Written by Steve Campbell, Enviropraxis PL Maules Creek – if you’ve heard of it – is a pretty long way from Sydney. Nearly seven hours drive give or take, with the traffic. However, once out of the lower Hunter and the Newcastle sprawl, the country opens out to a wonderful classic Australian landscape. To get there you drive through Muswellbrook, Gunnedah, and Boggabri, before reaching the blockade camp, Maules Creek is a new development to complete a complex of three mines.
As would be expected at a shareholder meeting of one of the world’s top carbon polluters, climate change dominated talks at BHP’s AGM held last week in Perth. With climate concerned shareholders and proxies firing all guns, the first four questions to the floor all related to climate. Looking at comments from BHP chairman Jac Nasser it would seem that BHP have this climate problem all sewn up.-“With our history in climate change, this is your dream company to invest in”- “We are well positioned for a future no one can define”- “Our strategy is robust under the most extreme climate scenario” Although the company was open to commenting on the climate and remained upbeat, scratch the surface just a smidgen and underneath you’d find business as usual.
It’s hard to imagine the complete devastation that Typhoon Haiyan left in its wake as it ripped through the Philippines last week. The pictures you see online and on the news are frightening. Imagine what it is like in the thick of it.Possibly more than 10,000 people were killed in the storm and more than 600,000 have been displaced, many of those without access to food and fresh water.