People Power Now: Demands for an Energy-Just World (FOEI)

•December 5, 2018 • 1 Comment

[Another expression of the building sense, since the IPCC report in October, of One World regarding the need to alleviate climate change through system change and ecological justice. This time 10 demands from that venerable old organisation Friends of the Earth International. Could be a little more specific in a few areas in my view, but still, we are many voices, let a 100 flowers bloom…]

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Emerging Planetary Voice of the Human Family

•December 4, 2018 • Leave a Comment

[Another attempt by civil society to influence global political decision-makers regarding climate chaos and impending collapse. There seems to be a rising tide of consciousness again, this time very global in nature…Forwarding or reposting this, as here, may help further encourage this long historical emergence of an increasingly conscious One Human Family on One Planet, one that is perhaps starting to connect the many dots…Peter].

The People's Seat address video from Grey London on Vimeo.

Progressive International

•December 1, 2018 • 1 Comment

[And about time too. Hope many of us here might consider supporting this proposal, and help the fleshing out of a global ‘Green New Deal’ of ‘democracy, sustainability and solidarity’, as a minimum, as we move ahead and evolve as a species towards realising One World Consciousness. Peter]

Progressive International (CC) from MEANS OF PRODUCTION on Vimeo.

Here’s the Open Call of the Progressive International as a text:

“There is a global war being waged against workers, against our environment, against democracy, against decency.

A network of right-wing factions is collaborating across borders to erode human rights, silence dissent, and promote intolerance. Not since the 1930 has humanity faced such an existential threat.

To defeat them, we cannot simply go back to the failed status quo of the last few decades. Unfettered globalization promised peace and prosperity. But it delivered financial crisis, needless war, and disastrous climate change, instead.

The time has come for progressives to form a grassroots movement for global justice: to mobilize workers, women and the disenfranchised all around the world behind a shared vision of democracy, prosperity, sustainability, and solidarity.

Our Progressive International will reach out to communities in every corner of the world to help build our shared vision.

Our Progressive International will stand by people who are already fighting to end inequality, exploitation, discrimination and environmental degradation.

Our Progressive International will reclaim our communities, our cities, our countries, and our planet with a bold International New Deal that we will work, together, to deliver.

It is time for progressives of the world to unite.

Today, on behalf of DiEM25 and The Sanders Institute, we issue a Call to Action: to create a global network of individuals and organizations that will fight together for dignity, peace, prosperity and the future of our planet.

Join us. Join Progressive International.”

Big School Walk Out: Australian kids striking for urgent action on climate change

•November 20, 2018 • 2 Comments

[Have received this from Friends of the Earth. Of interest for all in Australia and beyond. Given our planetary emergency, have long argued for a General Strike for Life, an occupation of workplaces, schools, universities, with mass teach-ins and discussions of what to do and demand…The kids here in Victoria and elsewhere are making a brave start. Please spread the word, and if in Australia support the actions on November 30th. ‘Adani’ is an insane proposal for a new mega-coal mine in Queensland. After Extinction Rebellion’s direct actions in London, another hopeful sign we may perhaps be entering another wave of rising global mass consciousness…]

This is a message from 14 year old Harriet in Castlemaine, who is on strike from school to demand urgent action on climate change and an end to the Adani coal mine.

Dear Peter,

Since I last wrote to you, dozens of my classmates and I have been striking from school to demand that our politicians treat climate change for what it is — a crisis — and put an urgent end to terrible fossil fuel projects like Adani’s coal mine.1

We went on strike for 2 days last week and are now striking a day a week throughout November. We’ve put a call out to other kids across Australia and the response has been overwhelming! Now we’re inviting all of you, your kids, your friends, parents and anyone who cares about our future to join us at a big school walk out near you at the end of November.

In the last week, kids have organised school walkouts all across the country — in every capital city and across regional Australia, from Townsville and the Whitsundays, to Lismore, Albury Wodonga, and regional Victoria2.

We have been overwhelmed by the support from people across Australia and overseas, flooded with media interest and had our hearts warmed to see how many people support us.

Now we need to take that support and channel it where it matters most — our politicians. We need to call them out for failing to protect us from climate change, and demand that they stop dirty fossil fuel projects like Adani’s coal mine.

Find a big school walk out near you and join kids striking for urgent climate action.

At the walk outs, kids will speak about why they’re striking, we’ll play music and we’ll write letters to our leaders to demand that they act now to #StopAdani and urgently stop more damage to our precious climate.

With just a decade left to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we are fighting for our futures. We may be too young to vote but we can still make our voices count. We are in a climate crisis yet our politicians prefer to side with rich mining companies like Adani than do what it takes to ensure a decent future for kids everywhere.

Us kids didn’t create this problem but we’re going to do whatever it takes to help fix it and our politicians should too. We’re striking to show them how serious this has become.

Join us at your nearest Big School Walk Out later this month.

See you soon!

Harriet, for school kids striking for climate action

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References

[1] Checkout our oped in The Age here and

[2] Australian students plan school strikes to protest against climate inaction. The Guardian, 7 November 2018.
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Because ‘Good Planets Are Hard to Find,’ Extinction Rebellion Shuts Down London Bridges to Save Mother Earth

•November 18, 2018 • 2 Comments

Source: Because ‘Good Planets Are Hard to Find,’ Extinction Rebellion Shuts Down London Bridges to Save Mother Earth

Premonitions

•November 17, 2018 • 3 Comments

[Poem from my first collection The Post-Man Letters (2010, Picaro Press; now in the back catalogue at Gininderra Press). I hope the poem may ‘communicate before it is understood’. My collage image is using part of a drawing by German artist Kaethe Kollwitz.]

Premonitions

1

Waking to dream all is what it seems:
horrendous, happy enough
for the dappled decency of the right
common man, woman, spanning all insides
like invisible webs of benevolent mould
linking us, loving us into action
as we find some of our submerged other
selves ripe for revolution, the deep sea
future of our history humming
like muted trumpets at the four corners
of the unknown dream, softly
as mice feet over winter floorboards
seeking crumbs, release from
the teeth of meaning-hunger, the abyss
of premonitory fear marching
its fine long columns of anticipatory
ants through the labyrinths
of our despondent, hoping hearts.

2

Dreaming awake all seems what it is:
no action but suns rise, set, clocks
no longer tick but purr numbers
that define days spent waiting
for them to begin as the future
seeps through cracks, smiles, words,
like invisible honey from collapsed
hives, this street, this sky, mountain,
this room so real in its absence,
these small drops of fear and longing
melting slowly widening crevasses
under some nervine land of ice and hope.

Glossy Black Cockatoo

•November 7, 2018 • 3 Comments

[Recent ekphrastic poem on an etching by Avrille Ciccone. Chosen for a reading with nineteen other poets at the Manly Art Gallery in Sydney last Sunday. Photo of cockatoo by Maureen Goninan.]

Glossy Black Cockatoo
(after Avrille Ciccone’s etching, ‘Birds of a Feather’)

Still my dignity towers skywards
from this fire continent, my colours
red as flames, black as embers, seven

feathers falling in a flurry of loss,
the slow sad joy of my call stranded,
unheard inside glass tractors, screens,

dailyness, distraction from bone-deep
knowledge that we all inter-are.
Disrupted, displaced, applauded,

shall I close my ancient feathers like
some final fan among the last casuarinas?
Yet perhaps through your dreams

my flight may still drop down gravity
like a wave of black light shining
a spiralling way down through the maze

of compassion, anger, grief, some dark
sense of planet plastic bereft of birdcall,
the silence, the space, the soul I sing.