Economic literacy for environmental advocates – notes from presentation by Richard Denniss (The Australia Institute)

MISLEADING ‘ECONOMIC’ ARGUMENTS We shouldn’t spend more money on renewables etc because Australia has a large deficit Politicians often refuse to spend more $ on pro-environmental actions, arguing it’s too costly and will increase the public deficit, BUT: We have the third lowest debt in the world. Many Australians go into debt to buy a…

Too late for Action?

In a blunt article today published in the AGE, Nick Feik expresses his coldly realistic view that we have passed the point where action on climate change can hold conditions at a safe level and avoid runaway climate change. http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/green-movement-has-been-an-abject-failure-20121204-2at7t.html While he explains that he doesn’t  blame the environment movement for allowing the emissions that…

Video Review: ‘Lester Brown – The Planet’s Scarcest Resource is Time’

In a recent class activity, members of the second/third year undergraduate subject International Politics of Climate Change: Triumph or Tragedy at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus engaged with a video presentation delivered by emminent American environmentalist Lester Brown.  This class is taught by WATCH committee member Dr Ben Habib. In appraising this video clip, students…