Aired on February 12th 2009
This week's guest: James Goodman is a senior lecturer in social inquiry and policy development at UTS. He is presently conducting research around Climate Camps across the world, and their role in social change. He speaks with us about effective uses of civil disobedience to combat the effects of climate change, in particular climate camps and the different forms they've taken. We also discuss climate justice, and how to meaningfully support people from the South who have experienced the most severe effects of climate change while having played the smallest role in its growth.
Sacred Creation Site Threatened: Boolah Dillah mountain is a sacred creation site for the Worimi people that is currently under threat of development by the Roads and Traffic Authority. The proposed upgrade cuts through the mountain on the east side of Bulladelah township. This will directly destroy the Aboriginal sacred site, rare flora and fauna and the health of the local community. There is currently an application to legally recognise and protect Boolah Dillah mountain as a site of Aboriginal significance, yet it seems like the Federal Government will not honour this. A blockade of the mountain commenced last weekend. The third degree's Libby King spoke to Robert Corrowa, a sovereignty campaigner from the Bunjalong nation. Trips are planned to visit the blockade at Boolah Dillah this Monday and Tuesday. If you are interested in visiting or supporting the campaign in any way, please contact Robert Corrowa on 0422 257 906 or Jonathan Moylan on 0431 289 766.
Update on Lake Cowal campaign: Lake Cowal is the largest inland lake in NSW. Situated in north-western NSW near West Wyalong, Lake Cowal is the sacred heartland for the Wiradjuri people, and is also a nationally-listed wetland of ecological significance. Since 2002, Barrick Gold, the world's largest gold-mining company, has been digging up the lake bed, contaminating the area with cyanide-laced tailings and lowering the watertable. Wiradjuri traditional owners have been fighting against Barrick Gold and the desecration it is causing to the site. There is a call-out for supporters of the Save Lake Cowal campaign to attend the annual Lake Cowal Gathering this coming Easter Weekend (10-12 April). See protestbarrick.net for details and mpi.org.au for more info. Researched by Hannah Walters.
Presenters Tessa Dowdell and Libby King