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Byron Shire Councillor Cate Coorey speaks to Sean O'Shannessy on the motion she just had passed demanding reforms of the recent NSW Koala SEPP
Margie Pestorius & Miriam Torzillo from Wage Peace talk Sean through the Disrupt Land Forces actions planned for Lismore and Brisbane
Julie Beesley interviewing Jo Immig from National Toxics Network re. Aus regulations on glyphosate
Dione Green interviewing Greenpeace Asia Pacific CEO David Ritter re coal industry in Europe v Aus
Zianna Fuad speaks to Sean O'Shannessy on the frontlines against Adani and for our koalas
Damien Cole from the Surf Rider Foundation talks to Catherine Coxal and Michelle Michels from Eco Futures
The Shine Report with Naomi from the Lismore Environment Centre illuminating the week ahead.
Thanks for tuning in to Environmental as Anything. This week on the show we have:
Cate Faehrmann - Koala SEPP 21
Dailan Pugh - Koala action
Michelle Michels - Circular Economy interview
Naomi Shine - Events and actions for this week
Rob Garbutt transports us through the beautiful and surprising sounds of the rivers of NE NSW with his contribution to the Speaking With the River – NRCG Exhibition
David Shoebridge is the chair of the NSW Parliamentary Committee on Public Accountability. He has been working hard to expose the Berejiklian Government's shameless pork barrelling and he uncovered the recent scandalous corruption of the Bushfire Recovery Fund. He spoke to Sean O'Shannessy to explain the depths of the scam.
Eve Sinton from Fossil Fool Bulletin speaks to Sean about:
AGL's proposed gas import terminal at Crib Point has drawn a lot of flack at an environmental assessment hearing, and is strongly opposed by the local community.
The gas industry, while being showered with big dollars by the government aiming for a 'gas-fired'economic recovery, has actually cut its workforce by 10%.
Tiny underground critters might get in the way of fracking the Northern Territory.
Dailan Pugh reports in from Doubleduke State Forest on the threat to this precious native forest and the endangered wallabies there
Naomi from Lismore Environment Centre Shine's a light on the NE NSW Environmental actions and news
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A huge show for Environmental as Anything this week:
Tamara Smith speaks to Mia Armitage about how the Berijicklian government's Bushfire Recovery Fund scandal has harmed her electorate of Ballina.
Janelle Saffin tells Sean O'Shannessy how her electorate of Lismore was also ripped off in the Bushfire fund rorts.
Susie Russell from the NCEC reveals how the EPA backed the Cape Byron Power Company's legal bid to keep us in the dark about their burning our forests.
David Morris briefs Sean on the EDO's impressive caseload including a few significant wins and ongoing actions defending the environment.
Miriam Torzillo gets us up to speed on the Wage Peace movement and their work to stop arms dealers plying their trade in Brisbane.
Eco News - Weekly environmental news round up from the Community News Room courtesy of Mia Armitage and the Byron Youth Radio team.
Naomi Shine sheds light on the actions and events for the Earth on the Northern Rivers from the Lismore Environment Centre.
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Vanessa Ekins - Lismore's freshly appointed Green Mayor reveals her vision for a cleaner more prosperous shire.
Dailan Pugh - Analysies what is going on with the federal government and their ongoing failure to fix the EPBC Act
Naomi Shine - Shines some light on local news and events from the Lismore Environment Centre
Sean O'Shannessy Interviews Professor Roberta Ryan on the Great Koala National Park Economic impact analysis and environmental benefit assessment (MUSIC: Twisted Folk "Too Precious to Plunder" - LockOn!)
Wendy Bacon speaks to Sean on her Lies, Debates, and Silences: How News Corp produces climate scepticism in Australia report (MUSIC: Mick Daley: "Miranda Devine's Adventures on the Vanilla Frontier" - Tiny Violins)
Bangalow Koalas protest meeting at Rifle Range Rd illegal development site
Jodi Adams reviews Ben Moore's new book "For the Love of Bees"
Eve Sinton - January edition of the Fossil Fool Bulletin
Ian Lowe - NEW REPORT: AUSTRALIA TAKES MASSIVE FINANCIAL HIT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE - Climate Council Report Hitting Home: The Compounding Costs of Climate Inaction.
Cate Faehrmann - NSW Koala Inquiry progress
Eve Sinton - Fossil Fool Bulletin
Fossil Fool Bulletin is a resource for people working to end the fossil fuel era in Australia. It combines a fully referenced weekly news summary with original articles, presented as a PDF newsletter with live links. Fossil Fool Bulletin has been published weekly since November 2017 by journalist Eve Sinton of Focus Publications, who has 35 years of experience in journalism and publishing.
Ian Sutton - Murray Darling Basin United We Stand
"We the people of the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) have been disgusted in the way we have been betrayed, with the desecration, drainage and destruction of our ground water, river systems, wetlands and lakes. This has resulted in the devastation of our plants and animals, the expansion of desertification throughout the MDB, increased climate extremes and a rural economic collapse.
We have been protesting, rallying and lobbying successive government for over 30 years and in that time, we have been ignored. We feel that you no longer represent the people and instead are colluding with corporate interests to the detriment of our nation."
Peta Goodwin - Knitting Nanas for Native Forests (WA)
Native forest logging is not smart business. It is foolhardy, unsustainable and unnecessary. We need our wild forests for our children, for our grandchildren, for climate and for life. Nanas for Native Forest are determined to convince our leaders to stop this madness before it is too late.
Lydia Kindred - Secretary of Northern Rivers Rail Limited
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Merry Xmas & Happy Summer Solstice everyone
-Councilor Vanessa Ekins will be giving us the good news on the decision of Rous County Council to not dam Dunoon
- Tim Buckley from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis shares his glad tidings for the transition to renewable prosperity and how China has decided it doesn't want our coal for Xmas
-Pablo Brait from Market Forces raises our spirits with the seasons good cheer on Lloyds of London decision to stop insuring fossil fools
- John Gertsakis from Ewaste Watch gives us the gift of sustainable consumer goods with right of repair
Catherine Cusack, Mark Pearson, Justin Field and Cate Faehrmann all stood up and spoke against the koala killer bill in the NSW Legislative Council on the 19/11/2020 and their voices were heard. The bill was defeated, referred to committee and withdrawn by the government. A reprieve for our koalas and a big win for people power in NSW. Listen here to their speeches to parliament and Cate's sumation afterwards
Meanwhile people are outraged and taking action over our forests being thrown into the furnaces and called renewable energy at Condong Mill, our wildlife and cultural heritage being threatened with damming at Dunoon and Santos plans to release methane from under the PIliga forest and the Great Artesian Basin.
We have audio reports and interviews from all of them in this jam packed episode.
Rational honest people understand and acknowledge that climate action brings massive economic benefits and failure to act creates much worse damage to our prosperity.
In this episode:
Zali Steggall talks us through her proposed Climate Bill before the Federal Parliament that will remove the corruption from our energy debate and place us on track for a stable climate and economy.
Mark McVeigh tells us about his David Vs. Goliath legal victory over his superannuation fund Rest.
Deloitte Access Economics' Dr Phillip discusses the findings of their recent report "A new choice: Australia’s economy – and $680 billion in economic potential – relies on climate action"
Blair Palese shares her insights into the possibilities for positive action in the first 100 days of the Biden Presidency.
Simon Clough analyses Rous Water's underhanded tactics in pushing for its 19th C response to 21st C water problems.
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Chris Gulaptus and Geoff Provest voted for the LLS Bill rammed through the NSW lower house on the 14th of October. Their actions along with the rest of the #KoalaKiller faction of the Berejiklian government is causing outrage amongst all who understand what has been done. The bill won't be passed into law until it passes the upper house so there is still a chance that voters can persuade our representatives to do their jobs and vote it down.
NCEC President Jim Morrison and Grafton local Tim Watson speak to the crowd of voters outside Chris Gulaptus' office in Grafton (audio courtesy of Jimmy Malecki)
Meg Nielsen from Celebrating Earth and Art interviews Susie Russell from the North East Forest Alliance
Julie Beasley form Eco Futures interviews President of Northern Rivers Guardians Scott Sledge.
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Greg Mullins talks us through the The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Report
Professor Leanne Wiseman words us up on the Right to Repair movement and Productivity Commission Inquiry
Bungabee ecologists inspect our local forests for their ecological values before they are destroyed by logging (as reported by Omega Breakspear)
Elly Bird LCC EPA
The ALP keeps shifting its unsustainable position on fossils
In this episode of our gripping radio noir drama lovelorn femme fatale, Princess Gladys, is looking for options but is rudely interrupted by the shocking return of #KoalaKiller Don Porky Barrell and the unexpected arrival of some even more unwelcome guests - #ICAC
Tim Buckley, Director Energy Finance Studies, Australia/South Asia for IEEFA, has 25 years of financial markets experience and has been a keen analyst of the global transition to renewable prosperity. He tells Sean O'Shannessy that last week he was very doubtful that the world's financial markets could act fast enough to get us safely to the goals of the Paris Climate Accord but this week he is "bullish". Listen in and find out why he is so hopeful.
Radio noir is back in style as all our favourite villains and anti-heroes from the #KoalaKiller Gangster State display their moral turpitude, corrupt underbellies and bad relationship choices for all the world to see (all in less than 2minutes)
(WARNING: May contain traces of nuts)
Michael Mazengarb is well known to regular Environmental as Anything listeners. He delivers his insights into the transition to renewable prosperity with the calm assurance of genuine expertise. Here he is speaking to Sean O'Shannessy on the news from September.
Last Thursday the government passed legislation to close sections of the Casino to Murwilumbah railway line. The Casino to Bentley section will be closed and the Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek section and the railway tracks ripped up for a rail trail.
Beth Shelley, Chairperson of the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group says, “The government and Labor have stated there has been extensive community consultation to find out if this community wants to have trains running again or a bike path. This isn’t true. There has been no proper community consultation at all, except for the Rail Trail group’s endless lobbying”.
Abigail Boyd, NSW Greens MLC, stated, “When properly built, funded and designed, public transport has immeasurable social, economic and environmental benefits for the health and wellbeing of entire communities. The delivery of services such as the passenger rail on the Casino to Murwillumbah line should be considered a core part of the job of government”.
On Monday WATER Northern Rivers Alliance launched a campaign for smart water options in the Northern Rivers, instead of the Dunoon Dam. The launch coincides with the start of National Water Week, with its message ‘Let’s re-imagine our water future”. Annie Kia is one of the leading spokesp people for water in NE NSW and she spoke to Sean O'Shannessy for Environmental as Anything to clarify the positive agenda on water management for our region.
“We want Rous to take on board what the experts are saying about smart options and policies” says Annie. “The Dunoon dam is last century’s thinking. If we add new supply it should be independent of rainfall. That’s the way to drought-proof our region, not by adding another dam, costing $245,000,000”.
The Morrison regime is as ideologically committed to the neo-liberal agenda as just about any government in the world. When confronted with the global Covid 19 pandemic however they have responded by turning on the economic stimulus taps, briefly. Professor Bill Mitchell, one of the worlds experts in Modern Monetary Theory, speaks to Sean O'Shannessy and offers his assessment of the effectiveness of the budget measures as post pandemic stimulus measures and the prospects for our future prosperity under neo-liberalism.
Energy Program Director for the Grattan Institute, Tony Woods had a long career in the gas industry but he tells Sean O'Shannessy that he doesn't see the Morrison government's gas plan effectively stimulating the Australian economy
Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mark Carney (former head of the Bank of England) agree.
SANTOS has had its gas attack on the Piliga forest legitimised by the NSW "Independent" Planning Commission but locals and the wider NSW public are overwhelmingly outraged at the corruption of democratic processes and threats to our climate, biodiversity and water security that this decision represents. Roy Butler is the representative of the NSW Seat of Barwon elected on promises to protect his community from this assault. He speaks to Sean O'Shannessy about the political and economic reasons that this project cannot be allowed to proceed.
Greg Mullins developed a keen interest in the linkages between climate change and extreme weather events in his period as Commissioner of Fire & Rescue in NSW and is an internationally recognised expert in responding to major bushfires and natural disasters. In this interview with Sean O'Shannessy he speaks on the issues raised by the climate infernos sweeping across the West Coast USA and the politics driving Australia's budget response to the climate emergency.
The knitting Nanas are a force to be reckoned with as are our School Strikers for Climate. Both have declared they will be ramping up actions for a genuinely sustainable economic recovery from covid and that massive government subsidies and reckless approvals for fossil fuels are not party of that.
Sean O'Shannessy attended actions by both Nanas and strikers and filed these reports for Environmental as Anything
Simon Holmes à Court is senior advisor to the Climate and Energy College at Melbourne University and sits on the board of the Smart Energy Council. He helps Sean O'Shannessy and Meg Nielsen see through the smoke kicked up by the spinning wheels of the Morrison regime's energy roadblock plan.
Steve Rogers is a dry land rice farmer and Operations Manager for the Natural Rice Company based in Kyogle. He speaks to Sean O'Shannessy & reveals some of the ecological and economic advantages of dry land rice growing and dispels some furphies about the so called Australian "Rice Crisis"
Peter Holding is a third-generation farmer in south east NSW, growing crops such as canola and wheat, as well as running sheep for wool. Peter is also a member of the Climate Kelpie – a central location for farmers after practical information and tools with which to manage climate change risk and impacts. Wearing his hat as the Farm Outreach Officer for Farmers for Climate Action Peter speaks to Environmental as Anything about the Morrison government's Energy Roadmap, the National Farmers Federation's commitment to zero emissions by 2050 and the dirty politics of the koala killers besmirching the reputation of farmers.
Celebrating Earth and Art's Meg Nielsen spoke at length to clinical psychologist and community organiser Wayne Sommerville on the Art of Living in a Dangerous World. Here are the edited highlights.
(Celebrating Earth and Art airs on 92.9 River FM every Tuesday from 10-2)
As Energy Finance Analyst – Gas/LNG for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis Bruce Robertson understands the gas industry's dirty secrets better than most. He shares his analysis of the Morrison government's Gas Fuelled Recovery and reveals how they are lying to us about it and why.
Tim Beshara is Manager of Policy and Strategy at The Wilderness Society Australia, former Media Adviser Office of Senator Peter Whish-Wilson and previously olicy adviser to incoming Environment Minister the Hon Robyn Parker MP, responsible for National Parks, Marine Park reforms, Threatened Species policy and Native Vegetation reforms. He shares his inside knowledge and analysis of the recent machinations within the NSW Coalition Government and the likely electoral ramifications for them if they can't effectively bring their Koala Killer faction to heel.
Sydney Morning Herald article by Tim Beshara: I worked for the NSW government and I've seen Barilaro's tactics before
We've all wondered what on earth could motivate our federal government to ignore the science, economics and public opinion so blatantly and insist on pouring our Covid recovery funds into their ludicrous "gas led recovery". John Hewson is one of Australia's most emminent economists and has been leader of the Federal Liberal Party and he calls it "corruption". Listen in to a revealing conversation as he shares his insights with Environmental as Anything.
Bella Burgemeister is a seasoned youth activist and author who has stepped up to the challenge of joining the class action against the Federal Minister for the Environment to protect young people from the climate change impacts of the proposed Vickery Extension Coal Project. She tells us why and what she hopes to achieve with this action.
Holly Richards is a local leader of the School Strike 4 Climate movement and she shares with us their plans for local action on Friday the 25th of Sept 2020 as well as reflections on her motivations, hopes and experiences of the School Strikes.
This week we are taking a good look at the how NSW National Party's attack on our koalas and attempts at bullying the premier is damaging their credibility and hastening their slide into complete irrelevance. We will have Cate Faehrmann giving us the story from inside the NSW parliamentary "Bear Pit" and Sue Higginson speaking to Meg & Peter Nielsen bringing us the farmers perspective on the koala killer faction of the NSW Coalition government from Celebrating Earth and Art.
Annie Kia works with communities to defend themselves from unsustainable development. She has recently been applying her considerable talents to the problem of the proposal to dam Dunoon in the beautiful rainforest hinterland of Byron Bay NE NSW. She spoke to Environmental as Anything to break the news of an important report by Professor Stuart White of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS on "The Rous Sustainable Water Program: Towards a secure, reliable and affordable water future"
(MUSIC: "Pure Water" - Songs of the Bentley Blockade)
Federal Member for Warringah Zali Steggall hasjust returned from a sitting fortnight in parliament where the Scumo regime rammed its gutting of the Environmental Protectiona and Biodiversity Protection Act under cover of the Covid19 pandemic. She speaks to us about the flaws in the new act and the process and about her proposed amendments which were not even debated. She also explains how the proposed Climate Change Act can ensure there are equitable, transparent and science-based plans to address the impacts of climate change, prevent worsening consequences and take advantage of economic opportunities.
Music Mick Daley "In the Right Place at the Right Time" (Accoustic Demo)
Legendary environmental protector and rainforest ecologist Nan Nicholson tells us why the proposal to dam Dunoon must be stopped to protect Aboriginal culture, rainforest ecology and the limits to growth
Matt Kean has been Minister for Environment and Energy in NSW for just over a year and he has turned his state from a laggard to a leader in the race to become a renewable energy superpower. This week he has seized the forest conservation nettle and promised to turn around the trajectory of our koalas from extinction to doubling in population by 2050. Environmental as Anything asked him to specify how he intends to achieve this heroic goal.
#Familes4Forest is a new movement of parents and children committed to protecting our public native forests from destruction by the NSW govt. They kicked off their campaign in Myrtle State Forest this week and it was a lot of fun. Environmental as Anything was there to report.
Sue Higginson has been a legal advocate for our forests for decades. She speaks to us about some the various legal fronts on which NSW Forestry Corps is in trouble
Gomeroi Traditional Custodian Maria Cutmore, Boggabri resident David Watt and LIsmore Environment Centre's Naomi Shine were just 3 of the hundreds of NSW citizens who spoke out at the Narabri public hearings of the Independent planning commission against Santos' proposal to contaminate the Great Artesian Basin, trash the Piliga Forest, worsen climate chaos and undermine Australia's economy.
Simon Holmes à Court is senior advisor to the Climate and Energy College at Melbourne University and sits on the board of the Smart Energy Council. He recently wrote and article in the Guardian on "How Australia's state energy ministers are turning the tables on Angus Taylor" We asked him to respond point by point to Angus Taylors recent presentation to the Clean Energy Council's Energy Ministerial Forum. His analysis is most illuminating.
Humpback whales have come back from the brink of extinction and are approaching sustainable population levels. This year's whale watching season has been a bumper. Wally has been involved in humpback whale research for 20 years and has undertaken the management and marine operations of The Oceania Project since its inception in 1988. He gives a fascinating interview to Environmental as Anything on whale population, culture and sleeping habits.
Al Oshlack has been a legal advocate for the Indigenous people and environment of NE NSW for decades. Lately he has been working with the Gumbaynggirr people to challenge the threat of logging of their country. Their legal action sought to challenge the anti democratic nature of NSW Forest Corps status being above the law. He explains to us the effects of this action
Southern Forest Stand-Al Japaljarri and the Komradz
Energy Ministers from every State in Australia as (and the Federal Minister for Emissions) met under the auspices of the Clean Energy Council on 8 July, 2020 to discuss their plans for rapid transition to renewable prosperity (and offer obfuscation & excuses for his Abject Failure). Environmental as Anything edited their presentations into this report.
Amanda King from Lock The Gate Alliance speaks to us on the situation this week regarding the threat of fossil exploitation in NSW
Meg Nielsenm speaks to Dailan Pugh about the situation for our forests and the urgent need for us to get active to protect them and Sandy Greenwood Speaks to us from the Gumbangyiir country about their growing resistance to public native forest logging in Wild Cattle Creek and Nambucca State Forest
NSW MLC Cate Faehrmann has for the past year been the Chair of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the NSW Koala Population which released its "groundbreaking" report this week. Among its findings was the alarming realisation that NSW Koalas will be extinct by 2050 if our government doesn't urgently act on a set of recommendations. Cate spoke to Sean O'Shannessy for Environmental as Anything to fill us in on the details.
Michelle Chapman and Mark Dunphy tell us about their new book "Australian Rainforest Seeds - A guide to collecting processing and propagation"
Dailan Pugh from the North East Forest Alliance talks about the NSW government's decision NOT to log our protected Old Growth Forests
Sandy Greenwood is a Gumbaynggir woman working to protect Nambucca State Forest from the threat of logging. She speaks to Environmental as Anything about the cultural and ecological significance of this extraordinary unburnt remnant of coastal forest and the community emerging to stand up for it.
Dr Emma Carmody, EDO Special Counsel and water law expert spoke to Environmental as Anything about "Are our water laws climate ready?"
(MUSIC: "Pure Water" - Songs of the Bentley Blockade)
Anna Christie is an environmental advocate & educator who has been engaged in the fossil fuel front line for nearly 7 years, organising tours of the Narrabri region particularly the Leard and Pilliga Forests (which have been dedicated by the NSW government to coal mining and gas extraction) and field monitoring of coal and gas expansion in the Namoi Valley. Anna is a foundation member of the Australian Citizen Science Association and a co-founder of the Leard Forest Research Node. Since 2017, Anna has been a contributor to North West Protection Advocacy which has focused particularly on coal seam gas advocacy in NSW.
She spoke to Environmental as Anything about her recent article on the NW Protection Advocacy blog - "Portrait of a Gasfield Workforce – The Jobs Myth" in which she says that one of the gas industry’s cruellest and most poisonous false claims – that it will generate a jobs boom for Australia – is now threatening to undermine the good work of countless groups, individuals and business owners in moving towards a more sustainable future.
(Music "98.6%" from the Songs Of The Bentley Blockade CD)
With Covid19 restrictions being lifted the people of NSW are finding that while they have been restrained in their movements and behaviours the logging industry has not and the results are horrific. Myrtle State Forest just south of Casino was burned by the climate infernos last summer and now is threatened with imminent logging destruction. The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) & Extinction Rebellion (XR) went out to bear witness to the forestry operations in progress there. Environmental as Anything was there to report.
MUSIC: Mark Laurent & Brenda Liddiard - Forest Song - Lock On! Songs To Save Australia's Forests
Tim Buckley from IEEFA speaks to Environmental as Anything & exposes the fossil fuelled cronyism & magical thinking at the heart of Australia's plans for a "Gas Led Recovery"
(MUSIC: Luke Vassella - The Mighty Dollar - 01 The Word Is Out - https://lukevassella.bandcamp.com/album/the-mighty-dollar)
Mel McAuliffe, who lived through the impacts of climate change during the Millennium drought on her family farm in Central Queensland speaks for from Youth Verdict on their groundbreaking case against Clive Palmer's Galilee coal mine proposal to Environmental as Anything.
The EDO website says "Youth Verdict is a group of brave young Australians who are challenging Clive Palmer’s proposed Galilee Coal Project in Queensland’s Land Court, arguing the mine will contribute to catastrophic climate change and increase the risk of bushfires, drought, floods, heatwaves and cyclones.
It’s a case that is set to make legal history; one that asks us to consider what kind of climate future we are leaving for future generations.
For the first time an Australian coal mine is being challenged on human rights grounds. It’s also the first climate case brought by young people in Australia. "
(MUSIC: "We Believe In Spirit" from the Bentley Blockade CD)
Secrecy, a lack of accountability and stacked with unrepresentative fossil fools the National Covid Co-ordination Comission is a star chamber of Scott Morrisons hand picked mates and it looks likely they are heading in the opposite direction to the leap forward we need according to many commentators.
Lucy Manne spoke to Environmental as Anything top explain the situation and Sarah Hanson Young backed her comments.
Music: Mick Daley "Open Karma Surgery
A news round up from the week on our forests with Naomi Shine and the Stimulus Summit on the prospects for a A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery hosted by the Smart Energy Council and RenewEconomy.
Adam Bandt has been representing the seat of Melbourne in the Australian Parliament for 10 years and has recently been promoted to the leadership of the Greens in a typically civil and orderly fashion. He spoke to Environmental as Anything about The Greens plan for a New Deal for Australia based on regenerative culture, renewable energy and a fair go for all.
The song that follows this interview is Lisa Yates singing - Behind Enemy Lines from Lock On! Songs to Save Australia's Forests by N.E.F.A.
Thanks to Chris Fisher for our theme song "Hand in Hand"
Shay Dougall is an expert safety professional who through her 20 years of consultancy, has provided health and safety support in Australia, UK and USA across a range of industries with a strong connection to the construction/waste/gas to energy industry. Most recently, Shay has become deeply engaged with advocating on behalf of farmers required to host the unconventional gas industry in Queensland.
She tells Environmental as Anything that the trouble with these three GISERA reports is the deceptive slicing and dicing of data and the broad-brush interpretations that have led to the sensational and misleading headlines.
The Music for this episode "Leave It In The Ground" was kindly provided by Davey Bob Ramsey
Michael Mazengarb is an Energy and Environmental Markets analyst, with a strong focus and history with renewable energy markets and policy who writes prolifically for RenewEconomy.
He joins Environmental as Anything to lift the lid on our federal minister for shameful emissions secret report into his plans for our future.
David Ritter is the Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. He has been with Greenpeace for nine years, campaigning to secure an earth capable of nurturing life in all its amazing diversity. He says "People, working together, can achieve almost anything. We can still secure an earth capable of nurturing life in all of its magnificent diversity."
He spoke to Sean O'Shannessy for Environmental as Anything (via Zoom) about the possibilities for post Covid 19 recovery in the face of the climate emergency.
Ross Garnaut is an economist whose career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. He has held senior roles in universities, business, government and other Australian and international institutions. His latest book Superpower: Australia’s low carbon opportunity continues his long & illustrious contribution to clear policy development on the climate emergency.
Hear him speak to Meg Neilsen from River FM's "Celebrating Earth & Culture" show on the Coronavirus crisis and how we can emerge in best shape from it economically.
Rob McBride of Tolarno Station downstream of Menindee Lakes holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting), Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He is Director of the Australian Wool Growers Association and a member of the Wool Carbon Alliance and Australian Wool Innovation. His family have been prominent pastoralists in South Australia for over 150 years.
Rob calls out corruption killing the Murray / Darling-Barka in this interview he gave to Geoff Reid in mid March 2020 on the occasion of the Wilcania Bridge blockade protesting the theft of that communities river.
Ruth Rosenhek has been a tireless worker for the health of our planet and its people for decades now. Having played an instrumental part in the Rainforest Information Centre, North East Forest Alliance, Gasfield Free Northern Rivers and Extinction Rebellion she now applies her masters in Psycho Therapy to her private psycho therapy practice and working to build personal and community resilience in the face of the cluster of crises we now face. She shared some of her insights with Sean O'Shannessy for Environmental as Anything.
Independent NSW Upper House member Justin Field speaks to Environmental as Anything's Geoff Reid on the recent report into New South Wales land clearing regime and the disastrous effects it is having on our ecological viability
Blair is the co-founder of 350.org Australia and was CEO from 2009 to 2018. She is a 350.org Australia director and chair of the Green Music Australia board with a 30 year career of working with organisations, businesses and government agencies on climate change and environmental protection. She spoke to Environmental as Anything about the Green Stimulus concept and the future for post Coronavirus capitalism.
One of Australia's leading experts in all things energy transition, Tim Buckley from IEEFA, spoke to us this week about the seismic shift that the Corona virus global pandemic is creating in the structure of the global energy industry.
Renowned environmentalist & President of the North East Forest Alliance, Dailan Pugh (OAM) & NSW Greens MLC, Cate Faehrmann (Chair of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Koalas speak to Environmental as Anything about the dire state of NSW Koala population
Week four with Ian Sutton on his odyssey from the Headwaters of the Murray Darling Basin travelling downstream sharing his first hand account of the many issues facing Australia's greatest river system.
This week he is joined by Menindee local Margo who speaks from the heart about the disrespect of her river community.
Andrew Bray is the National Co-ordinator of the Australian Wind Alliance, which represents farmers, wind-workers, small business and community members who value wind power as a clean, safe and effective source of energy. He joins Environmental as Anything to talk about Angus Taylor's road map to the apocalypse
Week three with Ian Sutton on his odyssey from the Headwaters of the Murray Darling Basin travelling downstream sharing his first hand account of the many issues facing Australia's greatest river system.
This week he is joined by Menindee local Barry Stone who speaks from the heart about the killing of his river.
Energy Finance Analyst – Gas/LNG, Bruce Robertson has been a fund manager and professional investor for over 32 years and is an active participant in the national debate on energy issues in Australia. He currently works for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) conducting research and analyses on financial and economic issues related to energy and the environment (http://www.ieefa.org/)
He spoke to Environmental as Anything about the price fixing and fundamental instability of the Australian gas oligopoly.
The Northern Rivers Region has been Gasfield Free since we beat the fossil fools at Bentley. NSW still has one proposed fracking operation in our most important recharge space for the Great Artesian Basin - The Piliga near Narabri. For years now Jo Holden has been a tireless campaigner for our water and against toxic fossil fuel exploitation and she joined us to let us know how the local campaign is gearing up again to finally end this threat to our environment and economy.
Week two of us joining Ian Sutton on his journey from the Headwaters of the Murray Darling Basin travelling downstream telling his first hand stories of the many issues facing Australia's greatest river system.
Ian Lowe is an eminent Australian academic and writer on environmental issues. Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society and former Head of the School of Science at Griffith University. He spoke to Environmental as Anything at the Woodford Folk Festival in the closing days of 2019 on the politics of science denial and the path toward a sustainable civilisation. This is the second half of that wide ranging interview.
Ian Lowe is an eminent Australian academic and writer on environmental issues. Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society and former Head of the School of Science at Griffith University. He spoke to Environmental as Anything at the Woodford Folk Festival in the closing days of 2019 on the politics of science denial and the path toward a sustainable civilisation. This is the first half of that wide ranging interview.
Too many politicians are playing with fire by politicising the climate emergency. Science denial is delaying effective responses and adding fuel to the flames of Australia's greenhouse emergency killing and burning the homes of Aussies, human and animal. Professor Phil Zylstra and Sue Higginson join us to discuss the science and politics behind actual fire hazard reduction.
Professor Will Steffen is a climate change expert and researcher at the Australian National University, Canberra. He has recently co-written a paper in the journal Nature "Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against." Arguing that the growing threat of abrupt and irreversible climate changes must compel political and economic action on emissions. He spoke to Environmental as Anything about his work.
Our climate emergency is threatening the most precious places on our planet. Our homes and the irreplaceable Gondwanan forests. In the face of the hostility of the Scumo regime to nature and civilisation we are forced to organise our communities to fight the inferno ourselves. Terri Nicholson has been a key organiser of the peoples movement to save Terrania Ck (again)
OzFish Unlimited is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping the millions of Aussie recreational fishers take control of the health of their rivers, lakes and estuaries and shore up the future of the sport they love. OzFish Unlimited partners with fishers and the broader community to invest time and money into the protection and restoration of our waterways, counteracting decades of degradation.
Cassie is driven by a passion for sustainable resources, a love of fishing and her farming background. Her career spans more than 15 years in aquatic habitat restoration and sustainable agriculture projects, predominantly in NSW and Queensland. Cass has a keen understanding of community driven conservation from her experience working with WetlandCare Australia as a Program Manager and more recently with Landcare NSW as Operations Manager.
Based in Ballina, Northern NSW, Cass is a keen recreational fisher, taking time when she can to enjoy ocean fishing the east coast and occasionally getting back to her childhood home in South Australia to fish the Gulfs or the Coorong beach.
As the habitat director of Oz Fish she speaks to Geoff about making recreational fishing sustainable.
Ru and Kai are part a team of tree climbers protecting the forests of the Kalang River Headwaters NSW (Australia) from logging by occupying the canopy of these forests. They spoke to Environmental as Anything from high up in the canopy of their magnificent forest.
Bridie Schmidt is the lead reporter for The Driven. She joined us from somewhere between Sydney and Byron Bay to talk about new technology and the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and to make us Green with envy over her new electric ride.
Our execrable PM Scumo's response to the global movement of students striking to protect their future is to patronise and belittle them. Greta Thunberg has more courage and integrity in her little finger than his whole clown car of fossil fools.
Hear why in this short editorial piece.
Gladys Berejiklian's NSW Government is waging a secret war against our koalas and their forest homes. Protected old growth is on the chopping block and protections for endangered species and water values have been removed. The people of NSW are waking up to this disgraceful situation and are understandably outraged. At a meeting in Lismore attended by about a hundred people they began preparing for action.
The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) was founded 30 years ago to protect Old Growth and high conservation value forests of North East NSW. This recording was made at the gathering that took place in the Bungawalbyn forest on 17/8/19 to celebrate the history and strategise for the future of our forests. Dailan, Pugh, Greg Hall, Susie Russell, Jeremy Bradley, Jane Walker, Cath Eaglesham and many others stood up to tell the stories and sing the songs of the campaign and Environmental as Anything was there to live broadcast and record the event for 92.9 River FM. This episode is the fifth podcast of the edited highlights of that event. There will be more to come...
Our children are revolting! Rising up against having their futures stolen from them in front of their eyes (to Quote Ella). Environmental as Anything went out on Friday 20th September to collect the sounds of the student strike on the streets of LIsmore
The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) was founded 30 years ago to protect Old Growth and high conservation value forests of North East NSW. This recording was made at the gathering that took place in the Bungawalbyn forest on 17/8/19 to celebrate the history and strategise for the future of our forests. Dailan, Pugh, Greg Hall, Susie Russell, Jeremy Bradley, Jane Walker, Cath Eaglesham and many others stood up to tell the stories and sing the songs of the campaign and Environmental as Anything was there to live broadcast and record the event for 92.9 River FM. This episode is the fourth podcast of the edited highlights of that event. There will be 1 more to come...
Every credible professional group in the world is getting behind strong action on climate now. Dr John Van Der Kallen is interviewed by Grace O'Shannessy for Environmental as Anything explaining how and why doctors are supporting the global School Strike for Climate on 20th Sept 2019
In the lead up to the Global Student Strike for Climate on 20th Sept 2019 we dedicated our show to the strikers. Student striker Grace O'Shannessy came in to the studio and acted as guest presenter & Arky Ryall phoned in for an interview. Hear what they have to say on the strike in this exciting episode of Environmental as Anything Interviews.
The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) was founded 30 years ago to protect Old Growth and high conservation value forests of North East NSW. This recording was made at the gathering that took place in the Bungawalbyn forest on 17/8/19 to celebrate the history and strategise for the future of our forests. Dailan, Pugh, Greg Hall, Susie Russell, Jeremy Bradley, Jane Walker, Cath Eaglesham and many others stood up to tell the stories and sing the songs of the campaign and Environmental as Anything was there to live broadcast and record the event for 92.9 River FM. This episode is the third podcast of the edited highlights of that event. There will be more to come...
Nurses and midwives endure extraordinary privations to care for humanity at its most vulnerable. Their courage and commitment is a beacon of hope for us all. Today they are calling for a global climate strike to address the emergency we all face. Nurses Heather and Daisy spoke to Environmental as Anything.
Jeremy Bradley is a farmer and soil microbiologist from Beechwood, near Port Macquarie. He has been active in sustainable soil education and research for many years. He and his wife Cathy run a small mixed farm enterprise that focuses on soil health and a bio-lab that produces fungi for soil regeneration and bio-herbicides.
The Beechwood couple were recently awarded Outstanding Performance in New Product and Management Process at the National Carbon Farming conference, recognising their world-first method of growing and introducing beneficial fungi to the soil. Their popular product, Soil Trooper, is a native fungus that decomposes dead plant material to build topsoil and cycle nutrients.
Jeremy very kindly agreed to speak to Environmental as Anything about the exciting carbon farming opportunities hot out of the lab.
The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) was founded 30 years ago to protect Old Growth and high conservation value forests of North East NSW. This recording was made at the gathering that took place in the Bungawalbyn forest on 17/8/19 to celebrate the history and strategise for the future of our forests. Susie Russell, Jeremy Bradley, Jane Walker, Cath Eaglesham and many others stood up to tell the stories of the campaign and Environmental as Anything was there to live broadcast and record the event for 92.9 River FM. This episode is the second podcast of the edited highlights of that event. There will be more to come...
The Northern Rivers Science Hub has been casting an eye to the sky. Bureau of Meteorology’s Senior Forecaster NSW & ACT/Acting Severe Weather Manager NSW & ACT Mohammed Nabi helped us ride the storm as we improved our weather literacy and got deep into the science of storms. Environmental as Anything spoke to him at the Lismore Bowling Club event and got some hot tips for staying cool when the storm season hits.
Adani has created a flash point for conflict between citizens opposing the climate crisis. Bec Horridge went to the front line and spoke to the courageous people putting their lives on the line to defend our civilisation.
Ian Dunlop is a former senior Executive of Royal Dutch Shell and has worked in oil, gas and coal exploration and production, and in scenario and long-term energy planning. He chaired the Australian Coal Association 1987-88, and the Australian Greenhouse Office Experts Group on Emissions Trading 1998-2000, which developed the first emissions trading system design for Australia.
Ian Dunlop has wide experience in energy resources, infrastructure, and international business. He has worked at senior level in oil, gas and coal exploration and production, in scenario and long-term energy planning, competition reform and privatisation.
He is Chairman of Safe Climate Australia, a Director of Australia 21, Deputy Convenor of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil, a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development, a member of The Club of Rome and of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Climate Change Taskforce.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of NSW, and an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne, writing extensively on governance and sustainability issues.
The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) was founded 30 years ago to protect Old Growth and high conservation value forests of North East NSW. This recording was made at the gathering that took place in the Bungawalbyn forest on 17/8/19 to celebrate the history and strategise for the future of our forests. Dailan Pugh, Susie Russell and many others stood up to tell the stories of the campaign and Environmental as Anything was there to live broadcast and record the event for 92.9 River FM. This episode is the first podcast of the edited highlights. There will be more to come...
Isaac Smith has been Lord Mayor of LIsmore since 2016. This week may well have been the best and the worst of times for his administration. He speaks at length on the Lismore City Council's recent declaration of a climate emergency, the disastrous recycling centre fire and issues vexing our rail corridor.
A report by Annie O'Shannessy on the koala surveys being conducted by citizen scientists from the North East Forest Alliance in Braemar State Forest. Includes interviews with Dailan Pugh, Nan Nicholson, Jim Morrison and Anne Jones.
(First aired on the Environmental as Anything show on 92.9 River FM on Saturday 24th of August 2019)
Today hundreds of thousands of hectares of Old Growth and High Conservation Value Forests are being stripped of their hard won protections, koalas are being logged into extinction and their forests burned for fake "renewable" energy. Renowned conservationist, Order of Australia Medallist and hero of Terannia Ck and North East Forest Alliance campaigns to save our endangered forest ecosystems, Dailan Pugh takes the time speak to Environmental As Anything about the current threats to our forests and the actions we can take to protect them as well as the history of the campaigns to save our forests from destruction.
Extinction Rebellion hit Brisbane with a festival of dissent on the 6th of August 2019 making it impossible for anyone in that city to ignore the climate emergency for the day. Rebel Kate was part of the huge Northern Rivers contingent there on the day and came in to Environmental As Anything to report back to the region on how it went.
Dr Kevin Glencross has been actively involved in the replanting of forests for over 20 years, with particular interest and expertise in carbon sequestration, design and monitoring of biodiversity- environmental plantings, timber plantations and mixed species forest systems. He is actively involved in reforestation, agroecology and agroforestry research programs in Australia, China and the Pacific region specialising in integrating agriculture and trees, restoration of degraded land and building rural livelihoods since 2007.
Kevin is currently involved in projects that look to link reforestation to broader environmental services (reducing erosion, protection catchments and building soil fertility), ecotourism and food production. He has also been involved in designing, establishing and managing large scale tree planting programs as well as ecosystem restoration projects for Community based groups (Subtropical Farm Forestry Association), Government agencies and industry (Water and Carbon Group - 2 Million Trees Project- Brisbane City Council).
Dr Kevin made time in his busy schedule to come in and talk to Environmental as Anything.
At the heart of an agrarian landscape long since cleared of vegetation lies half a million hectares of rare intact temperate eucalypt woodland. The Pilliga forest.
It’s more than a wildlife refuge. This area feeds clean water into the Great Artesian Basin — the crucial life support system for much of inland Australia. It’s here that the company Santos plans to drill up to 850 coal seam gas wells. (According to the Wilderness Society)
For years Dan Lanzini has been on the front line of the community action to stop the Pilliga being pillaged by SANTOS' plan to release as much methane safely stored under it as they can and contaminate the precious aquifer in the process. He took the time to speak to Environmental As Anything about this vital action.
The Northern Rivers rail system has been under serious attack for over a decade now. Significant numbers of locals have maintained what seemed to be a hopeless rearguard action to return our trains. A recent report has lent significant weight to thier campaign. Beth Shelley has been tireless in her efforts to restore a sustainable transport option for our region and came in to share the good news with Environmental as Anything
Dr Kristin den Exter has a diverse background in community and industry engagement, environmental science and management with a strong focus on community engaged learning, She works as part of a dynamic team fostering relationships between Southern Cross University and our communities. She is central to the highly effective Wilsons River Landcare Group and an articulate and inspiring interviewee for Environmental as Anything
Jo Nemeth has been living a radically low impact life for 4 years now. She has put her money where her mouth is by living without money for that whole period. If that sounds improbable listen in and hear this remarkable woman tell Environmental as Anything how we can do a lot more with a lot less.
North East NSW forests are under assault from the NSW government.
Dailan Pugh (OAM) has been fighting the destruction of our precious forest ecosystems for 40 years now. He gave Environmental as Anything a half an hour of his time to update us with the latest the situation in the forest & encourage us all to join him in standing up against extinction.