Carbon Pollution

Great turnout for #StopAdani action in Bathurst

There was a great turnout for the Bathurst #StopAdani action at the Commonwealth Bank on June 8, 2017.

BCCAN submission on Bylong Coal project

The following is BCCAN's submission to the Planning Assessment Commission on the Bylong Coal Project  

Written and submitted by Tracey Carpenter

BCCAN supports Stop Adani movement

BCCAN joined the fight against the giant new Adani coal mine with a film night and discussion at Rahamim on Tuesday May 9. We watched Guarding the Galilee and discussed the range of negative implications of this project: a disaster for the Barrier Reef, for local farmers, for traditional owners. "Nobody benefits from this other than Adani", one person said.

The gathering also heard from Bev Smiles who, along with Stephanie Luke and Bruce from Wollar, have been arrested under the Crimes Act for "interfering with a mine". They face Mudgee local court on May 17.

BCCAN supports arrested member

Stop Adani!

Bathurst Community Climate Action has joined the national #StopAdani campaign.

Right now, foreign-owned mining company Adani wants to build the biggest coal mine in Australia’s history. The coal from this mine would cook the climate and wreck the Great Barrier Reef.

Climate Change and Ocean Pollution

Climate Change and Ocean Pollution

By Laurana Smith

(B.A. Resource and Environmental Studies and former Environmental Officer)

 

 Introduction

When we think of Climate Change we often think of rising sea levels threatening coastal real estate and agricultural land, and shifting weather patterns with predicted increases in extremes of drought and intense storm events. However, there is another less well understood threat: the potential for a significant increase in pollution, in particular coastal and ocean pollution.

Nature Conservation Council releases climage change policy

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) has released its climate change policy. It is reproduced below:

 

Nature Conservation Council of NSW Climate Change Policy*

PRINCIPLES

1.1 Climate change refers to long-lasting changes to world climate patterns such as average temperatures, rainfall and incidence of severe weather events. Changing weather patterns pose existential risks for human and natural systems.

Peabody bankruptcy should end Wilpinjong expansion plans

Wollar Progress Association is calling on the NSW Government to carefully consider the viability of the operations at Peabody Wilpinjong Mine near Mudgee in light of Peabody filing for bankruptcy in America yesterday, saying the proposed expansion will sacrifice the once vibrant Wollar community at a time when the world is turning away from coal.

Greens NSW response to BCCAN questions

Re: Greens NSW response to the Bathurst Community Climate Action Network questions for candidates in the 2015 Bathurst State Elections.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on issues of concern to your organisation in the lead up to the 2015 state election.

I am responding in my capacity as the energy spokesperson for the Greens NSW. The below answers to your questions have been developed in conjunction with my colleagues David Shoebridge, Jeremy Buckingham and Mehreen Faruqi, who have responsibility for some of the issues raised.

Cas Coleman's (ALP Candidate Bathurst) Response to BCCAN questions

Q 1 Do you consider climate change to be a serious threat? What State government policies would you advocate to combat climate change?

Yes it is a serious threat. I advocate policies that will increase the use of renewable sources of electricity, improve renewable energy technology and drive NSW towards a renewable energy economy.

A NSW Labor government will:

Deliver 20% of the state’s electricity use from renewable sources by 2020, and legislate this target.

Spaceship Earth in Trouble

By Scott Paterson

The entire population, faced by the threat of climate change, has been flung into a state of complete panic (below right)

In 2003:

"[Critics of the pact] often say, half-jokingly and half-seriously, that Russia is a northern country and if temperatures get warmer by two or three degrees Celsius it's not that bad - we could spend less on warm coats and agricultural experts say that grain harvests would increase further," he told the conference."
 -- Vladimir Putin, President of Russia1

In 2010:

At a meeting of international sporting officials in Moscow on July 30, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev announced that in 14 regions of the country, "practically everything is burning. The weather is anomalously hot." Then, as TV cameras zoomed in on the perspiration shining on his forehead, Medvedev announced, "What's happening with the planet's climate right now needs to be a wake-up call to all of us, meaning all heads of state, all heads of social organizations, in order to take a more energetic approach to countering the global changes to the climate."
 -- Dimitri Medvedev, President of Russia 2

After hurricane Sandy 2013:

Local climate group calls on council to oppose Coal Seam Gas extraction

Media Release: 19th August 2014

Bathurst Community Climate Action Network supports the call for a no coal seam gas policy for Bathurst Regional Council.

Councillors should represent the community’s concerns over the extraction of coal seam gas, said Tracey Carpenter, President of BCCAN. Farmers, environmentalists are united in their opposition to further expansion of the toxic and damaging processes used in CSG extraction throughout Australia. We do not support any expansion of the climatically endangering and polluting fossil fuel industry here or anywhere else.

Abbott Government fighting the future by axing the carbon price

Repealing the carbon price is an act of policy vandalism, according to central west climate action group, Bathurst Community Climate Action Network (BCCAN). The group says the Abbott government is being fiscally irresponsible, economically stupid and showing dreadful ignorance about what is needed for effective climate policy.

BCCAN President Tracey Carpenter says the repeal of the so-called carbon tax represents a dismal policy failure and the government should be condemned for its complete lack of wisdom and vision on this issue.

David McKnight's talk on Big Coal at BCCAN AGM October 2013

This speech by David McKnight, co-author of Big Coal, was given at the BCCAN AGM on October 21, 2013.

When I was invited to speak here some time ago, I did not expect to stop off at a friends house which was nearly burned down in a bushfire. But that’s what I ended up doing. In the same street in Mount Victoria, a former colleague from University of Technology Sydney had her house burnt to the ground.

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