Jenny Goldie, CCL member from Cooma NSW, in the Eden-Monaro electorate, sums up her views and news on Australia’s week in climate change action*
You may not have felt it around here but, globally, according to NASA, May was the warmest on record, that is since record-keeping began in 1880. Category 5 Cyclone Annan which caused $15 billion in damages to India and Bangladesh in mid-May, was aided and abetted by the second warmest sea surface temperatures on record (see attached photo of Amphan).
If you would like a change from reading, listen to the following podcast about Antarctica. The Guardian’s global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, discovered during a recent scientific voyage to Antarctica how fast the continent is melting. It will require massive international co-operation to avoid the worst consequences.
The Climate Council is an excellent institution. For those of you unsure about the connection between climate change and bushfires, read its factsheet on it. And for those who missed its recent National Bushfire and Climate Summit, you can watch a 3 minute video or the full panel event that takes I hr 13 mins. Kerry O’Brien was host.
WWF Australia has launched a Renewable Recovery (from Covid-19) campaign. They are calling on the Federal Government to fund a $2billion renewable recovery/stimulus package, that includes five costed proposals. There will be a webinar on this Monday 22 June from 12-1pm. Monica Richter from WWF is speaker. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/6486173456 a few minutes early.
As you know, the Prime Minister’s Covid Commission is pushing for a gas-led recovery to the economic crisis (never mind severe conflict of interest of most of its Commissioners). Climate Media Centre has provided a guide on the environmental and economic implications of developing new gas in Australia.
For those interested in my electorate of Eden Monaro – Here’s an invitation to join former world champion skier and Warringah Independent MP Zali Steggall in a webinar to discuss climate change in the context of the Eden-Monaro by-election campaign. It is Tuesday 23 June from 7pm to 8pm. This webinar is being organised by Climate Action Monaro and Farmers for Climate Action. The zoom 87525119181 RSVP farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/zali-steggall-webinar. Please join us!
As the flyer says, 14 candidates have nominated for the by-election. The Bega District News has done an excellent summary of the climate policies of nine of the candidates. You can read it here. The Eden-Monaro Environmental Alliance (which includes Climate Action Monaro) has sent a questionnaire to candidates and we will draw up a score-card by the end of the week.
All the best, Jenny
President, CAM. and a Member of CCL Aust (Eden-Monaro)
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