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As bushfires ravage Australia, activists target Australian missions & Siemens globally to highlight climate emergency

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By SAT News Desk

January 16th, 2020 – As Australia suffers devastating bushfires, Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate activists in over 35 countries are holding solidarity actions with Extinction Rebellion Australia’s Bushfire Rebellion outside Australian embassies and consulates for the second week in a row. Countries, including Nigeria, Zambia, Netherlands, Argentina, Uganda and Spain. Extinction Rebellion India, meanwhile, has been warned by local police not to protest.

The borderless, nonviolent rebellion comes in response to the Australian government’s climate inaction and exacerbation of the climate crisis which has led to the catastrophic bushfire crisis.

The catastrophic mega blaze has already led to what scientists are describing as an ecosystem and species apocalypse in Australia. Some estimates state that up to 700 animal species have had their populations decimated – with many species likely to be pushed to extinction including the Long-footed potaroo, the Greater glider, the Kangaroo Island dunnart, and the Black-tailed dusky antechinus, being obliterated from the face of the Earth.

“It would seem the only people willing to dismiss the scientific correlation between the bushfire crisis and the climate crisis are those massaged by the fossil fuel industry in the Australian government and those who believe the propaganda of fossil fuel-interested media,” said Extinction Rebellion Sydney spokesperson Larissa Payne.

While we are on the verge of triggering a climatic point of no return, German company Siemens agreed to participate in the development of the world’s largest coal mine. Siemens will supply the signage technology for the railway line of the Carmichael coal mine in Galilee Basin, Australia, quite literally signaling the way to the destruction of life on the Planet.

“Instead of demonstrating climate leadership and turning its back on one of the many culprits, it chooses to of quite literally fuel fires around the world, despite warnings from several environmental groups, ongoing protests, and over 60 companies pulling out of the project. Siemens undoubtedly places profit over the planet,” explains XR Germany spokesperson Annemarie Botski.

Meanwhile, companies from around the world display similar callousness for life on Earth, even as the island continent’s species go extinct, “In the same line, the Adani business group has obtained approvals for extracting coal from the Carmichael coal mines in Australia. Fighting to saving our planet has rightly turned global because of the impact of forest fires in Brazil, floods in Indonesia or fires in Australia are already being felt all across our Earth. Such tragedies will only increase in intensity and in terms of numbers,” says Extinction Rebellion India’s Jeevesh Gupta.

“It is believed several animal and plant species have been rendered extinct in the past few weeks. An estimated over half a billion animals have died in this disaster. Much of the severity of conditions in the southern parts of Australia can be attributed to massive amounts of land clearing in the past century, leading to loss of rainfall, and no consultation or respect by governments of the original Australians’ intact knowledge of caring for and maintaining the land,” laments Australian First Nation spiritual leader Nick Tree.

The fires sweeping the country have also pumped out an estimated 400 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, further fueling climate change that has already intensified Australia’s devastating fires. This is equivalent to the total combined annual emissions of 116 low-emitting countries and nine times the amount of carbon produced during California’s record-setting 2018 fire season.

“The climate crisis cares nothing for borders. We need coordinated, international action to combat this mess. The Bushfire Rebellion is only the beginning. Two-thirds of Australians want the government to declare a climate emergency and mobilize at the World-war scale. We are living through the tipping point that the scientists have been warning us about – anything less than an emergency response condemns out children to an unlivable future,” concludes XR Australia spokesperson Jane Morton

Actions will be held on the 16th and 17th January as a continuation of actions on the 10th of January in the following countries:

Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany – Berlin, Hamburg, Hungary, India, Indonesia – Bali, Italy, Japan, Nigeria,
Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand – Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Poland, Portugal,
Scotland, Spain – Asturias, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Murcia, South Africa, Sweden,
Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom – Bristol, London, Lambeth, United States – Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC. and Zambia.

Source of information & photos: Extinction Rebellion, Australia.

‘ASHES’ of Australia’s climate conscience

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By News Desk

London, 19 Nov.: The ‘ashes’ of the Australian Government’s conscience on climate change were presented to the nation’s High Commission in London today by Friends of the Earth. The award was in recognition of Australia’s mounting opposition to international efforts to cut carbon emissions at the UN climate summit, currently taking place in Warsaw, Poland.

Australian’s hold their heads in shame as the Australia Government walks away from international carbon reduction targets and the nations existing carbon tax. In recent days 60,000 people across Australia took to the streets to call on the Australian Government to aim higher with carbon reduction. Since gaining government agencies have acted quickly to gut support to renewable energy financing, whilst supporting fast tracking dirty energy approvals.

Campaigners from the environment charity dressed in cricket whites to hand over a replica of the Ashes cricket urn, bearing the message: “The Ashes: Here lies Australia’s climate conscience”.

The action was part of a world-wide protest against the Australian Government’s decision to turn its back on its responsibilities to cut fossil fuel pollution and its attempts to block moves to put in place a fund to give financial help to people hit by future climate disasters.

Last week Philippine negotiator Yeb Saño gave an emotional speech to the climate summit calling on world Governments to finally step-up and act on climate change, and an end to the current “climate madness”.

Friends of the Earth’s UK Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said: “The Australian Government’s opposition to climate change action is a national disgrace. Every nation should be going in to bat for the planet and tackling the mounting threat of global warming. We all need to play our part in building a cleaner future.”
Source: Friends of the Earth.
Photo Source: Friends of the Earth.
- SAT News Service