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Tonight, when the IPCC confirms the climate crisis is worse than we realised, I hope you give yourself permission to be totally pissed off.

And I hope you get angry enough to call an MP, or write a letter to an editor, or tell your boss to get serious about climate.

We have only a decade to turn things around.

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Two more fantastic humans have sponsored me this past week. A massive thanks to both. And hats off to the wonderful subscriber who wrote this week's article about INPEX and Questacon.

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Belinda Noble
One of the Working Groups from the The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release a report tonight on the heating of the planet and what it means for the climate.

A draft was leaked and journalists with advance copies are sounding a little shell-shocked.

The headlines will be horrendous and upsetting, so here's some tips to use the report to get people to move towards action, rather than despair.
  • Show the opportunities that come from climate action including new jobs, new industries, cleaner air, better environment and healthier diets.
  • Make it real, but not overwhelming with concrete, local examples of climate impacts as well as what can be done about them.
  • Remember the corporations and governments that are causing the problem and give people easy actions to take against them.
The report will not offer solutions, so we must try to find some - but not unproven technologies, distant magical solutions or anything that still involves burning fossil fuels including; carbon capture and storage, fossil hydrogen, or nuclear power.

Maintaining mental health will be a challenge for many of us. The Climate Justice Union has resources as does Psychology for a Safe Climate. Take care of yourselves.
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I have complained to the Press Council about this editorial in the Australian about the apparent 'extremist' UNESCO plot to create a fake crisis for the Great Barrier Reef. 

Two sentences I believe misrepresent facts:

"It is now clear that attempts to use the reef to prosecute a bigger climate change agenda were driven by the UNESCO bureaucracy, encouraged by green groups."


"...there has been a concession by leading climate scientists that climate models are over-estimating the upper range of warming."

These statements ignore that reef and climate scientists did support UNESCO's 'in danger' listing for the Reef and that in some cases, worst case scenarios are inadequate.

The editorial also states that "the UN (Glasgow) summit has been held captive by aggressive anti-meat and anti-livestock global activist groups." that want a carbon price on beef. 

You'll have to add the Economist to the list of anti-meat activists for writing; "If economists ruled the world, carbon prices would drive most of the action on climate change. Polluters would pay for the negative externality their emissions inflict on the planet."

How’s this for a creepy media release title?

INPEX partners with Questacon to future-proof Australian students

The creepiness really comes into its own after a quick Google search when you realise that INPEX is an oil and gas company. And that Questacon, our National Science and Technology Centre, is a division of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. Or in other words, ‘the government’ — the architects of Australia’s ‘gas-fired recovery’. 

While corporate sponsorship of our public institutions is offensive, it has become so commonplace that it’s really no longer surprising when we learn that weapons manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin sponsor the Australian War Memorial. Or that BHP, the world’s second largest mining company, sponsors Bush Blitz the Australian Government’s ‘species discovery program’. Or even that Rio Tinto —famous for such hits as blowing up Aboriginal rock art shelters —regularly sponsors Indigenous art projects at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. 

But when a corporation comes for our kids through an educational institution, it’s particularly sinister. And the aforementioned ‘future-proofing’ is nothing short of indoctrination. 

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1. The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) for putting out a media release supporting climate action after Extinction Rebellion protested fuel imports at Botany Bay.

2. Mi3 for reporting on the big advertisers cleaning up their supply chains (including ad agencies) to reach net zero. 

3. Influence Map for its latest report showing how fossil fuel corporations are gaming Facebook to influence politics.

4. Amy Hiller from Kew for getting this pro-renewables letter published in The Australian.

It’s in the name

ARENA stands for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. I can therefore completely understand why Labor and the Greens opposed an expansion of the agency’s remit that includes carbon capture and storage, and fossil-fuel hydrogen production (5/8).

Everyone, even the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association’s chief executive Andrew McConville, recognises the need to reduce emissions to address climate change. Why, then, fund projects using fossil fuels? Scott Morrison’s Technology Investment Roadmap goes around in a circle; I’m not convinced it is taking us anywhere.

Amy Hiller, Kew, Vic

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