Keeping up with Adani, AGL, Santos and all the other fossil fuel-hungry companies is akin to juggling jelly, but for the last 18 months Northern Rivers journalist Eve Sinton has put her passion for protecting the environment from damaging fossil fuel mining into a weekly email which has now gone live on the net.
The Fossil Fool Bulletin was launched in November 2017 as a newsletter for people working to end Australia’s fossil fuel era and has now emailed 86 editions on schedule every week.
Now, the project has grown from its beginnings as a weekly newsletter and has joined forces with kindred spirit Johanna Evans to construct a new website where those interested can access up-to-date info on the fossil fool industry.
Evans, of Green Pigeon Graphics, has been closely associated with the Knitting Nannas and the Bentley Blockade, which ousted coal seam gas development from the Northern Rivers.
‘It’s been great working with Jo,’ says Ms Sinton. ‘She has excellent web skills and understands where I’m coming from.’
Ms Evans says the Fossil Fool Bulletin is the perfect resource for busy people who need to keep up to date with what’s going on Australia-wide in regards to multiple top-line issues in the fossil fool disaster space. ‘You can read about weekly happenings in the gas, coal, hydrogen, nuclear, renewables and fossilised politics spaces – all in one place.
‘Now with the addition of a website it’s an online library dedicated to the documenting of a topic that concerns every single one of us.’
The Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG) have been huge supporters of the Fossil Fool Bulletin and will continue to give a small monthly sponsorship and continue to host the publication along with its subscription and mail-out services, on their website knitting-nannas.org.
Knitting Nanna spokesperson Judi Summers says the nannas are totally smitten with Eve’s Fossil Fool Bulletin. ‘We are very proud to have one of our own Nannas publishing such an important piece of journalism. The well-researched and written articles give the reader the facts about the fossil fuel industry’s impact on our environment – land, air and water – an issue very close to Knitting Nannas’ hearts in this climate crisis. We are very happy to sponsor FFB to ensure it gets into email inboxes all over the country.’
Sinto is careful to only use authoritative sources – no fake news or internet myths to be seen here.
Researching and compiling the newsletter is a full-time unpaid job. Subscriptions to FFB are free, however Eve invites donations to Focus Publications to help cover costs such as news subscriptions and computer equipment.
She hopes the venture can expand with more newsletters on other topics, and involve more journalists in this new type of publishing.
Donation details are listed on the website.
It’s easy to subscribe to FFB, with a click-through to https://knitting-nannas.org/bulletins.php.