Episode 5: Goin’ Green – The Carbon Tax and the Durban Climate Change Conference

Posted: January 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

You can download this episode on MediaFire here.

In this environmental-themed episode, we discuss the recent Global Climate Change Pact in Durban and the carbon tax, as well as some other environmental solutions. Throughout the episode, we also discuss ex-Australian Prime Minister John Howard supporting a book for kids that denies climate change, the similarities between both major political parties in Australia on environmental issues and a bunch of others, and ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’ on the environment.

To help us discuss these issues, we are joined by Shaun Murray, spokesperson on coal from Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia, and Julia Dehm, a volunteer from FoE Australia. FoE were unique in the environmental movement, in that they rejected the carbon tax. We also speak to Sandy Chambers, one of the state co-ordinators of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) in Western Australia. Chambers and the AYCC campaigned for the carbon tax. Unless specifically stated, the views expressed by these individuals do not necessarily represent the “official position” of their organisation.

Book recommendation: Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn.

Clips: Euronews ‘Australia Passes Controversial Carbon Tax Law’, Lagwagon ‘Live it Down’, Ricky Gervais podcast, That Mitchell and Webb Sound ‘Environmental Discussion’, Ignite ‘Hands on Stance’.

Further reading: Julia Dehm recommends people read FoE’s press release on the carbon tax called ‘The Greatest Corporate Windfall of All Time’ and their report ‘In the REDD’ on carbon offsetting.

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