Posts Tagged ‘the carbon tax’

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Politicians discussing climate change. Sculpture by Issac Cordal.

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Nick is joined by town planner and environmental activist Mark Allen. We discuss two forms of climate change denial – both denying climate change is happening and/or is caused by human activity but also denying the action and changes that are required to seriously address the climate emergency. To discuss this, we draw on the article ‘Climate Change: Almost Half Of Australia Is Still Ignorant Or Confused, New Poll Reveals’ by Thom Mitchell and the documentary This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis.

We discuss government “action” on the Great Barrier Reef, the problems with “green” capitalism, statistics on the impact of the carbon tax (we also covered the carbon tax on episodes 5 and 63), climate activism and hopepreferential voting in Australia and voting for the environment in the upcoming election.

Plugs for Mark: City Limits on 3CR, Population, Planning and Permaculture Facebook group and Mark’s article on the Brexit.

If you are interested in hearing more on the issues discussed on this episode, check out our recording of the Left Q/A – Election 2016 event, featuring speakers from Save the Planet, the Socialist Alliance and the Greens – part 1, part 2. We also discuss this event and play some highlights from it on episode 138.

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Clips:

Men With Day JobsDenial Tango’, The Feed SBSGood Grief, the Bloody Reef!’, PJ HarveyLet England shake’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick and Mark’s discussion on voting for the environment in the upcoming election, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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The above image is from the ‘Anarchist Memes’ Facebook page.

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Nick is joined by guest host sociologist Dr Caleb Goods, author of the book Greening Auto Jobs: A Critical Analysis of the Green Job Solution, for this entire episode. We discuss what “green” capitalism is, critiques of green capitalism – focusing on the incompatibility of growth and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact generally (this graph, displayed below, shows this really well).

CO2 and growth

This image is from Caleb’s book: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739189818

Also covered throughout the episode is: arguing against green capitalism in a time of climate change denial from the current Australian government, the role of individual solutions in combating environmental problems, and the degrowth movement.

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Clips:

Serj TankianHarakiri’, NOFXFranco Un-American’, Eddie VedderSociety’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features Caleb discussing critiques of green capitalism and his book, here: To Capitalism! The Cause of…and Solution to…All Environmental Problems and below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*The title for this episode is kinda stolen/modified from the famous Simpsons quote on alcohol.

This image is from Climate Action.

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In this episode we explore the environmental crisis and the way in which the dominant argument is that we don’t have to worry about other issues like consumption and population, all we have to do is use new technologies, energy efficiency and market-based solutions like the carbon tax. To help us discuss this, we are joined by PhD student Caleb Goods, who is doing his thesis on green jobs and has published the article ‘Labour Unions, the Environment and Green Jobs’. We not only challenge dominant solutions to environmental problems but also offer some of our solutions to reducing consumption including buying second-hand, minimalism and more systemic changes, as well as giving some ways to reduce population including choosing not to reproduce and donating to Pop Offsets.** We also discuss stupid climate change denial billboards, Gina Rinehart and climate change denial in Australia, Occupy Wall Street helping out with Hurricane Sandy, animal agriculture being excluded from the carbon tax, Common Ground Festival, Julia Gillard and uranium mining, the great documentary Operation 8: Deep in the Forrest (see the website october15thsolidarity.info for more info on this case) and we finish with some positive steps that have already been taken to seriously deal with the environmental crisis.

**Update: We finish episode 44 with a critical examination of some population arguments, with a focus on the intersections between population and gender.

Book Recommendation:

Green Gone Wrong by Heather Rogers

Clips:

True Blood ‘Season 3, Episode 9’, 1000 Eyes ‘Gaia’, Sherlock ‘Season 1, Episode 3’, CNNNN ‘The Firth Factor’, That Mitchell and Webb Sound ‘Global Warming’, Iron Man 2, Nick Pendergrast’s interview with Caleb Goods – from Perth Indymedia on RTR 92.FM,  Propagandhi ‘Rock for Sustainable Capitalism’, CNNNN, Leftover Crack ‘One Dead Cop’, Voicemail from Jon, That Mitchell and Webb Sound ‘Big Talk 3’, Chumbawamba ‘Buy Nothing Day’, Cobra Skulls ‘Overpopulated’, Peep Show (Series 5, episode 6), Leftover CrackLife is Pain’, Ignite ‘Hands on Stance’.

*The title of this episode was taken from the Propagandhi song with this name, which we play on the episode.