A Summary of the Environmental Actions Taken by the Liberals Since Winning The 2013 Election. Complete with Humorous GIFS.

When the Labor Party came into government during 2007 the…

Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Climate Change Commission were established

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Kyoto Protocol was commissioned

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They committed to a 20% renewable energy target to be achieved by 2020

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and after a LONG debate over the price on carbon they persisted and got it passed in the senate

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I’ll admit it wasn’t all good

There was that poorly planned Home Insulation Program.

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But the Liberals have been in 6 months and

The Renewable Energy Authority, Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Climate Commission have all been either dismantled or had severe funding cuts.

I campaigned with the Australia Youth Climate Coalition on their Repower Australia campaign to get the Clean Energy Finance Corporations $10b renewable energy investment fund passed through parliament. I rallied and had conversations with 100’s of people and then they’ve just scrapped it all.

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Yeah, so ….Thanks Tony

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They’ve reduced the renewable energy target from 20% by 2020 to a mere 5%

Something else activists around the country, including myself worked hard to achieve.

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They’re drafting plans to abolish the Price On Carbon

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and they say they’ll be ‘reviewing’ the laws around marine park no-take zones… but we all know what that means

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Meanwhile we have a handful of wealthy Australians weakening our unions and buying out media corporations

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Gina Rhinehart is sitting back earning $600 a second apparently…

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She’s somehow made Andrew Bolt her pet monkey

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Clive Palmer is meant to be earning a measly $1.1b a year …probably saving for his dinosaur theme park which is super important – much more important than having an equitable society, apparently.

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Tony is sitting on the front bench like

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This is me whenever I see our Prime Minister in the public eye

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Aren’t we meant to be proud of our politicians? I’m embarrassed…

This is the truth, this is what we are facing with right now

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Our current leader Tony Abbott was quoted in 2010 saying

“The climate change argument is absolute crap, however the politics are tough for us because 80 per cent of people believe climate change is a real and present danger.”

Pretty much saying that they need to introduce policies targeted at climate change to win votes, not because he believes climate change is the real and present threat that it is.

Well Tony I’ll post some references to the scientific concensus supporting climate change at the end of this blog because I can’t stand having a Prime Minister who cannot understand straightforward scientific evidence.

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I don’t blame you though because you also scrapped the science minister.

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 I hope the Liberals start talking sense soon because I really don’t see whose votes they’re aiming for.

W. R. L. Anderegg, “Expert Credibility in Climate Change,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol. 107 No. 27, 12107-12109 (21 June 2010); DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1003187107.

P. T. Doran & M. K. Zimmerman, “Examining the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change,” Eos Transactions American Geophysical Union Vol. 90 Issue 3 (2009), 22; DOI: 10.1029/2009EO030002.

N. Oreskes, “Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change,” Science Vol. 306 no. 5702, p. 1686 (3 December 2004); DOI: 10.1126/science.1103618

Australia Day

G’day!

Today was Australia Day. 
For me Australia day (AD) has mixed connotations, it brings out both the best and the worst in people. It makes me both proud and not-so-proud to be Australian and I wish it wasn’t like this. There are a small majority of ‘Australians’ who take the goodhearted patriotism of AD and turn it into a nightmare by partying way too hard. The media has put on a good front trying to discourage excessive drinking and racism fuelled violence, but it still happens. Victoria Police say there are more assaults in the state on Australia Day than any other public holiday, most of this is non-family violence fuelled by a mixture of booze and racism. I feel like a small majority of people think it’s ok to hate on those from other nations on AD… as if they’ll receive a ‘pardon’ for their completely inappropriate behaviour and ‘F&$K Off We’re Full’ social media campaigns. I don’t even understand where this kind of racism stemmed from – don’t these people realise that once upon a time we were the outsiders? Indigenous Australians are the real ones who should be celebrating, the land is rightfully theirs. AD is a perfect day to spend with your family and friends, have a barbecue, go to the beach, listen to the Hottest 100 or just sit at home and have a cup of tea, because that’s the beauty of this country – we are free to be who we want, and to celebrate in what ever way we want.

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I celebrated by making a list of 10 things which make me proud to be an Australian citizen

  1. Pavlova (need I say more?)
  2. I have always found it pretty cool that our country takes up a whole continent. 
  3. Our unique mix of flora and fauna – 80% of Australia’s plants and animals do not occur anywhere else
  4. We have a really good gun-control system… certainly better some than other countries. 
  5. We are the lucky country! Australians have so many opportunities throughout their lives.
  6. WIFI & Google Maps – believe it or not Australians played a large part in the development of these two nifty technologies.
  7. The beaches… We have a beach house on the Mornington Peninsula and I’ve gone there ever since I was a kid. The air is crisp just as the sound of the waves is soothing. Nothing beats munching on $3 worth of chips whilst watching the sun set on the beach.
  8. The slang: bloody oath! Fair dinkum! I’m Nackered!
  9. We have a pretty good voting system… it’s not perfect but everyone gets a say.
  10. I like the mystery that Australia holds to other nations… do we really ride kangaroos? Are drop bears a serious threat? What about cute cuddly Possums and Koalas, they couldn’t possibly hurt a fly could they?

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So Happy Australia Day fellow bloggers, I hope celebrated safely and found time to soak up everything that makes this country great. 

Ooo Roo!

Little Pop

 

Day nine: gifts we love

Give a membership!

Our family are big St-Kilda supporters (mock if you will) and we have a fantastic row of about five seats we have managed to hold onto as members for quite a few years. At various times throughout our membership one or another of us has had trouble paying the annual fee and we have always helped one another out in order to ensure we don’t lose our prized seats. There are lots of things people can be members of and they all provide different benefits, in our case we get lots of merch at the beginning of the season, our seats we get to sit in every week and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were other things too. Our football membership has provided many memories as a family, my two cousins have been handed the celebratory football that is given out at the end of the game numerous times and I’m sure that getting the chance to go to the football every week with my grandparents has allowed them to share many happy memories together. Some other membership ideas are…

  1. Zoo membership – Melbourne Zoo has a great membership program that allows you to have access to all three zoos (Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo) as well as reciprocal entry to selected interstate zoos and a few other perks including discounted tickets to their twilight concerts they hold during the warmer months.
  2. Museum Victoria – This ones pretty cool you get unlimited general entry to Scienceworks, Melbourne Museum, the Immigration Museum as well as various museums and cultural educational centres in other states.
  3. Youth Hostels Australia – Great for travellers! The mholder of the membership gets at least 10% off accomodation costs at YHA hostels all over Australia + member rates worldwide. They also get discounts of travel gear, insurance and flights.
  4. Golf Membership – This is great for avid golfers it allows them access to their favourite recreational activity as well as the perks of socialising with other members and having access to member exclusive club rooms etc…
  5. Any sports membership – AFL, ruby league, ruby union, ice hockey, soccer, this list could go on forever :p

There are memberships to suit most people, I hope this list has provided some inspiration 🙂

Also… I have a few links I’d like to share today

Glamumous has written a really useful post with 101 household tips for every room in your home, there are so many storage solutions here and lots of natural cleaning remedies too.

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Eartheasy has written a nice article with tips on how to have a ‘green’ christmas. There are some really nice little suggestions here and some new traditions I hope to introduce to our christmases to come.

Little Pop xx

Day two: gift ideas we love

Plant a tree.

Trees play such an important role in the environment, why not consider giving one to someone who plays an important role in your life this holiday season?

This is a particularly worthwhile gift for those living in Australia. Habitat destruction is a huge issue over here, a mega 50% of our forests have been destroyed in the past 200 years ( most of which were hundreds of thousands of years old!). Deforestation in Australia is the main cause behind our loss of biodiversity, which is really tragic as Australia has been blessed with many unique animals and plants which are not found naturally anywhere else in the world. So when you are thinking of gifting a tree this year you should know you are giving so much more than just the tree itself.

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Image: Michelle Obama planting a tree taking part in a 1912 Cherry Blossom tree planting re-enactment ceremony with Fujisaki Yoriko.

Now down to business…

There are two ways of giving a tree:

  1. Give an actual tree: This is the perfect gift for someone with the space and time needed to nurture and ensure the success of the tree. It also gives you the ability to make the gift really personal as you have complete control over it: what tree to buy, what size is appropriate and is the climate suitable for this tree where they live? Keep in mind though not everyone is blessed with a green thumb, and these days we do not always have the time and space to accommodate a tree. Having a tree is quite a spiritual thing for some people as it will be something that is going to be around for a long time, it will most likely out live the recipient and will provide generations with shade, tire swings, tree houses and many animals with a habitat or food source that may not of been available locally before.
  2. Give a tree to a charity organisation:  This is better for those who do not fit the criteria of space, time and commitment above. The Australian Koala Foundation has an informative and easy process for funding a tree with options such as buying a tree for yourself, as a gift or in memory of a loved one. You are given a certificate for your recipient to show off to his/her friends, a thank you letter and their names will be put on the honour board. It’s also really budget friendly (it can even work out to being cheaper than purchasing the tree yourself at a nursery) with donations starting from $10.

Have you ever given or received a tree as a gift? I never have but it’s something I’ve always thought about and it’s definitely on my giving list this year 🙂