A Great Year of Indespensable Blog stories and World Action on Global Warming-2015

 

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Hi to all my blog friends. Seasons Greetings !

This time last year there were 280 subscribers;  this week there are 863 subscribers. That’s a wonderful growth of over 300% over the year and I’d like to thank you all for reading and sharing the blog around. Keep it up and let’s keep growing.

There’s been 26 blogs this year including this one- that’s one every fortnight. I’m pleased with that and of course the release of the first novel of my fantasy trilogy entitled ‘Visions of Chaos’ in March helped make this year a very special year.

Over 300 of you accepted the offer the free copy of the ebook. I hope you enjoyed it. Expect book 2 early next year.  I’ve also continued with the performance poetry in Sydney venues and thank those of you who have come along to one of the poetry sessions and said a few kind words.

The blogs this year reflected the feeling of many people that the most serious threat to Australia is the TPP  and to the world is Global Warming. Next year we expand even more.

I devoted 6 blogs to the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) which is of major concern to every Australian as given time it will detrimentally change our whole culture and our way of life. This blog summarises it.

AS well as the TPP blogs some of which mentioned Global Warming, I devoted a further 9 blogs to Global warming, 4 of which were about activism, 2 about religion and the other 3 about other serious issues such as the methane bomb; ecocide and the effect of the shipping trade on Global Warming.

Another 7 blogs were devoted to more general items like book reviews and a environmental poem and finally 4 blogs to satire.

It’s been another hectic year for me and my partner Jo as we’ve been doing a lot of travelling to talk to Aussies around the country about their thoughts on Global Warming, our conservative government and the fossil fuel mining industry.

We went to Canada and Vanuatu making new friends and exploring new ideas for stories especially those about Global warming, the environment and how these are starting to be seen as human rights and justice issues.

There’s been a massive growth in environmental activism all around Australia and the world culminating in the Paris Peace accord last week. While I would have liked to go to Paris for the Climate Conference the terrorism attack upset my travel plans. Instead I was a part of the People’s Parliament protest in Canberra

You might have expected a story about the Paris Agreement in this blog but I’ve decided to save it for January after all the Christmas activity is over.

Next year we will be doing more travelling and you can expect more stories about how people are reacting to Global warming, about their fears and hopes for their families.  There will be more stories about our Global warming denier politicians and the mining lobby.

All of my stories are researched and come with links to current literature so that you can follow my arguments and read what others think about the same issues. Share the articles with others and suggest they join the blog so they too can join the discussion. Join me on Facebook.

Above all send comments on the articles so that I can gauge your reaction to the stories. I’ve had many people tell they liked various stories when they talked to me personally but too few respond in writing so others can benefit from their thoughts.

Thanks to all of you out there in blog land. I hope you’ve enjoyed my stories and you can expect at least one each fortnight next year.

Season’s greetings- have a nice Christmas season and an exciting new year.

Best wishes,

Des Pensable

Below is a list of this year’s blogs ordered by topic so that you can check out any that you might have missed.

General

An Invitation to a Revolution (book review)

Visions of Chaos : Divinity Seeds trilogy book 1: a book review (my novel)

Book Launch -Visions of Chaos (my novel)

A Quick and Easy Guide to E-Publishing

The Plight of the Mighty Hawkesbury River (poem)

Is Cutting Politician’s Pay and Conditions Inevitable ? (political view)

Global Warming Activism

Civil Disobedience and Disco Dancing at the Leard Forest

Britain Raises Army of Troll Troopers to Battle Environmental Activists On Social Media. Will Australia Follow Suit?

Crossing Paths with Al Gore and Naomi Kline, Two Global Warming Activists Trying to Change Everything

Global Warming Activists Fighting the Resource Curse in Australia set up a People’s Parliament in the Nation’s Capital

Global Warming General

The World’s Christians Are Global Warming Believers But Does It Matter?

Global Warming, Over Population and Ecocide – Urgent Problems to Fix

What Does Your Cruising Holiday Have to Do with Global Warming

Has Green Pope Francis Made a Difference on Attitudes to Global Warming?

Scientists Watch the Clock Second Hand Tick Towards Global Warming Doom

Satires

The Corporate Guide to Sheeple Farming

LNP Report to Privatise the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge

Monsanto Gene Therapy Vaccination for Increased Survivability to Global Warming

How Tony Abbot Helped to Start WW3 and Halt Global Warming

Society- TPP

Will Malcolm Turnbull Use the ISDS in the TPP to Sell Our Souls to the DEVIL?

The Hidden Agenda of the TPP- to Block Global Warming Mitigation

Geopolitics of the TPP / TTIP/ TISA: How Will Australia Be Affected ?

TTIP/TPP/TISA Trade Agreements Mandate Corporatism and Sound the Death Knell of Social Democracy

Twenty Two Reasons Why the TPP will Adversely Affect All Australians and Should be Stopped

The TPP will Increase Global Warming and Hinder Paris Global Warming Talks

 

 

Global Warming Activists Fighting the Resource Curse in Australia set up a People’s Parliament in the Nation’s Capital.

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On 2nd December 2015, more than 250 activists from around Australia and its Pacific Island neighbours staged a sit-in in the marble lobby of the Australian Parliament where they convened a meeting of the People’s Parliament on the elected government’s inaction on fighting Global warming. My friends and I from the Sutherland Environment Centre were some of them.

The meeting lasted about 90 minutes and during that period those present heard a number of speakers discussing the affects and ramifications of Global Warming on the people of Australia and the world. It called for strong action against Global Warming by the Australian delegation at the current Paris Climate conference and called for the government to put people before polluters.

News of the event attracted immediate wide mass media (Herald, Australian, 350.org, Junkee) and excellent social media coverage through the People’s Parliament web site and Twitter (#peoplesparliament). This was the first time so many people had staged such a large peaceful protest on Global Warming in the Australian Parliament itself.

However, the media particularly the TV coverage largely concentrated its attention on showing the People’s Parliament delegates being forcibly removed from parliament house by burly parliamentary police. Little was said about why it was held and what it discussed. So what was it really all about?

Australia has been called the lucky country as it has been endowed with vast mineral wealth and massive amounts of fossil fuels in the form of coal and gas. The problem is that in the age of Global Warming the climate scientists tell us that we need to keep our fossil fuel in the ground to prevent Global Warming exceeding 2C.

Like many third world countries Australia is now suffering from the resource curse. We have fossil fuel wealth and greedy extractivist fossil fuel barons want it. As Naomi Klein has pointed out, in her book and movie “This Changes Everything”, the result in the third world countries has been extensive political corruption and environmental destruction fuelling Global Warming. That is precisely what is happening here.

Recently, when the ICAC in NSW found a massive network of political corruption and named 10 politicians as corrupt they called the NSW state government the most corrupt in Australia’s history. The corruption involved illegal back room deals with the mining industry and large political donations for favouritism.  Little has changed.

State and Federal politicians from both the major political parties and senior public servants are offered jobs with mining companies as staff or as lobbyists immediately they vacate their public positions regardless of whether they were found corrupt or not.  Political lobbying in Australia as elsewhere attracts the conmen and criminals and some of our politicians are among them.

A typical example is Mark Vale an ex-deputy Prime Minister in the Howard LNP government and ex- Leader of the National party employed as a “political fixer” by controversial massive predominantly foreign owned Whitehaven coal mine currently destroying the Leard State Forrest, a national treasure near Boggabri in NSW.

The mine was subject to several dodgy backroom deals, approval irregularities, has breached environmental regulations with impunity, is deeply unpopular among local famers is destroying rare and endangered wildlife yet rolls on relentlessly.

The Labor party politicians are into the mining pig trough as well. Martin Fergusen was the Labor Minister for Resources and Energy in the Rudd and Gillard Governments where he led a strong pro-mining lobby.

He is now the the Chairman of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA)  which is little more than a miners’ club which fosters Global Warming denial and lobbies for opening more coal mines, uranium mines, blocking finance for renewables and trying to get activist organisations delisted as tax free charities in order to stop activists using current environmental laws to block the opening of new mines.

The result is a revolving door between the government and mining industry. An old boys club of rogue ex-politicians and cowboy mining magnates aiding and abetting predominantly foreign owned extractivist companies in looting and polluting Australia regardless of people’s health or the environment.

Current government policy is to look after polluters before people. Needless to say, calls for a federal ICAC to help tackle corruption in the federal parliament have fallen on deaf ears.

It gets worse! Few Aussies realise that there are plans to open as many as 91 new coal mines around the country and over 50% of Australia is covered by Coal Seam Gas licenses (PELS).

Greg Hunt, the Federal Environment Minister has recently approved the Alpha coal mine project again which will be the world’s biggest coal mine that will endanger the Great Barrier Reef at the very same time the world at the Paris Climate Conference is calling for no new coal mines to be opened.

He has also approved the massive Shenhua coal mine in the fertile Liverpool plains in NSW much to the horror of the National Party voting farmers in the region. The farmers have been sold out by their local politicians.

In a massive irony in the Liverpool Plains the conservative farmers are now NIMBY activists prepared to beg for help from tree huggers whom they used to treat with utter disdain. But the Global Warming issue is bigger than conservative petty biases. It’s no longer a city vs country issue. It’s about the future of our whole civilisation.

It’s no secret that large numbers of ordinary people are becoming environment activists in Australia. Groups like Lock the Gate have tens of thousands of members and there are hundreds of small environmental groups around the country. About 60,000 marched in Melbourne and 45,000 in Sydney recently for Paris Climate Change action.

Polls show that the majority of Aussies recognise that anthropogenic Global warming is a serious problem and strongly favour moving to renewables. They also fear the current LNP government is not doing enough to help fix the problem The polls also show that Australians hold little trust in either of the major parties or the main stream media.

There’s only one cure for the resource curse on Australia and that is for ALL Aussies to take back their government from the crooked batch bad apples in power today. The People’s Parliament in Canberra last week was the start of a long campaign for renewal in Australian politics.

We the People’s Parliament call on the Australian governments to put the people before polluters and keep out fossil fuels in the ground to ensure a safe future for our children and grandchildren or we WILL remove you and replace you with people that truly care about Australians.

 

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