Radio In Colour: Brisbane vs The G20

g20-3In November 2014 Brisbane hosted one of the world’s biggest meetings of world leaders – the G20.

The then LNP governments led by Campbell Newman in Queensland and Tony Abbott at a federal level, resulted in predictable overkill of security measures, crackdown on dissent, and surprisingly, neglect of one of the most important global issues – Climate change. Continue reading

Radio In Colour: Jackie French & the Brisbane Floods

jackiefrench1295056010670 robin-420x0Jackie French is Australian Children’s Laureate 2014-2015 and Senior Australian of the Year 2015 along with many other awards. She has written hundreds of books on topics ranging from organic gardening, to wombats, children’s and illustrated books, fantasy and history fiction.

Jackie’s children’s book Flood is a deeply personal retelling of Jackie’s own story, as her father related the 2011 Brisbane floods to her over the telephone, as he was in the last days of his life.

The book, illustrated by Bruce Watley, is used in classrooms around Australia to help children come to terms with natural disaster and know that hope always exists alongside crisis.

Jackie talks to 4ZZZ’s Kim Stewart for the Radio In Colour series. Continue reading

Radio In Colour: Tree clearing in QLD

Source: ABC

Source: ABC

In the 1990s Queensland had the highest rate of land clearing in the world, greater even than the Amazon.  The Vegetation Management Act 1999 was brought in to manage the problem, but successive governments have allowed it to be weakened and it is reemerging as a problem.  Today there is a lot less vegetation left than there was in 1999, but the rates of clearing are nearing those disasterous levels experienced two decades ago.

Kim talks to Nicky Hungerford, Coordinator of the Queensland Conservation Council, who has a long history of campaigning on this issue. Continue reading

#qldvotes The Earth asks: what has the LNP done for me?

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 If the Earth got to vote, it wouldn’t vote LNP.

If you can’t decide who to vote for in the Queensland state election, lend me your ear.  Today I’m wearing my Friends of the Earth hat and this week, the week of the hastily cobbled together Queensland election, the Earth needs you more than ever.

You can’t talk about the environmental issues in Queensland without talking about corruption, which the LNP has in spades: Continue reading

My change, your change, climate change

carteret islands

The Carteret Islands are on the frontlines of climate change. erosion and extreme weather is causing the relocation of the 3000 people who live there.  Can we change our behaviours to avert further loss of people’s homes, land and culture? http://www.tuelepeisa.org/

If there is one thing we can be sure about in life, it’s the inevitability of change. Whether that means personal change (like overcoming fears), behavioural change (like giving up smoking) or social, political, environmental or technological change, the process is similar. Change requires the recognition of a problem or need not being met by current circumstances and behaviour, thinking about options for change, preparing the ground for that change, undertaking the change and then maintaining the new and better life or world that one creates.

Sounds super simple, right? 🙂

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