Last year when the Environment Collective at the Australian National University (ANU) and Fossil Free ACT (350.org Canberra) put in applications to become member groups of the Conservation Council ACT Region the decision was pretty easy. Yes. Though it did raise a question – so their key campaign focus is on getting ANU and the ACT Government to divest from ‘investments’ that support coal, oil and gas projects.
Good news on the environment front has been a bit thin on the ground of late, so it is heartening that yesterday, the movement to save our climate and environment had a small, albeit telling win in the Queensland Land Court.Last year due to concerns over water safety, biodiversity and the effect on global carbon emissions, local farmers and environmentalists brought a case to the court challenging the Alpha Coal project in the Galilee Basin.
For those of us who follow the story of climate change, the report released today by the IPCC was not really surprising. It is pretty much as expected. The effects of climate change are already occurring across every continent and every ocean, with negative impacts being felt in many places already.