Five things you might have missed this week
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Did you miss us? We were off on houseboats and at youth climate conferences last weekend so didn’t get a chance to bring you five Things. We’ll try and catch up on two weeks that have featured captured colonels, curtseys and queens, and a carbon price.
1. The Clean Energy Future Bill passed the lower house last Wednesday, bringing Australia one step closer to a price on carbon and a more sustainable future. The price has received praise from large international green investment funds for the assistance it will provide to renewable energy in Australia. Think Australia’s going it alone in pricing carbon? As Tony Wood discusses in this great article, emissions trading schemes exist in New Zealand, the EU and in 10 US states, with China, South Korea and California looking at introducing their own schemes.
2. Did you know that of the Gillard Government’s 14 major policies, 12 have strong support from the public? So why is the Government so unpopular? John Watson in The Age suggests what many of us suspect – politics in Australia today is all about marketing and brands. It’s a fantastic, if slightly sobering, read. If it’s a little too depressing for your Friday, we have yet another musical treat for you from perhaps the master of political branding in Australia, Bob Katter. Enjoy!
3. I’m stretching the limits of 5 things a little with this one but it’s definitely worth it. Two weeks ago the Nobel prize was awarded to three African and Middle Eastern women for their human rights work and activism. Tawakkol Karman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee have helped promote peace and women’s rights across North Africa and the Middle East and continue to push for greater involvement of women in politics and public life in the midst of the Arab Spring.
4. Last weekend the Occupy movement came to Australia. Protesters in most capital cities, added their voice to the global chorus of dissatisfaction with bank bailouts, economic austerity and growing inequality. If you’re not sure what exactly’s being occupied or where the social media powered movement emerged from take a look at this interesting overview from the Guardian.
5. If, like me, the amount of plastic wrappers and bottles we throw away makes you wish we could live a little more sustainably, you might be interested in this. Total Environment Centre is hosting a with dynamo environmentalist Annie Leonard at Reverse Trash in Sydney on 29th October (see poster below). Two short films looking at consumption and sustainable living will be screened, followed by a Q&A with Annie.
A lot has happened over the last couple of weeks – have we missed anything?