April 2024 Newsletter

Ryde Gladesville Climate Action – April Newsletter

When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on Earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet people working to restore the earth and the lives of the poor and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. What I see in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power and incalculable odds in order to restore grace, justice and beauty to the world.

Paul Hawken

If now is your time…Ryde Gladesville Climate Action core group meets at 7pm on the first Monday of the month in Gladesville. And we need YOU, if putting the ACTION into Climate Action Group, sounds like you. An issue, we have always believed should be taken seriously without always being serious.  Hit us  up on FB as a DM or email info@climatechangerg.org.au or call Jo on 0414 375 149. If mainsplaining, capping population growth or conspiracy theories are your thing, we probably arent the group for you, otherwise, we’d love to hear from you.

Winning the climate in the courts   A group of older Swiss women have won the first ever climate case victory in the European Court of Human Rights. The women, all over 70, said that their age and gender made them particularly vulnerable to the effects of heatwaves linked to climate change. https://bbc.com/news/science-environment-68768598

Are people turning off media on climate change? This Crikey article says Australians are turning away from climate news even as they claim to care about it. What gives? An overload of bad news stops people from taking in more bad news.https://www.crikey.com.au/2024/04/02/climate-change-news-australia-consumption/?utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

We agree. There is reason to hope and we are committed to bringing you the stories of hope in this newsletter.

Nuclear NOT clean The latest push for nuclear energy as a clean energy source for Australia is exposed for its financial, construction and “cheap” energy hollow arguments by Dr. Jim Green a  nuclear campaigner in these two articles published recently on Reneweconomy.com.au




Whitehaven Coal – lets make it too risky Direct action now can make Whitehaven coal mine less likely. Moving Beyond Coal is asking people to contact venture partners Japanese companies Nippon and Itochu on their websites and social media to let them know Australians don’t want Whitehaven https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K1Cp14YSTbxIX3-Kuuo3VCz7HhPCcakkOYkaLVbDG9o/edit

NoMowing movement  Be inspired about a group reclaiming of the urban nature strip into a verge of biodiversity featuring grasses, daisies, tubers, trees and a splash of exotics.


Fixing the transport The Climate Council of Australia report on how incremental changes in our transport uses can have a big impact on transport pollution. The article analyses road, aviation, rail and ship. https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/better-travel-options-can-halve-climate-pollution-from-transport-by-2030/

What’s On

Week of global action from 29 April – 10 May

GetUp!, ACF, AYCC, 350.org, Tipping Point and other big climate action hitters have planned a huge fortnight of action called Rise Up . The message is for the Labor Party, to protect us from climate breakdown by committing to phase out coal and gas. Sydney actions include

Rise Up Sydney
Wednesday 8 May at 10am Outside Kirribilli House, 109 Kirribilli Avenue, Kirribilli, Sydney.

What the heck, Plibersek? Monday 29 April, 10:00am, Tanya Plibersek’s office 267 Cleveland St  Redfern Here is the map. with more actions

23 April – Move Beyond Coal Webinar  This group now leads the action in Australia to make coal not profitable by informing possible investors and insurers.  This webinar is on how we can collectively stop Whitehaven Coal from getting more finance to support their climate wrecking coal expansion.  Join a special webinar on Monday April 23rd

Yours in hope

Jo, Jill, Wies and Rachel