Jan 31, 2009 – Australia’s first Climate Action Summit begins…

“From January 31 to February 3, 2009, over 150 community based climate action groups and more than 500 people came together in Canberra to talk, debate, strategise and take action on climate change at Australia’s Climate Action Summit.”
You can read more about it here-
http://www.foe.org.au/australias-climate-action-summit

The context was the release in mid-December 2008  of the Rudd government’s White Paper for its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) which had been panned as a grotesquely inadequate giveaway to the coal industry.  Ross Garnaut had opined

“There is no public policy justification for $3.9 billion in unconditional payments to [electricity] generators in relation to hypothetical future ‘loss of asset value. Never in the history of Australian public finance has so much been given without public policy purpose, by so many, to so few.”

According to Simon Butler the summit

“decided that the CPRS must be prevented from becoming law.

“The Greens’ spokesperson on climate change, Senator Christine Milne, was a keynote speaker at the summit. She commended the grassroots climate movement and said that the Greens aimed to represent the movement’s aims in parliament.

“Milne received a standing ovation after her speech — an accolade received by no other speaker.

So, the activists strategised, but it all seems to have ended in tears, as it so often does. How can radical social movements sustain their passion (anger), energy, morale, resources for the long slog, when faced with external problems and internal ones… Answers on a postcard to the usual address….

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