Even in times of peace, war, and making a killing off of it, is never an essential activity or service. So why would the Queensland State Government sponsor and allow a huge convergence of arms and defence manufacturers in the middle of the worst global pandemic in a century?
We were still grappling with the effects of the unprecedented bushfire season and the growing public awareness of what our new realities might be in a climate-changed world, before Covid19 dominated our every conversation and thought. Now, we are still struggling to understand and deal with the very real economic impacts on our communities, cooperatives and membership.
Friends of the Earth Philippines have reported that around 100 members of the police accompanied fuel tanks entering a Oceana Gold copper and gold mining facility in the Philippines breaking a community barricade. Friends of the Earth Australia expresses solidarity and support to the community taking a stand.
In response to the economic impacts of the outbreak of the Coronavirus/ Covid-19, state and federal governments are now announcing rolling, large-scale stimulus packages to keep the economy afloat. These already total billions of dollars and are likely to be ongoing. This is both a threat and an opportunity for the future of the economy, the climate and ecosystems at a time of overlapping crises.
The Coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world overnight. Our priorities, at the personal, local, national and global level, must now be influenced by the need to contain and move past the pandemic. This means a massive investment in our communities and economies.
The Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action group has sent an open letter to the major Australian banks calling on them to stop funding new fossil fuel projects and to set dates by which their exposure to coal, oil and gas will be completely phased out, in line with 1.5 degrees of global warming.
Holding these difficult times in our hearts FoE continues to fight for a world where environmental protection, social justice and economic welfare for all, go hand in hand. Communities really are rising up louder than ever. Read our monthly newsletter for many opportunities to stand with us and get involved.
Australian Bushfire victims, together with Friends of the Earth Australia, will launch a claim against ANZ under international law to hold the bank accountable for financing fossil fuel projects that contribute to the climate crisis.