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December 3, 2021

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Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

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Fatal crash – Alstonville

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Pryce Allsop seeks reelection for Tweed Council

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The no-dam business case

There are groups standing for election next Saturday who are composed mainly of high profile business people. Many people...

Want to make your own nest box and help with bushfire recovery on Friday?

Conservation Volunteers Australia are running a nest-building workshop in one of Australia’s most biodiverse hotspots, the Nightcap Range, ‘to create homes and hope for wildlife’.

Own nothing, go serfing

Although Sapote Brook’s Echo letter correctly stated that nothing was done at COP26 to stop global warming, nevertheless, over...

In what is becoming an all-too-familiar affair by those in power and politics, the COP26 Glasgow Climate Conference has confirmed that citizens cannot rely on those who hold our lives and planetary life in their hands to do the right thing by being responsible for making the right moral decisions that serve the majority.

Today, the climate emergency has become business opportunities for those who put profits, and duplicitous ‘green washing’ and technological wizardry ahead of addressing the planetary catastrophe. No amount of tinkering and sophistry can hide the fact of the developing rift by human (destructive) economic activity vis-a-vis capitalism, and the interaction with the global environment, and the climate emergency.

Atmospheric carbon has amassed because fossil capital is still largely unregulated.

Almost all the scenarios described by scientist to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that limit warming to two degrees Celsius (let alone 1.5°C) require a massive and rapid deployment of carbon drawdown infrastructure. Yet there is still not one large gas or coal-fired power station anywhere in the world that is capturing and storing its emissions. ‘Direct air capture’, taking CO2 from the atmosphere, is still a small-scale infant technology.

It is abundantly clear, that expecting our elected political leaders and corporate business CEOs to take decisive action, against imperilling most of humanity, especially the poor, is proving futile. 

The world is home to 900 million slum dwellers who live without basic sanitation, two billion sweatshop workers, and 40.3 million slaves.

What all this adds up to, is that effective action can only be taken by people mobilising and wresting power from those who own and control the institutions of economic and political power.

No easy feat, especially in our culture of individualism, where many have become atomised and estranged from any democratic decision making.

Hannah Arendt, the political theorist who survived Nazi Germany, saw hope as ‘a dangerous barrier to courageous action [and i]n dark times, the miracle that saves the world is to act.

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar

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  1. Boyd your council has declared a Climate emergency without ratepayers Input Incidentally.. !! As you explained its a Climate emergency ? Could you please provide a example Of the Climate emergency declaration in your shire ..just one will do ?

    • Barrow old son, you really do need to lift your game. The Climate Emergency has been declared by The UN – “Code Red for Humanity”. But I get it, communications fail to reach you deep down below in your burrow.

  2. You talk the talk Joachim … yet you have never walk the walk with answers .. your UN
    Are suppressing info that the planet has not warmed in 15 years fact Joachim..unlike your hero’s the likes of Tim Flannery and Al gore .. Credibility Zero for those two !!
    Yet it matters little because even if the
    Predictions are completely wrong by both
    Who cares its the narrative right Joachim?
    Example..again not one of your believers
    Mandy for the greens included and our
    Friendly Echo can provide one example Of the Climate emergency declaration by the
    Byron Shire .. lift your game Joachim
    Eminent danger to lives .. !! Catastrophic!!
    Just one example.. ? Wont hold my breath..

  3. Dear oh dear, Barrow. I get it that ‘numbers’ aren’t your strong suit, I mean you got Australia’s warming all W R O N G. Now you double down with this cherry picking that might suit you, BS. NASA, NOAH, our BoM, would love to hear your Scientific Research debunking our warming Mother Earth. Barrow my man, The First Emergency for you is to stop making stuff up and The Second Emergency for you is to take action to mitigate The Climate Emergency – “Code Red for Humanity”.

  4. Take Action ? Captain Planet Joachim..
    Everthing you do in your every day life
    Can be attributed to fossil fuels Joachim
    Once you can wean yourself from the hydrocarbon life you live will we take you seriously… !! Talk the talk for everyone else
    Joachim lecturing everyone regarding
    Their carbon footprint on earth..
    “Do as i say not as i ” code red Joachim
    Take action minimise your carbon footprint
    Before it’s to late ..

  5. Barrow old son, thank you for your encouragements. I’m already doing, been doing, for many years but yes, more to be done as well.

  6. That’s welcome news Joachim
    Iam to very passionate about the Planet
    Always have always will be ..
    After all we debate cannot understand
    Why Nuclear power with Zero emmisions
    Is not in the Major Parties conversations !
    Even the News Breakfast Team on the ABC
    Agree.. !!


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