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Activism made easy… whoonearthcares.com

August 15th, 2007 · 4 Comments

The Australian Conservation Foundation have created a five step program to turn people concerned about climate change into lobbyists at the grass roots level. Boosted by the star power of Cate Blanchett, the user is taken through a simple process that within a few minutes leaves them with a formatted, personalised letter addressed to their member of parliament.

I’ve signed up and if you’re Australian and you’d like to see this key environmental decision taken more seriously, I recommend you do the same!

Who on Earth Cares? [editor’s note: unfortunately this resource is no longer available online and we have therefore removed the link]

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High and Dry – Guy Pearse

July 1st, 2007 · No Comments

Is John Howard dragging his feet on climate change because he’s surrounded by Australia’s biggest polluters? High and Dry promises to explain the politics of Australia’s do-as-little-as-possible attitude to climate change.

“In this damning account, Liberal Party member, lobbyist
and former Howard-government advisor Guy Pearse takes us behind the
rhetoric he once helped write. He reveals that the government has no
plans whatsoever to reduce Australia’s emissions, and explains why this
is bad for Australia’s economy. He exposes a prime minister wilfully
blind to Australia’s real Interests – a man who has allowed climate
change policy to be dictated by a small group of Australia’s biggest
polluters and the lobbyists they fund.”

Unfortunately the website is more of a promotion for the book than a backgrounder. This is an opportunity missed, as a more content-rich site would create a wider audience for the author’s message, more media opportunities for him to speak and ultimately lead to more publicity and more sales. His greatest challenge in the coming months won’t be piracy, it will be obscurity. At least he’s included a brief extract from the book.

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Questions an environmentalist might ask about Australia

November 21st, 2006 · No Comments

  • If we have a National Competition Policy, why don’t we have a National Co-operation Policy?
  • Are Australians ready to recognise that we have Collective Interests, under which our individual rights may need to be subordinated?
  • At what point does a government that is ignoring the planet’s demise lose its legitimacy?
  • Does Australia have the courage and determination to become a Carbon Neutral Economy in ten years?
  • Why doesn’t Australia have a Minister for Sustainability?

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The importance of understanding your context

November 20th, 2006 · No Comments

ic09Want to achieve something worthwhile? Know where you are now (your context) and know where you want to be (have a vision).

My involvement in the field of foresight has led me to a conclusion: people feel most comfortable articulating their vision for the world if they feel they understand the current context.

For example, I attended the Gosford 2025 visioning program hosted by Gosford City Council. It was all about getting the current residents of Gosford to discuss and articulate their vision for Gosford in 20 years time. People felt most comfortable contributing to that conversation when they had access to historic and current data on which to base their vision. They wanted to understand the context first.

Armed with a desire to explore the concept of ‘context’ and access to Google, I discovered an organisation based on the West Coast of the USA named the Context Institute. Founded by Robert and Diane Gilman in 1979, the Institute published 44 editions of its magazine, In Context. While the last magazine was published ten years ago in 1996, a cursory click of the back-issues revealed some insightful (whilst understandably dated) reading.

It seems that The Context Institute is now a ‘virtual organisation’, with the website’s content not significantly updated in the past 5 years. I’m guessing that’s because Robert Gilman now has new projects to work on. Reading about him on the site, I’d be interested in talking with him for a podcast – I’ll update the blog if he agrees.

A little cyber-sluething reveals that the cessation of In Context magazine gave rise to Yes! Magazine, which, with its own vision and editorial team has grown from strength to strength in the past decade.

MORE: the Context Institute, Yes! Magazine

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Walk Against Warming – International Day of Action on Climate Change

October 27th, 2006 · No Comments


Saturday, Nov 4th 2006

From walkagainstwarming.org:
“The Government
will only take real action on climate change and protect
our kids’ futures if you to tell them to. Join thousands of other Australians in a
peaceful walk urging action on climate change now.”

Sydney – 11am Martin Place (walk to Tarpeian Way
next to Botanic Gardens)
other cities at the website.

See you there!

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