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August GreenUps : Sustaining the political climate

Sustaining the political climate Tuesday August 6th (6pm - 10pm) Altitude Bar - Shelbourne Hotel 200 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000 RSVP Facebook or Meetup

An election is looming. The nation has mandated they want action on climate change but the recently enacted Greens-led price on carbon is a political hot potato and both Rudd’s newly re-formed Government and Abbott’s poll-leading Opposition are positioning themselves to ‘tax the axe’ if they form government. This message does seem to have traction with electorate, and yet would be expensive, regressive and reactionary. So is the hollow rhetoric of the politics drowning out the vision and purpose of the policy?

For this month’s Greenup’s we invited the three major parties (ALP, The Libs and The Greens) to come and share their party’s environmental and climate change platforms and their personal sustainability vision.

Some of our guests are still being finalised (actually we are just waiting to hear back from the ALP as to whether that can have a candidate present) there are also some ongoing discussions about the the format but regardless this is going to be a memorable GreenUps! So please make sure you RSVP and make sure you tell your friends.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Cate Faehrmann – Greens NSW candidate for the Senate.
  • Sean O'Connor – Liberal candidate for federal seat of Sydney
  • Di Smith - ALP candidate for the federal seat of Wentworth (unconfirmed)
  • Felicity Wade - co-convenor of the Labor Environment Activist Network (Felicity will represent Labor if they cannot field a candidate)

 

RSVP: Facebook or Meetup or reply to this email.

NOTE: We will be asking for a small donation (optional) on the door to cover costs (with any remaining proceeds going to charity), and if you have specific questions you would like to ask our guests please email me.

 

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  • Ian C.

    Disappointing that two parties where not represented.

    What is business in businesses for - to supply goods and services to people - and generate a profit to be eventually distributed to its share holders (people) and nothing else. And those profits/losses go to people where there should be and equitable amount of money contributed toward the collective costs of developing and maintaining the infrastructure and providing all the other components of our society (be it sustainable or not).

    The whole Carbon Tax was a farce right from the word go - there has never been any attempt by governments to take it seriously. Blind Freddy can tell you that the way to stop the imposts on the planet is to reduce consumption. There are two ways to do that consume a lot less or have less people to consume. If we do not do either or both - it will be done for us. So we have to choose.

    But unfortunately, the current political system denies the elephant in the room.

    August 7, 2013

    • Ian C.

      Tristen - The government under any political party - A resounding NO. - and resounding YES to the second.

      August 13, 2013

    • Ian C.

      Try hemp - Yes what we propose as an alternative is very energy intensive to manufacture and keep on the road. We are not very clever in what we are proposing as an alternate energy for transporting people and goods around. I do not believe we are really serious about the problem at all. We only play lip service to it.

      August 14, 2013

  • Imogen

    Enjoyed my first GreenUp last night, although echo the sentiments about a balanced debate. Difficult to wrangle politicians so close to election time. I'm helping to fight against fracking in sacred indigenous land, which I believe is an extremely pertinent issue and one that does not often come up in the general mining debate. Fracking is relatively untested and considered extremely dangerous.
    Indigenous communities are terrified of the repercussions to their communities and to their song lines. You can help by watching and supporting this young film maker who is documenting everything in the community of Maningrida. Very interesting and personal story about 3 indigenous sisters who are taking on mining company Paltar to protect their sacred land. http://www.pozible.com/project/28367 Stingray Sisters

    Watch the short on Pozible, please share and donate!

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first GreenUp. Good turnout, well organised and a great concept. It was a big goal to get reps from 3 major parties involved and my hat is off to the organisers for going for it. It would have been amazing if they all turned up however such is life. I still got a lot out of the evening and thank everyone who was involved to make it happen.

    2 · August 7, 2013

  • John F

    good turnout but shame about the lack of Labor and Liberal candidates

    August 6, 2013

  • Steve K

    It was a lopsided show with little debate. The Libs didn't bother to bring a spokesperson. The Greens monopolised, with the ALP the supporting cast. Audience was not offered a level playing field.

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been liking the great comments coming through. :o)

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not going to make this one unfortunately as still at work and it's been a very long day. :o( This was a meet up I was looking forward to the most. Boo

    August 6, 2013

  • utku

    Green living from top to bottom.

    August 4, 2013

  • Ian C.

    I have also registered on Facebook site

    August 3, 2013

  • Victor

    Here is my prediction: HYPOCRISY...

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bike riders save economy $21 on each commute

    One of the best things you can do is get out of your car and onto your bike.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/bike-riders-save-economy-21-on-each-commute-20130730-2qxdg.html#ixzz2aiLry97A

    August 1, 2013

  • Ben W.

    If people have specific questions for the candidates. please end them though to me.

    August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting documentary tomorrow night. Ten Bucks a Litre, ABC1, Thursday, 8.30pm. Dick Smith looks at our energy future.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Caroline P.

    thanks for organising!

    July 31, 2013

  • Diana B

    Sorrytriple booked most unusual!

    July 31, 2013

  • Steve K

    As I understand it, Mr. Abbott wants to axe the tax not the other way around as you put it, replaced with Direct Action - concrete, real measures to combat climate change plus market-driven ETS.

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Particularly looking forward to this one.

    1 · July 18, 2013

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