a fight with the Union movement, that wants to protect jobs.... but the well-being of the planet is a thousand times more important than the welfare of the "golden calf of the economy": we can no longer afford to only think of the environment and link that to the supposed loss of jobs or the welfare of the economy!
The fact that it won't yet make a big dent is no reason to just do nothing...
The Inconvenient Truth-teller
This week is surely an extraordinary week in Australia, with the former vice-president of the US, Al Gore, visiting Australia to accompany his documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth', meeting with John Howard and declaring his hand on what he thinks of the Australian government's undermining of the interests of its most significant voter: Planet Earth. Al Gore's appearance this week on Andrew Denton's Enough Rope saw Denton also name the term "Planetary Emergency", and I was glad he did.
Campbell's overheating Y2K Bug
As if Al Gore's mission is not enough to convince even the most hardened amongst the Climate change skeptics: yesterday our own Environment Minister Senator Ian Campbell went on the record dismissing global warming as if it was a furphy like the millennium bug, Y2K. You'll have to pinch yourself to believe that Campbell is indeed Howard's man who represents the planet and its woes.... - read it here:
Four Corners 28 August 2006: "What Price Global Warming"
"The biggest single source of global greenhouse gas emissions is the burning of coal to produce electricity - and Australia is the world's biggest coal exporter."
"... a growing cast of business leaders is calling for the Government to engage the power of the market in the fight against global warming. They say Australia needs a "carbon price signal" - either a tax on carbon dioxide, or better still an emissions trading system, which will give business a real economic incentive to save energy, cut emissions and invest in clean technology."
Linked pages - from our Brochure
Pity we don't yet have the software that inserts working links in the pdf files, otherwise you would just be able to click on the links to surf to our website. In the absence of that, I'm listing the relevant pages on our website below. Here they are:
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