21 C
Byron Shire
November 30, 2021

Reclaim Our Future koalas pay a visit to Federal MP

Latest News

Ballina Shire Council defs not a ‘boys’ club’, says outgoing female councillor

This person is claiming that the council is a 'boys'' club and that the out-going mayor is one of them.

Other News

Byron’s new estate

Having just read in The Daily Telegraph of the approval of Harvest Byron Bay’s 149 lots, I am shocked...

Grumpy Grandma’s 

There are few in the region who aren’t familiar with Grumpy Grandma’s olives. Tim Stone and his wife Lynne...

Entries open for Byron All Shorts

It wouldn't be summer if you didn't sit in a cool, dark theatre and watch the Byron All Shorts program. Local filmmakers are invited to enter their short films to be screened in February as part of Flickerfest 2022 at Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

IP dispute over aquaponics invention

Two organic farmers from Nimbin, Andrew Bodlovich and Hogan Gleeson, invented a sustainable food production system that they hoped would help feed the world. Now they say they risk losing 20 years of work owing to a legal battle with ‘big business interests’ that backed the technology.

Is it time to challenge the idea of Big Australia?

Premier Dominic Perrottet recently announced his intention to build a Big NSW. Much of this Big Population and Big Economy will be generated by a doubling of the state’s pre-covid migration intake.


I’m reading a densely written, absolutely beautiful book – Overstory by Richard Powers – an important, environmentally sensitive novel...

Today Extinction Rebellion Lismore will make sure the federal member for Page hasn’t forgotten about the black summer bushfires and their devastating impact on NSW’s koala population.

After marching from the Lismore Quad from 11am, activists dressed as black wraiths and koalas will occupy Kevin Hogan’s office with a dramatic and potentially messy reminder that we must immediately begin to transition away from fossil fuels if we want to limit extreme weather events such as the fires two years ago.

‘It’s about time our government earned some respect by acting on climate change like the
emergency it is,’ said Daniel Berg, ex-Lifeline phone support worker and grandfather.

‘We need massive subsidies out of fossil fuels and into renewables. We need urgent protection of old-growth and State forests.

‘We need a seriously strong and scientifically-informed stance at COP26 and COP15
(biodiversity) events. There is no time to waste.’

There will be koala-focussed actions around the country today, as part of an escalating series of ‘Reclaim Our Future’ events, coinciding with important national climate policy developments and the lead up to international climate talks in Glasgow.

Today is also the start of Environment Minister Sussan Ley’s appeal against the Federal Court’s finding that she has a duty of care to protect young people from climate harm. The ruling on the case will be announced on Thursday.

In addition, there are two important parliamentary votes during this term – a Senate vote to disallow $50m to kick-start the huge Beetaloo Basin fracking project in the Northern Territory, and another attempt to pass MP Zali Steggall’s climate action bill.

Yesterday, Ms Steggall tabled a revised draft of her Climate Change Bill to federal parliament.

The revisions reflect feedback from the inquiry process and introduce a new, short-term emissions reduction target of 60 per cent by 2030 vs 2005 levels.

In the absence of any policy from the government, the revised Bill provides Australia with an opportunity to adopt a meaningful climate commitment ahead of COP26.

Local XR activists have planned Covid-safe actions for the coming fortnight, and are prepared to do whatever it takes to motivate our political leaders in the lead-up to November’s international climate negotiations.

‘I never thought this was how I was going to spend my retirement,’ said Susie Gipton, a 71-year-old local grandmother.

‘I do this for your kids, my grandchild and the inheritors of the planet. I also think and am hopeful we will get there despite our government.

They need to get out of the way, and let private enterprise drive our journey to zero emissions.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Entertainment in the Byron shire for the week beginning 1 December, 2021

All your entertainment news in one brilliant place

Grumpy Grandma’s 

There are few in the region who aren’t familiar with Grumpy Grandma’s olives. Tim Stone and his wife Lynne produce these olives and extra...

Calming Curry

Live music has been in short supply for a while, and like many other things you may not have missed it until it was...

Byron Supper Club

Bryce Hallett The Byron Supper Club is set to return and transport audiences to a magical and exciting realm akin to some of New York’s...